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Pregame notes: A-Rod hoping to play tomorrow

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Apr 19, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Alex Rodriguez said he felt pretty good when he woke up this morning, and he went through hitting drills with Kevin Long without any significant problem. The Yankees training staff, though, recommended that Rodriguez take one more day off. If it were September, Rodriguez said, he would probably play. In the middle of April, the Yankees are trying to be smart.

“Geno thought it was best if we gave him one more day,” Joe Girardi said.

Rodriguez might be available to pinch hit. That will depend on how well he comes through his full set of pregame drills. Rodriguez said he’ll talk to Girardi right before the game and they’ll discuss his ultimate availability. He’s not going to start today, but he might become available off the bench.

The plan is for Rodriguez to play tomorrow.

Although Girardi often plays it safe on this Toronto turf, the manager said the playing surface had no impact on his decision. This is strictly about giving Rodriguez one more day to make absolutely sure he doesn’t suffer a setback.

• The Yankees are hopeful that Pedro Feliciano’s rehab will make him an available pitcher at some point this season, but there’s no guarantee that he won’t ultimately need surgery anyway. “This is the decision that he made and we’ll keep our fingers crossed,” Girardi said.

• Girardi said Colin Curtis is expected to miss the entire season after his shoulder surgery.

• Francisco Cervelli caught yesterday and he’ll DH today and tomorrow. Girardi wasn’t exactly sure of the dates, but he believes Cervelli could be added to the High-A Tampa roster by the weekend for a rehab assignment. He said the first of May is still a possibility for Cervelli’s return. “Everything is going according to plan,” Girardi said.

• Huge crowd of Canadian media met with Russell Martin pregame. Turns out, Martin forgot his phone in New York, so he actually has no idea how many people have asked him for tickets. His fingernail polish was honestly a lengthy topic of discussion. He was funny about it, said he thought about painting his fingernails white with tiny maple leafs.

• Bartolo Colon said his appearances have been so regular this season that he feels like he’s been pitching almost like a regular starter. He doesn’t seem to think tomorrow’s move into the actual rotation will be a significant change. “This is not my first start,” he said. “I’ve been pitching in the Major Leagues for a long time.”

• Girardi once again said that Brett Gardner’s struggles are a timing issue. He said Gardner’s been getting jammed on inside pitches and he’s been fouling outside pitches into the seats. “He just needs to do what he was doing last year,” Girardi said.

• More Canadian media news: Girardi was asked if he had a pick for the Stanley Cup. Girardi had absolutely no idea what to say. He doesn’t follow hockey, but he said he knew Vancouver was a No. 1 seed. That’s more than I knew.

Associated Press photo of Rodriguez, headshots of Feliciano and Cervelli

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52 Responses to “Pregame notes: A-Rod hoping to play tomorrow”

  1. Giuseppe Franco April 19th, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    repost

    # Patrick April 19th, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Except there ARE some people on here that don’t question the Yankees’ decisions at all and to do so is akin to heresy in their eyes.

    ———–

    Nothing wrong with questioning decisions but shouldn’t this organization have earned the benefit of the doubt on most decisions based on their unequaled success in this sport the last 15 years?

    No organization is going to get it right 100% of the time. It’s impossible given the nature of the business.

    But I don’t know of another organization in this game who has earned the benefit of the doubt, at least in my estimation, more than the Yanks.

    But some people simply complain just to complain.

  2. Bret The Hitman April 19th, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Cervelli May 1st would be so choice.

  3. Nick in SF April 19th, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Yankees know best, so I guess it’ll be the Canucks. :neutral:

  4. Bret The Hitman April 19th, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    I’d like to give the Yankees the benefit of the doubt as well. Canucks in 6. :lol:

  5. BD (Boston Dave) April 19th, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    The Toronto lineup was exposed this weekend in Boston (particularly with their embarrassing performance against Daisuke.)

    No excuses for AJ tonight. This is an offense he can handle. Go after them and git r dun.

    Can’t wait for Drabek to see what a real offense looks like – hope the Yanks have done their homework and get to him.

  6. Tom in N.J. April 19th, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD!

  7. BoJo April 19th, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Good evening ladies and gentlemen–if any of you that I respect greatly care to continue the discussion from last night about my wanting to protect the health of Jesus Montero (by DHing him), I am available to answer your points.

    Otherwise, I am also happy to let the topic die.

  8. Patrick April 19th, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    I’ve questioned decisions they’ve made, too. Adding Molina was certainly one. There are others.

    But people piss and moan everyday about something within these cyberwalls. I don’t see the point in that. We’re not talking about the Pirates.

