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The waiting game before the first game

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 14, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Is Joba Chamberlain still a reliever for the ALCS?
“As of 12:42 on Wednesday, that’s where I’m at,” Chamberlain said. “We’ll just approach it from there.”

Is Chad Gaudin going to be used as a fourth starter?
“The only thing I know right now is be ready Friday,” Gaudin said. “That’s what I’m going to do. I’ll get ready to pitch on Friday. When they tell me otherwise, that’s what I’ll have to do.”

Is Jose Molina going to catch A.J. Burnett?
“I don’t know,” Molina said. “Ask Joe.”

We’ll talk to Joe Girardi in an hour or two. Audio from the clubhouse is on its way.

UPDATE, 1:15 p.m.: Sam here with some audio from the clubhouse. First, we’ve got Mark Teixeira.

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And then we’ve got Jorge Posada, who talked quite a bit about how the Yankees can limit the Angels running game. Pretty interesting stuff.

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UPDATE, 1:27 p.m.: Josh (back) here with some audio from a struggling Johnny Damon, who, as Sam said, came to the park with the bench players yesterday to work after a miserable Game 3.

Johnny said his postseason history has showed him the value of brushing off a bad series. Plus, “it’s very easy to put it behind you when you win three-games-to-nothing,” he said.

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UPDATE, 1:43 p.m.: Josh here again. A couple people asked about Joba Chamberlain and what he would need to do, so I just wanted to check in with his thoughts.

As Chad mentioned atop this post, Joba considers himself a member of the bullpen until told otherwise. He said the only adjustment necessary to prep for a Game 4 start would be a bullpen session, which he obviously wouldn’t throw until a couple days before Game 4 on Tuesday.

He also felt two parts of his warmups would keep him sharp for a possible start: 1. He throws all four of his pitches during warmups, even if has used almost entirely fastballs during the three relief appearances; 2. He has maintained most of his stamina thanks to the amount he throws before taking the mound. In fact, of warming as a reliever after starting all year, he said, “That part went better than I thought it would. The other day I probably threw a little too much. But that’s just trial and error.”

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