Archive for May 12th, 2008


Monday, May 12th, 2008

Updates on A-Rod and Kennedy

Yankees Rumors & News

The Yankees were hoping to get Alex Rodriguez back this week. Just in time for the Subway Series this weekend but that isn’t going to happen.

The MRI A-Rod took showed some progress but it wasn’t enought to get him in rehab games like the Yankees had hoped.

“We can’t afford to have him come back for two days then lose him for six weeks,” Girardi said. “We want to have him fully healed.”

Good move by the Yanks here. It’s best to play it safe, especially when it comes to A-Rod. You have to be 150% sure that he’s healthy enough to play. He’s a very big part of this offense so no need to rush him again.

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In other news of importance in Yankeeland now, Ian Kennedy is scheduled to pitch one or two innings tonight in his minor league start. With that being said, in all likely-hood he will make the start on Thursday against the Rays.The move …

The Series Ahead: Tampa Bay

Yankees Rumors & News

Tonight – 7:10 p.m., YES
Andy Pettitte – LHP (3-3, 3.77 ERA) vs. Matt Garza – RHP (1-1, 4.91 ERA)

Tomorrow – 7:10 p.m., YES
Chien-Ming Wang – RHP (6-1, 3.12 ERA) vs. Edwin Jackson – RHP (2-3, 4.04 ERA)

Wednesday – 7:10 p.m., YES
Mike Mussina – RHP (5-3, 4.36 ERA) vs. James Shields – RHP (4-2, 3.14 ERA)

Thursday – 4:10 p.m., YES
TBA vs. Scott Kazmir – LHP (1-1, 2.70 ERA)

Kei Igawa was slated to pitch Wednesday but due to the rain out the Yankees have a couple of options for Thursday. They can pitch Darrell Rasner but one would think that Rasner is going to open up the Subway Series on Friday against the Mets. The Yanks could also go to the minor leagues for options for Thursday’s starter.

I can not stomach another Igawa start. I hope Ian Kennedy is back up sooner than later, so we’ll have to wait until Joe Girardi talks to his people internally. Let’s see if they tell us the plans BEFORE the game starts on Thursday.

The Rays are …

Delgado’s Agent On Crazy Pills

Mets Rumors & News

The Star-Ledger’s Dan Graziano provides us a glimpse into the surreal on his blog, where he details an email exchange he recently had with agent to the stars David Sloane.

The point of contention seemed to be a note that Graziano had included in a recent published report concerning Sloane client Carlos Delgado. Graz wrote that “the Mets are paying Delgado $12 million in salary this year plus a $4 million buyout on his 2009 option for a total of $16 million.” The silent slugger will actually pull in $16 million in base salary this season, however the Marlins are on the hook for $4 million of that salary. I suppose Graziano could’ve stated this point a bit more clearly, but literally speaking, what he wrote was factually accurate.

Evidently Sloane didn’t see it that way.

You’ve really got to check out Graz’s blog to get the full flavor of the ensuing exchange, but consider this excerpt from Sloane:

“Apologize this retard, he’s making 16 this year WITH …

Knicks Rumors & News

It’s time for a little point v. counter-point here on Hot Stove New York. Yesterday Jay discussed the Knicks’ hiring of Mike D’Antoni to a four-year, $24 million deal and concluded that this is a bad fit and the wrong move for new-sheriff-in-town Donnie Walsh.

But I disagree. I think Walsh has gotten this latest era of Knicks basketball off to a tremendous start, and here’s why.

Long-term planning. In a refreshing breath of fresh air and honesty, Donnie Walsh didn’t arrive for his introductory press conference full of sweet-smelling promises and false hope. He told it like it is. This team is garbage and has no prayer of a quick turn-around. Walsh openly admitted that the Knicks are bracing for the Summer of 2010 when they hope to have cleared enough cap space to make a run at Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, or Chris Bosh. In the meanwhile, the goal of the franchise is to take this mishmosh of a roster and make it …

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