Tag:Andy Pettitte
Posted on: August 13, 2010 7:17 pm

Pettitte rehab interrupted

Yankees ace Andy Pettitte, trying to come back from a groin strain, has left the team's spring training complex to join the Yankees in Kansas City -- but not for a good reason. The major-league medical staff is going to re-evaluate him after he felt discomfort in a simulated game.

Pettitte threw about 50 pitches Friday in a session that had been pushed back a day because of stiffness in his hip flexor.

"It didn’t go as well as we wanted," manager Joe Girardi told reporters in Kansas City. "He felt he could only push off 75 percent. We’ll evaluate him (here), sit him down for a couple of days.

“I definitely think he thinks it’s a setback. He just doesn’t feel like it’s completely healed."

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 12, 2010 7:04 pm

Minor setback for Pettitte

Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte, trying to make a quick comeback from a groin strain, was scratched from a simulated game at the team's spring training facility Thursday, according to MLB.com. He was supposed to throw about two innings.

Pettitte said he felt some tightness in his left hip flexor when getting off the couch Wednesday. Sounds like the Yankees don't think it's serious and are just being cautious with the 38-year-old left-hander.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 19, 2010 1:21 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2010 4:16 pm

Trade deadline buyer: New York Yankees

As the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline looms, the CBS Facts & Rumors team will look at the biggest players leading up to the deadline. This week we'll look at the teams who will be talked about the most; next week will be the players who might be moved.

Every transaction talk, be it trades or free agents, seems to start with the Yankees and this time is no different.

Brian Cashman Record: 58-33, three games ahead of the Rays and 6 1/2 in front of the Red Sox.
GM: Brian Cashman
Expectations: Anything short of another World Series title is failure, plain and simple.
Payroll status: Not that it matters, the Yankees had an opening day payroll of more than $213 million and already have more than $144 million on the books for 2011.

What they need

Starting pitcher: With Andy Pettitte on the disabled list and A.J. Burnett's recent hissy fit, the Yankees suddenly look to need at least one starter. Until now, the opening day rotation of CC Sabathia, Pettitte, Burnett, Javier Vazquez and Phil Hughes had started all but two of their games. That could be matched this week alone. The team may also be wary of letting Hughes' innings add up through a pennant race and the playoffs. Sergio Mitre is scheduled to start in Pettitte's place, but until now, he's been more successful as a reliever than a starter.

Bullpen help: Starting pitching isn't the only pitching concern the Yankees have as Joba Chamberlain's days as the bridge to Mariano Rivera may be numbered, and it's not as if Chan Ho Park is going to step up and replace him.

Damaso Marte was placed on the disabled list this weekend with Boone Logan called up as the team's only left-handed reliever.

Big bat: Marcus Thames has been better than expected as the Yankees designated hitter, hitting .287/.396/.437 with three homers and 13 RBI in 87 at-bats, but he's hardly a difference-maker. This spot -- especially if Jorge Posada is healthy enough not to need a DH safety net -- could be upgraded, especially if that upgrade could be a spot starter in the outfield.

Bench help: After the regulars, the Yankees feature the likes of Ramiro Pena and Colin Curtis. The team could certainly upgrade its depth in both the infield and the outfield.

Who may fit

Ted Lilly Starting pitcher: Cliff Lee would have been a great fit, but he's gone. Lee was the marquee name available and there's a decided step down after the newest Texas Ranger. Other starters out there are Ted Lilly, Jake Westbrook, Brett Myers, Roy Oswalt, Dan Haren and maybe even someone like Brian Bannister.

Reliever: There are stop-gap attempts like David Aardsma and Leo Nunez, or the Yankees could go for the kill with someone like Royals closer Joakim Soria. Soria is under club control until 2014, so it would take more than just cash, but also top-flight prospects to get the Royals closer and team him with Rivera to make a formidable back of the bullpen.

Other, less expensive, fits could be either of the Blue Jays pair of relievers, Scott Downs or Jason Frasor.

