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Pregame notes: Updates on Jeter, Pettitte, A-Rod and the rotation

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 23, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

There wasn’t really one big story that came out of today’s pregame. It was more a series of fairly significant updates and explanations. We’ll start with the thing that stood out the most about the lineup.

Yankees Royals BaseballWhy isn’t Derek Jeter playing?
“Seventeen days in a row he’s played,” Joe Girardi said. “The man needs a day off. You hate to give him a day off, but we can’t have him physically break down.”

Eduardo Nunez got the nod at shortstop because he doesn’t have as much third base experience as Ramiro Pena. And there’s a chance the remaining everyday infielders could also get a day off — or a DH day — here in Toronto.

“I’ll think about maybe giving Robbie a day off here too,” Girardi said. “I know he’s tired too, so it’s something we’ll have to look at. Maybe we’ll look at Tex.”

What’s the rotation after Ivan Nova?
Girardi said the Yankees plan to stick with the original plan of using their five regular starters in the next five games. Everyone will simply be bumped back a day to make room for Nova. That’s with one exception.

CC Sabathia will start Saturday’s game in Chicago. That’s so that he will fall between A.J. Burnett and Javier Vazquez. The Yankees want to split those two so that Francisco Cervelli can go back to being the regular catcher for both of them. Also, the Yankees don’t want to give Sabathia seven days off.

What’s next for Andy Pettitte?
The plan is for Pettitte to get back on the mound on Friday. He’s cleared to play catch. Assuming he feels OK playing catch on flat ground on Friday, he’s step back on the mound for a bullpen that day.

“I think you kind of work up to what he can do,” Girardi said. “Obviously we would like for him to be able to throw a full bullpen and not feel anything.”

Where’s Alex Rodriguez?
He’s in Toronto, but he’s not doing much.

“Just a lot of ice,” he said. “A lot of treatment. Heat. Cold. A little bit of everything. A lot of massaging… They want me to stay off my feet (and) spend a lot of time with Steve and Geno. Doing all my treatment stuff, but no baseball stuff. No hitting. None of that.”

Some other minor notes for the day.

• Alfredo Aceves will make another rehab start tomorrow. Girardi said it will be with either Trenton or Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, whichever is home that day. Problem is, both are home that day. “He’ll continue to pitch,” Girardi said. “It’s just not quite sharp enough.”

• Damaso Marte will throw a bullpen — his second since going on the DL — tomorrow.

• Even with Robinson Cano playing so well, Girardi said there’s no temptation to leave Cano in the clean-up spot. “I’ll insert Alex right back where he was and put him right back in the fourth hole,” Girardi said. “He’s a clean-up hitter. He’s done a tremendous job.”

• Girardi said he’ll look for early strikes to tell him whether Nova’s going to be on his game tonight. “This is a young man that we have high hopes for,” he said. “He’s being asked to pitch in the pennant race.”

• Cano and Evan Longoria were named the American League’s co-Players of the Week.

UPDATE, 6:28 p.m.: Toronto’s lineup
Fred Lewis LF
Yunel Escobar SS
Jose Bautista RF
Vernon Wells CF
Adam Lind DH
Aaron Hill 2B
Lyle Overbay 1B
Edwin Encarnacion 3B
Jose Molina C

Associated Press photo of Jeter

 
 

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44 Responses to “Pregame notes: Updates on Jeter, Pettitte, A-Rod and the rotation”

  1. Erin August 23rd, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    CC Sabathia will start Saturday’s game in Chicag

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    All right-I’m seeing CC on Saturday!! :D

    This is turning into a pattern-I saw him last summer too.

  2. Erin August 23rd, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    • Cano and Evan Longoria were named the American League’s co-Players of the Week.

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    Congrats Robbie!!! :)

  3. Betsy August 23rd, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Why Cervelli is the regular catcher for AJ and Javy, I don’t know……………the real reason is probably that AJ and Javy suck right now and they both blow the pen to pieces pitching back to back.

    Joe is absolutely right to give these guys days off – not only have they played many games in a row, but often in brutal heat.

  4. GreenBeret7 August 23rd, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    NYY needs to trade a package headlined by Cano to the Dodgers for Kemp.

    (don’t you just miss those days?)

  5. MTU August 23rd, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Betsy-

    I think a one week all expenses paid vacation to Tahiti would be even more restful. Don’t you ? :)

  6. Erin August 23rd, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    GreenBeret7 August 23rd, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    (don’t you just miss those days?)

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    No!!!

  7. Fran the original August 23rd, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Erin,

    Glad you’re seeing CC pitch. Good chance the Yanks win that game :)

  8. MTU August 23rd, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    GB-

    You know the Dodgers would never trade Kemp straight up for a player like Cano. He doesn’t even try hard. He’s lazy. Everybody knows that. And he can’t hit with men on base either. Why do it. :)

  9. Betsy August 23rd, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    After the WS, MTU, lol……………

  10. Erin August 23rd, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Fran the original August 23rd, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Erin,

    Glad you’re seeing CC pitch. Good chance the Yanks win that game

    *********************************
    Fran-me too. That’s how I was hoping it would work out.

  11. RMS August 23rd, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    “the real reason is probably that AJ and Javy suck right now and they both blow the pen to pieces pitching back to back.”

    You got that right. Javy, who I thought would be a great 5th starter, has been a huge disappointment.
    AJ is AJ. Very good or very bad.

  12. 108 stitches August 23rd, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Look at the word delusional in the dictionary and Buston Olney’s picture is aside of it.

