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Pregame notes: Martin scratched with sore toe

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on May 30, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Russell Martin has been scratched with a sore toe. Girardi said pregame that he made the lineup before checking with Martin, and he would change the lineup if he had to. Turns out, he had to.

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada DH
Nick Swisher RF
Brett Gardner LF
Francisco Cervelli C

• Phil Hughes played catch today and could face hitters this weekend, but Joe Girardi said Hughes is still a long, long way from rejoining the rotation. He said it might not be a full six-week spring training program, but it will probably be similar.

“It’s got to be pretty close to that to get built up,” Girardi said. “Do you need six starts? I don’t know, but you’re going to need at least, I would say, four or five. At least. So when you’re coming into a game and you’re coming to helps us, you’re not going three innings and then we got to go to somebody else. You’ve got to be able to give some distance and then bounce back.”

• Girardi said he’d sign up for having Hughes back at the all-star break. It might be earlier than that, Girardi said, but if right now you could guarantee the all-star break, Girardi would be onboard.

• I never really knew him, but there was a lot of love for Hideki Matsui today. He’s incredibly popular with the players, the coaches and the media.

• Girardi was laughing at Lance Pendleton, who was complaining about how cold it is in San Francisco. Girardi guessed that the Yankees rookie had never been in the Bay Area. It gets cold here. That’s just the way it goes. Things will warm up this weekend in L.A.

• Girardi said this ballpark should work well for Bartolo Colon, who’s a strike thrower in a park that’s not especially hitter friendly. “This is similar to Seattle,” Girardi said. “You can’t afford to walk people here because the ball is not going to carry here. There’s a lot of foul territory, so you want to make them put it in play and you want to throw strikes.”

• Hats were a big topic of conversation in the clubhouse this morning. For Memorial Day, the Yankees — and all of Major League Baseball — are wearing one-day-only caps. The Yankees are mostly blue, with white in the front and a red, white and blue logo. Great reason to wear the hats, but they’re not necessarily a good look. One everyday player loved them. Another seemed to be leading the charge against them, disappointed in everything from the look to the fit.

• The Yankees got into the Bay Area late last night, and the team had a pretty late bus to the ballpark in Oakland. Some guys showed up two hours before first pitch, at best. Still having batting practice and all that, just giving guys a chance to rest through back-to-back day games in two different cities.

ATHLETICS
Coco Crisp CF
Daric Barton 1B
David DeJesus RF
Josh Willingham RF
Hideki Matsui DH
Kurt Suzuki C
Mark Ellis 2B
Kevin Kouzmanoff 3B
Cliff Pennington SS

 
 

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42 Responses to “Pregame notes: Martin scratched with sore toe”

  1. Rich in NJ May 30th, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Martin is as valuable as any Yankee because he has been so good and Cervelli is so bad.

  2. blake May 30th, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    is derek jeter going to be discussed in this thread as well? Just seeing if I want to stick around or not

    Sucks about Martin ….hope hes back soon as they need him badly

  3. Rich in NJ May 30th, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    blake

    People need to stop brining Jeter up. I never do.

  4. Joe from Long Island May 30th, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    as long as it’s not broken.

  5. Ghostwriter May 30th, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    I miss Hideki. His clutch was so instrumental in the 2009 run, and I feel his absence in our lineup this year, with the lack of timely hitting that often seems to beleaguer the Yanks.

  6. Nick in SF May 30th, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Woo hoo, I get to see ‘Cisco! :neutral:

    I couldn’t really follow along with the previous thread’s discussion on my Worker’s Blackberry, but it doesn’t surprise me at all to read that it was Jeter working the mercilous machinery of crony capitalism.

    All he needs is a mustache and top hat as he sends widows, orphans, and Levines to the poorhouse. :mad:

  7. Abe Peteraham May 30th, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Howd he get a sore toe?
    I instantly think of jack lamberts turf toe that ended his career :(

  8. Tar May 30th, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Blake laid down the law.

    This is a Jeter free post! :D

  9. Tar May 30th, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Nick

    Does your Yankee hat have a hammer and sickle on it?

  10. Rich in NJ May 30th, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    I’d rather point out how much Cervelli needs to be sent down (and if there is some reverse mojo in that for one game, all the better).

  11. BD (Boston Dave) May 30th, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    I have to give credit to the Yankees for how they are handling Phil.

    And thank Bartolo for making the decision to handle Phil with patience an easy one.

  12. Niblick May 30th, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Didn’t he foul a ball off his toe the other day?

  13. Rich in NJ May 30th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    I don’t know if the Yankees are handling Hughes well because I don’t know what caused this situation and if it was avoidable. One way or another, they have to become better at developing starting pitching. It’s the only thing the RS are better at.

