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Pregame notes: Whole again

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

Yankees Dodgers BaseballDave Eiland might be coming back to the team just when they need him. He helped get Javier Vazquez back on track, and on Tuesday he’ll surely get to work on A.J. Burnett, who’s struggles began on exactly the same day Eiland began his leave of absence.

“It could (make a difference) and I sure hope so,” Joe Girardi said. “Obviously it’s important for us to get A.J. back on track.”

Girardi said he let Eiland have his space these past few weeks. The two have talked several times, but Girardi didn’t try to pick his brain about the pitching staff or try to push him to come back at a certain time.

“I think you’d have to put someone on a deserted island with no TV and papers if you’re a baseball guy not to have an idea what’s going on,” Girardi said. “As much as he was taking care of the stuff he needed to take care of, he was aware of what was going on.”

Girardi said he anticipates Eiland being with the team the rest of the season.

“It’s good to be whole again,” he said.

• It’s hard not to notice a trend with Chan Ho Park lately. “We don’t feel that multiple innings is an issue, but it seems like the last couple of times it’s been the second inning that’s gotten him,” Girardi said “We might have to (limit him to one inning), but when we acquired him we thought he was a two-inning guy and it wouldn’t be an issue, because that’s what he’s done in the past.”

• Girardi said he’s comfortable starting Curtis Granderson against a left-handed starter today, even though he pinch hit for Granderson against a lefty last night. “Kuo’s numbers against left-handers are probably better than anyone in the major leagues, and I was going for the three-run homer,” Girardi said. “I have no problem with him in there today. I’ve been pretty happy with his at-bats against left-handers.”

• Girardi’s not sure when he’ll do it, but it’s fairly certain Alex Rodriguez will DH at least one game on the upcoming home stand. Might not be Tuesday, though.

• As Girardi was talking to the media, the Dodgers pitching staff was going through batting practice. “I wonder if this is a sad day for CC,” Girardi said. “No more BP.”

DODGERS
Rafael Furcal SS
Ronnie Belliard 2B
Andre Ethier RF
Manny Ramirez LF
Casey Blake 3B
James Loney 1B
Russell Martin C
Reed Johnson CF
Clayton Kershaw LHP

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58 Responses to “Pregame notes: Whole again”

  1. Lance V June 27th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Last year, the #2 starter in the rotation pitched FIVE times in the playoffs. If we had gone the max in the ALDS, Burnett would have pitched SIX times. Hughes would be the #2 starter here because Joe likes to split up lefties and have Andy in the game 3.

    And in the playoffs, with how shaky the bullpen is, Girardi has to ride Hughes as long as he is going well so he can’t say he will pull him after 5 or 6 in a playoff game.

    So they have to account for as well. It’s not like Hughes will be getting 1 or 2 playoff starts, he will likely get 5 if we go to the WS.

  2. whatever June 27th, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Trade Granderson

  3. Grey 45 June 27th, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Franco,

    All depends on what Vazquez does. I think whoever has the best 2nd half will get the ball in game 4. I don’t think they have any plans of removing Hughes from the rotation for the playoffs, nor should they. It will be between Vazquez and Burnett for the last spot.

  4. mick June 27th, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    # mick June 27th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    If AJ continues at this pace-albeit his savior Eiland has returned-through July there will be doubts as to whether he is snapping out of this thing.

    There are certainly no guarantees with any pitcher and most of all with this one.
    =====================================================

  5. Rob B (Never a Gardner doubter) June 27th, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    # mick June 27th, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    what is kenny lofton doing on the field?
    ——————

    I dunno, but I doubt it involves catching a ball.

  6. mick June 27th, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    # mick June 27th, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Let’s say Montero takes off in the 2nd 1/2.
    What are the chances of bringing him up in time for post-season as the DH?

  7. Erin June 27th, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    mick June 27th, 2010 at 6:45 pm
    what is kenny lofton doing on the field?

    ****************
    That’s a very good question. Wish I had an answer for you. ;)

  8. GreenBeret7 June 27th, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    mick June 27th, 2010 at 6:43 pm
    Let’s say Montero takes off in the 2nd 1/2.
    What are the chances of bringing him up in time for post-season as the DH?

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

    Unless there are injuries to the catchers or a big bat, chances are slim. He’ll learn more by playing in AAA than riding the pines in NYY. They might bring him up after the Scranton season without activating him, to watch and get more instruction behind the plate and with Long, but, there’s no advantage to adding him to the 40 man roster any time soon.

  9. mick June 27th, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Come the playoffs , we will be seeing less of Cervelli. Who will DH then as it won’t be the safe harbor it is now.

    That is why I mentioned Montero.

  10. GreenBeret7 June 27th, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Surprisingly, Valentine has turned down the Florida job.

  11. mick June 27th, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Upton could be available after today.

  12. Tom in N.j. June 27th, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    If the SW Yanks are not in post season play, I wouldn’t be shocked to see Montero called up in September.

  13. mick June 27th, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Lee has 4 walks in 87 innings with 76 K’s and a whip of .912.
    Yep, he’s on the downside.

