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Pregame notes: Bullpen gets a true long man

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 13, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Hector Noesi said his first phone call was to his mother. Informed last night that he had been called to New York, Noesi phoned home to pass on the good news.

“She can’t talk on the phone really, she was so excited,” Noesi said.

Noesi will be a long man in the Yankees bullpen. It’s a role Luis Ayala sort of filled, though he was never a natural fit. Ayala had always been a short reliever in his career. Noesi has been a minor league starter.

In theory, adding a true long man adds some flexibility in the way the Yankees use Bartolo Colon. When Colon made the roster, Joe Girardi talked a lot about his ability to be an Alfredo Aceves-type reliever, capable of multiple innings or key one-inning bursts. It’s easy to imagine Colon’s fastball playing up in that sort of three-out situation.

“I think it’s something he could definitely do and it’s something, if the opportunity presents itself, I will not be afraid to use him in that type of situation,” Girardi said. “Maybe one inning, two innings. You could shorten his stints a little bit and maybe use him a little bit different just because we’ve got another true long guy… No matter how you use (Colon), I think he’s going to throw the ball well, but the thing you have to be careful about is a couple of days in a row, especially early on here.”

• Speaking of the bullpen, Freddy Garcia is once again listed as an available reliever. The entire rotation has been pushed back one day, so Garcia will make his first start on Saturday.

Tonight: A.J. Burnett
Thursday: Phil Hughes
Friday: Ivan Nova
Saturday: Freddy Garcia
Sunday: CC Sabathia

• Girardi said there is so far nothing new on Pedro Feliciano.

• Girardi said the other pitcher discussed for a call-up was Steve Garrison, but the fact Garrison pitched on Tuesday knocked him out of the running. “We felt that Noesi was more on turn and could give us some distance,” Girardi said. “We’ve been using our right-handers against left-handers anyway and we’d stay with that.”

• To be fair, it’s never out of the question for a minor league starter to be suddenly pulled from a start so that he can be called up. Trenton has Kei Igawa and Cory Arbiso with rotation experience, so they probably could have made a change if they really wanted to call-up Garrison. I’d say the fact he’s in Double-A also played a role here, but that’s just my own speculation.

• Noesi will wear No. 45.

• Given the Josh Hamilton injury — he’s on the disabled list after hurting himself on a head-first slide into home — Girardi said he talked specifically to Brett Gardner about it this afternoon. Players are always taught not to slide head first into first base or home plate, but there are times when they seem unable to help themselves. “You’re taught not to slide head-first, but your instinct sometimes takes over with your aggressiveness and you do it,” Girardi said.

• Girardi acknowledged that Derek Jeter is hitting a lot of balls on the ground, but he hedged with the fact that Jeter’s never really been a fly ball hitter. As I’ve written, I’m actually onboard with Girardi’s stance that it’s far too early to make any sort of definite judgment. “It’s probably a little bit of timing is all it is,” Girardi said.

ORIOLES
Brian Roberts 2B
Nick Markakis RF
Derrek Lee 1B
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Luke Scott LF
Adam Jones CF
Mark Reynolds 3B
Matt Wieters C
Robert Andino SS

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62 Responses to “Pregame notes: Bullpen gets a true long man”

  1. JM April 13th, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Wow, an actual Freddy Garcia sighting. ;)

  2. blake April 13th, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Congrats Noesi…..that has to be an awesome feeling when you get the call saying you are headed to Yankee Stadium to join the Yanks.

  3. pat April 13th, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    YankeesPR Yankees guests Carlos Flores and his son Carlos Jr. meet with A-Rod during batting practice @mlb @mlbpr http://twitpic.com/4khi10

  4. jeffc_76 April 13th, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    6 days between CC starts just to keep the 1-5 order intact? Doesn’t seem like the best plan.

  5. Asd April 13th, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    As much as this call up is a good thing for Noesi… it’s a bad thing if he’s actually needed in a game, considering the role he would play.

  6. Bronx Jeers April 13th, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Colon doesn’t even look that fat in that photo.

  7. Asd April 13th, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    >Bronx Jeers April 13th, 2011 at 5:25 pm
    Colon doesn’t even look that fat in that photo.

    =========

    A statement which, when thought about for a second, calls him fat.

  8. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 13th, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Wave, if you’re here, I answered you in the previous thread.

  9. pat April 13th, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    markfwespn Verdict: On count 5 — obstruction of justice, GUILTY

  10. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 13th, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Not surprising.

