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Away from the rain, Jeter does some early work inside

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Mar 01, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Just watched an early batting cage session between Derek Jeter and Kevin Long. Jeter’s look was priceless when he realized a dozen or so reporters were standing in the tunnel watching him swing at a handful of batting practice pitches.

Because of the rain, Long and Jeter can’t do any work on the field, so Long changed gears and will make the trip to Bradenton after all. He just left, and I’m on my way right behind him. It’s pretty wet here in Tampa, but the rain has stopped and the assumption is that the Yankees will play as scheduled.

“We’re going over, so I’m assuming,” Joe Girardi said.

• Phil Hughes will make his first spring start in a stadium that is notoriously hitter friendly because of the strong wind that usually blows out. “The quality of the pitches has to be better,” Girardi said. “To me, it’s a good thing because the focus has to be there.”

• Of course, this is Hughes we’re talking about, so we’ll probably hear quite a bit about his changeup. “I think (the changeup) is important for him to take that next step,” Girardi said.

• According to Girardi, Andrew Brackman will be able to “air it out” today. Assuming that goes well, he’ll take tomorrow off and throw off a mound Thursday.

• Greg Golson will take batting practice today and should play in a game tomorrow.

• Ronnie Belliard is still at least a week away from testing his calf injury.

• The Swish-hawk is no more. Nick Swisher showed up with a shaved head this morning. He said he did it himself.

Scheduled to play off the bench: C Kyle Higashioka, 1B Jorge Vazquez, 2B Kevin Russo, SS Doug Bernier, 3B Bradley Suttle, LF Austin Krum, CF Justin Maxwell, RF Jordan Parraz, DH Gustavo Molina

Available relievers: Dave Robertson, Steve Garrison, Brian Anderson, Andy Sisco, Eric Wordekemper, Ryan Pope, Boone Logan, David Phelps and Hector Noesi

Upcoming rotation:

Wednesday: A.J. Burnett
Thursday: Freddy Garcia
Friday: Bartolo Colon
Saturday: CC Sabathia
Sunday: Phil Hughes
Monday (DH): A.J. Burnett (home), Sergio Mitre (road)
Tuesday: Freddy Garcia





82 Responses to “Away from the rain, Jeter does some early work inside”

  1. blake March 1st, 2011 at 10:39 am

    A month from now, Spring Training will be a thing of the past, but there are still jobs to be won and deals to be made over the course of the next four weeks. Here’s the latest from Yankees camp… Joe Mauer passed along some advice for Jesus Montero through Joe Brescia of the New York Times: the Twins backstop says Montero should make an effort to learn as much as possible from Jorge Posada and Russell Martin. Mauer, an unusually tall catcher like Montero, is excited for the Yankees prospect to arrive in the majors. Mike Axisa of River Ave. Blues says that the more he hears Joe Girardi and the Yankees coaching staff, the more he thinks Montero has a legit chance to back Martin up, instead of starting the season at Triple-A. Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork hears that the Yankees did call the Twins about Francisco Liriano’s availability during the offseason. The Twins and Yankees say nothing’s happening on that front, however. Rob Neyer of SB Nation has trouble imagining a package that would entice the Twins to part with Liriano. Newsday’s Ken Davidoff says the Yankees’ long-term future is bright, even though they would have preferred to make more pronounced upgrades to its rotation this winter.

    Sounds good.

  2. tyanksfan36 March 1st, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Ok, I know its old news about AJ beaning Golson but didn’t he do the same to Golson last fall during a sim game?

  3. yankeefeminista March 1st, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Agree, good test for Hughes, Girardi. His NYS pitching too needs to be better. Typically Hughes pitching again next Sunday is an untelevised game. What is up with that?

    Good to see Brackman making his way back.


    yankeefeminista March 1st, 2011 at 10:43 am
    Morning, SAS! This exhibition season just got started and it has already been so exciting. I am about to dash off to get some lunch to bring back, so I can listen to the Hughes-Montero battery without human needs and wants like nourishment. Catch you all later.

  4. GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2011 at 10:48 am

    : Swisher shaved his head. His reason: I was bored

  5. yankeefeminista March 1st, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Good job on all the news, Blake. Thanks!

