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Pregame notes: Johnson improving, Park not

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Apr 27, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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One injured Yankee seems to be getting better, the other seems to be at a stand still.

Nick Johnson said his sore lower back is playable. He can still feel it a little bit, but it’s better than it was in Oakland.

“It doesn’t affect my swing,” Johnson said. “It’s good to go.”

According to Johnson, the plan is for him to get back in the lineup tomorrow. For now, he’ll just take swings. Manager Girardi said it’s possible Johnson could pinch hit tonight.

The news is not so good on Chan Ho Park. After going to Tampa on Monday, Park did long toss yesterday, but when he tried to pitch off flat ground he again felt tightness in his hamstring. He will be reevaluated by a doctor in Tampa tomorrow.

“He’s not progressing as well as we want,” Girardi said. “And we’ll just continue to go slow.”

• Javier Vazquez responded to the criticism from Curt Schilling. “If you listen to what everybody has to say in this world, you’re going to go crazy, man,” Vazquez said. “I never listen to what anybody says, I just go by what the guys in this clubhouse and what I think.”

• Girardi’s take on Schilling’s comments: “Guys are asked to analyze situations, and so they make their analysis. We still believe Javy’s going to be successful, and he’s going to pitch at a very high level for us.”

• Johnson said he changed numbers just to go back to what he wore in his first stint with the Yankees, which was taken during spring training. “I’m not superstitious or any of that stuff,” he said.

• Girardi said the Yankees will start thinking about where to bat Johnson after they’ve got him healthy. He wouldn’t rule out the idea of keeping Brett Gardner in the No. 2 spot.

• Girardi said he liked the idea of giving Nick Swisher essentially a day and a half off. Also: “We’re trying to get Randy going because we like to use all of our players,” Girardi said.

• The Orioles have been terrible this season, but Girardi warned not to overlook them. “This is baseball and a lot of times the tone is set by the starting pitcher,” Girardi said. “Teams that have struggled can get extremely hot too. You want to keep the pedal to the metal.”

UPDATE, 6:26 p.m.: One Orioles note: Today they purchased the contract of RHP Alfredo Simon from Triple-A Norfolk and optioned RHP Kam Mickolio. Simon was 1-1 with a 1.59 ERA through three relief appearances with the Tide.

Orioles lineup
Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis RF
Matt Wieters C
Miguel Tejeda 3B
Luke Scott DH
Ty Wigginton 2B
Rhyne Hughes 1B
Nolan Reimold LF
Cesar Izturis SS

RHP Kevin Millwood

 
 

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59 Responses to “Pregame notes: Johnson improving, Park not”

  1. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    That’s not exactly great news on Johnson either; I would rather have him sit out until his back feels 100%. Forget playable, I mean 100%.

    This Park thing is annoying and disappointing; didn’t he miss a good chunk of the season because of a hammy injury?

  2. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    LOL Per Rob Neyer, CC is not one of the best pitchers in baseball. Ok, Rob….it’s hard to take him seriously after that comment.

  3. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Wait, so NJ struggled for a few weeks and Gardner had a good game or two and now Joe is going think about making a lineup change? I don’t get that at all …

    I do love Javy’s comments, though – he said just the right things. Who cares what some clown thinks? He’s got the respect of his teammates and that’s what counts.

  4. SJ44 April 27th, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Betsy,

    Every team has to deal with injuries over the course of a season. That’s just the way it is.

    It’s nothing to be annoyed about.

    In the grand scheme of things, these are minor injuries to non-essential players.

    The Yankees will survive them.

  5. vinny-b (Granderson is my fave NYY position player - no rite of passage necessary) April 27th, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Keep Nick Johnson at #2

    no one is a larger Brett Gardner fan then I. And he has no business it the top 2/3 of the lineup

  6. Jon April 27th, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    “he’s going to pitch at a very high level for us”

    Yeah. Right.

    “I’m not superstitious or any of that stuff”

    Yeah. Right.

