Girardi unimpressed by Toronto’s weight room, sends Tanaka home

Yankees manager Joe Girardi sent rehabbing Masahiro Tanaka back to New York from Toronto this weekend, citing that the workout facilities for visitors in the Rogers Centre aren’t up to the Yankees standards (Yahoo Sports Canada, August 31).

Girardi said Sunday that the ballpark’s new weight room for visiting teams is too small and isn’t equipped with the “modalties” Tanaka needs to rehab his partially torn elbow ligament.

“The facilities are better there and that’s why we sent him back,” said Girardi. “I know you get upset but, I mean, I told you why we did it. We’re not hiding anything.”

Though Girardi didn’t want to cause an incident, he was clearly frustrated when reporters asked about his decision to send Tanaka home.

“Has anyone seen the weight room? It’s about as big as this area we’re in right now, this little room,” said Girardi. “It doesn’t have a SwimEx. It doesn’t have all the modalities. I mean, I told you, I’m concerned about him. I am concerned about him.”

With the absence of a SwimEx, the skipper felt it was a waste for Tanaka to be in Toronto as he said, “We just felt it was more productive for him to be [in New York].”

Beltran can deal with elbow pain

Carlos Beltran has spent most of the season as the DH nursing a sore elbow is his right throwing arm. On Sunday, he was in right field and unleashed a bullet throw to the plate nearly cutting down Blue Jays’ Steve Tolleson with  the go-ahead run in a 4-3 loss to the Blue Jays at the plate.

The throw didn’t happen without consequence as he felt some pain in the elbow, but nothing he couldn’t bear (Kuty, Sept. 1).


 

 

What’s on Tap for Monday, September 1

The Yankees (70-65) are off on Monday.

They open a three-game series against the Red Sox (60-76) on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium at 7:05 p.m. ET.

Shane Greene (4-1, 3.09 ERA) gets the start for the Yankees, opposed by Joe Kelly (2-3, 4.14 ERA) for Boston.


Weekend Review…


The Yankees lost two of three to the Blue Jays over the weekend, including a 4-3 loss on Sunday >> Read more at NYYFans


Masahiro Tanaka, who is rehabbing from a partially torn UCL, was shut down due to general soreness.


Jacoby Ellsbury sprained his ankle on Friday, sat out on both Saturday and Sunday, and is due to be examined by a doctor on Monday.


The Yankees acquired RHP Chaz Roe from the Marlins on Sunday in exchange for cash considerations.

Yankees acquire reliever Roe from Marlins

The Yankees acquired righthander Chaz Roe from the Marlins Sunday in exchange for cash.  (Yankees, Aug. 31).

Roe,  27,  has been  in the minors or most of the last 10 seasons but  could join the Yankees to add bullpen depth when rosters expand  Monday.

Roe pitched 22 1/3 big league innings, all in 2013 with Arizona,  and had a 4.03 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 21 appearances. A first-round pick by Colorado in 2005, Roe also spent time with the Mariners, Rangers and Marlins at the Double A and Triple A levels  the past five years.

Righthanders batted .195 against Roe when he was at Triple-A New Orleans. Lefties hit .276 against him. Roe had 14 saves in 18 tries for New Orleans this season with a 3.66 ERA and 1.16 WHIP.

Last week, the Yankees acquired lefthander Josh Outman from the Indians. Outman has limited lefties to a .188 average in his six-year big league career. The two could fill similar roles in the Yankees bullpen.

Ellsbury to have MRI on ankle

Jacoby Ellsbury, who contributed a pinch-hit bloop double in the  ninth inning of the Yankees’ loss Sunday. said after the game he would have an MRI on his sprained left ankle Sunday night (NJ.com).

Ellsbury told NJ.com he hopes to start Tuesday against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Joe Girardi said he will see the doctor Monday,  an off day for the Yankees.

Ellsbury, who was hurt sliding into home Friday, did not play Saturday. Girardi wasn’t expecting him to play Sunday, and didn’t start Ellsbury despite his pre-game pleas. After the double, Ellsbury was removed for pinch runner Ichiro Suzuki, who was stranded at third.

