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Pregame notes: Slight setback for Pettitte

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes, Podcast on Aug 12, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

It was around noon when Joe Girardi called Andy Pettitte to ask about today’s simulated game in Tampa.

“He was like, ‘I didn’t do it,’” Girardi said.

The setback sounds about as minor as it could be. Pettitte stood up from his couch yesterday and felt some tightness around his hip flexor. He played catch today and will try to throw his simulated game tomorrow. A one-day delay doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things. As long as this is the extent of it, the setback is pretty much a non-issue.

“Same leg (as the groin injury),” Girardi said. “Is it related? I can’t tell you. I can’t tell you if it’s related or not related, but it’s not in the groin… We’d love to have him back as soon as possible, but it is what it is and you have to deal with it. If you have to push it back a couple of days, you push it back. The last thing you want is a real big setback.”

Curtis Granderson is in the lineup for the first time since make some mechanical changes with his swing. “Honestly you probably won’t even notice much of a difference with it,” he said.

Most of the changes are minor, all focusing on eliminating some of his movement leading into his load. The swing itself, he said, is the same. The changes are all about his setup.

“They’re pretty subtle,” Girardi said. “He actually used it the other day (when he hit off the bench on Tuesday) and no one said a word.”

Here’s Granderson talking this afternoon about the changes.

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• Girardi wants Jorge Posada to catch the next two games. That’s why Posada’s not in the lineup tonight. “I’m not going to catch Jorge four days in a row,” he said. Basically, Posada was going to take off one of the first three days in Kansas City. Girardi chose today.

• Alfredo Aceves is scheduled to throw two innings or 35 pitches tomorrow in Trenton. “I would think that we would look at another (rehab outing), but we’ll see,” Girardi said. “Sometimes things are based on need too.”

• Mark Teixeira flew in this morning. He said he actually got quite a bit of sleep because the hospital staff was so helpful. His wife and baby boy are both healthy. “I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I missed my child’s birth or anything happened,” Teixeira said. “There was no question in my mind. I talked to Joe and Cash months ago and said, this is the deal. This is what’s going to happen. If it happens to be when we’re on the road, I might need to miss a couple of games. They were obviously great about it.”

• Teixeira watched last night’s game from the hospital. “It was kind of one eye on the game and one eye on Leigh and the baby,” he said. “I wasn’t screaming at the television or anything like that.”

• One last Teixeira note: This was the first time he had to miss a game for the birth of a baby. His first son was born during spring training. His daughter was born during the playoffs, when he wasn’t playing. Teixeira said he’s glad he hasn’t been forced to make a similar decision during a playoff series. “I’m glad I didn’t have to answer that question,” he said.

• Although they once again dodged Zack Greinke, Girardi said he doesn’t look at that as good luck for the Yankees. “Any pitcher any night can put a good start on you,” he said. Fair enough, but seriously… it’s a pretty lucky situation for the Yankees. Eight games against Kansas City without facing their best player is a positive.

 
 

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66 Responses to “Pregame notes: Slight setback for Pettitte”

  1. Giuseppe Franco August 12th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Repost

    Worth a look from Neyer regarding RSN….

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    http://espn.go.com/blog/sweets…..nting-math

    They all hurt, a little. But Thursday’s loss hurt the Red Sox a lot.

    No, not because the Red Sox blew a three-run lead in the ninth inning.

    OK, partly because of that.

    But at this point, every loss hurts a lot. Realistically or not, the Red Sox still have designs on October. But the math is terrifying: They can’t afford to lose many more games.

    After Thursday, the Sox are 66-50. To have a reasonable chance at the playoffs, they need to win (let’s say) 98 games. That means going 32-14 the rest of the way. But considering the Yankees’ and Rays’ records, 98 wins will be enough only if the Sox knock at least one of those clubs down a notch, too.

    The Red Sox have six more games against the Rays, six more against the Yankees. If they take four of six from each of those outstanding squads, they still have to go 24-10 against everyone else. Seems like a tall order.

    Especially because the Yankees, even if they lose four of six to the Red Sox, can still win 99 games by going 27-16 against everyone else (and they’ll get a head start this weekend).

    The Rays, if they lose four of six to the Red Sox, can still win 99 games by going 28-14 against everyone else.

    The Red Sox still have a shot. They just have to play exceptionally well against one or both of their competitors and exceptionally well against everyone else … and hope that one of those competitors doesn’t play brilliantly against everyone else.

    Hey, it could happen. But there’s not room for many more games like Thursday’s.

  2. Warning Track Power August 12th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Ace is getting closer and closer to being ready.
    Who is sent down to make room for Ace?

    The first name that comes to mind is Chad Gaudin.

    Thoughts
    Opinions

  3. m August 12th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Meh, Greinke is just is perfectly capable of giving it up at times.