  13. MTU August 23rd, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Betsy-

    As long as I get to hide in a piece of luggage so I get to go I’m willing to wait. :)

  14. Yogi Mantle August 23rd, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    If Manny hits the waivers, who do you think would look to grab him? I could see Tampa going for him and it would seem unlikely that Boston would put in a claim. Of course, he would have to pass through the whole NL first, so there might be a taker from there. There is also the White Sox who might have interest.

    Its going to get a little interesting to see what moves some teams make.

  15. Erin August 23rd, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    BloggingBombers People seem outraged that Jeter has tonight off. I don’t get it. Very few players actually play 162 any more. They all get days off.

  16. jackamir August 23rd, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    I don’t care how they spin it Jeter is a bit banged up and he deserves a day off. The waiver wire is getting well populated. I hope we can score a usable Catcher. I have a real concern, as all of us do, about Cervelli.

  17. MTU August 23rd, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    I think A-rod needs complete bed rest for a while. It will help his game.

    Cameron. Will you please see to that. See that A-rod stays in bed.

    And rests. ;)

  18. pr103183 August 23rd, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Jeter is definitely nursing some type of injury. Take a look at him running during the past couple of games — he has definitely been limping. Maybe it’s just a bit of soreness, but he was definitely not running well…

  19. Betsy August 23rd, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    MTU, that will have to be a pretty big piece of luggage, lol

  20. MTU August 23rd, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    “If Manny hits the waivers, who do you think would look to grab him?”

    The Predator.

  21. Yogi Mantle August 23rd, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    RMS, I’m hoping that AJ is getting all his bad out of the way so he becomes brilliant during the playoffs if the Yanks make it. Hey, we can dream!

    I really wonder if Javy might get some time off if Nova does well. Toronto is a tough test for him, if he does well enough to keep the Yanks in the game against the BJ’s hitters it might let Girardi feel comfortable giving Javy extra time off. Its tough to give up another starter this time of year, putting in Nova for one game and seeing where it goes from there seems like a possibility.

  22. Yogi Mantle August 23rd, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Jeter twisted his ankle on second base making a play. I think that was when he started limping a bit. It seems to be more pronounced when he is running.

  23. RMS August 23rd, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Yogi Mantle

    Manny has been hurt a lot this year. Plus he has a no trade clause, probably waive it for more money. Can’t see him going to a NL club, he would have to play in the OF.

  24. MTU August 23rd, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Betsy-

    For a trip to Tahiti I can can work miracles. Trust me. :)

  25. Tom in N.J. August 23rd, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Odd that A.J. has a 4.02 since July 2nd.

    in those 9 starts he’s given up 0, 2, 4 0, 0, 8, 3, 1, and 6 runs.

    I don’t know what to make of it, other than it’s A.J. He goes from lazy river to roaring rapids…

  26. ron August 23rd, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    RS put a waiver claim on damon.

  27. GreenBeret7 August 23rd, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Tom, the only numbers that most people will focus on is 8 and 6.

  28. MTU August 23rd, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Tom-

    “I don’t know what to make of it, other than it’s A.J.”

    I believe you have answered your own question Mr. Stratford-on-Avon. :)

  29. GreenBeret7 August 23rd, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    ron August 23rd, 2010 at 6:40 pm
    RS put a waiver claim on damon.

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

    WHOA!!! First that this has gotten out. Do you have a link? Not that I don’t trust you, understand.

  30. MTU August 23rd, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    GB-

    For real. No sh*t ! can it be ? OMG.

  31. RMS August 23rd, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Yogi Mantle

    AJ, the 16.5 million $ man better be the very good AJ in the playoffs.

    Don’t know if time off would help Javy. He looks shot.

    Am hoping Nova comes up big tonight.

  32. GreenBeret7 August 23rd, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    MTU August 23rd, 2010 at 6:44 pm
    GB-

    For real. No sh*t ! can it be ? OMG.

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

    I need to get out more often. Find me some of this insider stuff so I can be the first to break news.

  33. Tom in N.J. August 23rd, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    “I believe you have answered your own question Mr. Stratford-on-Avon.”

    Shakespeare would have said it better…

  34. MTU August 23rd, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    Nova should ask Mo for a transfusion of icewater before tonite’s game.

    That will help.

    Along with a net to help catch all those butterflys coming from the pit of his stomach.

  35. GreenBeret7 August 23rd, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Breaking News Here. I’m sure nobody has this.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday.....de=gameday

  36. MTU August 23rd, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Tom-

    English is my second language. Give me a break.

    You’re the English professor. ;)

  37. Rishi August 23rd, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    :arrow:

  38. Tom in N.J. August 23rd, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    MTU, what’s you’re first?

  39. MTU August 23rd, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Gb-

    I think you’d be good at it. I think you should persue you dreams. :)

  40. MTU August 23rd, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Tom-

    Confusion. :)

  41. Tom in N.J. August 23rd, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Well played, MTU.

  42. SAS August 23rd, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    :arrow: game thread

  43. ron August 23rd, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....van%20Nova

    Video of nova pitching with the yankees if anyone is interested.

    Very smooth delivery,scouts worry that hitters can pick the ball up coming out of his hand very easily??

  44. Captain Clutch August 23rd, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Good luck to Nova tonight. Tough job for him tonight against the roid boys in his 1st start. I hope the Yanks remember from the last time they faced Bautista that he was all over fastballs and couldn’t touch anything else.


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