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Pregame notes: Park ready to begin rehab assignment

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on May 10, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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Chan Ho Park is closer than ever to returning to the Yankees bullpen.

Park threw a 45-pitch bullpen session today and will make a rehab appearance in extended spring training on Wednesday. That outing will determine how quickly Park returns to the big league bullpen.

“He might get two (rehab games),” Joe Girardi said. “We’ll make a judgment after Wednesday.”

Park has been out since April 14 with a strained right hamstring. The Yankees initially expected him back sooner than this, but it’s taken longer than expected to get back to normal.

Girardi said the Yankees are content with leaving Park in extended spring for all of his rehab. They only need him to pitch, they don’t need him to face advanced hitters.

Yankees Red Sox Baseball

• Ivan Nova is active, but he’s not supposed to arrive in Detroit until just before game time. “Get your uni on and get down there,” Girardi said. Romulo Sanchez has been optioned back to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but he’s still with the big league club for the day so that he can go through his normal routine.

• Alfredo Aceves said his back feels much better today. “Here in Detroit, they have pretty good beds,” he said. Aceves is going to throw off flat ground before tonight’s game. Girardi said he hopes to have Aceves back tomorrow, but he won’t completely rule out using him tonight.

• Girardi on the fact Mariano Rivera hasn’t been used in 10 days: “I’m not too worried about it because he doesn’t have two or three pitches that he needs to mix in.”

• Four innings is a reasonable expectation for Sergio Mitre tonight. “I would love five innings,” Girardi said. “You might see me do a cartwheel for the second time in my life.”

• Javier Vazquez is looking forward to a chance to pitch again tomorrow and said it feels like a month since he was last in a game. Since his last start he’s thrown two bullpens, each of them longer and more intense than most of his between-starts bullpen sessions. Vazquez said he feels good, but he’ll need to see results before he knows his problems have been corrected.

• Johnny Damon is sporting a mohawk. When someone told him he looks like Nick Swisher, Damon laughed. “Don’t say that please,” Damon said. “He’s been trying to copy me all these years.” Pretty funny stuff.

• Speaking of Damon, he said he still checks in on his old team. “How an you not?” he said. “They’re doing well.”

• Kevin Russo and Austin Jackson had lockers next to one another last year in Scranton and they’ve been close friends since High-A. Russo tried to trick Jackson this morning, texting and pretending he hadn’t been called up. He assumed Jackson wouldn’t know and he’d be able to surprise him at the ballpark. Turns out, Jackson’s parents told him Russo had been called to New York, and Jackson watched him on ESPN’s Sunday night baseball. “He said, ‘I saw you playing last night!’” Russo said.

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36 Responses to “Pregame notes: Park ready to begin rehab assignment”

  1. m May 10th, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Sweet Jackson/Russo story. I love how players can stay good buddies after they move on.

  2. Shame Spencer May 10th, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    So to all my fellow lady Yankee fans on the blog: Is Kevin Russo hot or were my eyes just deceiving me after a long night of baseball??

  3. Erin May 10th, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Goods news on Park and very glad to hear that Aceves is feeling better.

    I hope Mitre does go five tonight for no other reason than Girardi doing a cartwheel. ;)

  4. CENTRAL CT YANKEE May 10th, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    D-Train 102 temp is out tonight

  5. Nick in SF May 10th, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    austinmac, it is my understanding that Chrissie Hynde (not Hines!) didn’t even meet Ray Davies until some time after The Pretenders had become famous; “Stop Your Sobbing” was recorded first as a demo and then as part of their first single.

    She and Davies has a daughter several years later.

  6. Jerkface May 10th, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    should i follow the game on GAMEDAY while at work, or ignore the game and watch on
    tv once i get home?

    Follow it then watch the good parts

  7. CR9 May 10th, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Shame Spencer

    Kevin Russo is adequately good looking. Not bad, but not too special. Scale of 1 to 10, between a 5 and a 6.5.

  8. Irreverent Discourse May 10th, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    I love people that show up an hour before gametime and think they have breaking news. it’s hilarious.

  9. Jerkface May 10th, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    I only cheer for 10s

  10. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 10th, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Finally leaving work.

    Will require major speeding and some luck to be home by gametime :-(

  11. Nick in SF May 10th, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Pete Abe’s iPod selection wasn’t breaking news? :(

  12. CR9 May 10th, 2010 at 6:20 pm


    Drive safely. Your life is more important than seeing the first 10 minutes of a baseball game!

  13. CR9 May 10th, 2010 at 6:20 pm


    Are you caught up-to-date with the most recent LOST episodes, so I know if I can email you a question?

