Saturday, June 8, 2013

Nuno Could Be Headed To The DL

Speaking to the media before this afternoon's game, Joe Girardi confirmed it was a groin injury that caused Vidal Nuno to leave his Triple-A start in the 2nd inning last night.  There has been no official diagnosis of the injury yet, but it sounds very likely that Nuno will have to go on the disabled list.

This is another small ding the Yankees' have taken to the starting depth in the last 24 hours.  They lost Chien-Ming Wang yesterday to a Major League deal with the Toronto Blue Jays and now could lose Nuno to a significant chunk of time.  Ivan Nova now assumes the 6th starter role for the Major League club while Michael Pineda starts his rehab assignment tonight.

Jagielo's Right About His Opportunity, And Not For The Reason You Think

The Yankees' 2013 1st round draft picks held a conference call with the media yesterday, and while almost every beat writer tripped over himself and each other trying to keep the "Ian Clarkin doesn't like the Yankees" theme going, I found what Eric Jagielo had to say much more newsworthy:

“I definitely see an opportunity.  That was the biggest thing, hoping I would be drafted by some team that I can see myself in the future at the big-league level at third base. With everything I've read, there’s not much (standing in the way)."

That may sound cocky to some, and maybe it is to a certain degree.  It's also 100% right and it's exactly what I want to hear Jagielo saying.  And no, it has nothing to do with Alex Rodriguez, another idiotic non-story that the MSM beat into the ground on Thursday night.

Game 61 Wrap-Up: SEA 4 NYY 1

(Courtesy of the AP)

The Yankees had appeared to regain it almost as quickly as they lost it in the Subway Series coming into last night's game.  They had won 4 straight games, all on the road, and had clearly been the better team on the field in each game.  They were perfectly set up to keep the winning streak going last night against Jeremy Bonderman, former Detroit Tiger who hadn't pitched in the Majors since 2010 and was making only his second start back after getting dominated in his first last weekend.  Hiroki Kuroda was on the mound for the Yankees, looking to get back on track himself after a substandard outing against Boston last Sunday.  Somehow all of that added up to another ugly loss.

Game Notes:

- Yanks got on the board early thanks to a Brett Gardner leadoff double and an RBI groundout by Travis Hafner in the 1st.  Bonderman didn't look sharp from the jump and it looked like just a matter of time.

- They put 2 on in the 2nd and looked primed for a big inning, then Reid Brignac decided to bunt, missed, and got Vernon Wells thrown out in the process.  That play right there was basically the end of the Yankee offense for the night.

- Hirok wasn't at his best, but he was good enough through 3.  In the 4th things started to fall apart for him and frustratingly enough it happened against the bottom of the order with 2 outs.  Double by Michael Morse, back-to-back walks to Franklin and Shoppach, and a 2-run single by the immortal Brendan Ryan gave Seattle the lead.  By the time the dust settled it was 4-1.

- I said the offense ended after the 2nd and I meant it.  The Yanks mustered just 2 hits and 1 more walk in the final 7 innings, very reminiscent of what they did on Thursday night.  To have that kind of no-show against a pitcher like Bonderman is almost unfathomable.

- Good work by the Seattle 'pen behind Bonderman.  They tossed 3 shutout innings.  Preston Claiborne threw 1.2 of his own after Kuroda to keep his BB-less streak going.