New York Yankees: Hirkoki Kuroda

Pineda progressing toward return

July, 20, 2014
Jul 20
NEW YORK -- Injured Yankees starter Michael Pineda is getting closer to starting his rehab assignment, manager Joe Girardi said.

Pineda, one of four Yankees’ starters penciled into the rotation at the beginning of the season who are injured, is expected to throw two sessions of live batting practice in the coming days. If all goes well, he will progress to throwing either simulated innings or innings against live hitters in rehab starts.

Pineda hasn’t pitched since April 23 due to a troublesome shoulder injury. The righty threw a bullpen session over the All Star break and didn’t have an issue.

Pineda is in the midst of an approximately six-week process to get back on the mound.

Beltran to throw soon: Carlos Beltran has been limited to DH duty for the Yankees because of a bone spur in his right elbow that causes soreness when he tries to throw. But Girardi said on Sunday that Beltran is expected to try to throw “soon.” So the veteran may be available for outfield duty in the near future, provided he doesn’t have any setbacks.

Joe marvels at Kuroda: That Hiroki Kuroda is the lone Yankees starter who was penciled into the rotation at the beginning of the season hasn’t been lost on Girardi.

“The last guy standing in a sense is the oldest guy,” Girardi said of the 39-year-old Kuroda. “It just tells you about how he prepares himself.”

Girardi was asked if he could see himself asking Kuroda to pitch more in the second half of the season due to the various injuries to the Yankees’ pitching staff.

“You can maybe push him a little bit more but I think you have to be cautious,” he said.

Source: It is about the money with Kuroda

December, 22, 2011
It is about the money.

The Yankees are still unlikely to do anything major this offseason unless they can unload some money, a baseball official with knowledge of their plans. So even though they like Hiroki Kuroda a lot, Yankees GM Brian Cashman does not have the cash to spend on the righty starter. Kuroda figures to receive at least $12 million on a one-year deal.

Feeling they have five starters in CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, Phil Hughes, A.J. Burnett and Freddy Garcia, that is not in Cashman's budget. The Yankees already have commitments that will put their 2012 payroll in the $185-$200M range.

So how does something big happen? Well, there are probably two options. One would be to trade Burnett, freeing up money. The Yankees, according to the New York Post, were willing to eat $8 million of the $33 million remaining on the final two years of Burnett's contract. They probably would have to swallow $15-20 million, maybe more, to get teams really interested.

They could also deal Nick Swisher, which could pave the way for the signing of Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. Right now, the Yankees really aren't expected to be in on Cespedes because they don't have the payroll flexibility to add a $30-$50M player. The Yankees like Cespedes, but, at this point it doesn't seem it is enough for Cashman to go to Hal Steinbrenner and ask for more dough.

So barring Cashman going to Steinbrenner for more allowance, the only way for the Yankees to make a big move is to make a big trade. Since Cashman has been talking about these players all offseason and nothing has been close, it seems unlikely anything big happens. But things change. Remember Aaron Boone?

Danks, Kuroda Update: Don't expect it

December, 6, 2011
We will not rule out that the Yankees will make a trade for John Danks, but team officials don't know exactly where they would put him.

The feeling is that the Yankees have their five starters with CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, Phil Hughes, Freddy Garcia and A.J. Burnett. Hector Noesi will be the swing starter. (Bartolo Colon seems increasingly unlikely to return.)

One of the reasons that the Yankees will be hesitant to make a trade for Danks is because the CBA has changed how compensation works if Danks were to leave as a free agent at the end of next season. Under the formula, the Yankees would get less than the likely first round pick Danks would command. This makes Danks less appealing as one-year option.

As for Kuroda, there has been a slight shift in thinking that he may consider other places besides Los Angeles or Japan, but there is no indication yet that New York would be one of them. Kuroda is a player the Yankees were interested in last winter and they tried to trade for him at July's deadline.

Again, the Yankees do not seem willing to add a guaranteed contract for pretty big money when they feel their rotation is set.

So if these stays the same, Question of the mid-Day: How do you feel about your rotation?



Masahiro Tanaka
12 2.51 135 129
BAJ. Ellsbury .277
HRM. Teixeira 20
RBIJ. Ellsbury 55
RB. Gardner 77
OPSB. Gardner .788
ERAM. Tanaka 2.51
SOM. Tanaka 135