  14. mick June 27th, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Alex and Torre had kumbaya.
    Funny how they waited for the getaway game to do it.

  15. pat June 27th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    “Alex and Torre had kumbaya.”

    Just put on the TV and it’s the first thing I see on ESPN. Can you say awkward?

  16. Nat June 27th, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    “Alex and Torre had kumbaya.
    Funny how they waited for the getaway game to do it.”

    They just wanted attention and to get on the front page of the papers….

  17. mick June 27th, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    2 phonies.

  18. Yank NJ June 27th, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    It actually looked geunine to me…. A-Rod was all smiles, he looked like he was laughing.

    From the description, it sounded like a Bellichick-type handshake. But it was actually a legitimate one and both of them were smiling and laughing.

  19. mick June 27th, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Did you think they would stare at each with long faces?

  20. GreenBeret7 June 27th, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Tom in N.j. June 27th, 2010 at 7:05 pm
    If the SW Yanks are not in post season play, I wouldn’t be shocked to see Montero called up in September.

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

    If there’s no need for him, there’s no sense in bringing him onto the roster. That would mean dropping somebody off the roster that they’d rather not lose.

  21. ed June 27th, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Vmart fractured thumb glove hand.

  22. mick June 27th, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    If there’s no need for him, there’s no sense in bringing him onto the roster. That would mean dropping somebody off the roster that they’d rather not lose.
    ========================================
    The need could be there.
    If they don’t get a bonafide DH , Montero could be the answer.
    As well as a possible backup if Posada goes down.

  23. Irrational Thinker June 27th, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Wow, that wasn’t just a handshake, that was a full-blown conversation. A-Rod was smiling from ear to ear, Torre had his hands on A-Rod’s cheeks like he was his grandma…..

    What a phony… the guy bats you 8th, and you embrace him………..

  24. mick June 27th, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Torre went full papal on Alex, forgiving him for his sins.

  25. Laura • AJ needs a hug! June 27th, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Alex deserves credit for being the big man and shaking that phony’s hand. He should have told Torre to kiss his rear.

  26. GreenBeret7 June 27th, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Maybe it was Jeter, Posada or Pettitte that arranged it. With all of the animosity between Steinbrenner and Berra and with Stottlemyre, all it took was an intermediary to patch up two bad situations. Rodriguez was getting killed anyway for not being man enough to mend fences, so, now, he gets hammered for being a phony. With some jerks, he was never going to win this battle. Be proud of yourselves…be very proud. People on here and in the media are pathetic. Never happy unless you can start crap

  27. Phil Columbus June 27th, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    If Arod and Joe let bygones be bygones, then that is great. It just cleans the plate of any crap that the press could stir up should they maybe meet in the post season later on.

  28. Erin June 27th, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Laura • AJ needs a hug! June 27th, 2010 at 7:24 pm
    Alex deserves credit for being the big man and shaking that phony’s hand. He should have told Torre to kiss his rear.

    ******************
    My thoughts exactly.

  29. Bret the Hitman June 27th, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Mick,

    I’d like to see Montero on the bench in the playoffs just as the Yankees added Cervelli last postseason to insure Posada.

    This lineup is going to face situational lefties quite a bit in high leverage spots.

    Montero + Thames might really benefit from those matchups.

    I also agree with the poster who wants to add Peralta to replace Pena on the bench.

    Peralta is another righty.

    Thames, Peralta, Montero, Cervelli – all righty bench.

    Of course the Yankees need to see how Montero handles a September callup.

    We’ll see…

  30. mick June 27th, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Maybe Suzyn Waldman arranged the meeting.

  31. K-Zone June 27th, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Chad did say a PR guy was talking to Alex prior to the conversation, so maybe the Yankees forced him to do it.

  32. mick June 27th, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    It was probably Torre’s PR guy.

  33. Erin June 27th, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    GreenBeret7 June 27th, 2010 at 7:24 pm
    Maybe it was Jeter, Posada or Pettitte that arranged it. With all of the animosity between Steinbrenner and Berra and with Stottlemyre, all it took was an intermediary to patch up two bad situations.

    ******************
    GB, I saw a couple of tweets that said that Alex was talking to the NYY media relations director right before he went over to see Torre.

  34. ty June 27th, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    “Vmart fractured thumb glove hand.”

    So what, it is not like anything can detour the Sucks season so far.

    They won again.

    Sigh.

  35. mick June 27th, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    This lineup is going to face situational lefties quite a bit in high leverage spots.
    =====================
    Brett

    You mean for Granderson, right?

  36. GreenBeret7 June 27th, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    They may have asked him to the meet. They didn’t force him.

  37. Alex June 27th, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    But why are Jeter and co. concerned about making peace with Rodriguez and Torre? How is it relevant?

    Not to mention, Torre disliked the guy and treated him poorly so Rodriguez had every right to ignore him.

    The old guard doesn’t understand because Torre never mistreated them. A-Rod was the one who faced the wrath of St. Joe.

  38. raymagnetic June 27th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Ty,

    Have you taken a look at the AL East standings recently?

    kthxbye

  39. Banks June 27th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    The Core 4 should try and reconcile Hal/Cashman and Torre… not Rodriguez and Torre.