  6. Cashmoney March 1st, 2011 at 10:50 am

    I hope cashman continues to be allowed the financial resources to procure premium talents via drafts ,IFA and other sources. Keep the talent pipe flowing. On the precipice seeing his work bearing major fruits, i think Cashman realize that the NY can get younger and better without getting more expensive. As a fan, I would love to brag my team without salary being part of convo all the time.

  7. RayVT March 1st, 2011 at 10:53 am

    If the Yanks carry 12 pitchers on the 25 man roster, then the other 13 guys will be a struggle to figure out. (I list in Bold the ones I think the Yanks will keep.)

    C – Martin
    1B – Texiera
    2B – Cano
    SS – Jeter
    3B – ARod
    LF – Gardner
    CF – Granderson
    RF – Swisher
    DH – Posada
    10 – Montero
    or Cervelli (C)
    11 – Nunez or Pena or Belliard (Inf – SS/2B)
    12 – Chavez or Nunez or Laird (3B/1B)
    13 – A Jones (Of)

    If they carry 13 pitchers then Chavez has zero chance to make it IMO.

  8. Cashmoney March 1st, 2011 at 10:54 am

    i would welcome a trade if it’s a fit and reasonable, that prolly won’t happen til late in the season. But I would be fine if NYY stick with what we have now, and give our youngster sa chance at those spots and also time to grow. If we don’t make the playoff, so be it.

  9. BIG AL March 1st, 2011 at 11:05 am

    RayVT -

    How can you not believe the Yankees will not keep A. jones? He has a ML contract as the 4th OF, he is on this team.

  10. West Coast Yankee Fan March 1st, 2011 at 11:07 am

    In the past I have not been Cashman’s biggest fan. But I think he is playing this right or at least I hope so.

    At this point the upside to Betances, Baluelos, Brackman and Montero is so high and so inexpensive it would just be bad baseball and bad business to deal them.

    The expendables IMO are Cervelli, Romine, Noesi, Warren and Plelps among others. But I think unless something too good to turn down is proposed by another GM; you keep them as injury backup and bullpen help down the road. I don’t think Liriano is worth the risk.

    I do think the Yankees need to start paying more attention to acquiring young position players with strong upside potential. Either through the draft, internationally or deals here and there. This isn’t an immediate need, but there could be fairly soon depending upon how the current 30 somethings perform and age.

  11. BIG AL March 1st, 2011 at 11:10 am

    To all those that have anointed the RS not only the AL, but the WS as well, may I suggest you purchase that crying towel now, you’ll be needing it sooner than later.

    The AL East will be a beast, and most likely come down to which team stays healthy.

    What a September its going to be.

  12. 108 stitches March 1st, 2011 at 11:11 am

    RayVt :

    You’re pretty much spot on. Belliard will fall too far behind for consideration. SS has to be protected which means either Nunez or Pena or both with their versatility. It remains to be seen who wins out with Chavez and Laird.

  13. RayVT March 1st, 2011 at 11:12 am

    13 Pitchers in bold below or if only 12 pitchers carried then bold & take off Prior.
    SP1 – CC Sabathia
    SP2 – Phil Hughes
    SP3 – AJ Burnett
    SP4 & SP5 – Freddy Garcia
    / Bartolo Colon / Ivan Nova
    CL – Mariano Rivera
    SU – Rafael Soriano
    LH1 – Boone Logan
    LH2 – Pedro Feliciano
    Long – Sergio Mitre
    RP – Joba Chamberlain
    RP – David Robertson

    RP – Andrew Brackman / Mark Prior / (1 of Freddy Garcia / Bartolo Colon / Ivan Nova)

  14. tampayank March 1st, 2011 at 11:13 am

    anyone else think Spring Training is too long? 33 games is a bit much, I think 15 would be a good amount

  15. RayVT March 1st, 2011 at 11:13 am

    BIG AL March 1st, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I meant to have A Jones in Bold! Typo!

  16. BIG AL March 1st, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Talking about aging teams, the Phillies are not only getting very old, but being so left handed, I believe their pitching will need to be near perfect for them to make it back to the WS, since their offense is not as strong as some think.

  17. Tom in N.J. March 1st, 2011 at 11:15 am

    My Sox fan co-worker keeps telling me that Gonzalez is going to have a ‘break out’ year.

  18. BIG AL March 1st, 2011 at 11:17 am

    When will MLB get smart enough to plan the schedule so the season begins in the warmer climates, or at least in cities with a dome stadium. It makes no sense to open in late March, early April in the north, where the weather can be a major factor.

