Kind of an unusual pregame here at Yankee Stadium. Hardly any players were in the clubhouse when it was open to media — they were in start-of-the-series pitchers and hitters meetings — and the truth is, there wasn’t much that could have changed between the end of the Royals series and the start of this one.
Bartolo Colon isn’t going to address his shoulder surgery until after the game.
No overwhelmingly significant player moves were made this afternoon.
There’s no way of knowing whether the arrival of the Red Sox will snap the Yankees out of their funk.
“I just feel like sometimes when you get in these series, it brings out the best in you,” Joe Girardi said. “We haven’t played our best baseball. There are a lot of clubs, if you look over the first six weeks of the season, that haven’t played their baseball during a period of time. I’m just hoping it brings out the best in us – and not the best in the Red Sox.”
Girardi once again addressed the obvious: “We have not played very well in the last week and a half, two weeks,” he said. That sparked a question about whether that week and a half, two weeks was simply a matter of a veteran team slogging through a chunk of the season.
“I hope it’s not that,” he said. “Because I think all our guys know what it takes. You can’t just try to get through months. You have to take advantage of each month that is in front of you. This is not a young team that got off to a great start and thinks, ‘Wow, we’re always going to play like this.’ Our guys know how difficult this game is, so I don’t think it’s that.”
Here’s Girardi’s pregame audio.
• Phil Hughes started his throwing program with 30 throws from 50 feet. “He’ll probably have something every day,” Girardi said. “It’ll continue to progress. He’ll have some off days in there, but I don’t have in front of me exactly what his schedule is going to be, but he did start his throwing program today. I can tell you that.”
• Today was Hector Noesi’s scheduled day to start, so he’s good for plenty of distance out of the bullpen. That’s why the Yankees felt comfortable making only one move today, keeping Amauri Sanit on the roster even though he almost certainly can’t be used for a few days. “Out thought was too we probably wouldn’t be able to use Buddy (Carlyle) for a couple of days either,” Girardi said. “Sanit is a little bit more stretched out than Buddy and we just felt that we have coverage with Hector here today. If we have to make another move, we have to make another move.”
• To be perfectly honest, I showed up at the park today absolutely expecting both Carlyle and Sanit to be gone, replaced by one pitcher and one position player. I still wouldn’t be surprised to see a position player move in the next day or two.
• Girardi said he hasn’t seen any signs that the shoulder surgery story — and whether or not HGH was involved — is affecting Colon’s mindset. “Normal as ever,” Girardi said.
• Speaking of Colon, he was knocked around in his previous start against Texas. “It comes down to basically mechanics,” Girardi said. “Everything being on time, locating the ball, making sure your hand is on top of the ball, not getting under balls, making sure that your front shoulder — pitchers walk such a fine line. When you’re a guy who throws a ton of fastballs, you even walk maybe a little finer line. If you miss on the thirds of the plate or in the middle, they’re going to hit you hard. It really comes down to location.”
• After answering day after day of questions about Derek Jeter, Girardi now seems to be handling a steady dose of Alex Rodriguez questions. “We just went from one superstar to the next about the at-bats every day,” he said. “I thought (his at-bats) were better (yesterday). I thought he had some of his better swings than what we’ve seen. One of the best swings I thought he had was the ball he popped straight up. The ball was a little too high for him to swing at, but I thought the swing was excellent. Maybe last night is going to get him going.”
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
David Ortiz DH
J.D. Drew RF
Jed Lowrie SS
Carl Crawford LF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
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