  7. Patrick April 27th, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Too bad about Park, I think he can be a useful pitcher for us. Although, in the meantime, I’ve liked Boone Logan. He has pretty good stuff for a lefty, I wouldn’t mind if he sticks around for awhile.

  8. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    SJ, of course, but this is lingering and it’s not like it’s getting better. I’m not a huge fan of the pen and Park looked like he could be a help.

    Patrick, I like Logan too, but the problem is the Yankess thought Park could give us innings. Logan can’t do that even if he ends up actually being good – he’s a guy that would at most give us an inning.

  9. Erin April 27th, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    That’s too bad about Park. :(

    Glad NJ is feeling better, and I loved Javy’s response to Schilling’s ramblings.

  10. RalphieD (OPPC) April 27th, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    “Wait, so NJ struggled for a few weeks and Gardner had a good game or two and now Joe is going think about making a lineup change? I don’t get that at all …”

    in all fairness betsy, gardner has had more than “a good game or two”….

  11. Patrick April 27th, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    No- they would be at least 24-0 even though they’ve only played 18 real games.

    They would have swept the two theoretical three game series they’ve played in the land of make believe this year.

    All scores in those games are square roots of negative integers and final scores are all imaginary numbers.

    —-

    Yankees score 12 + 2i runs per game during this stretch

  12. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    In the 2nd hole, Ralphie?

  13. jay April 27th, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    new to blog, interested in who would be next man up in starting rotation

  14. CB April 27th, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Park was pitching very well. It’s a real testament to how deep the yankees pen is that they are able to lose a guy like Park and not miss a beat.

    And not only is it an issue of other guys picking up the slack – it’s also a testament to the depth they have in the minors.

    Boone Logan has done a nice job. He has a terrific arm and his stuff is very impressive. This is not smoke and mirrors with him. The stuff he’s showing now and in spring training is absolutely legitimate.

  15. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! April 27th, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    ?Gammons also sounded pretty down on the Sox. Said it is a bad sign that a guy like Scott Atchiston and Delcarmen are pitching so many innings for them early and if the rotation doesn?t turn around, they can?t compete with TB and NY.?

    If there?s anything we should know cold it?s the ramifications of burning out your bullpen. I don?t think the Sux are going to recover from the rotation breakdown. I don?t see any possible way that they will get by both the Rays and the Yankees. That would put them out of contention for anything but going home at the end of the season.

  16. Patrick April 27th, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Betsy,

    Well I would prefer Chop over Logan but in the meantime it’s not like Logan’s hurting us. If we need someone to give innings we’ve got Aceves and Mitre.

  17. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Logan got absolutely ripped apart when people found out he was part of the trade. He wasn’t even an integral part and he was just basically being exchanaged for an erratic Dunn. If Eiland’s changes stick, he could be good; he sure is huge. He’s the same height as Phil, but he looks much bigger – like Brackman almost.

  18. Doreen - GTLU Standings & Rules April 27th, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Betsy -

    It was the “swingers” episode. As I continued to watch, I realized it was the hairstyle that made her look older. :)

    I hope she’s doing okay. I had forgotten about her stroke until Laura reminded me.

  19. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Patrick, I wish we could have Logan and Park. The pen has been erratic outside of Mo….

  20. Erin April 27th, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    BloggingBombers The A’s have optioned Edwar Ramirez (@YankeesWFAN) to Triple-A. No word on whether there were any tears.

  21. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    Doreen, I knew it, lol. I think Rue is doing better; I had read that awhile ago. If she weren’t, I think we’d have heard about it. Watching the Golden Girls is a nightly ritual for me.

  22. RalphieD (OPPC) April 27th, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    “In the 2nd hole, Ralphie?”

    well, not in the 2 hole, but i dont think that moving someone in the order changes what kind of player they are. i am of the belief that a good hitter (not saying gardner is some established good hitter or anything, just that hes performed this year so far) will hit in any spot of the order

  23. MTU(aka GBURL) April 27th, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Jay-

    That would be one Sergio Mitre but it’s way too early to go there.

