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Pregame notes: More Pettitte details

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Aug 15, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

I really hope no one has been anxiously awaiting rich, detailed pregame notes. Truth is, there was hardly anything going on this morning in Kansas City. The entire Yankees beat stood around waiting for Kevin Long, hoping for some more details about that minor tweak to Alex Rodriguez’s swing, but Long seems to have been in the cage the whole time.

How dare he do his job when notebooks need to be filled!

It’s mid-August, the Yankees are in first place and they’re playing the Royals in an afternoon game on getaway day. Pretty much the perfect storm for a slow, slow Sunday.

• Joe Girardi did layout a few details about the Yankees plan for Andy Pettitte. On Tuesday, Pettitte will first play catch. If he feels good doing that, then he’ll move to the mound that very same day. If that bullpen goes well, he’ll throw a simulated game later in the week, probably on Friday.

• There’s no definite location for Pettitte’s simulated game. Girardi said there are several things the Yankees do. Tampa is a possibility but, “you’d like to keep him off a plane if you could,” Girardi said. It would be unusual for Pettitte to throw his sim game to guys on the big league roster, but I suppose that’s possible. Friday is a road game for Scranton, Trenton and Staten Island.

• Damaso Marte was supposed to throw off a half mound today. That hadn’t happened by the time we had to leave the clubhouse. Girardi said it’s unlikely Marte would be ready to rejoin the team before rosters expand in September.

• It seems more possible that Alfredo Aceves could rejoin the team before September 1. “That’s something we would have to discuss,” Girardi said. “It could be based on need. There’s a lot of things you have to look at. We’d like to get him back, I’ll tell you that.”

• The Yankees have never faced Royals starter Bryan Bullington, a former first-round pick who flamed out with Pittsburgh. I’ve seen him pitch in Triple-A, but I honestly don’t remember much about him. The Pirates Triple-A team seemed to have a ton of guys just like him. Girardi said he has somewhat of a three-quarters delivery with a sinker, changeup and slider. The sinker has a lot of side-to-side movement that Girardi said the Yankees have to watch out for.

• The only Yankee with a major league at-bat against Bullington is Austin Kearns. He’s 0-for-1 with an RBI.

UPDATE, 1:28 p.m.: Royals lineup
Gregor Blanco CF
Willie Bloomquist 3B
Billy Butler 1B
Wilson Betemit DH
Alex Gordon LF
Mike Aviles 2B
Mitch Maier RF
Bryan Pena C
Yuniesky Betancourt SS



9 Responses to “Pregame notes: More Pettitte details”

  1. Erin August 15th, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    MaineYankee August 15th, 2010 at 1:19 pm


    There’s a good article in the Sporting News about Cano,Hughes and Swisher.

    Thanks Maine! I’ll have to check it out. :)

  2. JM August 15th, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Uh oh, a pitcher they have never seen before….Is this game on My9, too?


  3. yanksfansince67 August 15th, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    very impressed with Tex’s approach lately, actually taking outside pitch the other way. He’s done that at least twice. My only frustration is the perception that many Yanks look to go yard too often, even on two strikes. “Up the middle” and “a two strike approach” seems to be lacking for some of the big guys. Ironically, not for A-rod, who has had a pretty good approach all season. When the Yanks were hitting around 280 as a team their HR production was much lower than it is now. Is it cyclical? or stretches during a long season where they change their approach? That was a rap on them for a few years in the playoffs, they obviously overcame it last year.

    I was a little disappointed with Jorge’s HR last night, I thought with his average close to .250, his defensive problems and his string of injuries he might have thought it time to use a new batting helmet! (sorry, I’m a OCD wannabe.)

  4. backbench August 15th, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Just an opinion, but any issue (if there really is one) related to DJ’s hitting appears more likely to do with eye sight then timing or other physical skills. Some one can check, but where some were concerned about him hitting into too many DPs, now there are a lot more swings and misses.

    As GB7 and others well know, there comes a time when you can’t pick up that front sight post as quick as you used to.

  5. Joe from Long Island August 15th, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    I?ve seen him pitch in Triple-A, but I honestly don?t remember much about him. The Pirates Triple-A team seemed to have a ton of guys just like him.

    In a way, that’s sad. I’m sure this young guy is trying with all his might, but, as we’ve noted before, it’s very, very hard to make it. Can anyone blame a player who gets to the majors for trying to get as much as he can? Even those who make it, most of them have a short shelf life.

  6. Cashmoney August 15th, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    bryan bullington

  7. mick August 15th, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    When I played softball I always hit to right. It seemed whatever power I had, I was able to drive the ball to right more naturally than to left. I could hit the ball hard up the middle as well.
    My Dad was a natural pull hitter with power to left. He had more of an uppercut swing which I never developed. I always had a level swing with line drive power, never hit high fly balls. Maybe I was taught that way by a power hitter who thought the proper way to hit was more up the middle and for average.

    Thought it was apropos as we were discussing Jeter’s swing.

    Funny I idolized Mantle but admired Jeter. Could never wear no. 7 but always liked no.2 and liked to bat second. My 2 favorite players all-time.

    Enough about me…

  8. Doreen August 15th, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    JM -

    That would be the ultimate double whammy! :)

  9. JM August 15th, 2010 at 2:18 pm


    Luckily the game is on YES! :)

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