    Just watched some JaySox highlights. Lackey must just love his teammates. They don’t ever blow it on defense or blow a save.

  4. Chad Jennings August 12th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Just saw that someone asked whether Teixeira was handing out cigars or flashing pictures. Not that I saw. A lot of the fathers on the beat were talking new-kid stuff with him, but otherwise it was business as usual. He seemed thrilled, but Teixeira smiles a lot anyway.

    Alex Rodriguez did give Teixeira a big hug as soon as he got to the park. Same for Robinson Cano.

  5. Erin August 12th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Doesn’t sound like anything to be too concerned about with Andy.

    I love Tex’s “one eye on Leigh and the baby and one eye on the game ” line. :)

  6. Betsy August 12th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    I hope Andy gets back ASAP……….

  7. m August 12th, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    And how long was Andy sitting on the couch?!

  8. Erin August 12th, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Chad Jennings August 12th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Alex Rodriguez did give Teixeira a big hug as soon as he got to the park. Same for Robinson Cano.

    *******************************
    Awwwww. :D

  9. MTU August 12th, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Erin-

    It would have been better if it was YOU instead. :)

  10. GreenBeret7 August 12th, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    These guys need to be more careful. This was just plain inconsiderate. It’s stuff like having babies that can cause missed play-offs and things.

  11. MTU August 12th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    GB-

    You’re right. Don’t they look at the Calendar ? Can’t they count higher than Grandslam ? Freakin’ inconsiderate.

  12. m August 12th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    I only caught a snippet of Dan Patrick’s show today, but he alluded to the fact that Michael Kay was much more outspoken about Tex’s paternity leave on his show than on YES. Citing Kay’s famous, “I get paid to give opinions (on espn).

    Anyone who rips on Tex for missing 2 out of town games doesn’t have heart.

  13. theREALkevin August 12th, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    psh, he already had 2 kids, and he had to miss 2 games for another one??? you really have to question this guy’s commitment to the Yankees.

  14. GreenBeret7 August 12th, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    MTU August 12th, 2010 at 7:13 pm
    GB-

    You’re right. Don’t they look at the Calendar ? Can’t they count higher than Grandslam ? Freakin’ inconsiderate.

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    I blame Mrs. Tex. It’s a woman’s responsibility.

    ps. This should get something started really quick.

  15. MTU August 12th, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    m-

    Kay is a baltherin baboon. And that is not really being fair to the animal. ;)

  16. Bronx Jeers August 12th, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    That couch/hip thing happens to me a few times a year now.

    And I don’t know if I need a new couch or a new hip.

  17. MTU August 12th, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    GB-

    Gasoline on a fire Man.

  18. Erin August 12th, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    MTU August 12th, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Erin-

    It would have been better if it was YOU instead

    **************************
    No kidding!! :)

  19. m August 12th, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    They also had the newsday guy who covers the Mets and the Yankees, Anthony (?). Asked what’s the difference between the two clubhouses: “The Yankees clubhouse is only focused on one thing, that day’s game… the Mets clubhouse is focused on outside issues. Franceur wants to be traded, Santana…, K-rod’s arrest.” He basically said it’s a pretty messed up team.

  20. MTU August 12th, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Bronx-

    More alchohol or herb. that way you won’t care which. ;)

  21. kd August 12th, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    GF,

    Thanks for posting. so it’s fair to say that their magic number of losses is 15?

  22. Giuseppe Franco August 12th, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    kd,

    Yeah, something like that – unless disaster strikes the two teams ahead of them.

    And they’ll have to do it without their best player in Youkilis.

    A tall order, indeed.

  23. Bronx Jeers August 12th, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    MTU,

    Meh. Gateway drugs just don’t don’t do it for me anymore. These days I’m looking to streamline the intoxication process. Sort of weighing my options right now. :wink:

  24. MTU August 12th, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    GF-

    You’re a Psychology man (I think) so what your educated opinion on the cause of Sux-O-Phobia ? :)

  25. Giuseppe Franco August 12th, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    MTU,

    Post traumatic stress disorder (2004).

  26. kd August 12th, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    gf,

    it’s a question of taking care of our own. staying injury free and grinding out games, just like last night. they’re looking up at us, it’s a great place to be

  27. Laura - I Bleed Blue August 12th, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    “Anyone who rips on Tex for missing 2 out of town games doesn’t have heart.”

    I guess Michael Kay doesn’t have a heart. I heard that he said on his radio show that Tex should have been at last night’s game.