    Yeah true

  9. Bret The Hitman April 19th, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    DH Montero where? NYC or Scranton?

  10. Pepitone April 19th, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Repost

    Giuseppe is quite capable of defending himself, but Patrick you misquoted him -

    You said,

    “When the Yankees do something that makes no sense based on the things we know you have to question it, you can’t just say “Well they have earned our trust, therefore I will never question what they do””

    Giuseppe never said, “I will never question what they do.” He said,

    “Nothing wrong with questioning some decisions but shouldn’t this organization have earned the benefit of the doubt on most decisions based on their unequaled success in this sport the last 15 years?”

    He said “Nothing wrong with questioning some decisions …”

    His point is excellent, and I will go further, no professional sports organization since the 1920?s has had as much success as the New York Yankees baseball team. That’s over 80 years of success. Pretty impressive record I would think.

  11. BoJo April 19th, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Too bad for Curtis…Also, Feliciano rehab seems more like a Hail Mary Pass. I don’t expect him back…ever. (Since rehab would take a year or more and he is delaying surgery.) His contract will probably expire before he is ready.

  12. BoJo April 19th, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Bret–

    My original point was htat I think Montero should be the future once Jorge Posada is let go.

    Others questioned me about making the call to count on Martin too soon (14 games in), and frankly, I was too tired to answer what I meant–I said that Martin won my confidence, but what I meant was it didn’t matter to me. If Montero’s bat is that great, I want him at DH full time to protect his health.

    Upon further discussion, I also said the only reason to keep catching him in SWB is to build up his trade value, but that if the Yankees were serious about his bat, I would DH him at SWB to avoid injury as well. Especially since he tries to block the plate in a very physical manner.

  13. BoJo April 19th, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    My original point was that I think Montero should be the future ***DH*** once Jorge Posada is let go.

  14. Bret The Hitman April 19th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Bojo,

    I like your plan but given the issues with starting pitching, the front office needs to inflate Montero’s trade value as much as possible even if they secretly believe it’s better to make him a full-time DH for the long term. If a front-end starter becomes available, we’ll need to showcase him as a catcher. It’s much harder to do that if you switch him to DH so early in his development behind the plate.

  15. stuckey99 April 19th, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Patrick, following up on last thread, I don’t think the Yankees brass is infallible, but I also don’t think they’re incompetent and have achieved the success they have despite themselves because of their payroll.

    So with that in mind, for my tastes I see too much declaration of the Yankees moves as “stupid” without any attempt to understand their rationale behind some of their decisions.

    They’re imperfect for sure, but I find it hard to believe people find them randomly and arbitrarily stupid.

    That’s intellectual laziness.

    Doesn’t mean you have to agree with the decision, but I see little attempt to try to understand the decision. I think too many people indulge their secret desire to think they could run their favorite sport franchises better than the PTB can.

    For instance, there is NOTHING wrong with anyone questioning the Nunez decision, but I have seen little to NO attempts by the critics to try to understand why the Yankees made it.

    And then when someone attempts to introduce it to the discourse, he or she is accused of being an apologist and/or a koolaid drinker.

  16. Betsy April 19th, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    I’m all for giving Alex as much time as he needs – plus more.

    I hope Feliciano has made the right decision; if he needs surgery anyway, he’s just pushing out his recovery time. I really feel bad for him.

  17. Patrick April 19th, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Patrick, following up on last thread, I don’t think the Yankees brass is infallible, but I also don’t think they’re incompetent and have achieved the success they have despite themselves because of their payroll.

    I don’t think they are incompetent either…..

  18. BoJo April 19th, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Bret The Hitman April 19th, 2011 at 6:25 pm
    ____
    Excellent point..which is why I said “if they are serious about his bat.” I frankly don’t believe they are serious about his bat in the line-up. I think Cashman feels he can always get a DH, and is willing to move Montero for a front line pitcher

    Which brings us back to my point in December…if they are going to move him, target Gio Gonzalez.

  19. stuckey99 April 19th, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    “Francisco Cervelli caught yesterday and he’ll DH today and tomorrow. Girardi wasn’t exactly sure of the dates, but he believes Cervelli could be added to the High-A Tampa roster by the weekend for a rehab assignment. He said the first of May is still a possibility for Cervelli’s return. “Everything is going according to plan,” Girardi said.”

