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

ph_121347Alex Rodriguez
Tested on an infield single, Rodriguez said he was running at 80 to 85 percent, but felt pain-free throughout. “You always have a little hesitation,” he said. “You really don’t want to bust it 100 percent until you get some games under you, but I felt pretty good out there.”

Both Rodriguez and Joe Girardi said they’ll have to wait until the morning to say for sure whether A-Rod will play in tomorrow’s game. Girardi stressed that there were no setbacks, but they want to make certain. “I have to wake up, see how I feel and hopefully get in there again,” Rodriguez said.

Robinson Cano
Not injured. Girardi wanted to give him a full day off, and stuck with that even through a string of late-inning pinch hitters. “I was giving him a day off,” Girardi said. “I had him to pinch hit in the ninth if we needed him there.”

ph_430897Nick Swisher
Had an MRI this morning. The test came back clean — no breaks, no torn tissue — but it did show some deep inflammation. “My knee’s not that big, so I don’t know how deep it could be,” Swisher said.

It’s that inflammation that’s causing problems when Swisher runs. It doesn’t hurt when he hits or side steps, and obviously he was considered healthy enough to pinch hit this afternoon. Swisher said the MRI made him feel much more comfortable because now he knows there’s no structural damage that might become worse. “It’s time to fight through some pain,” he said.

Austin Kearns
Apparently the injury is not actually in his thumb, it’s more in the pointer finger of his right hand. Whatever it is, it wasn’t enough to keep him from playing right field today, but it might have been enough to keep him from hitting had his turn ever come to the plate. “It would have been difficult for him to hit,” Girardi said. “I just would have had to check with him before he went up there.”

ph_120485Andy Pettitte
Any official plans for a rehab assignment will have to wait until tomorrow. Girardi said he’s talked to the training staff and Brian Cashman, but that was a brief conversation and he wants things set in stone before making an announcement.

Pettitte indicated pregame that he’s “holding pretty firm” to the idea of making a rehab start on Wednesday. It’s worth noting that Double-A Trenton clinched the division last night and will be playing at home on Wednesday. Just a guess, but that seems like a pretty good fit.

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50 Responses to “Yankees injury updates”

  1. SJ44 September 5th, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    How could Andy take away a start from Betances or Banuelos?

    Just another selfish athlete. lol

  2. Carl September 5th, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    # GreenBeret7 September 5th, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    LaRussa’s on the block more than Rasmus is.

    When you have Pujols saying we need to get him out of here, I think he’s on the block just a little bit more.

  3. Yank1 September 5th, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Typical Andy… even his rehab starts come in big games lol

  4. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 5th, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    I don’t want to get preachy here but common sense should have told people that a team playing without two of their top defensive/offensive players and their table setter, plus a rotation that THROUGHOUT THE SEASON featured two pitchers who were able to win games out of their entire rotation – common sense should have told you it was a dead team walking the entire time.

    But nooooooo. Betsy insisted they were the real deal and the more faint of heart danced to that drum!

    For future reference – PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT I SAY ABOUT THE SUX! I AM A SUX EXPERT!!!

    :)

  5. Doreen September 5th, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Oh what horrible timing!!! I’d be there, except my daughter’s moving the next day – there’s no way we could go. But I doubt there’d be tickets anyway. they’ve been selling well out at Waterfront.

    So this is the playoffs, then, right? For trenton?

  6. tyanksfan36 September 5th, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Ill be at the tuesday game against tampa next week, not so sure how excited ill be unless we have a comfortable lead but as much as I Love Andy I don’t think ill be happy if he pitches the game I’m going to. I just don’t want to hear those annoying fans if he doesn’t do so well his first game back. But I am so happy that he is on his way back. The team really needs him.

  7. EA September 5th, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Papelbon is basically with early-season Joba was…. his bad games turn into implosions.

    Completely lost it today, blew the 3-run lead to Toronto, gave up 2 HRs in the 9th to the Rockies, gave up 4 runs against us on the Thames HR, helped blow a 5 run lead against Seattle in the Lackey no-hitter game (though Delcarmen did most of the damage), blew Buchholz’ win by giving up 3 runs, etc.

    Most of his bad games are disasters… he doesn’t just give up a solo HR or 1 run lol

  8. CB September 5th, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    One of the more most interesting, telling and promising encounters Hughes had today his strikeout of travis snider in the third.

    Snider can struggle at the plate. But he has terrific bat speed and can hit fastballs.

    Hughes started him out with a first pitch strike with a curve. He then got strike two on Snider with a nice change up. Hughes then missed with a fastball and followed it up with a fastball Snider got a piece of and fouled off.

    Instead of going back to another fastball or a cutter Hughes threw Snider another strong change up. Snider fouled it off. But at that moment you could see where the at bat was going and where the thinking was going.