  11. Wave Your Hat April 13th, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    trisha-

    I saw, I gave you props in the previous thread.

    I won’t give you props twice.

  12. pat April 13th, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Not guilty on all PED charges but guilty of choosing a trainer who won’t rat you out?

  13. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 13th, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    :)

    No props necessary. I did remember that he had denied it.

  14. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 13th, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    It will be interesting to see what the jury splits were.

  15. West Coast Yankee Fan April 13th, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Kobe Bryant – calls referee anti-gay slur in game. Idiot.

  16. Wave Your Hat April 13th, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    obstruction of justice, but not perjury?

  17. Betsy April 13th, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Al Leiter was on with Kay – he’s a very good listen. He talked about AJ and how AJ just had to look at himself in the mirror after hitting rock bottom – and he thinks he’s fine now. With Phil, he said that in most cases, even pitchers with issues like this can crank it up, even on just one pitch, to 94 or 95- but Phil isn’t able to. He didn’t really say anything else, just that continuing to long toss is a good thing.

  18. Niblick April 13th, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    “A little bit of timing”?

    More like a whole year.

  19. pat April 13th, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    markfwespn defense will fight this verdict, arguing to set aside

  20. BD (Boston Dave) April 13th, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    I’ve always liked Leiter… one of the best commentators IMO.

  21. Betsy April 13th, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    BD, I wish he was on YES more often…….

  22. Wave Your Hat April 13th, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    “No props necessary. I did remember that he had denied it.”

    However, the jury hung on the perjury counts so they didn’t find that point sufficiently convincing.

  23. Niblick April 13th, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Verdict is inherently inconsistent. The obstruction of justice charge was based on lying to the grand jury. No lying, no obstruction.

    Looks like Barry might skate.

  24. BoJo April 13th, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue April 13th, 2011 at 5:34 pm
    So now all that is left is to see whether the feds will bother with the other four counts. Now that he is a felon, I’d say that there will be no Hall of Fame for Barry.
    ____________
    Not so sure about that. Orlando Cepeda is in…and he had some history of drug charges.

  25. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 13th, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    One person can hang a jury. Jury splits will be imortant information.

    They didn’t believe he was forthcoming in all of his answers in the grand jury. I don’t see him skating.

    Congratulations to the feds.

  26. Asd April 13th, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Oh, so they didn’t find him innocent, just couldn’t reach a verdict. Now I REALLY want to know what the splits were…

  27. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 13th, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    “Not so sure about that. Orlando Cepeda is in…and he had some history of drug charges.”

    Was he convicted, what was the exact charge, and was he convicted before he was voted in. All matter.

  28. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 13th, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    “Verdict is inherently inconsistent. The obstruction of justice charge was based on lying to the grand jury. No lying, no obstruction.”

    Not necessarily inconsistent. The other charges were very specific. The obstruction charge is more general.

  29. Yankee Trader April 13th, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    “The Yankees were frustrated that the Astros never made them fully aware that Roy Oswalt was available last summer, according to Joel Sherman of NY Post”

    That sounds like a bunch of BS.

    The judge might declare a mistrial on the remaining 3 counts-NY Times:

    http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/.....d-case/?hp

  30. LathamJoe April 13th, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    I can’t stand Bonds, but, lets face it, he IS a HOFer despite his ‘roid use. Who did use PEDs or who didn’t will never be answered clearly and without uncertainty. Put an asterisk around the whole Era beginning with 2003 and recognize those players who stood out.

  31. pat April 13th, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    “So now all that is left is to see whether the feds will bother with the other four counts. Now that he is a felon, I’d say that there will be no Hall of Fame for Barry.”

    There were only 4 counts total and an appeal is likely unless Judge Illston goes bold and vacates the verdict because the govt has ticked her off from day 1.

  32. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 13th, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    There will definitely be an appeal. The groundworks for an appeal are set pretty early on in every trial.

  33. Warning Track Power April 13th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Regarding Jeter and his slump-
    Last night ESPN Baseball Tonight discussed his swing.
    Bobby V commented that Jete’s timing is all off.
    Visual evidence showed exactly that.
    Basically Jeter is getting himself out before he can put on a full swing.

    I don’t know how much longer he can carry on with this ineffective bat. Sooner or later something has to change.
    A drop in the order? I don’t think that would be out of the question.