  24. Erin April 27th, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Betsy – Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 6:36 pm
    Watching the Golden Girls is a nightly ritual for me

    *********************
    Me too! Although I have been slacking lately….

  25. Doreen - GTLU Standings & Rules April 27th, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Betsy -

    Me, too! I watch before I go to sleep most nights. Those girls were awfully frisky. :)

  26. Patrick April 27th, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Patrick, I wish we could have Logan and Park. The pen has been erratic outside of Mo

    Marte always scares me, Joba hasn’t been the same since his shoulder injury, Mitre… well Mitre basically sucks.

    Other than that I like our pen. Robertson had the one bad game but I still trust him in any spot, including spot closing. Ace is incredible, I love that guy. Mo is Mo. Logan has good stuff, Park serves his purpose when he’s healthy.

    And to be fair, I fully expect Joba to get better but he might need a stint in AAA to do it and I’ve always been a big Marte supporter. SO i don’t mind those guys pitching, I just get nervous when they do.

  27. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Anybody read Boston Only’s article’s about the Phillies and Ryan Howards’ contract, in which all he really talks about is the Red Sox.

  28. muffinstump April 27th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    # jay April 27th, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    new to blog, interested in who would be next man up in starting rotation
    *************************

    aceves, mitre?

  29. Jason April 27th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    It won’t matter who hits in the 2 hole, Gardner or Johnson (once Tex heats up)

  30. Patrick April 27th, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Hideki Matsui used to plan the weekly Lost parties. Now that he’s gone, the entire team is out of sync. Nobody knows what’s going on with the smoke monster and I heard a rumor from the clubhouse that Posada is livid with Jeter for spoiling the plot in an episode a few weeks ago.

  31. gfd April 27th, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Music to my ears, Nick Johnson ( until he heats up at least,) moved out the #2 spot. Gardner
    seems to accept the challenge until Nick starts hitting. I personally wanted Nick and Teixeira broken for now as long as they weren’t hitting.

  32. cano he didnt April 27th, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    “the problem is the Yankess thought Park could give us innings. Logan can’t do that even if he ends up actually being good – he’s a guy that would at most give us an inning.”
    Didnt Chad or someone say when Logan was called up he could give about 40 pitches per outing if we needed it it? Either way he was set to go 2 full innings against the As until the dropped ball in the outfield and then a walk or 2, or whatever it was.

  33. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Ralphie, I agree, but NJ fits the #2 hole so well; I don’t know why Joe would think about changing it just because he’s slumping.

    Erin, for shame!

    Doreen, my father teases me about the Girls because they are on ALL the time. They really do get away with things that they couldn’t say today…

  34. Erin April 27th, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Doreen and Betsy, I can answer your “how’s Rue doing?” question!! I just got the latest issue of TV Guidetoday and there’s an interview with Betty White. She says that Rue is doing “wonderfully”. I guess she had a triple bypass and then a stroke, but is doing well now.

  35. ron April 27th, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    They worked with logan on lifting his leg higher during his delivery and it looks like it is paying off huge.

    http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....gan-27360/

  36. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! April 27th, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    It appears to me that the Yankees are poised to sweep the Orioles. Having said that, my least favorite games to watch are those when the Yankees are facing a hapless team. Because I walk around feeling bad for the world, the thought of a team playing .158 ball is almost unbearable to me.

    I hope that the relief pitcher they brought up ends up helping them out. Going 3-16 is just wrong. And we know from having watched the games that good relief would have probably garnered them a sweep in beantown. Hopefully that helps them to feel good enough about their team that they can see some sunlight in the clearing.

    ******************

    I didn’t read Schilling’s comments. I’d say that he’s entitiled to believe what he wants. However, maybe his comments toughen Javy up and cause him to decide he’s going to prove Schilling wrong. I remember the effect Sheffield’s purported comments had on the Sux during the 2004 series when he allegedly said that the Sux had no character and didn’t want to win the world series (paraphrase). Some beantown reporter put a copy of the article containing his alleged comments on every Sux player locker. That was right after Game 3…

    Anyway, que sera sera. The future remains to be seen. Until I hear otherwise I will assume that Javy is going to find his stride.