  28. MTU August 12th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Bronx-

    Too pedestrian. Gotcha. Try CSOTBTMDM. That’ll definitely work. :)

  29. MaineYankee August 12th, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    kd August 12th, 2010 at 7:31 pm
    gf,

    it?s a question of taking care of our own. staying injury free and grinding out games, just like last night. they?re looking up at us, it?s a great place to be
    ———————————————

    And you know the view isn’t the best from there. :lol:

  30. MTU August 12th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    GF-

    I see.

    Could it be mixed in with ADD and general necrosis of the Frontal Lobes ? :)

  31. Betsy August 12th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    I turned Kay off after a few minutes yesterday; I was tired of his spiel against Tex. If the Yankees can’t deal with his absence for 2 days, then they have problems. Kay is right in that the Yankees do not have a playoff spot locked up, but I’m sorry – how often is he going to see his newborn babe for the rest of the year? Not that often…………..

  32. MaineYankee August 12th, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    MTU

    Sometimes when I read this blog I feel like Matsui and need a translator. :lol:

  33. Giuseppe Franco August 12th, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    MTU August 12th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Could it be mixed in with ADD and general necrosis of the Frontal Lobes ?

    ———-

    Well, I’m not a psychiatrist but I think that’s an accurate diagnosis.

  34. MaineYankee August 12th, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Betsy

    Betsy August 12th, 2010 at 7:34 pm
    I turned Kay off after a few minutes yesterday; I was tired of his spiel against Tex. If the Yankees can?t deal with his absence for 2 days, then they have problems. Kay is right in that the Yankees do not have a playoff spot locked up, but I?m sorry ? how often is he going to see his newborn babe for the rest of the year? Not that often????..

    ———————————————————————

    I think that most that have that view haven’t had to make that decision.

  35. Bronx Jeers August 12th, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    CSOTBTMDM

    Cough Syrup Of Tampa Bay That Melts Da Mind?

  36. MTU August 12th, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Maine-

    I have no part in any of that. I’m just a simple Dairy Farmer.

    Consult some of the big brains around here. I’m sure you’ve seen their posts during game threads. :)

  37. CR9 August 12th, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    “Post traumatic stress disorder (2004).”

    Personally, that’s probably the case. I have become so afraid of them, they actually take joy out of my otherwise happy everyday life. And for me, it’s even worse because it’s transferred to the other 3 Boston teams.

    My shrink can’t seem to get me over it. We’ve been working together for 3+ years and I only hate them and their fans and city even more – with every time they argue a strike call or every time Tommy Heinsohn claims the referees don’t treat the Celtics fairly. The only thing that actually helps me is reading posters like SJ and GB/GF bash the Sox repeatedly.

    I used to watch ESPN and read media stories, but when all you hear and read is about how great the Sox and the other Boston teams are, eventually some of those lies seep into the mind.

  38. MTU August 12th, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Bronx-

    Something like that. :)

  39. MTU August 12th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    GF-

    Thank you. I just wanted a second opinion while you were available. :)

  40. MaineYankee August 12th, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    MTU

    If I want to enjoy the game I stay out of the game threads.

    If I have the desire to feel like someone stuck a pencil in my eye I join in.

  41. Giuseppe Franco August 12th, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    I don’t bash the Red Sox all the time. Just don’t really care about them.

    I also don’t understand the fear others have for the Red Sox, whether they are 2 games back or 10 games back.

    They are in the wrong division this season to have that many injuries.

  42. MTU August 12th, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Maine-

    Sure do agree there.

    Speaking of which, that only leaves about 15 minutes left to pull the ripcord. :)

  43. YankFanCA August 12th, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Another big night for Thames tonight. He’s been a great pick-up.

  44. Laura - I Bleed Blue August 12th, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    “I think that most that have that view haven’t had to make that decision.”

    I think that there is some truth to that. I don’t have any kids either (Thank God!) and I had the early opinion that Tex should have only been gone 1 day. After some thought, I cut him some slack and ponied up the second day. That being said, early on, Girardi was saying he was going to miss tonight’s game and IMO, that would have been excessive.

  45. MTU August 12th, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    GF-

    I think some folks believe that the Sox have Morphed into the Yankees.

  46. CR9 August 12th, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Thames has been an excellent pickup. In addition to some talent, he’s got a great enthusiasm for the game and an exuberant smile that’s a joy to see! On the note of Grandy, it’s very gutsy of him to try and turn his season around this late by making adjustments.

  47. Laura - I Bleed Blue August 12th, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    “Post traumatic stress disorder (2004).”

    Last year helped me get over 2004. Winning heals all wounds.

  48. YankFanCA August 12th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Is there any salient topic other than Tex’s paternal leave?? Leave the dead horse be already.

  49. CR9 August 12th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    I didnt mean that you or anyone bash the Sox all the time. Poor choice of words.

    I meant it helps when others like yourself say that they “aren’t catching the Yankees” or “aren’t as good as the Yankees.”