    And so it continues…

  20. BoJo April 19th, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    stuckey99 April 19th, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    So with that in mind, for my tastes I see too much declaration of the Yankees moves as “stupid” without any attempt to understand their rationale behind some of their decisions.
    ____________
    Dead on. Let’s take Normy/Larry as an example. He wants to be a serious writer, but fails to take the time to understand the history and context of each move…He doesn’t acknowledge shifts in organizational strategy, nor shifts in decision makers…

    If you want to criticize, that is fair game….but at least show you understand the playing field at the time.

  21. Bret The Hitman April 19th, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Bojo,

    YOU USED ME!!!

    :lol:

  22. BoJo April 19th, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Stuckey–

    Here’s your chance to double or nothing with Nick…How much playing time does FC get in May?

  23. BoJo April 19th, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Bret The Hitman April 19th, 2011 at 6:31 pm
    Bojo,

    YOU USED ME!!!
    _________
    I’ll send flowers.

    :-)

  24. Bret The Hitman April 19th, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Bojo,

    I think they can be serious about his bat and simultaneously hedge against the implosion of the starting staff. If they can find a way to bolster the top of the rotation AND keep Montero, they’ll do it. HOWEVER, I happen to believe they can’t add a front-end starter UNLESS they give up Montero. So we’ll see…

    I would take Gio Gonzalez and part ways with Montero for 6 years. We’ll get him back when he’s 27 if we really need a DH at that point.

  25. BoJo April 19th, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Bret–

    Agreed.

    Too bad though…I hope htey can keep him. I would love to see him in a line-up as DH with Cano, ARod, and if dreams came true, Bryce Harper.

  26. Warning Track Power April 19th, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Cervelli-I forgot about him.
    Imagine his returns in about 2 weeks. He is definitely an upgrade from Gustavo.

  27. BoJo April 19th, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    BTW Bret—

    I too would try to get Grady Sizemore now that he is back. Gardner and a few prospects below our top 6–maybe Noesi, Nunez, Heathcoat, Pope.

    Just occurred to me…It would be pretty strange if Cashman moved Pope and Jesus in the same trade, wouldn’t it?

  28. Patrick April 19th, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Do we really need another lefty outfielder?

  29. stuckey99 April 19th, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    “Dead on. Let’s take Normy/Larry as an example. He wants to be a serious writer, but fails to take the time to understand the history and context of each move…He doesn’t acknowledge shifts in organizational strategy, nor shifts in decision makers…”

    Now that is a whole other school, and a product of the blog culture.

    Removing your feelings for a circumstance and trying to understand it internally is a discipline very few internet writers practice.

    The blog generation wants to express their opinions and theories about an event, rather than analyze and explain it. This school of writers, somewhat not at all self-aware, really want to write about themselves, more so than the topic at hand.

    Larry appears to fall victim to a byproduct of this culture, which is to cast people and institutions who do things he disagrees with as villains.

    It’s not good enough to suggest mistakes were made, nefarious motivations are assumed and offered as analysis when it’s more just someone projecting their personal outlook.

    A day or two ago he posted some attempt at an analysis of Cashman’s performance the last 3 years, but Larry could get out of the way of his own attempts to theorize on how Cashman’s selfish motivations dictated his decisions.

    Though tempted I didn’t respond at the time because my guess would be Larry wouldn’t really get most of the above and he’d do what I find he always does – dismiss criticism of his abilities as personal “dislike” for him, which of course is just another manifestation of the same mindset described above – if you feel differently as he, you’re a villain.

  30. Bret The Hitman April 19th, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Bojo,

    Well for what it’s worth I still think you’re onto something with Gio. The A’s have a surplus of starting pitching yet their offense is non-existent. They could use Montero at DH, 1b, or c. That team is so desperate for offense it’s not even funny. On the other hand, considering their starting 5, would they really miss Gio Gonzalez all that much? I have a hard time believing they would. The Yankees situation seems to be the reverse, an embarrassment of riches on offense and a starting staff that needs serious attention. I think we have a match. Beane is a pain though.

  31. jacksquat April 19th, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Montero for Gio Gonzalez???

  32. Bret The Hitman April 19th, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    BTW, Sizemore’s price tag will be much higher at the deadline if he stays of the DL from now until then and continues to produce to his abilities. Gio and Grady Sizemore would be a coup at the trade deadline.

  33. jacksquat April 19th, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Montero for Gio Gonzalez would be epically stupid.

  34. MTU April 19th, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    IMO Montero will not be traded for anyone other than an elite pitcher.

    Now if the M’s want to let the King go.

    ;)

  35. stuckey99 April 19th, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    If memory serves, Gio Gonzalez ha some pretty pronounced home/road splits.

    I’d be somewhat way of a young pitcher without a long track record who’s performed demonstratively better in Oakland than everywhere else.