  34. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 13th, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    It’s also unlikely that the feds would bother trying him again. The testimony isn’t going to change, Greg Anderson isn’t going to testify, and they got their conviction.

  35. mick April 13th, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Why is CC sitting all week ?
    For Garcia? Crazy.

  36. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 13th, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    “I can’t stand Bonds, but, lets face it, he IS a HOFer despite his ‘roid use. Who did use PEDs or who didn’t will never be answered clearly and without uncertainty. Put an asterisk around the whole Era beginning with 2003 and recognize those players who stood out.”

    Totally understand what you’re saying.

  37. BoJo April 13th, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue April 13th, 2011 at 5:53 pm
    “Not so sure about that. Orlando Cepeda is in…and he had some history of drug charges.”

    Was he convicted, what was the exact charge, and was he convicted before he was voted in. All matter.
    ______________
    See previous thread.

  38. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 13th, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    You also.

    :)

  39. GreenBeret7 April 13th, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    “Cha Cha” Cepeda was tried and convicted of possession and had a 5 year senrence, but served 10 months

  40. BoJo April 13th, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    You also also too.

  41. BoJo April 13th, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    In 5 or 10 years, after ARod and some others make the HOF, everyone will forget the PEDs issue and the McGwires, Sosas, et al (Big AL that is) will get in the HOF –if not in general, then in via committee.

  42. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 13th, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    GB – see previous thread.

    :)

    Catch you guys game time. Gonna do a few errands.

  43. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 13th, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Bojy – :lol:

    Tres funny!!!!!

  44. BoJo April 13th, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    And I fully expect George Steinbrenner to get into hall, even with his felony charge.

  45. mick April 13th, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    McGwire and Sosa will never get in along with Palmiero.
    Bonds might eventually but due to his unpopularity prolly won’t. Same could go for Clemens.
    Alex will.
    Manny won’t.

  46. BoJo April 13th, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Mick-

    I disagree.

  47. BoJo April 13th, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Never is a LONG time.

  48. mick April 13th, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    There is no formula to go by.
    Reporters hate Bonds. That will affect things.
    Just because Alex gets in, doesn’t mean others will automatically follow.

  49. mick April 13th, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    The HR has been devalued.

  50. BoJo April 13th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    5 to 10 years brings in a whole new generation of reporters…and also I suspect an increased emphasis on sabermetrics to evaluate candidates. This spring, there were a few conversations around my comment that trends in use of sabermetrics might eventually make WAR a deciding factor in HOF selection in the future.

    The point is–things change. I wouldn’t be so sure that those players don’t get into the HOF in the next 10-20 years.

  51. BoJo April 13th, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    mick April 13th, 2011 at 6:19 pm
    The HR has been devalued.
    ______________
    Yes but Barry was dealing in Bonds.

  52. Pat M. April 13th, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Tricia…..It’s all about the hr records and how they are suspect ……It’s just a mess and the game has only itself to blame…..There were some prominent players complaing about t roids for years…….

  53. GreenBeret7 April 13th, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Scranton game, tyop of 1st inning, Phelps pitching for Scranton

    single
    deep fly out to right center
    ground ball DP to 2nd

    starting bottom of 1st inning, 0-0, Phelps 10 pitches, 6 strikes

  54. GreenBeret7 April 13th, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    bottom of 1st inning, 0-0

    Golson ground out to 1st base, robbed of a double

    Dic kerson foul out to 3rd

    Montero strikeout swinging

    end of 1st inning, 0-0

  55. pat April 13th, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Count 1- 8-4 to acquit (Steroids)
    Count 2- 11-1 to convict (Injection)
    Count 3- 9-3 to acquit (HGH)
    Count 5- Guilty (obstruction) “his testimony was evasive”

  56. Patrick April 13th, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    FYI GB7 you can say Dickerson on this blog now

  57. BoJo April 13th, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Golson seems to be making progress as a hitter. I hope to see continued growth this year from him.

  58. pat April 13th, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    markfwespn 5 jurors spoke to media: message, knew he took steroids, but not proof that he knew what he was taking.

  59. GreenBeret7 April 13th, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    top of 2nd inning, 0-0

    deep fly to center
    ground single on rive to 3rd base
    strikeout looking
    bad hop single to left field
    walk
    groundout to 3rd, on a sprawling dive to the 3rd base line

    end of top of 2nd inning, 0-0
    35 pitches, 18 strikes. Phelps is missing, but, not by much

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