  40. Bret the Hitman June 27th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    For Granderson definitely. Possibly for Gardner if it’s an RBI situation or when we need an extra base hit.

    I’d really love to have an all righty bench.

    The starting lineup features 2 true righties.

    At the very least, an all-righty bench will keep opposing managers honest.

    Montero can be the hitting version of David Price circa 2008.

    Our secret weapon

    :)

  41. Erin June 27th, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Looks like it was Bowa:

    BloggingBombers Larry Bowa went over to A-Rod and said something to him, seemingly setting the wheels in motion for the Torre meeting. At least it’s over.

  42. mick June 27th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Our secret weapon
    ===========
    He won’t be a secret if he’s raking.

  43. MT June 27th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    The funny part is that Torre set A-Rod up for this. Talking all weekend about how he doesn’t understand why A-Rod is upset and he badly wants to meet him and shake his hand.

    Like the bully who stole your lunch money, but still tries to be friends with you.

  44. mick June 27th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    # Erin June 27th, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Looks like it was Bowa:

    BloggingBombers Larry Bowa went over to A-Rod and said something to him, seemingly setting the wheels in motion for the Torre meeting. At least it’s over.
    ===============================================
    Erin
    Like I said, Torre’s PR guy.

  45. GreenBeret7 June 27th, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Erin June 27th, 2010 at 7:28 pm
    GreenBeret7 June 27th, 2010 at 7:24 pm
    Maybe it was Jeter, Posada or Pettitte that arranged it. With all of the animosity between Steinbrenner and Berra and with Stottlemyre, all it took was an intermediary to patch up two bad situations.

    ******************
    GB, I saw a couple of tweets that said that Alex was talking to the NYY media relations director right before he went over to see Torre.

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

    From everything I’ve seen and read of Rodriguez, I just don’t think that there is any hate or anger in him. Possibly he’s sensative to what is said, but, I doubt it’s hate. Disappointment, herhaps. There may be string dislikes for idiots like Pa, Verducci and the other print media, but, he’s got a right to, with some of the crap that’s written. If there is any hatred, it’s to “The Stalking Pig”.

  46. brent June 27th, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Joe is juat now realizing Park can’t go more than an inning without giving up a run or more?
    Where has his head been?

  47. lbo65 June 27th, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Girardi has to pull out all the stops to win tonight’s game, including using Mo for multiple innings. We cannot let that rat Torre get the best of us. Management probably has instructed Girardi to do whatever it takes to beat that sell out tonight. The situation is a lot like the Packers and Favre. The Packers looked foolish this season losing to Favre and now they’re stuck with a weak quarterback they don’t want while Favre is a good defense away from a superbowl. Consider tonight’s game a must win.

  48. Gary June 27th, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    That Lasora/Reggie exchange yesterday was a disgrace. It was set up.

  49. Nat June 27th, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    ibo,

    Agree. If we lose, Girardi might receive a phone call or two from Levine, Trost, or Hank.

    George in his hay day probably fires Girardi after yesterday lol

  50. ty June 27th, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    “Have you taken a look at the AL East standings recently?”

    Yes. That’s why I’m concerned. Only 3 losses back. After tonight, if the offense doesn’t show up vs. Kershaw, then it’s 2.

    That tenuous lead is not sustainable if the Sucks offense continue to rake game after game after game after game.

  51. Pat M. June 27th, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Alex & Joe no longer a story…..Yet there are some here who have manure for brains

  52. Better living through Chemistry June 27th, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    The Saux are sharing Ortiz’s vitamins.

  53. GreenBeret7 June 27th, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Larry Bowa and Rodriguez are very close and Bowa is one person that garners a lot of Rodriguez’ respect. I’m sure that Rodriguez would trust Bowa’s judgement. Whatever, it’s over with and the only ones hurt are the idiots on here and in the media. No more stories after tomorrow.

  54. Erin June 27th, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    mick June 27th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Erin
    Like I said, Torre’s PR guy.

    ******************
    LOL You were right!

  55. Great.... June 27th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Who cares about Alex and Torre playing make up. The Media is what was driving the thing WAY out of proportion in the first place.

  56. Rishi June 27th, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    A-Rod, Torre finally talk
    Alex Rodriguez jogged behind the cage during batting practice Sunday and approached Joe Torre, who playfully put his fists up and took a few steps back before shaking hands. An ESPN camera was there to document the whole exchange, which lasted less than a minute.

    Before they met, Larry Bowa went over and said something to Rodriguez as he stretched in front of the first-base dugout. A-Rod then conferred with Yankees director of media relations Jason Zillo for a few seconds, speaking animatedly at one point, before high-stepping over to Torre, who broke up his conversation with a reporter to talk with Rodriguez.

  57. Rishi June 27th, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    :arrow:

  58. BIG AL June 27th, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Well I guess the media won out, because some of you are still stuck on a none story they wanted to hype the weekend series.

    This blog is getting to the point, when someone doesn’t like what you say or think, then their called idiots and morons.

    One can only surmise those that are casting the stones feel superior to the others on the blog, elitists so to speak.

    Enjoy the game!

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