  19. LGY March 1st, 2011 at 11:17 am

    I would rather trade Nova than Joba for Liriano, because trading Nova would still give the Yankees a significant boost in their rotation with Liriano. While, trading Joba would give them that significant boost at the cost of downgrading the BP.

    I believe the team is the strongest with Nova gone rather than Joba. I don’t think Nova can be a difference maker in the BP, while I believe strongly Joba can and will.

    Also, with CC, Liriano, Hughes, and AJ it allows the Yankees to break in a higher ceiling guy than Nova in 2012 in the 5th spot, still with that great BP with Joba out there.

  20. Ys Guy March 1st, 2011 at 11:17 am

    ok now im getting fired up! i just bought tickets for the mets-phils april 7th and trenton v. hartford 4/17!

  21. Cashmoney March 1st, 2011 at 11:18 am

    I think there is more of chance of acquiring premium positional player via IFA than the draft. I assume part of reason C was reluctant to part with 1st pick this yr was because the draft is purportly deep may just yield such players which normally don’t last deep into the draft.
    I thought NYY went with premium positions athletes in the last draft. Having looking around the landscape of baseball, I do see tons of org implementing the philosophy of drafting high impact and high risk players. it’s the way to go imo.

    When it comes down to it, the cost of acquiring talents is still a fraction of price of acquiring them via trades or FA. Patience is a virtue that will be required for such plan to bear fruition.

  22. RayVT March 1st, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Against a LHP Yanks could have the following Lineup:

    SS – Jeter
    RF ? Swisher
    1B ? Texiera
    3B ? ARod
    2B ? Cano
    DH ? Posada
    C – Montero
    LF – A Jones
    CF ? Gardner/Granderson

  23. BIG AL March 1st, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Tom in NJ -

    Tell the RS fan A-Gon has hit .300 only once in his career, and hitting in that little league field in Boston, if he doesn’t hit over .300, he stinks.

  24. GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Ledger_Yankees Star Ledger
    News not as good for Belliard: Going to be eight more days until he can even test his calf.

    Golson going to take BP today; perhaps a game tomorrow.

    Brackman going to play catch today and may throw off the mound on Thursday.

  25. West Coast Yankee Fan March 1st, 2011 at 11:19 am

    However the bench shakes out, I have to believe it will be better than last year. With the exception of Thames, there were too many times where Pena, Cervelli, Curtis or Russo were in there late in the game and were auto outs and rally killers.

  26. LGY March 1st, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Montero should be with the club from Day 1.

    Catching twice a week and DHing 1-2 times a week.

  27. West Coast Yankee Fan March 1st, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Don’t in anyway underestimate the talent A-Gon has. I have seen him in person too many times; that guy is the real deal IMO and one of the very elite power hitters in baseball.

  28. Cashmoney March 1st, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Jorge Vaz might be the best candidate out of that bunch, He has one asset the others clearly lacks, power. If he is not a disaster at 3rd, I see him as the best candidate.

  29. MTU March 1st, 2011 at 11:25 am


    Good morning.

    I am looking forward to seeing “The Octopus” in action.

    Pat M. has said that some of his scouting buddies said people will sit up and take notice.


  30. MTU March 1st, 2011 at 11:26 am


    The cold weather is one reason that the Yankees may send Montero down for a bit.

    Don’t want a guy from Venezuela getting frostbite.


  31. West Coast Yankee Fan March 1st, 2011 at 11:26 am

    For those who didn’t hear – radar gun for Banuelos was a consistent 93 with one 95 (via Olney tweet)

  32. pat March 1st, 2011 at 11:28 am

    craigcalcaterra Mucho talk in the Royals clubhouse about Charlie Sheen. Guys daring each other to answer every media question with “winning.”

    Made me think how that would play if the Yankees followed Sheen’s script………

    AJ would say knows he’s had his troubles but he’s not pitching this year unless he gets $3M a start.

    Alex would say he did PEDs in the past but the only drug he’s on now is Alex Rodriguez.

    Derek would say that he’s tired of people not treating him as the superstar that he is and he’s not gonna accept that anymore. He demands respect.

    Tex would say replacing him with Pujols would be a “tragic joke” and the Yankee would deserve the failure they would get.

    CC would threaten to sue them for the emotional abuse he’s had to sustain about speculation surrounding his opt-out.

