Around the Horn: A-Rod to the DL, Nova recalled…

There have been some interesting stories developing around the Yankee Universe lately, here’s a quick breakdown.

  • A-Rod has become the most recent Yankee to hit the DL as he was placed on the 15-Day DL this afternoon according to Chad Jennings. A-Rod has been dealing with a calf injury, and after a few days of rest, the Yankees medical team decided he was ready to play yesterday. A-Rod did get the start at DH yesterday, but he had to leave the game early. The Yankees are claiming that A-Rod’s calf is in no worse shape than it was a few days ago, but it’s hard to believe that playing yesterday did not further aggravate it.
  • Also coming from Jennings, Ivan Nova is being recalled and will get the start for the Yankees on Monday pushing the other starters back a day. Joel Sherman actually broke this news this morning, but now it’s official. I love the idea to plug Nova into the rotation because the extra rest for the rest of the rotation will be well welcomed. It shouldn’t hurt to get the struggling Javier Vazquez some extra rest time, and extra rest for Hughes means he may be able to pitch longer into the season before he hits his innings limit. Although Marc Carig has quoted Brian Cashman as saying that Hughes’ innings limit won’t play a factor in the playoffs and that it will be “all hands on deck”, for what it’s worth.
  • Josh Norris has confirmed the rumors that Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances have been promoted to AA Trenton. Banuelos and Betances will join a rotation featuring Andrew Brackman, Adam Warren, and Hector Noesi. That’s a pretty fine rotation that Trenton has there.
  • Via NPB Tracker on Twitter, we learn that the Yankees have sent Damon Oppenheimer and Billy Eppler to Japan to watch pitching sensation Yu Darvish. Darvish is only 24 years old, but he has really made a name for himself in Japan, and arguably in the U.S. as well. Darvish is not eligible to become an international free agent until after 2014, but his team, the Nippon Ham Fighters, have the opportunity to post him in which MLB teams would have the right to bid for the opportunity to negotiate a contract with Darvish. There seems to be no question of whether this will happen, it’s just a matter of when. And rest assured, once he is available, the Yankees will be in the Darvish sweepstakes.
  • You may have heard the news already, but the Yankees announced yesterday that the Cleveland Indians have selected AAA starter Zach McAllister as the player to be named later in the deal for Austin Kearns. McAllister may seem like a lot to give up for Kearns, but McAllister has really struggled in AAA this season and may no longer have fit in with the Yankees future plans.
  • 2010 HOPE Week ended yesterday with the Yankees helping out two sisters, Melida and Johanna Arias. I really enjoyed HOPE Week this year, along with last year, and I hope it has inspired others to help out the community.
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3 thoughts on “Around the Horn: A-Rod to the DL, Nova recalled…

  1. Thanks for the info on Nova. Only saw him one time earlier in the season and saw him got ground balls. That Trenton Thunder got a good to great rotation filled of prospects,

  2. I really enjoyed seeing the pictures online about HOPE week. What a awesome thing the Yankees have created!! Lets hope, even though I really could care less about other teams but to do something like this is a beautiful thing, other organizations in all sports follow the Yankees lead. What they are doing is too important to ignore!!
    I really believe Vazquez is done meaning he needs to do whatever Vazquez’s do after they retire. He has nothing left. This isn’t a “dead arm” situation but rather a “done arm” situation.

    • You’re right, it would be great if other teams started doing things similar to HOPE Week.

      Regarding Vazquez, I don’t believe he is close to being “done”. His velocity is pretty much the same as it was during that stretch when he was the Yankees second best pitcher this year, so that’s not the problem. He’s just struggling through control problems, like he did early in the season. I think what Vazquez could use is some extra rest and time to work out some of his control issues, and he should get some extra rest now that Ivan Nova is going to join the rotation. To say that Vazquez is “done” after just 7 games (35 innings) in which he has admittedly stunk would be an oversimplification based on a small sample size. Let us Yankee fans show a little patience with Vazquez, and any other Yankees who are struggling or may struggle.

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