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A-Rod running, Jeter removes boot, Pineda throws 95

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07:07 AM ET 05.03 | Thursday set up as a busy one in the world of the Yankees, who have more than their share of injuries to address. Having progressed to "full-bore" running, [Alex Rodriguez] has been cleared to travel to Tampa to begin some early baseball activities. ... Although he's in a boot, [Derek Jeter] is able to remove the boot and do some exercises. He's also doing laser therapy, hydro therapy and daily bone stimulator treatments. ... [Mark Teixeira] will stay with the Yankees through this weekend and then join Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson. ... "[Michael Pineda] pitched today and was at 93 and up to 95 (mph)," [Brian Cashman] said. "He had a good physical day."

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May 3, 2013  07:52 AM ET

Win or lose, I like the 2013 Yankees exponentially more than the 2012 version. They are much grittier, albeit less talented, but have demonstrated the ability to come back from a deficit, unlike the 2012 Yanks.

I am concerned that bringing back Granderson, Tex and A-Rod will return the team to their complacent-wait-for-the-3-run-homer approach last year.

May 3, 2013  07:59 AM ET

I'm more worried about the fact CC seems to not be an ace anymore. A-Rod will come back and be an upgrade regardless, Jeter cant possibly be worse than Nunez even if he's diminished and he will lead and inspire other teammates, Tex's Defense is more important than his bat and Grandy should be back soon. And Pineda is one monster X Factor. This team will be back at full strength by mid July and be able to contend once again. Not a typical season but its gonna be another October in the Bronx baby!!!

May 3, 2013  08:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I'm more worried about the fact CC seems to not be an ace anymore. A-Rod will come back and be an upgrade regardless, Jeter cant possibly be worse than Nunez even if he's diminished and he will lead and inspire other teammates, Tex's Defense is more important than his bat and Grandy should be back soon. And Pineda is one monster X Factor. This team will be back at full strength by mid July and be able to contend once again. Not a typical season but its gonna be another October in the Bronx baby!!!

Nunez' glove has been decent this year. Serviceable, at a minimum. Now, he's starting to hit. Obviously, Jeter's the man, but Nunez is looking more and more like the SS of the future. Plus, he loses his helmet 95% of the time while running the bases.

Can't wait to get Pineda back.

Call me crazy, but the way Wells is hitting, he needs to be in the lineup every day. Now Ichiro is starting to hit. When Granderson comes back, who do you bench? Gardner? Ichiro? Or rotate all 4 in the outfield and use one of them as a DH every night?

I have so had it with A-Rod. I think he is an upgrade in name only. With the drama (and Ks) he brings on a nightly basis, I don't know if he is worth keeping at this point.

We'll see what Tex has left in the tank. Overbay is off to a nice start. I would hate to see him lose playing time if he keeps hitting the way he has been. Especially since Tex hasn't shown the ability to adjust to the shift.

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May 3, 2013  08:30 AM ET
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I like your first point about being grittier and being able to get a clutch hit.But the odds of these guys being able to keep it up for a full year isn't likely.We need our regulars to come back

Your point is well taken.

I do think Wells has found something and can continue his torrid pace. He changed his approach in the offseason and was hitting well for the Angels in spring training which carried over to the Yanks.

Overbay is bound to cool off and obviously, he doesn't have the defensive skills Tex has.

It will be very interesting to see how this plays out.

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May 3, 2013  08:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

CC seems to not be an ace anymore

In six April starts, he's 4-2 with a 3.35 ERA, averaging over seven innings per start.

There's probably a couple dozen MLB teams that would love to have a non-ace like that fronting their rotation.

May 3, 2013  09:01 AM ET

Further, Sabathia is historically a slow starter. His career April ERA is 4.05.

May 3, 2013  09:02 AM ET

Texiera comes back-Overbay goes. fine

Granderson comes back- Franciso goes. fine

Jeter comes back- who goes?

Last I looked Joe is carrying only 11 pitchers....

May 3, 2013  09:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Jeter comes back- who goes?

Cano. They're trading him to the Indians for Mike Aviles.

May 3, 2013  09:11 AM ET

Daily stimulator treatments...hey, we already know about his new girlfriend, this is redundant.

May 3, 2013  09:12 AM ET
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Daily stimulator treatments...hey, we already know about his new girlfriend, this is redundant.

Daily BONE stimulator treatments, dammit!!!

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May 3, 2013  09:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Cano. They're trading him to the Indians for Mike Aviles.

After seeing how Pronk perked up, they probably figure Aviles will hit .400 with 50 HRs.

May 3, 2013  09:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

You blew that one, dummy.

Aunt Esther walked by and scared me.

May 3, 2013  09:39 AM ET

Will this or the Buchholz thread be the winner today?
Has to be either Bosox or Yanks to get traffic here.

May 3, 2013  09:55 AM ET

A-Rod running, Jeter removes book, Pineda throws 95 and some where in the distance a dog is barking.

May 3, 2013  10:08 AM ET

Great news. The Yanks are about to become older...again.

May 3, 2013  10:17 AM ET
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Nunez' glove has been decent this year. Serviceable, at a minimum. Now, he's starting to hit. Obviously, Jeter's the man, but Nunez is looking more and more like the SS of the future. Plus, he loses his helmet 95% of the time while running the bases. Can't wait to get Pineda back.Call me crazy, but the way Wells is hitting, he needs to be in the lineup every day. Now Ichiro is starting to hit. When Granderson comes back, who do you bench? Gardner? Ichiro? Or rotate all 4 in the outfield and use one of them as a DH every night? I have so had it with A-Rod. I think he is an upgrade in name only. With the drama (and Ks) he brings on a nightly basis, I don't know if he is worth keeping at this point. We'll see what Tex has left in the tank. Overbay is off to a nice start. I would hate to see him lose playing time if he keeps hitting the way he has been. Especially since Tex hasn't shown the ability to adjust to the shift.

You're crazy.

You're welcome.

Wells is going to slow down. His last 3 seasons don't lie. As for Pineda, velocity isn't the whole issue with shoulder surgery. Command is the bigger issue. Everyone is different of course, but it took JP Howell a full season to get his command back after similar surgery. Don't get your hopes too high for Pineda this year.

 
May 3, 2013  10:18 AM ET

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