  14. BIG AL May 30th, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Martin fouled a pitch off his toe on Saturday.

  15. BD (Boston Dave) May 30th, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    rich,

    they are taking a patient approach with Phil’s rehab. that’s all you can ask at this point.

    it’s difficult to blame anyone if you don’t know what the problem is or was. I’m just happy they are now taking this issue seriously.

  16. Ghostwriter May 30th, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    It’s good that Martin should get some extra rest. I hope that the toe isn’t a serious injury.

  17. waka flocka May 30th, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Outside of his fist pumps, there is no reason for Cervelli to be on the team. Hes nothing special behind the plate and is a terrible hitter.

  18. Ghostwriter May 30th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Rich in NJ May 30th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    I don’t know if the Yankees are handling Hughes well because I don’t know what caused this situation and if it was avoidable. One way or another, they have to become better at developing starting pitching. It’s the only thing the RS are better at.
    ========================

    It seems to me that the Yanks have developed plenty of ML pitching (starting and relief) in the last several years. It’s just that the Yanks have traded a good bit of it away: Kennedy, Coke, and Melancon all come to mind.

  19. Mike in Harrisburg May 30th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Even if it’s not serious, it definitely should be a red flag to Joe. Martin’s been great so far but given his health history and the workload alone so far this year, he’s gotta get more regular rest if he’s to stay fresh for the duration.

  20. BD (Boston Dave) May 30th, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    how many days off has Martin had compared to other catchers?

    don’t forget the rainouts and off days are making Martin’s games played # seem worse than it really is.

  21. Rich in NJ May 30th, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    “It seems to me that the Yanks have developed plenty of ML pitching (starting and relief) in the last several years. It’s just that the Yanks have traded a good bit of it away: Kennedy, Coke, and Melancon all come to mind.”

    They cannot succeed at the highest level going forward w/o developing and keeping quality staring pitching. Of the names you mentioned, only IPK qualifies.

  22. MTU May 30th, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Al-

    Response to your question in the previous thread.

  23. Ghostwriter May 30th, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    waka flocka May 30th, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Outside of his fist pumps, there is no reason for Cervelli to be on the team. Hes nothing special behind the plate and is a terrible hitter.
    ==================================

    Cervelli has been a disappointment behind the plate. However, he is a career .268 hitter, which is pretty good for a catcher. He is just off to a slow start this year, and hasn’t had very many opportunities to hit.

    The bigger question is why is Cervelli struggling defensively? We’ve got Girardi, Pena, and Posada on that team. Is anybody working with Cervelli. Even Martin has been a little sloppy behind the plate, backhanding balls that he should be blocking with his body. These are the kinds of fundamentals that don’t seem to be getting enough attention these days in Yankeeland.

  24. Abe Peteraham May 30th, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Ghost,
    Agreed, never understood how catching technique suffers w the ex catching staff we have. It seems if it isnt addressed in the few weeks of ST it isn’t done during the season.

  25. Ghostwriter May 30th, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Rich in NJ May 30th, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    “It seems to me that the Yanks have developed plenty of ML pitching (starting and relief) in the last several years. It’s just that the Yanks have traded a good bit of it away: Kennedy, Coke, and Melancon all come to mind.”

    They cannot succeed at the highest level going forward w/o developing and keeping quality staring pitching. Of the names you mentioned, only IPK qualifies.
    ===================================

    I’m not sure that the former is true, and on the latter, the last I heard, Coke is doing a fine job as a starter for the Tigers. I also chose not to mention, Hughes, Joba, and Wang. If I put on my thinking cap, I bet that I could come up with a couple of others. The biggest mistake that the Yanks have made in the last couple years was letting Aceves walk, but otherwise it seems that they’ve done a terrific job with developing pitching and either retaining it or making solid trades to fill other needs (e.g., trading for Granderson). If the Red Sox are outperforming the Yanks in this regard, it’s not by much.

  26. waka flocka May 30th, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    I don’t have a problem with the Yankees trading Melancon, Kennedy, and Coke for Curtis Granderson and half a season of Lance Berkman. I am sour that the Yankees never gave Clippard a shot in the bullpen though.

  27. J. Alfred Prufrock May 30th, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    yankeefeminista May 30th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Betances update:

    95 pitches, 65 strikes. He had too many full counts, especially in the first when he threw 29 pitches. However, Portland rarely K’s and likes to work the count. (Red Sox AA affiliate). The major damage done was a 2 run blast by Larvarnay, Portland’s masher. Kruml almost made the catch off the Maine monster, but knocked it over the wall. Betances’ line: 5.0IP 5H 3R 3ER 1BB 6K 1HR 1.82ERA K’s were 5 swinging, 1 caught looking, the latter on a changeup–(changeup at @85) No decision. Trenton leading, 6-4 bottom of the 8th.

    The one other XBH was a misplay in LF by Maruszak: it should have been a fly out, but Marsuszak misjudged it, came in and then couldn’t go back to catch the ball.