  37. MTU(aka GBURL) April 27th, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Logan=Lightning in a bottle ?

  38. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Chad or Sam

    Can you please put my last post through the filter. It is an insider article from Buster Olney…aka Boston Only.

  39. cano he didnt April 27th, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    here it is:
    “On more serious matters, the Yankees expect they can use Logan for as many as 40 pitches in one outing. He pitched 2.1 IP on Thursday for Scranton. And the club has faith in him, even if Logan didn’t make the team out of camp.”

  40. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! April 27th, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Doreen, your picture reminds me of That Girl!

    :)

  41. Erin April 27th, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    BryanHoch National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will honor 2009 Yankees with its annual World Series Weekend on May 22-23 in Cooperstown.

  42. Erin April 27th, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    BryanHoch 2B Robinson Cano leads all Major League second basemen in BA (.368) and is tied for the lead in hits (25)

    :D

  43. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Patrick, I like Ace, but he’s up and down and has back issues. I love Robertson and obviously Mo. I’m not counting Park until he gets back; Joba I have mixed feelings about. Mitre is Mitre.

  44. Dave April 27th, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    The game is on YES tonight, right?

  45. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Marte? I thought Marte would be very good if healthy, but now he’s as erratic as anyone.

    Cano, thanks – that’s good to know about Logan.

    Erin, that’s great news; I can’t wait until my TV Guide comes.

  46. Patrick April 27th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Betsy,

    Ace has had back issues but he’s been great this year outside of one game. I just really like the way he pitches. He throws 4-5 pitches, all with good command and he pounds the strike zone. Really aggressive pitcher. Also when he gets in the game it’s pretty much a guarantee that he’s good for 3 innings. I just love what he brings to the team, he’s a lot of fun to watch.

  47. cano he didnt April 27th, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    I think I read on a schedule my room mate printed out the game is on MY9.

  48. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Betsy – Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Erin, that’s great news; I can’t wait until my TV Guide comes.

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    Just think about how excited you’re going to be when the new phone books arrive.

  49. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! April 27th, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    I think the pen has been fine. I don’t see anything other than the occasional stinker that relief pitchers will have from time to time. In fact, a few of them hardly get into games, and that’s with Park down. That of course is due to the innings that most of our starters have been giving us.

    I’m wondering if Hughes will ever have a bad game! I think he’s more solid than a rock.

  50. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! April 27th, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    I think you’re right about MY9 because I’m pretty sure that Singleton said the next broadcast on YES would be Wednesday.

  51. Erin April 27th, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Game Post up

  52. RayVT April 27th, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Hi Trisha!
    I think the Yanks will do well tonight. But the O’s always play their best against the Yanks or maybe it just seems that way!

  53. Doreen - GTLU Standings & Rules April 27th, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Trisha -

    Ha! Before the nose job!!! :lol:

    Erin -

    Thanks for the info on Rue. Glad she’s doing well. But time keeps marching on and I know that there are people in this world (family, friends, celebrities I’ve enjoyed) who are not long for the world. It makes me sad if I think about it. :(

  54. Yankswin27 April 27th, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Jeter SS
    Granderson CF
    Teixeira 1B
    Rodriguez 3B
    Werth RF
    Cano 2B
    Posada C
    Swisher DH
    Gardner LF

    2011?…. (:

  55. Phil Columbus April 27th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    “I must be in front row”
    Bob Ueker is ro have heart surgery on Friday. Wish him well.

    http://www.roadrunner.com/spor.....rt_surgery

  56. Damon enjoy 27....think 28 April 27th, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Phil 1st inning 21 pitches. 2nd inning 26 pitches, bases loaded throws 4 straight balls,
    walks in a run

  57. Damon enjoy 27....think 28 April 27th, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Millwood 33 pitches in 3rd, 67 total after 3

  58. Damon enjoy 27....think 28 April 27th, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Another 20 pitch inning for Phil, 10 of which were on Tejada!

    After 3 both pitchers are at 67

  59. Haiku-man April 27th, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Hip hip Jorge muchas gracias !


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