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Pregame notes: “Play hard and hope you make it”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Jul 02, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Decisions are coming. Decisions about what to do with Phil Hughes, about how to juggle a suddenly overcrowded rotation, and about whether Derek Jeter is ready to return to the big league lineup. For now, though, the only Yankees decision is to activated Bartolo Colon and option Brian Gordon, and those moves were fairly predictable.

In the back corner of the Yankees clubhouse, Dave Robertson is waiting for a different sort of decision. All-star selections will be announced tomorrow, and Robertson knows he’s in the mix.

“Everybody seems like they’re hoping I make it,” he said. “But I don’t want to get too excited about it. I don’t want it to get in my head and be bummed out if I don’t make it.”

Robertson doesn’t seem annoyed by constant questions about the all-star game, and he doesn’t seem to be dwelling on the possibility, but it’s obvious his teammates are thinking about it. Players have been dropping all-star references when talking about Robertson lately. It’s hard for a middle reliever to make the team — especially a middle reliever from a team that’s going to have its share of all-stars already — but Robertson’s numbers are overwhelming.

“Robby is most deserving,” Joe Girardi said. “It can become tricky, but I would love to see him go because I really believe he deserves to go.”

Robertson had another scoreless inning last night, and on a pitching staff suddenly filled with uncertainty and moving pieces, Robertson has been a constant.

“Play hard,” he said. “And hope you make it.”

• It’s been a while since Colon pitched in a game, but he had a message for Girardi this morning. “He told me that he could go nine innings today,” Girardi said. “He wasn’t out so long that I feel you really had to re-build him up.” Girardi said Colon will probably go 80 to 85 pitches.

• Any concern about the Mets bunting to exploit Colon’s hamstring injury? “He’s actually pretty good off the mound so, if they bunt, you take a chance of making an out,” Girardi said. “When you look at Bartolo you wouldn’t necessarily say that he would move off the mound well and field his position, but he does a really good job.”

• Gordon will go to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to work out of the rotation. “I’m grateful, thankful,” Gordon said. “But hopefully it’s not done.”

• Girardi said he’s not sure how many innings Jeter is supposed to play tonight, but Girardi would like to see him get three at-bats and play six or seven innings in the field.

• Would Jeter be able to play all three games in Cleveland? “If he was to play these two (in Trenton) and then play the next seven, you’re talking about nine days in a row,” Girardi said. “We haven’t played him nine days in a row in the field the whole year, so I doubt that would happen.”

• As you might expect, Girardi said 3,000 hits will not factor into Jeter’s playing time. “If he was to get three hits on Monday and he played Tuesday and got three hits and we won two games, and he was a big part of it, that’s the most important thing,” Girardi said.

• Girardi said he’ll meet with the Yankees brass after today’s game to discuss what to do with Hughes. A six-man rotation is still a consideration, but Girardi said a six-man rotation wouldn’t necessarily mean all six pitchers working on five-days rest. “You could keep certain guys on their five-day rotation,” Girardi said. “You could do that if you wanted to. Those are all the factors that we have to weigh. We seem to have a good problem here, but it’s something that we have to figure out.”

Jose Reyes SS
Justin Turner 2B
Carlos Beltran RF
Daniel Murphy 3B
Angel Pagan CF
Jason Bay LF
Lucas Duda 1B
Josh Thole C
Dillon Gee RHP

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