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Pregame notes: Yankees beginning to plan for October

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

Rays Yankees BaseballThe Yankees have started their internal conversations about how to set their postseason roster and rotation.

“You can daydream into what October looks like and how you want to line it up,” general manager Brian Cashman said. “We’ve had those internal discussions.”

The Yankees, as you might expect, aren’t ready to announce any sort of decisions, but there are some plans beginning to take shape. And the use of Royce Ring last night, and Javier Vazquez on Tuesday, was about more than trying to win baseball games.

“(Using Ring) was based on conversations we had earlier in the day,” Cashman said. “The day before, same thing with Javy Vazquez. We’re trying to get things lined up. See what we have. See what our choices are.”

Cashman did not go into detail, but he said there’s a definite plan for Phil Hughes in this last week and a half. He also said Ring could pitch his way onto the postseason roster.

“I think it would be unfair to make a decision today because there are a lot of things that could change,” Joe Girardi said. “We will continue to evaluate everybody. Obviously you have guys that you expect to be there, but we’ll continue to evaluate everyone in case we have to make changes.”

ph_502085• Dave Robertson played catch this afternoon and said everything felt good. “Feeling a lot better today,” he said. “I think I’ll be ready to go tomorrow.”

• Although Andrew Brackman said he doesn’t expect to pitch during this late call-up, Cashman said he’s specifically told Girardi to use Brackman whenever he wants. “I think you’ll see Brackman before it’s all said and done,” Cashman said.

• Girardi on his use of Chad Gaudin last night: “That was the guy we were going to in that situation. A lot of the other guys that we could have gone to were not experienced.” Joba Chamberlain, Dave Robertson and Boone Logan were not available, and Girardi said he was saving Kerry Wood for the eighth inning.

• Cashman made a point of mentioning Romulo Sanchez’s name. He seemed to indicate that we’ll see Sanchez pitch before we see Brackman.

• There was apparently some talk that Damaso Marte might not be finished for the season afterall. Girardi squashed that rumor. “I don’t think we’re getting him back,” Girardi said.

• The Yankees still have no discussed when they’ll do a locker room celebration: After they clinch the division or clinch a playoff berth.

• Jesus Montero and Dellin Betances joined the Yankees today but will not be added to the active roster. They’re both just here to workout with the team and get a feel for the big leagues. And they are apparently here to make everyone else look small. I’d never seen Betances in person. He’s a tall, tall kid.

Associated Press photo of Hughes, headshot of Robertson





19 Responses to “Pregame notes: Yankees beginning to plan for October”

  1. Faiaz September 23rd, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Good news about D-Rob

  2. LGY September 23rd, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    I refuse to believe the very intelligent Yankee org is dumb enough to go to a 4 man rotation in the ALDS.

    Girardi and Eiland are just blowing smoke right now.

    Smarter heads will prevail.

  3. Betsy September 23rd, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    GB, to be sure, I’m not talking about pure stuff – just in terms of performance or potential performance. Wilson was the Rangers’ #1, but not sure he could be termed a true #1 – at least not yet. I was referring to honest-to-goodness #1s who would be #1s on most teams, not just “eh” teams. I don’t know what to make of Greinke, but Lincecum has won 2 Cy Youngs, so he’s definitely an ace in my book.

    Big Al had defined ace as someone who dominates on a consistent basis, but if that’s the case, then what is a #1 who isn’t an ace?

    I don’t think AJ is dumb by any means and I don’t care what anyone says. He’s stubborn, to be sure – but mostly he just doesn’t have the ability to command his pitches. It’s not for lack of trying – he just can’t do it. I don’t and have never liked criticizing players for not being better than they are unless they have just ruined their talent themselves. AJ tries – but while he was blessed with a great arm, he wasn’t blessed with command.
    There’s nothing to be ashamed of there. Some guys are blessed with command and little “stuff”

  4. Faiaz September 23rd, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Is it a better option to have Hughes split up the lefties and take the second spot or is it better for Pet to be the second starter so he can pitch a game five if necessary?

  5. jackamir September 23rd, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Faiaz, What do you say, what do you know! You took a break from posting. It’s funny every time I see that fine looking waitress at the Stadium I think of you.

  6. Betsy September 23rd, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    The whole point of changing the schedule was so that teams could not arrange it so they only had to use 3 pitchers. The Yankees are going to have to deal with the fact that they have great pitchers and 2 unknowns. Also, even if they go with a 3 man, I am not convinced AJ won’t pitch game 3…………..then Phil wouldn’t start at all.

    I don’t know what their plan is for Phil, but I hope it does not involve skipping him.

  7. Yanks78 September 23rd, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    No doubt, LGY.

    If they go down, they should go down with their best.

  8. Faiaz September 23rd, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    I think AJ does have the ability to command his pitches, just not consistently…yet. I still believe that he will turn out to be a good investment with his performance till the end of his contract.

  9. LGY September 23rd, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    You brought up this point Betsy but this is not just directed at you.

    People keep saying things about the schedule and how the Yankees can’t do this or that because MLB changed it after complaints.

    The schedule is readily available online for everyone to see. Everyone should really look at it before saying the Yankees can’t do this or that.

    MLB took away 2 days. That’s it.

  10. Doreen September 23rd, 2010 at 6:38 pm


    You’re a funny guy!

    At 5’2″ I’m sure I’d feel like a munchkin in that locker room. :lol:

  11. Faiaz September 23rd, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    I got some bad news. Her name is Corlis and she was on the Boomer and Carton show and her voice takes away from the perception that I had of her. Also I was hoping that she was placed there at the stadium randomly and just happened to be on TV but she’s an actress so that also takes away from the fantasy. There are tons of hot actresses but it’s rare to have a waitress that is very attractive. Although most aspiring actresses are waitresses, lol. Here’s the clip…

  12. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Doreen September 23rd, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    You’re a funny guy!

    At 5?2? I’m sure I’d feel like a munchkin in that locker room.


    yes, but, you’d feel like Gulliver if you hung around Pedroia.

  13. Betsy September 23rd, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    LGY, ok – but either way I’m not going crazy about it. As I said, if you get your wish and Joe goes with a 3 man, you might be pretty peeved as to who he chooses for the 3rd starter. I believe strongly it will be AJ.

  14. tyanksfan36 September 23rd, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Dellin Betances is tall, I walked up to him at a tampa yankees game to get his autograph and I was a little intimidated. I’ve got a picture of him sitting in the stands and his legs do not fit in the seats.

  15. LGY September 23rd, 2010 at 6:43 pm


    I only think they should do it for the ALDS.

    ALCS they should start AJ once each.

  16. LGY September 23rd, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    *ALCS and WS once each*

  17. Betsy September 23rd, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    LGY, ok got it…………..I haven’t looked at the schedule to determine what can and can not be done in terms of CC on 3 days, but I simply would not push him again and again and again. If the Yankees aren’t good enough to win without CC on 3 days rest continually, then so be it.

  18. UnKnown September 23rd, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Game is on MLB Network tonight with Bob Costas doing the announcing. Every game has a playoff feel to it when Costas is doing the annoucing. Love that guy.

  19. West Coast Yankee Fan September 23rd, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    I think his second starter will be Burnett.

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