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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Ivan Nova used the word “devastated,” and he looked the part.
The 27-year-old righthander was removed from Saturday night's game against the Rays with discomfort in his right elbow, and an MRI taken later that night showed a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in the elbow, all but ending his season.
“It’s hard,” a somber Nova said in the Yankees’ clubhouse...Read more »
Three weeks, three closers.
That’s how the 2014 season has started for the Mets, who officially replaced the struggling Jose Valverde with veteran Kyle Farnsworth. Farnsworth will be the latest to attempt filling in for the injured Bobby Parnell.
“I’m not going to approach it any different,” said Farnsworth, whose diminished velocity was one of the reasons he didn’t make the team out...Read more »
Cesar Cabral's misfortune is LI native Matt Daley's gain.
The Yankees called up the Garden City native on Friday and designated Cabral for assignment following their 11-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Cabral played a big part in the bullpen's meltdown on Friday, giving up three earned runs on three hits and hitting three batters while failing to record an out.
Cabral appeared in...Read more »
Zack Thornton is one of the pieces coming back to the Mets in Friday's Ike Davis deal (along with a player to be named later). But who exactly is Thornton, and what does he bring to the Mets bullpen?
Thornton, 25, was drafted in the 43rd round by the San Francisco Giants out of high school in 2008, but instead went to the University of Oregon. He was taken by the Oakland A's in the 23rd round...Read more »
Just 16 games into the season, the Yankees have already had five players man first base – one of whom had fewer than five games of experience at the position and three players who had previously only set foot on a first base bag when rounding the bases.
The chronology goes like this:
- Mark Teixeira strained his hamstring on April 4, just four games into his season, and went on the disabled...Read more »
How close was Mrs. Met to being a widow?
A few careless Mr. Met steps away from President Bill Clinton, according to a new book by former Mr. Met A.J. Mass, "Yes, It's Hot In Here". Mass donned the mascot suit from 1994-1997.
Clinton visited Shea Stadium on April 15, 1997 to mark the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier and, in an excerpt from the book...Read more »
Yangervis Solarte seemingly can do no wrong.
The Yankees' rookie helped lift CC Sabathia out of a jam in the second inning on Thursday against the Rays. With runners on first and second, Tampa Bay first baseman Sean Rodriguez grounded to third and in one fluid motion, Solarte fielded and stepped on the bag at third to start the 5-4-3 triple play. Solarte flipped to second to Roberts before...Read more »
Following a recent stretch of injuries for the Yankees -- injuries that grew so numerous Carlos Beltran had to spend several innings at first base on Sunday night -- reinforcements are on the way.
The Yankees have called up catcher John Ryan Murphy and selected the contract of infielder Scott Sizemore. Catcher Francisco Cervelli, who suffered a Grade 2 hamstring strain running to first base...Read more »
Derek Jeter's sore right quad and Brian Roberts achy back will get another day off thanks to Mother Nature.
The Yankees' game on Tuesday night vs. the Cubs has been postponed due to weather. It's been rescheduled as part of a day-night, separate admission doubleheader on Wednesday. The pregame ceremonies honoring Nelson Mandela and Jackie Robinson were also postponed until Wednesday.
The...Read more »
Derek Jeter will miss his second straight game against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday.
Joe Girardi decided to rest the 39-year-old Saturday with a regular day off, but Newsday's Anthony Rieber reported Sunday that Jeter is dealing with a tight right quadriceps. Rieber also reported Jeter could be used in an emergency Sunday.
The Yankees have their first day off of the season on Monday,...Read more »