    Hughes has given up a lot of 2 strike foul balls. But the foul ball on that change up was a productive foul ball. All of a sudden it gave Snider another look and something else to think about.

    After getting Snider out in front with that change, Hughes then went back to the fastball and just blew it by Snider to strike him out. Importantly – Snider who has terrific bat speed – was late on the pitch.

    That’s pitching. That’s what Hughes needs to continue to learn how to do. His stuff was plenty good today. But he made mistakes he couldn’t get away with against a power hitting team because he just didn’t provide them with enough different looks.

    If hughes hadn’t shown Snider that change up he would have been much less likely to be able to throw that fastball by him for strike three. Snider would have fouled it off or squared the ball up.

    That at bat was a stark contrast to the struggles Hughes had on two strike counts using his fastball today when the ball was hit hard. In that Snider at bat he had him set up with the change to be able to throw the fastball by him.

    That’s part of what he failed to do in those other at bats.

    But that’s all part of what he’s going to need to learn.

    At times pitchers, especially young pitchers, put too big a priority on their level of “comfort” with a pitch and don’t use it enough despite the fact that it’s a good pitch and not using it is hurting them greatly. That’s the way it is for Hughes right now with his change.

    It’ll come with time. The more I watch Hughes throw his curveball the more it seems to me that after being hurt for 2 years and being in the pen last season where most of his pitches were hard, he’s simply lost his feeling for that curve ball. He hasn’t used it regularly in three years.

    With enough work that feel will come back.

  9. Doreen September 5th, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    trisha -

    To be fair, they were hanging around enough to be pesky until the last week. Even if you knew it was just a matter of time, the feeling I had was, enough already, go away. And now they pretty much have.

  10. 108 stitches September 5th, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    It hurts deeply to say it but it would be helpful if the Socks took 2 of 3 from the Rays. For obvious reasons Boston doesn’t have a sweep in their bones.

  11. Jerkface September 5th, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Joe posnasnki did a cool study that pretty much the only reason hitters hit worse on 2 strike counts is because if they miss its a strike out. Removing strike outs shows that hitters will hit above .300 on those counts as long as they make contact. Hughes just needs to work on his offspeed stuff and eventually those 2 strike woes will disappear.

    Its going to be a problem as long as he throws a lot of hard stuff in those counts. While his fastballs are above average in terms of swinging strikes, its not at the same level as what a good offspeed pitch should produce.

    As he refines his curve and develops his change, he will become more dominant.

  12. Rich in NJ September 5th, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    With regard to whether or not Hughes is fatigued, Girardi doesn’t rule it out as a possibility, even though that isn’t what he believes is the primary cause of his inconsistency.

    But:

    His average FB velo today was 91.40.

    His average FB velo for the season is 92.5.

    His command was off at times.

    All I’m saying is that it’s possible.

    I do, however, think that he needs to listen to his catcher more.

    btw, I think Mitre can help this team with regular work.

  13. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 5th, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Doreen, seriously, the fact that they were hanging around, if you call 7 games out in the loss column hanging around, was a function of them playing well over their heads, as teams are often wont to do when they have to notch it up because of injuries. But you know that it’s only a matter of time before they fall apart. Sorry but their demise was predictable. They had two pitchers who were winning games and everything else was on a shoestring.

    I don’t believe they were pesky or threatening or anything else of the sort. When they lost Ellsbury and then Cameron and then Youkilis and then Pedroia, and Beckett and Lackey were both struggling, the handwriting was right there on the wall. To me those who didn’t see it were those who either weren’t paying close enough attention or those who live in dreaded fear of the Sux no matter what is happening with them.

    Again, they were playing with a shoestring team. And they had two teams in front of them who were both potent and relatively healthy, one with the best ERA in the AL and one with the most runs in the majors. All of that counts for a lot.

  14. Doreen September 5th, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    jerkface -

    I’m sorry, maybe I’m missing something, but that doesn’t make sense. They don’t do well on 0-2 pitches because they strike out, but if you eliminate the strikeout, they’ll get a hit? What does that even mean???? :)

  15. Carl September 5th, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Poor Twins

  16. Carl September 5th, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Oh n/m poor Rangers. What the hell were they thinking?

  17. GreenBeret7 September 5th, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    WOW!! What a way to lose a game. 6-4 with 2 outs in the 9th inning and bases loaded…Guerrero singles on the infield to score a run. Young gets back to third on a wide turn and is called out on third bases coach’s interference for touching the runner.

  18. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 5th, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    And I am more than willing to acknowledge that my familiarity with their on-going situation may be stronger because of my proximity to their home and the fact that I have been an intense participant in that rivalry because of it, basically forever.