  14. austinmac May 10th, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Nick–Thanks for the spelling. Yes, the Pretenders were doing quite well without Davies, and Stop Your Sobbing was much bigger with them than the Kinks. I saw Davies do a solo act a few years ago. It was so-so, but I enjoyed it.

  15. Warning Track Power May 10th, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Terrific pre-game update.
    The news re: Chan Ho was the most important bit of info. The sooner we get him back, the stronger our bullpen will be.
    If Nova can hang around for about a week, Chan Ho might take his spot on the roster.

  16. Steve May 10th, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    The last post G. Love did in the previous thread is spot on. Every last detail.

  17. Phil the Thrill May 10th, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    It’s nice to start getting people back.

  18. Chris S. May 10th, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Is his nick name SuperNova?

  19. Nick in SF May 10th, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    CR9: yes, I am all caught up and you are free to email me. You should know, if you don’t already, that you were impostered in a particularly ugly way in some recent threads. You should contact Chad about it.

    austinmac: yeah, it seemed like a very minor song as done by the Kinks. The cover is better.

  20. Chris S. May 10th, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Ok. Segio Mitre then SuperNova.
    I guess this is what you call a give-away game. Tigers hitters will have tons of fun tonight.

  21. Giuseppe Franco May 10th, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    The Yanks should have tons of fun tonight as well.

    Their not exactly facing Steve Carlton.

  22. Shame Spencer May 10th, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    5 – 6.5 eh?? I need to get a new prescription lol, but I’ll give him another shot. Guys just look a lot better in the pinstripes, it can be misleading…

  23. Aardvark May 10th, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    “Their not exactly facing Steve Carlton.”

    Either are the Tigers

  24. Lemon May 10th, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Damon – “I get to watch Austin Jackson develop into a superstar”


  25. CR9 May 10th, 2010 at 6:35 pm


    Thanks. :) I assume it’s already been taken care of, because I dont see anything!


    Your prescription is fine. He’s pretty good looking, but when compared to the 10s like Alex and Jeter, that’s why he falls between a 5 and 6.5.

    And you are 100% correct. The pinstripes make everyone look better. They also make you look 10 lbs. lighter. If I ever getting married again, Im doing the Yankee pinstripes tuxedo!

  26. charlestonchew May 10th, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    We’re most definitely going to win this game, I don’t know what you’re talking about “give away game.”

    We’re gonna hit like crazy, don’t you worry.

  27. Bronx Jeers May 10th, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    Harwell tribute begins @ 6:48 pm. Girardi wants all his players on the field.

    @Star Ledger

  28. Uncle Ellsworth May 10th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    are you better now?
    or was someone impersonating you before?

  29. Giuseppe Franco May 10th, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    # Aardvark May 10th, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Either are the Tigers


    Yeah, so why bother playing. The Yanks can’t possibly outslug anyone with that pathetic offense.

  30. CR9 May 10th, 2010 at 6:43 pm


    Better? Im definitely better from yesterday! A lot less angry! Still without air conditioning in 90 degree weather, though :mad:

  31. Joe from Long Island May 10th, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Did not see the new post –

    I don?t know about Lance Berkman being made available. I thought he was one of the sacred ones, like Roy Oswalt, whom McLane would refuse to trade. Maybe I?m wrong, but that?s the impression I had.

    Pat M ? I don?t think the Mets are going to be players in mid-season acquisitions. That?s not the Wilpon?s style.

    Beltran ? he?s no where close to even starting rehab. Might he not even play this year? The papers are reporting that there is even the chance he might need further surgery.

    I think the Red Sox are going to have to fix their mess in house. I don?t see anybody who might provide a quick fix that they can afford/get. Maybe I?m wrong.

  32. z May 10th, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    “Pete Abe’s iPod selection wasn’t breaking news?”

    surprisingly, no.

    however, there is a rumor that ESPN is considering adding Pete’s iPod playlist to their bottom line scroll.

  33. SJ44 May 10th, 2010 at 6:51 pm


    aardvark is a Red Sox fan.

    With his team in fourth place, all he has left to troll about is the Yankees choice of starting pitcher.

  34. Uncle Ellsworth May 10th, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    really woulda liked to see the Harwell tribute

  35. SAS May 10th, 2010 at 6:55 pm


  36. Giuseppe Franco May 10th, 2010 at 6:55 pm


    I don’t get it.

    I’ve never commented on a Red Sox blog/site in my life. No interest at all in what Red Sox fans/columnists/beatwriters have to say about that team or any other team for that matter, including Pete.

    I’ll never understand the thrill trolls get by coming to a Yankee site and disrupting the ongoing conversation.

    It makes no sense at all but I guess some people have no lives.

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