Bat: Again, going for the kill would be Adam Dunn. Dunn in new Yankee Stadium would be a marriage made in heaven. Dunn doesn't want to DH and he doesn't really have any other value, but he would flourish both in the American League and in pinstripes. Still, the Yankees may not want to give up too much for a player they can just buy in the offseason.

If the Yankees can find a top-end starter, they could send Vazquez to Philadelphia for Jayson Werth. David DeJesus would upgrade the outfield, as well.

Bench help:
Wes Helms and Ty Wigginton are corner possibilities and Wigginton can play second, as well. Xavier Nady and Austin Kearns are possible outfield bats that may not be big, but could work for the Yankees.

Trade chips

Jesus Montero Catching prospect Jesus Montero was reportedly only available for Lee, however the almighty dollar is always available. Any team looking to clear cash off the bottom line will talk to the Yankees, who could send middling prospects loaded up with money sacks to any team that's interested. And there are always teams interested in that kind of prospect.

Right-hander Zach McAllister is 7-6 with a 4.82 ERA in 18 starts at Triple-A. He doesn't have dominant stuff, but has good control and projects as a back of the rotation-type pitcher.

Right-hander Ivan Nova, 23, has better stats than McAllister (7-2, 3.21, 78 strikeouts in 103 2/3 innings) and has an impressive fastball. Nova has impressive talent, but has also struggled with consistency as a pro. This season is his best yet, and there's a question as to whether he's reached his ceiling. Still, he's got enough talent to be intriguing to other teams.

Mark Melancon has long been bantered about as the replacement for Rivera when Mo decides to turn his sights to Cooperstown, but Melancon has yet to live up to that hype. He could be one of those players that need a change in scenery to live up to his potential, and there's enough potential for other teams to take a chance on him.

Other possibilities include SS Eduardo Nunez and 2B David Adams, who was one of the other guys mentioned in the Lee trade.

Predictions: The Yankees will add a reliever and a starter -- possibly Lilly and the lefty Downs. Other than that, the team may think it doesn't have to do too much to keep ahead of the Rays and Red Sox.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 18, 2010 7:34 pm
Edited on: July 18, 2010 9:19 pm

Beckett off, Pettitte on DL

Andy Pettitte The Red Sox will welcome back Josh Beckett from the disabled list on Friday, as he lines up to face the Mariners.

The report, from the Boston Globe 's Peter Abraham, has Jon Lester and Daisuke Matsuzaka being pushed back a day while Tim Wakefield's rotation spot vanishes after Tuesday's gig against the Athletics.

Beckett has an unsightly 7.29 ERA in eight starts, last pitching on May 18 before going on the disabled list with back troubles. His rehab has been slow and deliberate, so he should be returning in top form and will give the Red Sox -- or so the team hopes -- a frontline ace. Now that Boston is in the playoff hunt and the second half is begun, all these players returning from injury are like trade acquisitions at no cost.

Jeremy Hermida is also slated to return, although that will put an end to the major-league career of Daniel Nava -- for now.

Division rival New York, however, has lost one of it best pitchers. Andy Pettitte left Sunday's start with a Grade 1 strain in his left groin. Sports Illustrated 's Jon Heyman reports the lefty will go on the disabled list.

It's a blow, as the 38-year-old had a sterling 2.70 ERA entering Sunday's game in 17 starts, posting an 11-2 record. The lefty had the best ERA on the staff, even better than CC Sabathia.

To make do, New York will turn to either Sergio Mitre, Dustin Moseley -- who got shelled Saturday -- or call up minor-league prospect Ivan Nova who has two bullpen appearances under his belt on the season.

As the Red Sox heal up, the Yankees are getting dinged up. In the battle of attrition that is the AL East, every last bit counts.

UPDATE : ESPN New York notes that Pettitte is out for four to five weeks, with Mitre getting the ball. And suddenly the Yankees' rotation looks thin.