    GF, you could look at it this way. The Sox have suffered such extreme injuries this season, and they have managed to keep in it. Anything can happen in baseball, or in any sport, so nothing is guaranteed.

  50. Nick in SF August 12th, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    I’m catching up here, Tex gave birth to a dead horse???

    Wha????????

    Sounds like a vicious Mafia medical warning gone awry.

  51. EA August 12th, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    CR9- and when you have the umps in their corner and teams like the Toronto Red Jays, it is easy to stay in the race!

  52. CR9 August 12th, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    You can’t blame a player for being with his wife and newborn child. Not one bit. Im not even sure if I’d be upset if a player missed a playoff game in that scenario. I’d expect the player’s teammates to pick him up – like last night!

  53. CR9 August 12th, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    EA

    People – as usual – will now think that Im posing as you and posting that. I do believe that, but to be honest, I have seen the Red Sox cheated numerous times this year, most recently the two strike 3′s on David Ortiz against us that were way outside – both of course, Ortiz argued.

  54. MaineYankee August 12th, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Laura

    I have three children(all grown) and their birth was a special time that only happens once.

    I understand Tex is vital to the team but that importance isn’t even in the same hemisphere with the birth of a child.

  55. Noreaster August 12th, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    EA, CR9…no worries about the sox this year. Their pen stinks and Thames was within a few inches of ending their season. They are living on the edge, sooner or later it will catch up with them.

  56. MTU August 12th, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Nick-

    Check the thread.

    There has been a great deal of discussion on what constitutes a no longer living horse.

    So it’s not really surpising for one to turn up unexpectedly I guess. :)

  57. Ken Phelps August 12th, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Last night for about 6 innings this blog was filled with whiners….most people gave up on the game and even some went as far to say ” the Yankees will not make the playoffs”

    I got off my iPad and did not stay around for the comeback, but it must have people feel stupid about their dumb comments. Question is when you whine And complain about ” how bad the Yankees are” how dumb and silly do you feel when they come back???

    Now I am the first person to rip poor performance ( aj Burnett is usually in my crosshairs) but I always expect the yanks to win….as I tried to explain to the whiners last night, even if they lost last night the yanks will 100 games.

  58. jacksquat August 12th, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Laura – I Bleed Blue August 12th, 2010 at 7:45 pm
    “I think that most that have that view haven’t had to make that decision.”

    I think that there is some truth to that. I don’t have any kids either (Thank God!) and I had the early opinion that Tex should have only been gone 1 day. After some thought, I cut him some slack and ponied up the second day. That being said, early on, Girardi was saying he was going to miss tonight’s game and IMO, that would have been excessive.

    I felt the same way, except I was ok with two days from the beginning. But if it started being 4, 5+ games, that’s excessive if everything went well.

    Call me inhuman, but I would be upset about a player missing playoff games beyond one game. There is such a thing as birth control and family planning, and it’s not that hard to hit a almost 6 month target for most people…

  59. SJ44 August 12th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    To me, it’s nuts to worry about the Red Sox. Especially this year.

    Why?

    Key injuries have really hurt them. With Youk out for the year, they can’t replace him and that’s a killer.

    For all their supposed “toughness” and great play, they have been in third place for months and can’t make up any real ground on the Rays or Yankees.

    Also, aside from Bard, their bullpen is terrible this year and that includes Papelbon.

    They have been used a lot and that wear and tear is beginning to take it’s toll.

    It’s a year where the two teams in their division are clearly better.

    They also have to deal with the loser of the Central race between Minnesota and Chicago for the WC.

    All this with under 50 games remaining in the season.

    As the Yankees experienced in ’08, sometimes, you just run out of time.

    They have to play .700 ball or better the rest of the way to have a real shot at making the post-season.

    Not gonna happen.

  60. Perlo August 12th, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Going to games in K.C. is great. Cheap ticket prices, beautiful stadium, and excellent post-game food.

  61. Ken Phelps August 12th, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    No red sox talk!!!! I don’t get the red sox obsession here??? Almost as strange as the melky obsession in here

  62. YankFanCA August 12th, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    “Going to games in K.C. is great.”

    . . . unless, of course, you’re a Royals fan

  63. blake August 12th, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    It’ll be interesting to see what the Sox do with Papelbon after this season.

  64. Ken Phelps August 12th, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    “excellent post-game food.”

    Is the food only good after the game?? I have always wanted to see a game in kc

  65. Rich in NJ August 12th, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Long’s reputation as a genius continues to grow.

  66. tyanksfan36 August 12th, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Hoping Pettitte makes his rehab start in tampa next week. I’ve got the whole week off and would love to get to see him. Unfortunate set back I’m hoping he comes back soon. I’ve missed watching him dominate.


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