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Quick notes: Curtis, Brackman, Soriano, Swisher

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Mar 07, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

A few very quick notes before tonight’s game.

• Colin Curtis is going to be out for a while. Joe Girardi said there’s no definite diagnosis yet, but he expects Curtis to be out for an extended period of time.

• Andrew Brackman will make his spring debut tomorrow.

• Rafael Soriano threw his second sim game this morning, and he’ll get into a game before the end of the week.

• Nick Swisher tumbled over a railing making a catch this afternoon, but Girardi said he’s fine. Russell Martin is also feeling good after back-to-back starts behind the plate. “It probably felt better today than it did yesterday,” Martin said.

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43 Responses to “Quick notes: Curtis, Brackman, Soriano, Swisher”

  1. Jerkface March 7th, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Good news except for Curtis. Sucks for him. Hurt on a meaningless diving play in spring. It was a good catch though.

  2. Betsy March 7th, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Too bad for Curtis……didn’t he suffer a high ankle sprain in ST last year? I don’t think he was going to make the team this year, but you hate to see anyone get hurt. So far, Yanks have had 2 MRIs and they’ve both borne bad results – no more MRIs, please!

    Very good news on Martin……

  3. Joe from Long Island March 7th, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    So, I’ve got a question.

    Yesterday, someone here (I don’t remember who) posted that Bryan Hoch was tweeting that Russell Martin was icing his knee, and that there were rumors that his knee was a problem.

    After that, I saw that Martin ran the bases well, slid, and now has caught two games in a row, with no reports that I can see of difficulty.

    So, how does Martin’s play reconcile with what Hoch tweeted, twittered, or whatever it’s called?

  4. m March 7th, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Agreed, hate to see anyone out for an extended time.

    I thought Hoch tweeted that Martin’s knee was really bothering him? :?

  5. Jerkface March 7th, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    A point re: Jeter battin 1st due to ‘double plays’. He grounded into 20+ double plays last year batting 1st. Batting 1st doesn’t stop him from doing that. It literally only affects him in the first inning. After that he would have the 9th hitter (gardner) who gets on base a ton ahead of him, and additionally it doesn’t matter if he is batting 2nd or 1st because there are 3 outs in an inning so its not about the guy hitting ahead of him, its about EVERYONE hitting ahead of him and almost all of those guys are going to be slow (Posada,Montero,Swisher,Martin,etc)

  6. Jerkface March 7th, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    So really it comes down to, why do you want Gardner getting 162 less PA than Derek Jeter? Or less PA than Cervelli/Pena/Nunez etc, when he is one of our best hitters at getting on base?

  7. m March 7th, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    I think the door is open re: Gardner leading off. It could come down to whoever best adjusts to their new swing. ;)

    Now that the cat was let out of the bag re: Gardner leading off, it might be easier to do.

  8. 108 stitches March 7th, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    22 days left for spring training including 2 scheduled off days on 3/15 and 3/24. Players looking for or needing extra work can get in some minor league exhibition games in about another 10 days.

  9. Jerkface March 7th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    I hope they decide on brett leading off and Jeter hitting 2nd. I think Swisher/Granderson will be better served hitting with power behind the guys that get on base. And then if Jeter continues to decline they can swap him out with one of the Swisher/Granderson/Montero/Cano mixes.

  10. Jerkface March 7th, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    And batting 2nd for Jeter is not a demotion or a negative. Its his natural batting order position :\ So it really shouldn’t get the derision it has received.

  11. West Coast Yankee Fan March 7th, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Jerkface March 7th, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    So really it comes down to, why do you want Gardner getting 162 less PA than Derek Jeter? Or less PA than Cervelli/Pena/Nunez etc, when he is one of our best hitters at getting on base?

    ****************

    Because you don’t want to drop Swisher to 6th. He’s a better hitter than Gardner and I like having a switch hitter in the two slot. So that’s not a swap I would make unless Jeter forces Girardi’s hand with a poor 2-3 months out of the gate..

    -

  12. blake March 7th, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Im excited to see Brackmonster tomorrow….that is if the have the decency to televise it….

  13. blake March 7th, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Swisher is fine hitting 6th….I like him in the 2 hole but also like how he lengthens the lineup and drives in runs in the bottom 1/3.

    Jeter hitting 2nd and Gardner leading off at least against righties sounds good.

  14. m March 7th, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    So Swisher is your 5th hitter?

    Gardner is a high OBP guy and is supposed to be a table setter.

    Of course he makes the lineup circular from the 9-spot, but theoretically he is an ideal leadoff hitter.

  15. Tom in N.J. March 7th, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Gardner had the best OBP on the team, and he’s no base clogger!

  16. blake March 7th, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Either Tex or Cano will hit 5th.

  17. Jerkface March 7th, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Its not gardner 9 that makes the lineup circular, its the entire lineup which does that, so then you have to manage the number of appearances your hitters get.

    1 vs 9 is such a huge gulf of missed PA chances that I can’t fathom a team willingly putting one of their highest on base players there.

  18. Mike_Boston March 7th, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    http://www.onionsportsnetwork......ing,19407/

  19. Jerkface March 7th, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Swisher batting 6th > batting 2nd behind Jeter because the guys ahead of him 3-4-5 all get on base like crazy.