  36. MTU April 19th, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Enjoy the game folks.

  37. blake April 19th, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    There are less than 10 pitchers Id trade Montero for….Gio isn’t one of them.

  38. Bret The Hitman April 19th, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Look at his BAA. In a pitcher’s park, more hits tend to fall in and BA is supposed to rise. He has great stuff, independent of park factor.

  39. Vineyard Yankee April 19th, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    So if Montero becomes the full time DH next year for the Yankees he will be the youngest (22-23) F/T DH in MLB history. That will have to be actually seen to be believed.

    So all the work on his catching will be a colossal waste of time, money and energy. How preposterous.

  40. stuckey99 April 19th, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Bret,

    Oakland isn’t San Diego.

    Oakland’s foul ground makes it unique.

    That’s an assumption, however. I’d be open to any data suggesting Oakland’s large outfield outweighes the outs it produces from balls that would be stands at pretty much any other ballpark.

  41. stuckey99 April 19th, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    “So all the work on his catching will be a colossal waste of time, money and energy. How preposterous.”

    He gets 4 AB’s a night catching or DHing.

    Should he have been working on his “DH’ing” all this time?

  42. Jerkface April 19th, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Look at his BAA. In a pitcher’s park, more hits tend to fall in and BA is supposed to rise. He has great stuff, independent of park factor.

    This isn’t how pitchers parks work.

  43. tyanksfan36 April 19th, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    I know I’m late on this but I am excited to see Cervelli will do his rehab with Tampa. Its really the only place that makes sense because we are the only team without a prospect catcher.

  44. NYY fan in NH April 19th, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Why couldn’t Montero be the DH and backup 1B? Why couldn’t he learn that position and back up Tex?

  45. stuckey99 April 19th, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    “This isn’t how pitchers parks work.”

    See, this is something I want to learn more about.

    Cheers to anyone who can provide some insight later tonight. ‘Bout time I leave you all to your game thread.

  46. Jerkface April 19th, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    See, this is something I want to learn more about.

    Pitchers park, due to weather or size or foul lines, depress more than just HRs or whatever. Oakland and Petco were both under 1 in park factor for Hits in 2010. Pitcher parks tend to decrease hits, HRs, doubles and usually walks, and increase triples due to the huge outfields and weird caroms.

  47. Vineyard Yankee April 19th, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    # NYY fan in NH April 19th, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Why couldn’t Montero be the DH and backup 1B? Why couldn’t he learn that position and back up Tex?

    ====================

    Don’t you think he would already be doing that at SWB ? What about Chavez if he stays healthy and productive ? Does he just go away next year?

  48. Jeff in Canada April 19th, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    The Maple Leafs missed the playoffs again. Did that come up? Should’ve went like this:

    Reporter: “Who’s your pick for the Stanley Cup?”
    Girardi: “I don’t follow hockey, but I know it’s not the Leafs.”

  49. Jerkface April 19th, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Don’t you think he would already be doing that at SWB

    He might eventually, but its obvious the Yankees still see him catching or else he wouldn’t continue doing it.

    I think he can eventually Catch as a backup, DH, and backup 1st.

  50. Vineyard Yankee April 19th, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    ‘its obvious the Yankees still see him catching or else he wouldn’t continue doing it’.

    =================

    No kidding, my point exactly.

  51. BoJo April 19th, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    I believe the Yankees are pushing him as catcher to increase his trade value, and have plans to move him because they don’t think he will ever be a good enough catcher defensively. I was open to changing my mind before ST, but seeing him only reinforced my belief.

    And Jacksquat–try to keep up with the conversation as to why I am suggesting Gio. If in fact Montero is not good enough defensively for Girardi and Cash–who love good defense as shown by their rosters–then he’ll be moved. If he can’t produce more WAR than Martin, he is trade bait.

    Who can we get. Seattle apparently has already turned down Montero for Felix–Cashman said he tried extremely hard…

    Johnson isn’t available…

    Who can they get? Weaver? Who else is a #2 that is available? The only one close in my mind is Gio. He is a 24 LHP with great stuff, and getting better and better.

    That is why I suggested the deal before ST, and why I suggest it again now.

    Summary–Yankees would be having Jesus play other positions if they really were serious about keeping him. He’d get in time at 1B, maybe RF, maybe 3B…so that he could play multiple roles and get him more ABs than just DHing. Because they continue to push him as C, it seems they are more interested in selling him for a trade.

  52. BoJo April 19th, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Patrick April 19th, 2011 at 6:42 pm
    Do we really need another lefty outfi
    ______________
    Did you not read the part about trading Gardner AND prospects?

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