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Pregame notes: From sim game to real game

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Sep 05, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

photo-3Alex Rodriguez is back, and indications are that Andy Pettitte is on his way.

After his simulated game yesterday, and after going through some drills this morning, Rodriguez is back in the lineup exactly 15 days after he went on the disabled list with a calf injury.

“The simulated game gave him a comfort level that he was ready to go,” Girardi said.

Pettitte said he felt normal soreness — “I’ve felt sore after every step,” he said — and he was cleared to play catch this morning. He’s planning to throw a regular bullpen tomorrow. Girardi said he’ll meet with Pettitte and the training staff at some point today, and the team should have a full plan in place by the end of the day.

“We are holding pretty firm on trying to throw in a game on Wednesday,” Pettitte said.

That would be a rehab game, not a major league game, and there seems to be a good chance Pettitte will need only one rehab outing before being activated. He should be around 60-65 pitches on Wednesday, and Girardi has said he would be fine with activating Pettitte when he’s stretched out to only 75 or so pitches.

• Girardi said he has no long-term concerns about Nick Swisher’s knee injury, but obviously it’s a short-term concern. This is the second day in a row that the Yankees thought Swisher had a chance to play, only to determine he’s not quite ready.

• Even with some off days coming up, Girardi said he has no plans of skipping anyone in the rotation. That includes Javier Vazquez. “Right now I have no plans of doing that,” Girardi said.

• That also includes Phil Hughes. Girardi said outright that he has no plans of having Hughes skip a start before the end of the season. It could happen, but right now that’s not in the plans. “We’ll look at how he’s doing each start,” Girardi said. “If we feel that we need to skip him — right now, I don’t have any plans on doing it — but if we have to, we’ll make that adjustment.”

• Girardi did not announce the fact Robinson Cano would be out of the lineup, but I assume it’s just a regular day to rest.

That’s a cell phone picture of Rodriguez from yesterday’s simulated game.

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19 Responses to “Pregame notes: From sim game to real game”

  1. Crawdaddy September 5th, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Girardi always holds his cards close to his vest.

  2. Giuseppe Franco September 5th, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    # Bret The Hitman September 5th, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    There’s really no big hole on the team that would require trading off quality prospects in the winter. The only way I see that happening is if Texas extends Lee and Lee never reaches free agency. That scenario would require the Yankees putting together a package of talent for a #2 starter.

    Nova, Cervelli, Nunez, Gardner, Romine…

    Plenty of quality young talent there.

    However, if the Yankees do sign Lee, there’s really no upgrade that would require those caliber young players in a trade, at least none that I see.

    ————-

    Aren’t you the same guy who insisted on trading away Gardner for DeJesus or Soria? Now he’s untouchable?

    There are plenty of areas that are going to be question marks going into the offseason.

    We don’t know if Pettitte is coming back. Vazquez certainly isn’t coming back. So they may need another starter even if they do sign Lee.

    They are going to lose at least a couple of guys like Thames, Kearns, Wood, and Marte (very iffy given his health issues the last couple of years).

    They also need another catcher since Cervelli has been exposed and Montero won’t be ready to be the full time backup to Posada.

    As Cashman has said several times, it’s tough to sign bench guys and depth because they can go elsewhere and start (or get more playing time).

    There are plenty of areas they need to address and selling high on some of their overachievers would be a good idea.

  3. upstate kate September 5th, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    looks like a good line up…happy to see Alex in, Robbie out and Thames as DH

  4. Yogi Mantle September 5th, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Its going to be an interesting off season this year. The economy will still be playing a role as team consider costs of players vs. revenue they can generate.

    There are teams that will have a lot of holes to plug, but might not have the revenue to do much.

    Lee signing an extension in Texas just doesn’t seem all that likely. That doesn’t mean that Texas wouldn’t pony up big money to sign him, but with the new ownership, it just doesn’t seem as likely that he would remain there. Its not like he’s been pitching lights out this year either. Some may be the back issues, some may be the environment and how it wears down players.

    Cashman isn’t likely to be as hindered by the economy as other teams will, and there may be some bargains to be had from players not getting offers they think they will. We may see some shorter term signings with the idea that the economy could improve in a few years and up their salaries. Maybe more opt out clauses as well.

    It would be nice to see the Yankees get another win today and keep pushing the win streak.

