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Repeating from a previous post…
It looks like the Yankees will have a roster move to make today,
finally trimming their pitching staff from 13 pitchers to 12 and
calling up a position player now that Phil Coke’s sinus infection has subsided and Alfredo Aceves is available to pitch.
They want a right-handed bat because the
White Sox are throwing lefties the next three days, so if that move
comes from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, take your pick from Shelley
Duncan, Ramiro Pena and perhaps Austin Jackson if they intend to play
As for a trade? If I had to wager right now, I’d bet against. But never say never.
It’s not the way they draw it up on the first day of Spring Training, but Phil Coke found a way to wriggle out of a first-and-third, one-out jam in the eighth inning last night — an escape that set up the Yankees’ 2-1 walk-off victory when Hideki Matsui took Jim Johnson deep an inning later.
Coke relieved Andy Pettitte after 7 1/3 innings of work and his first pitch was rocketed on the ground to first base, where Mark
Teixeira alertly fielded it and made an off-balance throw home to catcher Jose
Molina to nail Cesar Izturis sliding feet-first for the second out.
“The tag is more impressive, because he’s got to know
exactly where the play is and where the guy is sliding,” Teixeira said.
“He’s blind. It’s easy for me to catch the ball and throw it toward
him. He made an incredible tag there.”
Still not out of trouble, Coke bounced a fastball to Adam Jones
that hit Molina in the chest protector and ricocheted toward the Yankees’
dugout. Brian Roberts broke from third base and tried to score the go-ahead
run, but the catcher’s throw to the plate was in time as Coke slapped
an inning-ending tag on the speedster.
“I got my glove down and there wasn’t somebody there to tag, and
then I looked up and saw him there going wide,” said Coke, who wildly pumped his fist and screamed after the call was made. “My reaction
was to just go get him because I didn’t want him touching that plate.”
Mark Melancon has been summoned to join the Yankees bullpen for tonight’s game against the Angels, according to the Scranton Times-Tribune.
After yesterday’s game, Joe Girardi told reporters that adding an arm to the bullpen would be “something we’re going to have to talk about,” after five relievers backed up an ineffective Alfredo Aceves and helped the Bombers post an 8-6 victory over the Twins, completing a three-game sweep at the Metrodome and running New York’s road winning streak to eight games.
A roster move will be announced before tonight’s game. Dave Robertson walked in two runs yesterday and did, in his words, “a terrible job,” so he could be the leading candidate to be sent to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Jonathan Albaladejo picked up the win with 1 2/3 scoreless innings, Phil Coke recorded two outs and Phil Hughes added four more to get the ball to Mariano Rivera.
The right-handed Melancon, 24, was 4-0 with three saves and a 2.50 ERA in 25 appearances at Triple-A. In 39 2/3 innings, Melancon allowed 25 hits and 14 runs (11 earned), walking nine and striking out 42 while holding opponents to a .175 batting average.
He made four appearances with the Yankees from in late April and early May, allowing two runs in 3 1/3 innings (5.40 ERA).
Phil Coke walked into the clubhouse today, beaming and pretending he didn’t know why people were gawking at his suddenly-shaved head. He didn’t really offer a lot of reasons for the switch, other than that it seems he got over his exhaustion last night to set a date with the razor.
Then he stood underneath the lamp in his locker and said he was going to try to get some color on top of his head. With Brian Bruney also having shed his locks while the Yankees were in Toronto (you know, that’s also where Nick Swisher unveiled the Swish-Hawk), what are the chances this trend eventually gets to the Jeters and A-Rods?
Bumped into Xavier Nady in the clubhouse downstairs, a sure sign that the position players are trickling in. Derek Jeter and friends are working out for one more day across the street at the Himes Avenue complex before the Alex Rodriguez three-ring circus takes center stage.
If Nady seemed a bit lost, you can excuse him. Remember, this is the X-man’s first spring in camp with the Yankees, having come over in that July trade last year with the Pirates.
Remember how Phil Coke was among the players originally included in that deal, before Pittsburgh decided there was something they didn’t like in his medical reports? It translated to a 0.61 ERA in September with the Yankees.
Whatever was wrong, Coke said, he’s hoping it never gets fixed.
Update 10:36 a.m.: Yankees PR head Jason Zillo just announced A-Rod’s press conference will be at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, in the Andy Pettitte left-field tent here at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
Brian Cashman may be on vacation this week, but Ken Rosenthal suggests that the Yankees aren’t done yet. At FOXSports.com, he wonders if they’ll make a few serious calls about Ben Sheets and/or Juan Cruz before all is said and done.
The Yankees did kick the tires on Sheets back at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, but Sheets has had trouble finding a club willing to take a chance after he experienced injury problems late last year.
With the Andy Pettitte standoff dragging on and his chances apparently dwindling by the day, Sheets represents another choice should the Yankees really not be comfortable with selecting their fifth starter out of the group of Phil Hughes, Alfredo Aceves, Ian Kennedy and Phil Coke.
Cruz would be an addition to a back end of the bullpen, and a welcome one to those who have their doubts about Damaso Marte and Brian Bruney setting up. The rest of the relief corps is certainly amenable to an upgrade, with contenders like Edwar Ramirez and Jose Veras not promised anything heading into the spring.
One of the running jokes of the Yankees ’08 season was bringing up Kei Igawa’s name any time there was a need for a starting pitcher. That happened a lot, and after a one-shot deal in Detroit on May 9, Igawa was never the guy they called up to start.
Joe Girardi’s last assignment to Igawa was to record the final three outs in a June 27 game at Shea Stadium, with the Yankees leading 9-0. Igawa got the job done (cue Cosmo Kramer: “Did the K-man do it, or did the K-man do it?”) but gave up two hard singles in the process before inducing Luis Castillo to hit into a game-ending double play.
He was not heard from again on the big league level. There’s no clearer sign than how far Igawa’s star has fallen than the fact he is no longer on the Yankees’ 40-man roster, a Triple-A filler part with $12 million still owed to him through the 2011 season.
So it seems that in the much-rumored trade that would plant Mike Cameron in center field at Yankee Stadium, while shipping Melky Cabrera to the Milwaukee Brewers, the holdup may be Igawa. The New York Post reported that the Brewers want to pick up as little of his salary as possible, as Milwaukee is dropping Cameron’s $10 million deal for 2009 as a salary dump.
The Post reported that the Brewers asked for Phil Coke, Jose Veras and Mark Melancon before Igawa’s name surfaced, but the Yankees quickly said no. That brings the Brewers to Milwaukee, a touted import from Japan who may need this chance more than anyone to revive his stalled career.