  19. Bronx Jeers September 5th, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Today’s magic number photo.

    Bonus points to anyone that can name the player bending over on the right. I don’t know who it is.

    http://farm2.static.flickr.com.....c2c7_o.jpg

  20. Chambliss September 5th, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Epic meltdown at Fenway.

  21. Doreen September 5th, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    trisha -

    I agree with everything you said about them playing over their head, and the rest. Just, at least speaking for me, I was not “afraid” of them, but even while knowing the demise was inevitable, too many weird things happen in baseball to ever feel 100% comfortable writing any team off that is that close in the standings. That’s all. Like I kept saying to someone, they could have been the Schenectady Schooners for all I cared – it wasn’t their Red Soxness that had me keeping one eye on them.

  22. Doreen September 5th, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    trisha -

    I agree with everything you said about them playing over their head, and the rest. Just, at least speaking for me, I was not “afraid” of them, but even while knowing the demise was inevitable, too many weird things happen in baseball to ever feel 100% comfortable writing any team off that is that close in the standings. That’s all. Like I kept saying to someone, they could have been the Schenectady Schooners for all I cared – it wasn’t their Red Soxness that had me keeping one eye on them.

  23. 108 stitches September 5th, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Bronx Jeers September 5th, 2010 at 6:12 pm
    Today’s magic number photo.

    Bonus points to anyone that can name the player bending over on the right. I don’t know who it is.

    http://farm2.static.flickr.com…..c2c7_o.jpg
    …………………………………………………………………

    Looks like Andy Carey.

  24. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 5th, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Watching the Rangers postgame right now. They’re showing the play.

  25. Yogi Mantle September 5th, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Really tough finish to the Twinkies/Rangers game. It looked like the 3rd base coach was pulling his hands back even.

    Rangers are going into their late season swoon a bit it seems. Not that I think any team in their division will catch them, but Texas is a tough play for a season. It wears them down. Losing Hamilton hurts them as well.

  26. Bronx Jeers September 5th, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    # Chambliss September 5th, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Epic meltdown at Fenway.

    —————————————-

    Why? Have the fans set it ablaze?

    The team meltdown started 11 months ago.

  27. Yogi Mantle September 5th, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Seems to me the umpire calling that out was wrong to do that. I can’t stand the Twinkies. They wouldn’t even be in it if they played in a real division.

  28. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 5th, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Doreen, again it’s probably because I pay closer attention to their situation because of their proximity to me, but if any other team in the majors was dealing with the same set of particulars, I would have written them off the same way.

    I understand what you’re saying about strange eventualities in baseball, but there is no way in God’s green earth that their rotation could have sustained them in the postseason when it couldn’t sustain them in the season.

    Now for the fun part. At the beginning of the season I predicted they would come in no higher than third. That was more a function of just thinking that the Rays and Yankees were better teams, period. I of course could have had no way of knowing that the Sux would have been injury riddled the way they were. And though I can’t know what would have happened if they stay healthy, the are a potential force to be reckoned with if they have their offense at full speed AND as rotation that isn’t missing a beat. I bet against that just because. But they had too many deficiencies to be able to go near the Yanks or the Rays.

    Alas!

    ;)

  29. GreenBeret7 September 5th, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Three of them from front to left is Ford, Howard, Mantle and possibly Joe Collins or Gil McDougald. It was taken in 1955 or later.

  30. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 5th, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    “The team meltdown started 11 months ago.”

    Doreen, and the fact that Theo did nothing to make the team stronger at the deadline was the final kiss of death.

  31. Jerkface September 5th, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Doreen,

    General baseball consensus is that the hitter is at an ultimate disadvantage with 2 strikes. That is true, AS LONG AS YOU CAN STRIKE THEM OUT. If a hitter puts the ball in play with 2 strikes, he is just as likely to get a hit and hit for power as he is on any other count.

    The reason this is important is that a pitcher like Hughes this season is throwing 75% fastballs, and throwing them in every count. Hughes is pumping fastballs with 2 strikes and the strike out chance for that pitch just isnt high enough.

    If the hitter puts the ball in play, its likely to go for a hit, which is a reason why Hughes has struggled on 2 strike counts. They are fouling the ball off, putting it into play, and it looks bad that Hughes is giving up 2 strike hits but its not really bad, its normal.

    What is BAD is that he isnt striking out batters when he should be.

    That is where his need to develop the offspeed pitches comes in.

    I hope this makes sense. Really the only disadvantage for a hitter on 2 strike counts is that they can’t take a close pitch and they can’t swing and miss, but if you give them a chance to put it into play its as likely to be a hit as any other count. I think most fans believe that a player putting the ball into play with 2 strikes has it go for a hit less often.

  32. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 5th, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Wow, GB, what a sucky way for the game to end. What’s crazy is that if you look at the play, the third base umpire wasn’t looking at the runner!!!

