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Pregame notes: Andy Pettitte getting closer

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Aug 01, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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Andy Pettitte threw 25 pitches off a half mound this morning in Tampa. He threw all of his pitches and said he takes a full stride when he throws of a half mound. His injured groin held up.

“Everything is feeling good,” Pettitte said. “I had a good week down here. My arm feels great. I’ve been able to long toss and throw down here, and stuff like that. Everything’s good.”

In an unexpected test, he was walking with strength coach Dana Cavalea and slipped on the turf. “Dana about had a heart attack,” Pettitte said. No worries, though. Pettitte said he felt no discomfort, and only feels it when he gets up to a full sprint. Side-to-side lateral moves have been no problem.

“Obviously they’re going to say let’s see how I feel tomorrow, but I don’t think there’s any way it’s going to bother me tomorrow,” he said. “I have my plans, but I’m trying to be submissive and listening to what they have to say.”

Pettitte guessed that he’ll need two bullpens before he’s ready to throw a bullpen. Joe Girardi said Pettitte is definitely out for Tuesday’s start and the start after that. It’s that third start that Pettitte might be able to make.

Yankees Rays Baseball• Alex Rodriguez is getting a standard day of rest. “He’s played 13 days in a row,” Girardi said. “We have to make sure we keep him healthy and strong. We had talked about DHing him, but when we made the move, we got Berkman, and he’s going to DH a lot. When I give Alex and Jeet a day off, instead of DHing them, it might be a full day off.”

• There’s also this: “The last time he played three days in a row on the turf was when he hurt his hip flexor,” Girardi said. “We have to be careful with that.”

• It’s a similar situation with Brett Gardner. Girardi said he wanted to give his speed guy a day off after back-to-back games on the turf. That’s why Austin Kearns is in the lineup.

• Kerry Wood got into Tampa at 4 a.m. Girardi said he hasn’t decided how he’ll use him. He’s “probably not” more than a one-inning guy.

• The original lineup had Mark Teixeira at first base, but Girardi said his plan all along was to DH Teixeira. He decided to post a lineup with Tex at first so that he could check with Teixeira before announcing him as a DH. He just wanted to make sure Teixeira was OK with taking a day away from the field.

• Derek Jeter is likely to get a full day off soon, probably in the next few days.

• Girardi said he talked about giving Robinson Cano a game off this week, but “with all the night games he said, ‘No, I feel good.’” Instead, it’s possible Cano will also have a game off in the next few days. Girardi said Wednesday is a possibility.

• Girardi said he was not tempted to start Marcus Thames at third.

• There was some confusion here about the start time of today’s game. First pitch is at 1:40 p.m.

UPDATE, 1:19 p.m.: Rays lineup
B.J. Upton CF
Carl Crawford LF
Evan Longoria 3B
Willy Aybar DH
Sean Rodriguez 2B
Jason Bartlett SS
Kelly Shoppach C
Gabe Kapler RF
Reid Brignac 2B

Associated Press photos of Pettitte and Rodriguez

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18 Responses to “Pregame notes: Andy Pettitte getting closer”

  1. RSM August 1st, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Why the unusual start time?

  2. Fran the original August 1st, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    • Girardi said he was not tempted to start Marcus Thames at third.
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    Chad,
    best news you posted all day :)

  3. Erin August 1st, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    • Girardi said he was not tempted to start Marcus Thames at third

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    :lol:

    I’m sure he wasn’t!

  4. 86w183 August 1st, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Another shot at 3B for Thames is okay by me! Seriously I had a Steve Sax/Chuck Knoblauch flashback the other day.

    Looks to me like Mosely gets one more start, gets skipped with the off date and then Pettite comes back. OR might they skip Hughes with the off-date?

  5. NYY626 - Andy in 2011 August 1st, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    No Matt Joyce today…. :)

  6. Chad Jennings August 1st, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    By the way, yes, I was the one who asked the Thames question. I’m glad he knew I was joking.

    Girardi just kind of silently shook his head. Then he said, “We were all excited when he made the play! But then he made the throw.”

  7. yankswin27 August 1st, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    You guys are complaining about our lineup? Jeez, look at the Rays!

  8. Bernie Goes Boom August 1st, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    RSM –

    The game is on TBS and I think that is their usual start time.

  9. rb from LI August 1st, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    • Girardi said he talked about giving Robinson Cano a game off this week, but “with all the night games he said, ‘No, I feel good.’” Instead, it’s possible Cano will also have a game off in the next few days. Girardi said Wednesday is a possibility.

    —————-

    GTLU clue!!

  10. Erin August 1st, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    86w183 August 1st, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Another shot at 3B for Thames is okay by me!

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    I almost fell off of my chair I was laughing so hard, but for the health and well-being of the people in the stands, I would be just fine never seeing Thames at 3B again. ;)

  11. Bernie Goes Boom August 1st, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    TBS game is the reason for the time.

  12. California August 1st, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Reid Brignac was the DYK (“Designated Yankee Killer”) the last time they met in New York.

  13. Erin August 1st, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    rb from LI August 1st, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    GTLU clue!!

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    Doreen is on vacation this week, so no GTLU. Figures, with Girardi giving us a clue, doesn’t it? ;)

  14. rb from LI August 1st, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Erin, I’m more and more convinced Girardi reads the blog. Why would he drop the clue otherwise? :)

  15. Bronx Jeers August 1st, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    I’m with these guys in regards to the two spot.

  16. Erin August 1st, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    rb from LI August 1st, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Erin, I’m more and more convinced Girardi reads the blog. Why would he drop the clue otherwise?

    ****************************
    LOL I think you may be onto something.

  17. mick August 1st, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    86
    Hughes turn is Wednesday with the off day the day after so he can’t be skipped.
    Mosely will be skipped vs Boston then the decision is to pitch Andy or not that weekend v KC.

    That scenario gives Mosely only one more turn.

  18. Erin August 1st, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Game Post up

    :arrow:

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