Yankees recall Mitchell, Goody

After Michael Pineda went on the disabled list earlier in the day, the Yankees recalled righthanders Bryan Mitchell and Nick Goody from from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and optioned righthander Caleb Cotham to the RailRiders.

Goody, 24, is 1-2 with a 1.68 ERA in 34 combined appearances in Double and Triple-A this season with 70 strikeouts in 48 1/3 innings.He was first called up from Triple-A last Saturday and optioned back Tuesday without making an appearance.

Mitchell, 24, has spent most of this season at Triple-A, going 5-5 with a 3.12 ERA in 15 starts for Scranton. He has six relief appearances with the Yankees, with a 2.91 ERA in 9 1/3 innings.

Cotham, 26, was called up by the Yankees Wednesday and made his big league debut, pitching the final 1 2/3 innings of the 5-2 loss to Texas. In 27 appearances in Double and Triple-A, he is 5-2 with a 2.17 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings.


Game 101: Yankees at Rangers, 8:05 p.m.

The Yankees (57-43) conclude their four-game series against the Rangers (48-52) on Thursday in Arlington at 8:05 p.m.

CC Sabathia (4-8, 5.38) pressed into action when Michael Pineda (right forearm strain) went on the disabled list earlier Thursday, faces Yovani Gallardo (7-9, 3.19)

Yankees Rangers
1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF 1. Delino DeShields Jr. CF
2. Brett Gardner LF 2. Elvis Andrus SS
3. Alex Rodriguez DH 3. Prince Fielder 1B
4. Mark Teixeira 1B 4. Adrian Beltre 3B
5. Brian McCann C 5. Josh Hamilton DH
6. Carlos Beltran RF 6. Ryan Rua LF
7. Chase Headley 3B 7. Shin-Soo Choo RF
8. Didi Gregorius SS 8. Adam Rosales 2B
9. Stephen Drew 2B 9. Robinson Chirinos C

Sabathia Notes: He’s starting on regular four days rest after being moved up in the rotation. . .Had his shortest outing of the season against the Rangers May 23, giving up six runs and seven hits in 2 1/3 innings in a 15-4 loss at Yankee Stadium.

Gallardo Notes: Is 0-3 in five starts this month, and has given up season-high five earned runs in past two starts after allowing four or fewer in his first 19 starts. . .Went six innings and gave up two runs and four hits in Rangers’ 4-2 at Yankee Stadium May 24.

Yankees Notes: New York is 4-2 on season-high tying 10-game road trip. The Yankees head to Chicago for a three-game series against the White Sox.

Rangers Notes: Texas is 8-14  in July and 11-21 since June 20.



Yankees trade for Dustin Ackley

The Yankees have traded for INF/OF Dustin Ackley from the Seattle Mariners, according to Jack Curry (July 30).

Ramon Flores and Jose Ramirez will go to Seattle in the deal, according to Curry (July 30).

Ackley is hitting .215 this season, with a .270 OBP, over 85 games and 207 plate appearances. He has eight doubles, one triple and six home runs. He’s scored 22 runs and driven in 19.

Ackley has mostly seen time in the outfield, but has appeared at one game at second base, subbing in for Robinson Cano.

Previously, Ackley has played the majority of his games in the majors at second.

Update, 7:01 p.m.: Joe Girardi told reporters before Thursday’s game in Texas he sees Ackley more as an outfielder, not a second baseman, but able to play 5 different positions. Ackley will join the Yankees Friday in Chicago, when the team is expected to make the corresponding roster move.

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The Yankees were interested in Ackley this past winter as well. Ackley, the second overall pick in the 2009 draft, failed to live up to expectations in Seattle. The Yankees might be hoping for a change of scenery scenario and see Ackley’s left-handed swing as a good fit for Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees left-handed hitting outfield depth in the minors is vast, thus Flores being available in the deal. Ramirez had a couple of tastes of the show and couldn’t seem to get his control fully in wraps. Again, the Yankees’ farm system is filled with better relievers making Ramirez expendable.

It remains to be seen if this means the end of Stephen Drew, Brendan Ryan or Garrett Jones on the Yankees’ 25-man roster.

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Pineda placed on 15-day DL due to forearm strain

Michael Pineda has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a flexor (forearm) strain, the Yankees announced (July 30, 3:00 pm).

According to Sherman, the Yankees expect Pineda to return this season.

CC Sabathia will start in Pineda’s place on Thursday, the team said.

The Yankees have not yet announced who will replace Pineda on the 25-man roster.

Earlier this season, Andrew Miller spent roughly a month on the disabled list with a forearm strain.

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This news developing a bit more than 24 hours before the trade deadline brings up plenty of questions. It was safe to say that the Yankees felt they could stand pat or make minor depth moves to their rotation with Pineda and Masahiro Tanaka healthy, and figuring they were talented enough to lead the club in the postseason.

Now with Pineda ailing, it begs the question: will the Yankees go for a higher-end pitcher instead of a back end of the rotation starter? Or will they simply use their minor leaguers like Bryan Mitchell (starting on Thursday night) or Luis Severino to fill the void long-term? They could also try to stretch out Adam Warren, who has been in the bullpen for several weeks.

