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Pregame notes: Pettitte feeling good after bullpen

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Aug 06, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Rays Yankees BaseballGoing to have to make this quick. We had to wait for a long time to talk to Andy Pettitte after his bullpen, but he wasn’t able to give us much information other than the fact the session went well. He said he threw 35 to 40 pitches. It was his first time all the way up the mound after two half-mound bullpens.

“I hope to maybe get back on there Sunday,” he said. “I don’t know if they might want me to wait two days and wait until Monday, but I’d love to try to throw another one on Sunday and then maybe early next week do something, whether it’s a simulated game or something maybe controlled or if they want me to make a rehab start. I’m not real sure. That’s just me talking.”

Pettitte said he never felt any pain in the bullpen, and this week he was able to start doing some work with his legs in the weight room, working against some resistance.

“Being up there, I’d say the first 20 pitches I was a little cautious because I’m scared a little bit,” he said. “I don’t want to it to hurt again. Once I throw and push off, each pitch I felt like I got a little more confident. It was a good day for me.”

• Joe Girardi on Jorge Posada being out of the lineup: “We’ve caught Jorge three out of the five days, basically and that’s what I’ll continue to do for the most part. With Lance’s arrival, he’s going to DH a lot.”

• Girardi said someone might takeover the eighth inning at some point, but for now he’s content to mix and match with Joba Chamberlain, Kerry Wood and Dave Robertson.

• This is the start of 20 games in a row, during which Andy Pettitte could come off the disabled list. Girardi said he has not finished mapping out how he might use his rotation through this stretch.

• Oddly enough, one of the big topics around the team was the status of Mark Feinsand’s calf. He strained the muscle during this morning’s game, and he was hobbling all around the clubhouse. Mark said Derek Jeter heard about the injury and said, “See, not so easy is it?”

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28 Responses to “Pregame notes: Pettitte feeling good after bullpen”

  1. MaineYankee August 6th, 2010 at 6:32 pm


    Do they have a DL for the media/ :lol:

  2. Betsy August 6th, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Trevor, I’ll catch the interviews later………..thanks!

  3. champ809 August 6th, 2010 at 6:35 pm


    champ809 August 6th, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    The Yanks play a day game tomorrow and Joe doesn’t catch Jorge day games after night games so he gave him tonite off and I’m sure he’ll be behind the plate tomorrow.


    the Sox will definitely go hard @ AGonz in the offseason and while I agree that they shouldn’t have enough to do deal if the began with Ellsbury/Bard and Kelly and were willing to add to that package they’d be in the ballpark for him. I’m sure other teams could and maybe would also be in the mix and Texas would be one of them with arms like Holland and Perez and Engel Beltre and others but it depends on what the Pads really decide to do.

    I can’t see them paying AGonz 25 mil per although I would love to see them do just that and keep him a Padre for the next 10 years…

    He’d be dangerous in Texas with a 3,4,5 of Hamilton,Gonzales and Cruz…that would be monstrous for the league to deal with.

  4. Erin August 6th, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    • Oddly enough, one of the big topics around the team was the status of Mark Feinsand’s calf. He strained the muscle during this morning’s game, and he was hobbling all around the clubhouse. Mark said Derek Jeter heard about the injury and said, “See, not so easy is it?”



  5. CB August 6th, 2010 at 6:37 pm


    The group that bought the Rangers was pushed financially to come up with the money required to get the team. They just bought a team that went bankrupt because of taking on too much debt. They are going to be hard pressed to give a 32 year old pitcher a huge free agent deal, especially when they have a number of very talented young pitching prospects.

    Teams like the Rangers are unlikely to get into a bidding war with the Yanks on a player the yankees have targeted. There’s no way to win because even if they were to sign the player they will have had to come close to the deal the yankees were offering and that’s going to be a huge stretch for the Rangers and their new ownership.

    Lee has been on 4 teams over the past 2 years and rejected multiple extension opportunites all to try to maximize his earning potential in free agency. He’s not going to leave dollars on the table, not at 32 when he hasn’t gotten a large pay day yet.

  6. CR9 August 6th, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    LOL @ ESPN.

    Rex Ryan signed the ESPN bus “Soon to be Champs” and got insulted by ESPN because Wes Welker responded by signing “One game at a time.”

    First, if the Patriots signed it “Soon to be Champs,” they’d be praised for having confidence.

    And second, what has Welker ever done to be referred to by Schefter as “like only a New England Patriot can.” Criminal Welker never won anything, but a busted knee….Which I feel bad about :wink wink:

  7. Betsy August 6th, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    CB, he offered to re-sign with Seattle. I don’t disagree with you, but I’m not ready to fit him for stripes just yet.

    Ron, they really only have to skip him twice, not 3 times……..although I admit I hate the idea of getting him off his routine when he looks like he’s improving slightly.

  8. SJ44 August 6th, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Going hard after him, and having the pieces to do a deal and pay him to stay away from free agency, are three different things.

    Jed Hoyer knows the Red Sox system better than anybody.

    If he didn’t trade him in the off-season to Boston, that should tell you what he thinks of their system.

    SD doesn’t have to trade Gonzalez. They can keep him and take the draft picks after 2011 if they don’t re-sign him.

    The chances he’s traded to Boston is very, very slim.