    From what I could gauge, Betances was sitting 91-95, with a good number of 93?s and 94?s. He gave up the homerun to Larvarnay on a 3-1 FB, but the next time Betances faced Larvarnay, instead of throwing a FB on a 3-2 count, he struck Larvarnay out on a 12-6 curveball.
    ///

    Great report, YF. I listened to it on radio. The Portland kids do seem to have patience up and down the lineup. I like when Dellin & Manny face them because they are really forced to work on their command & work from the stretch for a change.

    Next up for Betances is Toronto’s team. I don’t remember if Manny misses them by a game or not. In any case, I’ll be at Waterfront for that one, barring something unforseen.

  28. waka flocka May 30th, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Ghostwriter,

    this year he is below the Mendoza line and sporting an OPS+ of 60. the only reason his batting average is that high is because of 42 PA in 2009. Cervelli should not be keeping guys like Montero and Romine from seeing ML playing time.

  29. Tar May 30th, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Thanks for the farm report YankFem.

  30. J. Alfred Prufrock May 30th, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Tar May 30th, 2011 at 3:22 pm
    Blake laid down the law.

    This is a Jeter free post!
    ///

    That’d be welcome, because the mere mention of his name seems to stir deep, dark passions that turn into epic, didactic diatribes on greed and myopia.

    FREE JETER!

    I mean:

    JETER FREE!….. zone :D .

  31. MTU May 30th, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Enjoy the game folks.

    Later.

  32. Ghostwriter May 30th, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    waka flocka May 30th, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Ghostwriter,

    this year he is below the Mendoza line and sporting an OPS+ of 60. the only reason his batting average is that high is because of 42 PA in 2009. Cervelli should not be keeping guys like Montero and Romine from seeing ML playing time.
    ===========================================

    This year Cervelli has had 23 ABs. Using Cervelli’s 2011 statistics to make any point besides observing that he hasn’t had much playing time is specious in the extreme. If you want to give Romine or Montero a shot in the Bigs, then fine. But don’t pretend that it’s a data-driven conclusion.

  33. butterball May 30th, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    “One everyday player loved them. Another seemed to be leading the charge against them, disappointed in everything from the look to the fit.”

    Seriously Mr Jennings, can you not tell us who liked them and who didn’t. Getting to know a little about the players’ behind the scenes peronalities is nine tenths of this blog…

  34. RS May 30th, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Cervelli’s a much better hitter than most back-up catchers. Last year he had a .359 OBP and 38 RBI in 266 ABs. I’d still rather see Montero, but we could do a lot worse as far as offense. It’s the throwing errors and passed balls that irk me. He’s supposed to be good defensively.

  35. Ghostwriter May 30th, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    butterball May 30th, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    “One everyday player loved them. Another seemed to be leading the charge against them, disappointed in everything from the look to the fit.”

    Seriously Mr Jennings, can you not tell us who liked them and who didn’t. Getting to know a little about the players’ behind the scenes peronalities is nine tenths of this blog…
    =================================

    Frankly, I’d almost rather not know. Do you remember when Steve Carlton broke his long media silence? It was so disappointing to discover that he was a jerk: (http://www.nytimes.com/1994/04.....rlton.html)

  36. waka flocka May 30th, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Ghostwriter,

    Can I use 2010 then? Because he was pretty bad last year too.

  37. yankeefeminista May 30th, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Go Yanks! Go Bartolo! Miss you, Mats!

  38. yankeefeminista May 30th, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    # MTU May 30th, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Al-

    I’m concerned about Liriano’s long term health.

    I think Romine is going to be a pretty good catcher.

    I’m even reluctant to give him up for Liriano.

    I agree with you no higher than B prospects.
    _______
    I too would be concerned about Liriano’s long term health. But last year, he was nasty. High risk, high reward…

    As for Romine, he goes under the radar, and I don’t consider and believe others won’t consider him a B prospect for long. More like an A-. Btw, he is 3/4 today with a double and has been heating up. Not including today, last 10 games = .333/.395/.487

  39. Ghostwriter May 30th, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    waka flocka May 30th, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Ghostwriter,

    Can I use 2010 then? Because he was pretty bad last year too.
    ===========================

    Feel free. He batted .271/.359/.335/.694 in 2010. If you want to call that “pretty bad” then be my guest. I would say that it was pretty good for a catcher but opnions may vary.

  40. yankeefeminista May 30th, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Tar, Pruf, you’re welcome.

    Pruf, Banuelos pitches home on Wed. 10:30 AM, “educational day” but misses the Fisher Cats. Pitches next week in Reading.

  41. waka flocka May 30th, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Its also not just his offense that stinks. I could live with the back up catcher not hitting if he was a good defender (i.e. Jose Molina). Cervelli isn’t good at either aspect of the game.

  42. yankeefeminista May 30th, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Atta boy, Jetes.


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