I’d venture to guess the Yanks were looking at depth on the trade market anyway, so one move for the rotation would not be shocking. But if Pineda’s issue turns out to be elbow related, which means a longer time away from the game, the Yankees might make a bolder move. The severity of Pineda’s injury will dictate the quality of the starting pitcher the Yankees try to acquire before tomorrow’s deadline.

SNY.tv’s Christopher Carelli is the founder of Yankees Unscripted, a site devoted to narrative-free commentary about the New York Yankees. Follow Christopher on Twitter, @Chris_Carelli, for up to the minute coverage of the team.


Tinker or stand pat for Yankees’ Brian Cashman at deadline?

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The New York Yankees maintain a comfortable six-game lead in the American League East with the trade deadline looming Friday at 4 p.m. There are certain areas which could be upgraded with an addition from the outside such as the starting rotation and second base, but will Yankees general manager Brian Cashman make a stealth move for an impact player, stick with moderate tinkering to improve the club or simply stand completely pat?

Brian CashmanThe Yankees are usually mentioned as “in” on players with big names as they can afford to pay their salaries, and because they have been willing in the past to use prospects to add impact players at the trade deadline. That modus operandi has waned in recent seasons as the club has switched gears, making strides in rebuilding their farm system. The Yankees trades of late have been more of the low-cost, potential-upside quality involving fringe prospects or major leaguers.

During this process the Yankees have been fortunate with the development of players like outfielder Aaron Judge, right-handed pitcher Luis Severino and first baseman Greg Bird. Each of those players resides in Triple-A and each project to be major league ballplayers; maybe even stars in Judge’s and Severino’s case. They also have shortstop Jorge Mateo at Low-A making noise. All four players have been deemed untouchable by Cashman this trade season.

But, is this “untouchable” thing just a ploy? Could it be something to get other teams to feel as though they can offer less, allowing Cashman to stealthily swipe a player like David Price out of the hands of a presumed favorite like the Los Angeles Dodgers? That remains to be seen. To read more of this story, click here

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In case you missed it Wednesday

After scoring 21 runs Tuesday, the Yankees were held to just two on Wednesday, losing 5-2 to the Rangers at Globe Life Park.

The Yankees designated LHP Chris Capuano for assignment and called up RHP Caleb Cotham from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (July 29).

The organization made it clear it does not want to deal top prospects when the Yankees rejected a trade for Craig Kimbrel after San Diego wanted the Yankees’ top minor league shortstop (July 30).

New York is among several teams that are reportedly interested in trading for Tigers starter David Price (July 29).

Three Yankees minor leaguers were suspended for drug use (July 29).

The Yankees and Rangers play the rubber game of a four-game series Thursday at 8:05 p.m.

Michael Pineda (9-7, 3.97 ERA) will face Yovani Gallardo (7-9, 3.19 ERA).


Jul 25, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel (46) pitches during the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Yankees unwilling to deal top prospect for Kimbrel

The Yankees are adamant about keeping their top prospects, and they made that clear on Wednesday.

The Yankees rejected a trade with the San Diego Padres that would have brought reliever Craig Kimbrel to New York because the Padres wanted SS Jorge Mateo, one of the Yankees’ four untouchable prospects, according to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman (July 29).

While the Yankees have dealt top prospects for big names in the past, they have told teams they are unwilling to part with their top four prospects: Mateo, OF Aaron Judge, SP Luis Severino or 1B Greg Bird (July 27).

Mateo, 20, is batting .275 with two home runs and 33 RBIs in 91 games with Low-A Charleston. Baseball America ranked him the third-best prospect in the Yankees’ organization last October, ahead of 2B Rob Refsnyder and LHP Jacob Lindgren, who both made their MLB debuts this season (Oct. 31, 2014).

Kimbrel, who has 29 saves and a 2.75 ERA, is due roughly $28 million through 2017, which Heyman said the Yankees would be willing to take on.

The Yankees bullpen, which already features Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller, is already strong, ranking fifth in the American League in ERA and third in opponents’ batting average.

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The Yankees have stated from the beginning of the trade season that they would not trade their top prospects, namely Judge, Severino, Bird and Mateo. So, it’s not surprising that the Yankees balked on shipping Mateo for Kimbrel. While Kimbrel is controllable, the Yankees’ bullpen is probably their biggest and most consistent strength, making an addition less than necessary.

The Yankees’ decision to hold on to their top prospects is predicated on where they see themselves in the next couple of seasons. Big contracts are coming off the books (Carlos Beltran, CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira) making Judge, Severino and Bird attractive, low-cost, young pieces to fill the voids. Further, with the Yankees holding a commanding lead in the AL East, the necessity to make a bold move which would require a top prospect is minimal.

For the first time in a long time, the Yankees are seemingly ready to let homegrown youth infuse their roster vs. using it to secure veteran talent. I’m all for it.

SNY.tv’s Christopher Carelli is the founder of Yankees Unscripted, a site devoted to narrative-free commentary about the New York Yankees. Follow Christopher on Twitter, @Chris_Carelli, for up to the minute coverage of the team.