UPDATE : Another team in the playoff hunt, the Angels, will place lefty Scott Kazmir on the disabled list with a tired shoulder. Although he was a member of the rotation, this is actually addition by subtraction.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 13, 2010 12:06 pm
Edited on: July 13, 2010 2:02 pm

Yankees paid more than Steinbrenner's invesment

George Steinbrenner bought the Yankees for a net price of $8.8 million from CBS in 1973 (it was $10 million, but then sold two parking lots back to CBS for $1.2 million). Here's a list of the 10 Yankees with base salaries more than that for just this season:

Alex Rodriguez $32 million
CC Sabathia $23 million
Derek Jeter $21 million
Mark Teixeira $20 million
A.J. Burnett $16.5 million
Mariano Rivera $15 million
Jorge Posada $13.1 million
Andy Pettitte $11.75 million
Javier Vazquez $11.5 million
Robinson Cano $9 million

Forbes magazine valued the team as worth $1.6 billion in April.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 10, 2010 1:34 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:26 am

Three 11-game winners for Yankees

Who needs Cliff Lee?

Phil Hughes won his 11th game of the season Friday night in Seattle, becoming the Yankees' third 11-game winner. Hughes is 11-2, Andy Pettitte is 11-2, and CC Sabathia is 11-3.

They are the first trio from the same team to reach 11 wins before the All-Star break since (and you could have given me about 100 guesses before I would have gotten this one) Jose Lima, Mike Hampton and Shane Reynolds of the Astros in 1999.

Hughes' performance (seven innings, one earned run) was nice for the Yankees to see, since even though he'd gone 2-1 in his past three starts, he had posted a 6.87 ERA.

"I think he wanted to turn it around," manager Joe Girardi said. "He's been struggling a little bit."

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 8, 2010 6:11 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 6:21 pm

Girardi leaning toward Price to start for AL?

David Price On a media conference call for All-Star managers Thursday, Yankees/American League skipper Joe Girardi seemed to hint that the Rays' David Price will get the nod for the AL.

"I believe he is a strong candidate,'' Girardi said of Price. "Obviously when you look at the five pitchers that we have going, the five starters -- and you have to exclude [Boston’s Clay] Buchholz because he’s on the DL -- Price, [New York’s Phil] Hughes, [Seattle’s Cliff] Lee, [Boston’s Jon] Lester, and [New York’s Andy] Pettitte, these are all qualified guys. And you look at who’s on turn.

"Price is leading the American League in wins. He’s an extremely strong candidate. I think he’s second in ERA. He’s had a fabulous first half. And we’ll look at that as we get closer to Sunday."

Girardi has until Monday to announce his decision, and it would be tough to argue against the selection of 24-year-old Price. He has won a league-best 12 games, is second to Lee among qualifying players with a 2.42 ERA and Tuesday would be his natural day to start.

Lee might be able to make an even better case with his AL-best ERA (2.34) and WHIP (0.95). But he's won four fewer games than Price (even though that's hardly his fault) and would be on four days' rest. Then there's the matter of his thought-to-be-impending trade, and the possibility that he might be in another uniform -- or in the National League -- by the All-Star Game.

Speaking of the National League, Charlie Manuel is in a bit of a tough spot. Colorado's Ubaldo Jimenez would seem to be a no-brainer given his accomplishments this season (15-1 record, 2.20 ERA, no-hitter), but he had been surprisingly human in his three starts (8.66 ERA) prior to Thursday's impressive win over the Cardinals. Florida's Josh Johnson, on the other hand, is on fire right now and leads baseball with a 1.70 ERA.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 5, 2010 8:22 pm

Pettitte added to All-Star team

Andy Pettitte Andy Pettitte is officially an All-Star. Joe Girardi announced the move after Boston Clay Buchholz was put on the disabled list on Monday.

Girardi told reporters that Pettitte was the next pitcher on the players' ballot.

It's Pettitte's first All-Star selection since 2001.

With CC Sabathia and Oakland's Trevor Cahill out of the game because he'll start on Sunday, here's hoping Girardi has taken care of "his guy" (as Charlie Manuel would say) with Pettitte and adds Anaheim's Jered Weaver to the staff when it's time to finish filling out the roster.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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