    Swish would sound as crazy as Sheen but no one would notice the difference. :wink:

  33. RayVT March 1st, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Against a RHP Yanks could have the following Lineup:

    LF – Gardner
    SS – Jeter
    1B – Texiera
    3B – ARod
    2B – Cano
    RF – Swisher
    CF – Granderson
    DH – Posada/Montero
    C – Martin/Montero

  34. MTU March 1st, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Banuelos appendicitis was a blessing disguise.

    It caused him to get stronger thru his rehab.

    That filling out and extra strength is now allowing his velocity to consistently reach a higher plane.

    I bet that is a lesson he won’t forget.


  35. 86w183 March 1st, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Carrying 13 pitchers would be absolutely ridiculous. I think 12 is too many… the 12th guy ends up rusting more often than not.

    My four man bench — assuming all are healthy — would be Montero, Jones, Nunez and Chavez. If Chavez can’t prove he’s healthy I like the idea of Laird making the club… but I suspect Pena will get a slot.

    Montero should be kept up IF he is going to catch about 1/3 of the time (2X/week) and DH close to the same.

    Posada, even as the “full-time” DH probably shouldn’t start more than 120 games.

  36. BIG AL March 1st, 2011 at 11:32 am

    MTU -

    I sat in SWB for too many games in April and May with winter coats and blankets on, it is far colder in NE PA than NY, believe me. Even games in June at night could be quite cold.

  37. West Coast Yankee Fan March 1st, 2011 at 11:32 am

    I hope Jorge Vazquez keeps hitting like he has. His defense at third base was not awful; he committed 7 errors in 371 chances in Trenton and SWB last year.

  38. MTU March 1st, 2011 at 11:34 am


    See your point. If your gonna freeze may as well do it in the Majors.


  39. Cashmoney March 1st, 2011 at 11:35 am

    WC, i think he spent most his time at 1b. But i heard the radio guys in SWB say he is not awful at 3b. His strike out/ bb is pretty alarming in AA and AAA, but he has a stick and a knack of driving in runs. how that translate in the ML i dunno. But he has a shot i would think.

  40. CountryClub March 1st, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Like most people on this blog I don’t put too much weight on spring performances. However, it was good to see Banuelos velocity up where it was last season. Sometimes pitchers have a 1 yr spike in velocity and then can’t get back to those numbers. But if he was sitting 93 yesterday that’s very good news.

  41. ac1 March 1st, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Right now, if not Chavez, Jorge Vazquez has the edge over Brandon Laird.

  42. Shame Spencer March 1st, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Hey this probably sounds ridiculous but can anyone write out phonetically how the B’s names are pronounced? Brackman I can handle…

  43. Ys Guy March 1st, 2011 at 11:38 am

    ok now im really gonna take the plunge, i bought tix for yanks-tigers april 2nd.

    it will be my first trip to NYS

  44. BIG AL March 1st, 2011 at 11:38 am

    I’m in no way underestimating the ability of A-Gon as a power hitter, but, he is by no means Albert, and I’d still take Tex over him, even with the bad year Tex had last year.

  45. MTU March 1st, 2011 at 11:39 am


    Betances ==> Fan-tas-tic

    Banuelos ==> Awe-some

    Hope that helps.


  46. 4 NYY March 1st, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Chavez will never stay healthy all year, and who knows if he’s gonna hit ?

    Vasquez is my choice, give him a chance.

  47. Ys Guy March 1st, 2011 at 11:39 am

    ban-welos and bet-ances.

  48. Cashmoney March 1st, 2011 at 11:40 am

    lol, good to have ya around MTU, u keeps things light.

  49. West Coast Yankee Fan March 1st, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Cashmoney you are right I stand corrected, Vazquez spent most of his time in the field at first.

  50. Cashmoney March 1st, 2011 at 11:40 am

    like to see chavez in action, see what he has left.

  51. Ys Guy March 1st, 2011 at 11:41 am

    betances was born in brooklyn and raised in the bronx.

  52. ac1 March 1st, 2011 at 11:44 am

    ban-welos and bet-ances.

    Try ban WELOS’ and Beh-TAN-siz (like sizzler)

    I was pronouncing Betances name wrong for a year before i realized :/

  53. MTU March 1st, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Me. I think Betances is the product of two “Bigfoots” having found each other in the forest. The NY thing is just a cover story.

    The Yankees leave no stone unturned in their scouting efforts.


