Prado done for year after emergency appendectomy

Martin Prado had an emergency appendectomy and was placed on the 60-day disabled list, which means his season over (Marakovits, Sept. 16).

The Yankees traded for Prado at the end of July.

Over 37 games with the Yankees, he’s hit .316 with a .336 OBP and .541 SLG in 137 plate appearances. He’s hit seven home runs and driven in 16.

The Yankees called up infielder Jose Pirela to replace Prado.

What’s on Tap for Tuesday, Sept. 16

The Yankees (76-73) continue their three-game series against the Rays (73-78) on Tuesday in Tampa Bay at 7:10 p.m. ET.

Michael Pineda (3-4, 2.20 ERA) gets the start for the Yankees, opposed by Jake Odorizzi (10-12, 4.08 ERA) for the Rays.

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Masahiro Tanaka, rehabbing from a partially torn UCL, threw five innings during a simulated game on Monday. Tanaka’s fastball topped out at 92 MPH.

Game recap: Rays 1 – Yankees 0

Recap: The Rays walked off with a 1-0 win over the Yankees on Monday night in St. Petersburg, Fla. who allowed just two hits in six innings.

MLB: New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays

Need to Know: The Yankees were bitten by an inconsistent offense yet again Monday, registering six hits but failing to come through with one in the clutch. The Yanks wasted a solid start from starter Chris Capuano, who allowed just two hits in six innings.

Tampa Bay starter Alex Colome scattered six hits in 6 2/3 innings, walking only one in that stretch. The Rays bullpen combined for 2 1/3 hitless innings.

In the ninth inning, the Rays loaded the bases off reliever Shawn Kelley, and Ben Zobrist struck a two-out single that scored Logan Forsythe with the game’s only run.

Game ball: Zobrist was the only Rays’ player with two hits and drove in the only run.

Links: AP recapBox

What’s next: The Yankees will hand the ball to Michael Pineda (3-4, 2.20) for the middle game of the three-game set. Jake Odorizzi (10-12, 4.08) will start for the Rays. First pitch will be 7:05 p.m.

Tanaka throws another sim. game

Masahiro Tanaka threw a 65-pitch simulated game on Monday afternoon.

Tanaka threw five simulated innings, allowing six hits and struck out four. He said his maximum velocity was 92 mph (Marakovits, Sept. 15).

The team will determine his future based on how he feels on Tuesday.

What’s on Tap for Monday, Sept. 15…

The Yankees (76-72) open a three-game series against the Rays on Monday in Tampa Bay at 7:05 p.m. ET.

Chris Capuano (2-3, 4.90 ERA) gets the start for the Yankees, opposed by Jake Odorizzi (10-12, 4.08 ERA) for the Rays.

Weekend Review…

The Yankees lost 3 of 4 to the Orioles, which included David Robertson blowing the save during a 3-2 loss on Sunday.

Chase Headley, who was hit in the face with a pitch on Thursday, hopes to return to action on Monday.

David Phelps was activated from the disabled list on Friday.

Game Recap: Orioles 3 – Yankees 2

Result: The Yankees suffered a disappointing 3-2 loss to the Orioles in Baltimore on Sunday night.

MLB: New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles

Need to Know: Hiroki Kurda was sensational in a must-win game for the Yankees on Sunday night. The right-hander scattered five hits and gave up one run over seven innings but garnered the no-decision. Orioles starter Chris Tillman went toe-to-toe with Kuroda, hurling 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball. While offense was scarce, Martin Prado put a dent in the scoreboard in the second inning, narrowly clearing the right-field fence for a solo shot to give the Yankees an early lead. The Orioles responded in the fifth, courtesy of an Adam Jones RBI double. Brian McCann delivered a big blow in the ninth, belting his 20th home run of the season to reclaim the Yankees’ one-run lead. However, David Robertson couldn’t hang on to the Bombers’ advantage in the bottom half of the inning. Steve Pearce doubled home Nelson Cruz to even the score, then former Yankee Kelly Johnson connected on a walk-off double to claim the victory for the Orioles.

Links: AP recap | Box score

What’s Next: The Yankees head to Tampa for a three-game set with the Rays, sending Chris Capuano  (2-3, 4.90)  to the hill. Alex Colome  (1-0, 2.79)  toes the rubber for Joe Maddon’s squad.

Headley to wear mask at the plate

Third baseman Chase Headley will wear a helmet with a protective mask attached to protect his jaw when he returns to the Yankees lineup (, Sept. 13).

Headley told reporter Brendan Kuty the mask will resemble the one worn by Braves outfielder Jason Heyward, which covers about half his face.

“It doesn’t feel any different” than a normal helmet, said Headley, who was hit by a 96-mph fastball Thursday. “You can see it a little bit out of the corner of your eyes. I’m sure that will be an adjustment.

“At the same token, if I were to get hit there again right now, I don’t know how well I could handle that. It’s just sore to touch. I’ll deal with the uncomfortableness for a short period of time.”

Headley hopes to return Monday. He said he felt fine after riding a stationary bike 20 minutes as test to see if the exercise would trigger concussion symptoms.