  33. m September 5th, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Red Sox have been out of it for a while. And it was going to take an epic failure by the rays or yanks for them to even have half a chance.

    That’s why rooting for the Sox to lose against the rays was a head scratcher. They were just to far back to catch us.

  34. GreenBeret7 September 5th, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    The rule says that you can’t have contact with a base runner while the play is in progress and the ball is live. Correct call.

  35. Carl September 5th, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Red Sox better take 2 out of 3.

  36. m September 5th, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    *too

  37. Doreen September 5th, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    trisha -

    True. All true. :lol:

    Good call on Sox in third.

  38. Bronx Jeers September 5th, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Here’s a pic with Carey, Scooter and McDougald.

    Carey and McDougald look pretty similar in this photo.

    http://www.hollywoodcollectibl.....-photo.jpg

  39. Doreen September 5th, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    Jerkface -

    Thanks. That made more sense to me. Sorry for being dense – but I wasn’t following the shorthand version. :)

  40. Jerkface September 5th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Doreen – If you think of it like this, Hughes gets around a 10% whiff rate on his fastballs. But that means he has to throw 10 fastballs to get 1 swing and a miss. If a batter is at 2 strikes do you really wanna give him 10 chances to put the ball in play?

    Its why the changeup and curve are very important. Hughes can be a good pitcher as he is now, but his development will turn him into a great pitcher :)

    And I thought that study Joe Pos did was really good, it turns some of the assumptions on hitting counts around.

  41. randy l. September 5th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    “Joe posnasnki did a cool study that pretty much the only reason hitters hit worse on 2 strike counts is because if they miss its a strike out.”

    he did a study huh?

    couldn’t he have just asked an 8 year old tee ball player?

  42. Bronx Jeers September 5th, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Can you even strike out in tee ball? Personally, if I was ever in danger of striking out playing tee ball I’d probably lay down a bunt. :wink:

    Next 3 days puts us in bizarro world again.

    Go Sox, Go Sox and Go Sox.

  43. Jerkface September 5th, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    couldn’t he have just asked an 8 year old tee ball player?

    I dont know if its wise to ask players about everything, since they are the sort that believe myths like corking bats. I’m sure they’d think the hitter has a disadvantage on 2 strikes even if they put the ball in play.

  44. Rich in NJ September 5th, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    But even if players don’t buy into some of the myths, what’s wrong with having empirical data to support or rebut these myths?

  45. 108 stitches September 5th, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Bronx Jeers September 5th, 2010 at 6:32 pm
    Here’s a pic with Carey, Scooter and McDougald.

    Carey and McDougald look pretty similar in this photo.

    http://www.hollywoodcollectibl…..-photo.jpg
    ………………………………………………………………..

    Great pix. Like that old water tower in the background beyond CF in the original Yankee Stadium.
    Andy Carey wore #6, Scooter #10 and Gil McDougald #12.

  46. jacksquat September 5th, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    m September 5th, 2010 at 6:27 pm
    Red Sox have been out of it for a while. And it was going to take an epic failure by the rays or yanks for them to even have half a chance.

    That’s why rooting for the Sox to lose against the rays was a head scratcher. They were just to far back to catch us.

    Not really. At that point they were only 5-6 back in the loss column with over a month left to play. People saying it was guaranteed they couldn’t catch the Yanks/Rays were overconfident. Which doesn’t surprise me since a few people here are pretty cocky.

  47. m September 5th, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    I usually prefaced my assertions with the mathematical probability that the Sox were still in it. I never guaranteed anything.

    But, they were out of it then. And actually managed to dig the hole even deeper this weekend.

    That being said, it’s too soon to dance on their graves. But, the they’d need an epic collapse by the Yanks or Rays to make the postseason this year.

  48. randy l. September 5th, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    ” I’m sure they’d think the hitter has a disadvantage on 2 strikes even if they put the ball in play.”

    so what’s the slugging rate on two strike pitches?

  49. mick September 5th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  50. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 5th, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    That’s why rooting for the Sox to lose against the rays was a head scratcher. They were just to far back to catch us.”

    mel, not really at all. Those rooting for the Rays primarily were doing so because they didn’t want to have go deal with the possibility, no matter how slim, that this could turn into a 3-team race. Listen, they are so far back it isn’t funny and you yourself are saying it’s too soon to dance on their graves! Can you imagine if they had won the games in Tampa? I ended up rooting for Tampa because it just isn’t in my vernacular to root for the Sux. Plus I’m not ardently worried about the Rays, though I definitely respect them as a team.

    “That being said, it’s too soon to dance on their graves”

    Mama mia. All I can hope is that the MLB police don’t come to my house with a search warrant for my tap shoes. If they do forensics on them I’m afraid they might find flora that only grows in the springtime in New England…

    :)

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