Yankees Notes Heading into the Second Half
They say you have to take the good with the bad.
Friday, the 15-year anniversary of David Cone’s perfect game and Joe Torre’s 74th birthday, started with good news for the New York Yankees. The team announced Carlos Beltran had been reinstated from the seven-day disabled list following a freak batting practice accident that left the slugger with several facial contusions.
Beltran returned to the lineup Friday against the Cincinnati Reds, batting sixth. It appears he is still unable to play the field, as manager Joe Girardi penciled him in as the designated hitter. Bryan Mitchell was sent down in order to make room for Beltran.
While Beltran’s return is certainly a positive for the Bombers, his season has been rather disappointing. The 37-year-old is batting 20 points over the Mendoza Line and has just nine homers and 29 RBI to his name as the second half of the season resumes. The Yankees hope this time away from the field will allow him to come back reenergized and ready to go.
He did make an immediate impact Friday night, getting two hits and driving in a run. The Yankees won the game 4-3.
Now the bad news.
After much speculation, CC Sabathia is in fact done for the season, according to Yankees’ general manager Brian Cashman. The lefty elected to have a “cleanup” procedure performed on his right knee. Sabathia will have arthroscopic debridement surgery next week.
After a sub-par 2013 campaign, Sabathia did not hit the ground running in 2014. Red flags shot up when it became obvious that Sabathia had lost several miles per hour on his fastball in spring training. He failed to thwart the notion that the loss in speed would hurt his performance, as he went 3-4 with a 5.28 ERA in eight starts before landing on the DL.
Hopefully, Sabathia will return at full strength next season, but in the meantime the Yankees need to figure out what to do with their staff. The team has lost 80% of its original starting rotation and it is unclear who the Yankees could land via trade. Names such as Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and Ian Kennedy, amongst others, have been thrown around.
In other news, err Derek Jeter news, the Yankees issued a press release Friday, sure to be the first of many, shedding some light on how the team intends to honor their captain towards the end of what will be his final season.
There will be a special ceremony in the Bronx prior to the Yankees’ game versus the Kansas City Royals on September 7. The team announced no further details on the ceremony, but did mention that fans will receive a limited-edition coin to celebrate the occasion. The timing of the event seems odd, as the Yankees waited until their final home stand to honor Mariano Rivera last season, but it will undoubtedly be an unforgettable day at the stadium.
Also pertaining to No. 2, Jeter surpassed Omar Vizquel for the most starts in history at the shortstop position on Friday night. It was The Captain’s 2,610th start there, a feat that once again reminds fans how long Jeter has been doing this at such a high level.
Lastly, some stories that may have gone under the radar.
The Yankees signed left-handed reliever Rich Hill to a minor league deal on Thursday. New York will be Hill’s third organization this year, as he has already spent time with the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Lastly, Cashman was quick to dispel any ideas that the Yankees may pursue second baseman Dan Uggla, whom the Atlanta Braves just released. Uggla was batting just .162 with two homers prior to being let go.
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