  9. champ809 August 6th, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Cliff Lee will be a Yankee come November. You can pretty much take that to the bank.

    The 3 without a doubt offseason moves the Yanks make will be resign Jeter and Mo and sign Cliff Lee.

    Hal and Ca$h have been fawning over Lee for 2 yrs now and will not be denied when all it will take is a check. I just hope that they go no more than 5yrs/115 mil….

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

    ?See, not so easy is it??

    So true.

  11. KPB August 6th, 2010 at 6:43 pm


    To answer your question about media having a DL, I believe when they’re at the airport it’s called a DL (damn layover)

  12. SJ44 August 6th, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    He didn’t offer to re-sign with Seattle. He said he would listen if the Mariners wanted to talk extension.

    If the Yankees want Cliff Lee, they will sign him because nobody will offer him more money.

    Add to it the relationships he has with some guys on the team, and it’s the worst kept secret in baseball where he will play next year.

  13. BIG AL August 6th, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Let’s Go Yankees – Take 3 of 4, and put the Sox to bed.

  14. theREALkevin August 6th, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    SJ, right on target w/ that whole post

  15. champ809 August 6th, 2010 at 6:47 pm


    This past offseason the RedSox were not willing to trade from the major league roster and include Ellsbury and Bard but I’m sure that they would certainly move some of those guys now.

    Again I hope they don’t get him and actually hope the Pads extend him, but if they make him available the a package of say Ells/Bard/Kelly as a beginning is going to get them in the game.

    Hoyer last season wanted Ellsbury/Bucholtz/Bard and Kelly or Westmoreland and Lars whose name was still in the mix but he really wanted the major league guys and Kelly more than anything and Theo wasn’t ready to make that deal. His opinion I’m sure has changed in the regard.

    It’s going to be interesting to say the least this coming offseason…

  16. blake August 6th, 2010 at 6:47 pm


    Out of respect for the M’s, its unlikely Cliff would have just come out and said “I’m outta here come November”..

  17. Betsy August 6th, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Lee probably will be a Yankee, but it still bothers me that he’s not now……….

  18. blake August 6th, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    What happened to that great 2011 FA class that everyone was holding out for last year? Pretty much Lee, Crawford, and Werth(coming off a bad year)…

  19. Jeremy August 6th, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    The Red Sox are going to have to make alot of moves in the offseason.
    I know some people here are saying that the Sox are not willing to spend too much but I think they have no other choice because they have too many holes to fill.
    They already have a 177 million dollar payroll.

  20. Betsy August 6th, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Blake, there’s a big gap between saying “I want to re-sign” and ” I want out of here”. He didn’t have to say anything at all……..the guy is probably sick and tired of moving.

  21. Don Vito A. Bellamo August 6th, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    13 minutes until the sweep starts

  22. SJ44 August 6th, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Ellsbury has no trade value now.

    They aren’t trading Buchholz.

    They aren’t getting Gonzalez for prospects because other teams can offer much more.

    Evaluations change with players from year to year.

    Ellsbury and Westmoreland, for different reasons, aren’t pieces in any major deals.

    Especially when SD has no reason to trade Gonzalez.

  23. Jeremy August 6th, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    I think it’s because teams are locking up young players now. Times have changed you can’t depend on Free Agency alone to solve problems.

    That why the Yankees were lucky to get Tex, CC and Burnett in one year because the chances of that happening again is slim to none.

  24. GreenBeret7 August 6th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Joe from Long Island August 6th, 2010 at 6:33 pm
    GB – Not that I’m particularly interested in extracurricular gossip, but what was that Werth – Jennifer Utley item you mentioned, above? Don’t tell me it involved a Mike Kekich-Fritz Peterson type of thing.


    Apparently, the Philadelphia scandal rags have been running with a Jayson Werth/Jennifer Utley affair. Personally, I can’t buy it. I just don’t see Philly keeping Werth around over Utley’s wishes. Werth is a good player, but, not Utley good. What I was getting at, though, even as a rumor, that’s not the sort of rumor that you import into a close clubhouse.

  25. Betsy August 6th, 2010 at 6:57 pm


    Q: Which team, as constructed, will have the best chance to win in October: the Yankees, Red Sox or Rays?

    McDonald: It’s the Red Sox, believe it or not. When Boston’s starting rotation is healthy and productive, it’s one of the best in the game, and that’s what helps a club win in October. The Sox bullpen, however, is suspect and that could be a problem. Offensively, if leadoff hitter Jacoby Ellsbury can contribute and once Pedroia returns to the lineup, the Red Sox could make some noise in the postseason. They have to get there first, however, something that’s very much in doubt.

    Matthews: Probably the Rays, who are the youngest of the three, have perhaps the best starting pitcher in David Price and have a good, reliable closer and setup men who can get him the baseball. All they lack is the experience of having gone all the way, which the Yankees and Red Sox have. As far as having the personnel and the ability to get not only to October but even to November, the Rays seem more durable and resilient than the Yankees and Red Sox.

  26. ron August 6th, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Ells,bard,kelly & more is a big difference than ells,buchholz,bard,kelly,buchholz being the huge difference.

    He is a good young cost controlled pitcher that will force the rs to spend money to replace.

  27. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 7th, 2010 at 4:10 pm


  28. Rich in NJ August 7th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Testing 1 2 3

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