The double continued Ellsbury’s recent hot streak. He hit .522 with four homers in his previous six games.

 

Game recap: Blue Jays 4, Yankees 3

Result: The Blue Jays rallied with four unanswered runs for the 4-3 victory over the Yankees. With the loss, the Bombers dropped the series against Toronto.

MLB: New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays


Need to know:  The Yankees had eleven hits on Sunday afternoon, but it was not enough to top the Blue Jays. Brett Gardner led the Bombers’ offense with three hits and two RBI, including a solo home run. Francisco Cervelli also hit in a run for the Yankees. The Yankees turned to Brandon McCarthy, who allowed five hits and four runs over six innings for his fifth season loss. The Blue Jays rallied from a three-run deficit with three solo home runs by Melky Cabrera, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion.


Links: Box | Recap


What’s next: The Yankees return home to the Bronx to face their biggest rival, the Red Sox, at 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday night.

MLB: New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays

Ellsbury out again on Sunday

Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury will miss his second straight game on Sunday with a sprained left ankle.

The Yankees missed Ellsbury on Saturday when they were one-hit by the Blue Jays. Ellsbury was on a teat with a 20 for 44 (.455 average over the past 11 games with four homes runs. Ellsbury, who is batting third for the Yankees, also leads the team with 64 RBIs.

Ellsbury had hoped to play on Sunday, but the ankle is too tender.


 

What’s on Tap: Sunday, Aug. 31

The Yankees wrap up their series with the Blue Jays in Toronto on Sunday afternoon. Brandon McCarthy (5-3, 2.47 ERA)goes for the Yankees with J.A. Happ (8-8. 4.40 ERA) pitching for the Blue Jays.


AL Wild Card Standings
Team W L Pct GB Home Road Last 10 Streak
Oakland 78 57 .578 +4.0 43-23 35-34 4-6 L 3
Detroit 74 61 .548 - 35-30 39-31 6-4 W 1
Kansas City 74 61 .548 - 35-32 39-29 4-6 L 3

Seattle 72 62 .537 1.5 35-36 37-26 5-5 L 3
NY Yankees 70 64 .522 3.5 33-31 37-33 7-3 L 1
Cleveland 70 64 .522 3.5 39-25 31-39 7-3 W 3
Toronto 68 67 .504 6.0 36-31 32-36 4-6 W 1

In case you missed it…

The Yankees were 1-hit on Saturday in a 2-0 loss to the Blue Jays. Read the wrap-up at MLB.com, NY Post, and Daily News.


Jacoby Ellsbury, red-hot of late hitting, was out of Saturday’s lineup with an ankle injury. The injury might be worse than initially thought. >>> Read more in the Daily News.


 

 

 

Jacoby Ellsbury to see doctor Monday

Jacoby Ellsbury, who sprained his ankle Friday and  sat out Saturday’s loss in Toronto, will see a doctor in New York Monday.  (NJ.com, Aug. 30).

Joe Girardi said he’d be “really shocked” if Ellsbury played Sunday.  The manager said Ellsbury might have gone on the disabled list had injury happened earlier in the year. But the move is not needed as rosters expand to 40 Monday, when the Yankees are off.

Ellsbury, who was hurt sliding into home,  was hitting .552 with four homers and nine RBI in his past nine games.

Game Recap: Blue Jays 2 – Yankees 0

Result: The Yankees fell to the Blue Jays, 2-0, Saturday afternoon in Toronto.


MLB: New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays


Need to Know: Michael Pineda pitched six-plus strong innings against the Blue Jays in a losing effort. A two-run homer off the bat of Jose Bautista in the first inning were the only runs scored off Pineda. Mark Teixeira doubled in the fourth inning for the Yankees’ lone hit of the game. Jacoby Ellsbury sat out after injuring his ankle sliding into home Friday night.


Links:  Box score


What’s Next: Brandon McCarthy (5-3, 2.47 ERA) toes the rubber in Sunday’s series finale opposite Toronto’s J.A. Happ (8-8, 4.40 ERA). Game time is 1:07 p.m.