  5. David in Cal September 5th, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Glad to see ARod back and Cano getting a rest. OTOH Pena has a .098 batting average against leftie pitchers and Golson isn’t really a major league hitter. With two dead spots in the lineup and facing a good Toronto starter, the Yanks will have their work cut out for them today.

  6. GreenBeret7 September 5th, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    NYYs have quite a few good young players that have no spot with them but could, in a package, help a team in need of such players and either deliver even younger good players to the Yanks that aren’t nearly ready, or deliver a very good need of a player that the other team can’t afford. I’d rather trade off the excess Rule 5 players in packages than lose them for $50,000.

  7. Yogi Mantle September 5th, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Robbie definitely needs the day off. Getting a day off for him should mean no plans to even pinch hit him. He needs a chance to clear his head and rest his body.

  8. Niblick September 5th, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Good lineup? With Pena and Golson? That’s 6 outs (two full innings) right there. Phil better have no-hit stuff today.

  9. Howe Farr September 5th, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    That’s 6 outs (two full innings) right there. Phil better have no-hit stuff today.
    _______________________

    This aint football, we cant win every game

  10. GreenBeret7 September 5th, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Christ….can’t you at least wait until they finish with the warm-ups before complaining about players and line-ups, or is that just part of your DNA?

  11. Joe from Long Island September 5th, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Hi GF – I like SJ’s idea from last thread, something which was kicked around last year – Bring back Molina as the “backup”, as well as Montero and Jorge, of course. I’d then use them as a C-DH rotation, using Jorge and Montero as the DHers, assuming Montero cooperates with his development, of course.

    I’d also like to bring Thames back. Add in Nunez, Colin Curtis. Just some thoughts. Not too much to get crazy on for this season, not this weekend.

  12. RhapsodyInBlue September 5th, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Robby needs a brief rest.

  13. MaineYankee September 5th, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Pretty funny post by a Mets fan. randy would agree with him. :lol:

    http://network.yardbarker.com/.....ce/3159586

  14. SJ44 September 5th, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Haven’t played out the ridiculous “dead spots” in the lineup and “Phil better have no hit stuff today” nonsense?

    Those who do it have been consistently wrong all year

    Look at the standings today. That should keep lineup whining to a minimum.

    Joe,

    I’d definitely bring back Thames and I think adding Curtis to the bench would be a great addition to the bench.

    I think they really like Nunez and I think he’s going to make the roster next year as the backup middle infielder.

  15. Giuseppe Franco September 5th, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Hey, Joe.

    That’s not a bad idea.

    I was one of those guys who wanted to keep Molina this offseason, but I knew it wasn’t going to happen because of Cervelli’s breakout season last year along with his youth and cost.

    I like GB’s idea of signing Buck, although I’m not sure how realistic that scenario would be.

    One way or another, they do need another catcher. I don’t think Cervelli is capable of being that guy. We could live without a lot of offensive production, but his defense really hit the skids, too. I don’t think any of us expected that much of a decline with him.

  16. MaineYankee September 5th, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Ididn’t go to the right place.

    Look on the side for My new favorite Yankee to hate

  17. GreenBeret7 September 5th, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    I’m guessing that Buck will be in high demand after this year and some team may have to over pay for him. Boston, Tampa, Toronto, White Sox, Seattle, just to name a few will be trying to seduce him. I’d like NYYs to get him, but that would be a pretty high price. I’m guessing at least 3 years and $5-6 mil a year.

  18. murphydog September 5th, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    GB7:

    I like Buck too. The Yanks need a bridge to the Romine/Montero era.

    Cot’s Contracts has Buck at $2 mil for one year (2010), but he almost surely is in for a raise for 2011. Boston especially will be looking for solid defensive catching unless “Salty” has turned it around. I think Tampa is out of Buck’s price range and they may not be as strong as this year again for a while. Does anybody really want to play for Ozzie if they could play in NY or Boston instead?

    Very Small Samples (ESPN player stats, Hitter vs. Pitcher) but he hit the Red Sox staff well and has had success against some of the Rays staff too. Is he finally learning to hit or is this season an anomaly?

    I respectfully disagree with getting Molina back. He’s 35 now, not sure how many games he gives in 2011. Plus Jays have option on him for 2011. I think Montero is probably another season away (2012) given his age and the fact that he is still learning his craft behind the plate.

    But what about Romine – cheap in-house solution if ready to handle a MLB staff.

  19. GreenBeret7 September 5th, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    I figure that John Buck will play anywhere for his first big payday and I don’t think that the White Sox will resign Pierzinski.

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