In George We Trust
A(nother) blog about the most storied franchise in sports
Monday, March 27, 2006
News and notes
Gammons likes the Dotel signing:

Octavio Dotel will definitely turn out to be one of the offseason's best moves, but be surprised if he's back as fast as people are speculating. Pitchers coming off Tommy John surgery almost always think they're way ahead of schedule, then hit a minor wall as they get close.
Chien Ming Wang took a ground ball off his shin:

"No problem," said Wang, who had a gauze wrap around the knee. He left the stadium joking and in good spirits.

"I came in and looked at him and I could see discoloration on his knee. Everything is normal so that's good," said Joe Torre, who was less certain about Wang starting Friday. "We're thankful that is wasn't more than what it was. The next 48 hours will probably tell us more."
The start of the season is still a week away, and there's already talk about who'll replace the injured Aaron Small, Carl Pavano, Jaret Wright and now Wang in the rotation. Hopefully Cash has the Rocket's agent on speed-dial. At least Pavano is making progress:

Pavano was supposed to throw batting practice yesterday at Legends Field, but manager Joe Torre said that was canceled because of unusually cool weather. Now the plan is to throw a bullpen session today and - if all goes well - throw a few innings in relief of Mike Mussina Thursday against the Devil Rays at Legends Field. The Yankees want Pavano to throw as many as 35 innings during his minor-league rehab, putting him in line to be ready at the end of April, at the earliest.

Got an extra $3-5M burning a hole in your pocket? Buy the Staten Island Yankees, who've won 3 of the last 6 NY-Penn League championships:

Unlike the Brooklyn Cyclones, the Mets farm team based in Coney Island, the Yankees affiliate has failed to capture the public's imagination.

The Getzlers own 51% of the team while Steinbrenner's son, Hal, owns 49%. They have talked about selling the minor-league squad - but at least one potential suitor has balked.
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The Getzlers, who could not be reached yesterday, reportedly were asking from $3 million to $5 million for the rookie-league team.

The Yanks pulled off a minor deal with the Rangers:

Yankees completed a minor-league trade Friday, acquiring catcher Keith McDonald from Texas for a player to be named. McDonald spent last year in Triple-A (Oklahoma) and batted .240 in 66 games.
Hopefully this means they'll let Wil Nieves go via free agency instead of putting him on the big league roster.

Weekly Poll: No surprise here, but more than 86% of you think King George belongs in the Hall. No argument from me. The new question is up and as always, thanks for voting.
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