  54. Shame Spencer March 1st, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Thanks guys.. I grew up with an Italian grandfather and always end up making everything sound Italian. You guys shoulda seen me trying to read Dostoevsky.

  55. MTU March 1st, 2011 at 11:46 am


    That’s no “crime” , and therefore there is no “punishment.


  56. pat March 1st, 2011 at 11:46 am

    “betances was born in brooklyn and raised in the bronx”

    I believe it’s the other way around.

  57. Cashmoney March 1st, 2011 at 11:46 am

    I do recall such story a few yrs ago that C made a mysterious trip to pacific NW. Unlike the grizzly man, Ninja survived the encounters apparently MTU.

  58. Ys Guy March 1st, 2011 at 11:47 am

    in the old days you wouldnt bother getting the kid’s name right till he’s dealing on the mound in front of you.

    then you’d lean over to the nerd with the scorecard and say, “wow! that kid’s got something!what’dya say his name was?

  59. MTU March 1st, 2011 at 11:49 am


    He’s been everywhere Man.

    He’s a rapellin’ fool.

    Nothing scares him.

    Not even Sasquatch.


  60. BIG AL March 1st, 2011 at 11:50 am

    MTU -

    I knew you had many talents, but never knew you were a linquist as well.

  61. upstate kate March 1st, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Ys Guy
    careful there…I always keep score when I attend games :)

  62. MTU March 1st, 2011 at 11:51 am


    I absolutely love linguine and clams. If that’s whatcha mean.


  63. Cashmoney March 1st, 2011 at 11:52 am

    AL, i believe the T stands for Tolkien :) Heh, i got a book for ya MTU, ‘the lost city of Z’.

  64. RayVT March 1st, 2011 at 11:52 am

    86w183 March 1st, 2011 at 11:30 am

    I agree with you. If the Yanks were to carry only 11 pitchers, who do you leave off?

  65. BIG AL March 1st, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Pat -

    Betances was born in Brooklyn.

  66. MTU March 1st, 2011 at 11:53 am


    I’ll look into it. Thanks for the tip.


  67. tyanksfan36 March 1st, 2011 at 11:54 am

    So my midterm is in 10 minutes, I’m probably more stressed about it than I should be. Wish me luck.

  68. BIG AL March 1st, 2011 at 11:55 am

    MTU -

    You twisted the word like you did the pasta before devouring it.

  69. Cashmoney March 1st, 2011 at 11:55 am

    GL tyanks !

  70. BIG AL March 1st, 2011 at 11:56 am

    tyanksfan36 -

    Good luck, but I suspect you’ll not need it!

  71. West Coast Yankee Fan March 1st, 2011 at 11:56 am

    The Yankees will carry twelve pitchers. They need to:



  72. MTU March 1st, 2011 at 12:01 pm


    If you pass with flying colors I’ll let you throw tomatoes at Maddon.

    Go get ‘em Tiger.


  73. MTU March 1st, 2011 at 12:02 pm


    You can’t possibly be surprised knowing me as you do.


  74. BIG AL March 1st, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    WCYF -

    I think you got it right. I still believe we can win with that combo.

  75. upstate kate March 1st, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    good luck Tyanks!

  76. LGY March 1st, 2011 at 12:04 pm


  77. MTU March 1st, 2011 at 12:04 pm


    Do you think Nova outpitches Garcia ?

    Not so sure about that one. It is possible.

  78. BIG AL March 1st, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    MTU -

    I’ve learned not to expect much, and appreciate little, so nothing surprises me.

    There must be a deeper meaning only a mentalist could understand.

  79. BIG AL March 1st, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    MTU -

    My money’s on Nova as the #4 guy, Garcia gets the #5 spot. Nova is going to surprise a lot of people, in a good way.

  80. 86w183 March 1st, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I don’t agree with the need for 12… look how rarely the 12th guy ever does anything.

    That said, with the question marks the Yanks have in the rotation I would be stunned if they didn’t carry the extra guy.

    Ideally Robertson or Chamberlain becomes part of a package for a dramatic improvement to the rotation.

    That’s it for me today….. have a day all

  81. yankeefeminista March 1st, 2011 at 1:09 pm feed is broadcasting Rush Limbaugh instead of the Yankee game. Anyone have another link or is this game in a rain delay?

  82. Georgia_in_MS March 1st, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    they did finally get audio for the game going on

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