  20. Chase March 7th, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Hope Montero and Martin swing the bat well right out the gate. They both seem like incredibly diligent workers and all around great guys.

  21. Jerkface March 7th, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Just an observation about Noesi from yesterday, he seems really friendly. Spent most of the game talking with Harkey in the bullpen and watching the game while standing or crouching instead of sitting on the bench.

  22. blake March 7th, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Just watching the highlights from earlier. AJ looks a lot betted mechanically….much more toward the plate…..I like.

  23. m March 7th, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    You need good hitters behind Cano, too because the middle of the order guys are your IBB candidates.

  24. Jerkface March 7th, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    I bring this up because I’m watching the afternoon game today.

  25. blake March 7th, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Gardner
    Jeter
    Cano
    Arod
    Tex
    Swish
    Granderson
    Posada
    Martin

  26. m March 7th, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    You’re at the night game?

  27. E . R . California March 7th, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    What is the Vegas line on Andrew Brackman having another setback due to injury this spring ?

  28. blake March 7th, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Against lefties

    Jeter
    Cano
    Teixera
    Arod
    Swisher
    Posada
    Granderson
    Martin
    Gardner

  29. Jerkface March 7th, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    You need good hitters behind Cano, too because the middle of the order guys are your IBB candidates.

    yea good point. brett has really good numbers batting leadoff and 7th / 8th. Some of his worst numbers are batting 2nd and 9th. Swisher is really good hitting 2nd/4th/5th/6th/7th, so I think having an aggressive power hitter behind Cano is important.

    you can’t depend on Granderson for that because he has yet to prove his swing changes will hold up over a full season.

    here are my lineups if we operate under the Jeter is bigger than the team rule:

    vs RHP

    Gardner
    Jeter
    Cano
    A-rod
    Tex
    Swisher
    Granderson
    Posada
    Martin

    Martin gets on base a lot so he is kind of like the 2nd leadoff hitter or whatever mumbo jumbo you wanna say to justify it

    Vs LHP

    Gardner
    Jeter
    Tex
    A-rod
    Cano
    Swisher
    Posada
    Granderson
    Martin

  30. Tom in N.J. March 7th, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Gardner
    GrandersonRHP/JeterLHP
    Teix
    Al
    Cano
    Montero
    Swisher
    Posada
    JeterRHP/Granderson-JonesLHP

  31. Jerkface March 7th, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    You’re at the night game?

    No sorry I meant I am watching the archive of the afternoon game and watching Noesi. I wish I could get to more spring games but they are all too far from Orlando for me to miss work and drive 2 hours

  32. blake March 7th, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Jerkface,

    I like that lineup.as.well against lefties…..obviously when Montero plays you change it up a little.

  33. Jerkface March 7th, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Depends on what Montero does, but I see him as the 6-7-8 guy until he really comes into his own.

  34. Jerkface March 7th, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    And of course a 3-4-5 hitter sometime in the future :x

  35. blake March 7th, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    “Depends on what Montero does, but I see him as the 6-7-8 guy until he really comes into his own.”

    Yea I just meant you probably don’t hit him 9th as with Martin so it changes a bit.

  36. GreenBeret7 March 7th, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Joe from Long Island March 7th, 2011 at 6:12 pm
    So, I’ve got a question.

    Yesterday, someone here (I don’t remember who) posted that Bryan Hoch was tweeting that Russell Martin was icing his knee, and that there were rumors that his knee was a problem.

    After that, I saw that Martin ran the bases well, slid, and now has caught two games in a row, with no reports that I can see of difficulty.

    So, how does Martin’s play reconcile with what Hoch tweeted, twittered, or whatever it’s called?

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

    Joe, I posted that remark from Hoch. I pulled it off of his site. No idea where he got his info from. Not like him to post something without checking on it. As long as he’s not hiding something, that’s great news from Martin.

  37. Irreverent Discourse March 7th, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Hate you break your dreams but Posada is batting 6th

  38. m March 7th, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    You work?

    I kid, I kid!

  39. E . R . California March 7th, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Moby Duck

    L . o . l .

  40. E . R . California March 7th, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    L . o . l .

  41. Jerkface March 7th, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Yea I just meant you probably don’t hit him 9th as with Martin so it changes a bit.

    Yea I agree with you, Montero up and the lineup is gonna be like…

    LHP: Gardner, Jeter, Tex, A-rod, Cano, Swisher, Montero, Posada, Granderson
    RHP: Gardner, Jeter, Cano, Arod, Tex, Swisher, Posada, Granderson, Montero

    Then as Montero gets better and better he should eventually be 6th.

  42. Nick in SF March 7th, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Jeter’s performance — especially if he does well — will generate a LoHud tsunami of unfair and inaccurate I-told-you-so’s.

    Take shelter.

  43. West Coast Yankee Fan March 7th, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    You put your best hitters at the top of the lineup where they get more at bats. Swisher is a better hitter that Gardner.

    I also like this lineup in that there are no right handed or left handed only hitters back to back.

    Jeter
    Swisher
    Teixeira
    A-Rod
    Cano
    Posada
    Granderson
    Martin
    Gardner

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