March 8th, 2014 at 7:14 PM
By Mike Warsaw
It's been an uphill battle for Michael Pineda since being traded to the New York Yankees in 2012. Being swapped for Jesus Montero, one of the Yankees most prized prospects. Reporting to his first Yankee camp out of shape and overweight. Then suffering a shoulder injury that resulted in labrum surgery that has delayed his return to the big leagues. Hopefully the uphill battle has ended for Pineda and he can start to cruise down hill. If his spring debut on Friday night is any indication, Pineda is ready.
Pineda looked confidant and in control as he pitched 2.0 innings and struckout four in his first spring tilt. "I had good focus tonight, I showed Michael Pineda," Pineda said. And that's a good thing, as the Yankees have not seen "Michael Pineda" since the trade that brought him to New York, three seasons ago. Manager Joe Girardi was also impressed with the former AL All Star. "We like what we saw. I don't want to make too much of it, but I've said all along that he looked different, what we've seen this spring compared to a couple of springs ago. The ball coming out of his hand, I thought he cleaned up his mechanics a lot. This is a good step."Read more... Join the Conversation...
March 7th, 2014 at 7:24 PM
By Mike Warsaw
Tommy John made his Major League debut in 1963 with the Cleveland Indians. By 1974, the former New York Yankees pitcher and broadcaster had a solid career. John was an All Star and enjoying another All Star season at 13-3, when he felt pain in his elbow. Unknowingly, John had torn his Ulner Collateral Ligament. Nowadays the term UCL is known amongst baseball fans, but back in 1974 most people never even heard of it and only one person, knew how to fix it. John who felt that he wasn't quite finished in the Majors, turned to Dr. Frank Jobe. The surgery consisted of Jobe, taking a ligament from John's right forearm and transplanting it into his pitching arm. Dr. Frank Jobe the medical pioneer who changed the game of baseball, died Friday, he was 88.
Jobe who's surgery saved many pitchers career's, operated on Mariano Rivera's UCL in 1992. Although it wasn't technically "Tommy John Surgery", Dr. Jobe repaired Rivera''s frayed UCL and ultimately saved the all time saves leader's career. Before Tommy John Surgery, a pitchers career was ended by a UCL tear.Read more... Join the Conversation...
March 7th, 2014 at 4:11 PM
By Mike Warsaw
Former New York Yankee 2B, Robinson Cano made headlines this week, but not for a positive reason. Cano who left the Yankees to take the big money offered by the Seattle Mariners, commented earlier this week on the Mariners lack of offensive power. New Yankee 2B, Brian Roberts will not have to worry about that as a member of the Bronx Bombers.
The New York Yankess more than made up for the void left by Cano by bringing in the likes of Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran and Jacoby Ellsbury. With plenty of offensive power, Roberts feels that there is really no pressure on him. In fact, he feels that he is not there to replace Cano and that there is very little focus on him going into the season.
"It's just different to be the guy in the back that know body cares about or knows about;" Roberts joked. "He definitely feels that he is in a good situation with the Yankees and realizes he is not going to try and replace Cano. "When you play here, even though you're taking over for Robbie, I still don't think anybody is expecting or thinks that I have to go out and do a ton. They just want me to be on the field with a uniform on, for the most part. The rest is icing on the cake," Roberts said.Read more... Join the Conversation...
March 7th, 2014 at 2:14 PM
By Mike Warsaw
New York Yankee, Masahiro Tanaka has pitched twice this spring and both games have been against the Philadelphia Phillies. All Star first baseman Ryan Howard faced Tanaka on Thursday and only managed to bounce out, to start the second inning. Ryan has seen enough of the Japanese import to be impressed. " His splitter will be a force to be reckoned with," Ryan said.
As major league hitters are getting to see Tanaka for the first time, the early reviews have been very favorable. He has also been getting rave reviews from his Yankee teammates. Tanaka fell behind a few batters on Thursday, but was able to fight back and pitch out of trouble. He gave up this first homerun this spring, after getting behind Freddy Galvis 3-1. Galvis took Tanaka deep to right for the homer. Mark Teixeira had this to say about Tanaka, "He looked great, you saw a lot of swings and misses. To me, that's one of the marks of a strikeout pitcher. When you see guy's just really getting fooled on pitches." Manager Joe Girardi said that he was "very pleased" with Thursday's outing of his 155 million dollar man. Read more... Join the Conversation...
March 6th, 2014 at 7:36 PM
By Doug Rush
Not everyone is a fan of New York Yankees' suspended superstar Alex Rodriguez these days. Apparently, Chelsea Handler really does not like A-Rod one bit.
The television show host and comedian appeared on Howard Stern's radio show on Wednesday and recalled how she apparently ripped the Yankees third basemen and didn't care for how he looked.
“Get away from me, you’re disgusting,” Handler said, recalling the conversation Wednesday on the Howard Stern show. “You’re gross.”
Handler didn't stop there, as she continued to lay into the 38-year-old Yankee slugger and didn't hold back how she felt, as told by Leonard Greene of the New York Post from the radio show.
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“Why am I gross? We got off on the wrong foot. I read all of your books. I’m a big fan.” But the “Chelsea Lately” star continued to toss the high heat. “I go, ‘I don’t know why you’re a big fan. I think you’re a f–king a–hole,” she said. She went on say she thinks Rodriguez is a “buffoon,” “a pile of s–t,”and “hates the way he carries himself.”