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Pregame notes: One more day off for Rivera

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Jul 05, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees are giving Mariano Rivera another day of rest.

Rivera played catch this afternoon and said he still felt some soreness around his right elbow. He’ll be in the bullpen and available on an emergency basis, but the Yankees are planning to stay away from him.

“I feel better today but I think we’ll do another day off,” Rivera said. “I felt it a little bit. I could pitch, yes. Can they use me? Yes. But if I can by for another day, it would be much better, wiser.”

The problem is in the muscle on the back side of Rivera’s elbow, more or less at the base of the triceps. Rivera wasn’t cleared to throw a baseball at all yesterday, so the fact he played catch seems to be a good sign.

“Basically you know your body and those things are going to happen,” Rivera said. “You always have some aching feelings and soreness. I’m not concerned because I haven’t done nothing wrong. I suspect that it’s something that’s going to come and go away the same way that it came… I don’t think I ever felt 100 percent, I think, from the first day I started playing baseball. But if I feel 95 percent, I’ll be playing. Like I said, I can pitch now, but I don’t want to take a chance.”

Without Rivera, the Yankees will once again have Dave Robertson as their closer. Luis Ayala is available tonight, but Girardi is planning to stay away from Cory Wade — who’s thrown three of the past four days — so the bullpen is a little short in the late innings again.

“If we had to I was going to put (Robertson) in that spot (last night),” Giradri said. “I was comfortable doing that, but what it does is it shortens your bullpen, and that can become an issue.”

• Kind of funny: Rivera said if he felt good and thought he should play, he would plead his case to trainer Gene Monahan first because that’s the hardest person to convince. Rivera could start with Girardi, but… “I listen to Geno,” Girardi said.

• In other injury news, Eric Chavez felt some sort of lower abdominal discomfort this morning and is on his way to New York for tests. His lower back problem turned out to be nothing, and he was working out again. He went through a normal workout yesterday, felt good, then work up this morning with the problem. “They said his workout was great yesterday, too,” Girardi said.

• Rafael Soriano is scheduled to throw a bullpen tomorrow. “He’s only thrown fastballs,” Girardi said. “He’s got to throw to some hitters, some BP, and he’s probably got to go on the rehab. I think getting him back after the all-star break, like the first day, I don’t think that’s very feasible. I would hope not too far after that.”

• During this final stretch before the all-star game, Girardi wants to give all his regulars a little bit of rest and today was Mark Teixeira’s turn. “Some of the other guys got some days, and this would be his day,” Girardi said.

• Russell Martin had caught four days in a row, that’s why he’s out of the lineup. Girardi said Martin will probably get one more day off before the all-star break.

• Posada at first? “I feel pretty good,” Girardi said. “It think he’s done a pretty good job over there for us. He seems to know where to be at all times. He’s made some good plays on some ground balls, so I’m pretty comfortable.”

• Girardi said he’ll have to wait and see whether Derek Jeter will be cleared to play tomorrow.

• Pretty good chance Rivera won’t be going to the all-star game. “We’re just going to have to see,” Girardi said. “Depends how he feels. It might be a thing where the three days might help.”

• Any chance the all-star snub adds some motivation for CC Sabathia? “I think CC has enough motivation all the time when he goes out there,” Girardi said. “But it could. He might want to show people, I’m the league leader in wins and I belong on the all-star team, but I don’t think CC ever gets caught up in that.”

Michael Brantley LF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Travis Hafner DH
Carlos Santana 1B
Orlando Cabrera 3B
Grady Sizemore CF
Austin Kearns RF
Cord Phelps 2B
Lou Marson C

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12 Responses to “Pregame notes: One more day off for Rivera”

  1. Bronx Jeers July 5th, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    CC doesn’t even want to go. He said he wants to go to the Bahamas.

  2. Crawdaddy July 5th, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    CC pitching Sunday so he won’t be going to the game anyway.

  3. Chad Jennings July 5th, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    You’re right, obviously, that Sabathia was never planning to go to the all-star game. But that doesn’t mean he couldn’t be a little peeved at not being picked.

    I tend to agree with Girardi, though. I just don’t think Sabathia thinks that way.

  4. ericns1 July 5th, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    I would rather go to the Bahamas too!

  5. -Matt- July 5th, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    I tend to agree with Girardi, though. I just don’t think Sabathia thinks that way.

    Well, sure. CC’s fine. Just everyone else would’ve preferred to see him selected

  6. Bronx Jeers July 5th, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    You never know if you’re going to need all your pitchers or not and IIRC there was an issue last season of using someone that wasn’t supposed to pitch. If you can’t play you shouldn’t be there.

    There is plenty of Yankee representation. And besides, Arod’s jet only seats 6 comfortably and CC takes up 2 seats!

  7. brownies July 5th, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Let’s see if our leadoff hitter can work the count, get the pitcher to throw 9-10 pitches, have the rest of the lineup get a good look at his stuff tonight.

  8. SoS July 5th, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    But this time it really really counts!!

    On another note. I think the AL trail the NL by only 3 in the overall record of games played. Never thought a few years back we would be in reaching distance. I think they have the better pitching and we have the better lineup. Who wins?

  9. Brian July 5th, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Chad’s right. But Washington had nothing to lose by selecting him, knowing he was going to pitch Sunday anyway. Then just replace him with Wilson.

    BUT, Wilson is a free agent after the season, and maybe Texas is using this opportunity to show him how much they love him, by picking him straight away for the team instead of as a sub.

  10. SoS July 5th, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    And besides, Arod’s jet only seats 6 comfortably and CC takes up 2 seats!


    Take away those two seats
    minus his and Camerons
    that leaves two seats for Reyes, Tex, Cano, Martin, Mo, Granderson. I wonder how many the luggage area can seat.

  11. m July 5th, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    It doesn’t matter if he wants to be in the Bahamas. CC’s only human, he’s gotta feel snubbed. Best thing (for us) is for him to become the season’s first 13 game winner and then head to the Caribbean.

  12. pft2 July 6th, 2011 at 12:31 am

    Why should W’s be a good indicator for making the All Start team?. At the time the voting ended, he was 19th in ERA and 20th in WHIP. CC has a 8.1/9 runs support, about 2 runs more than CJ Wilson, so W’s are a meaningless comparison, and not a good measure of performance (note Hughes 18-8 last year and Daisukes 18-3 in 2008).

    Why would anyone expect the Texas manager to not select his own player over CC given they were close in ERA and WHIP. Thats one of the benefits to winning the ALCS, getting to pick your own guys.

    If CC plans to opt out, I can imagine not making the All Star team hurts a bit, as this looks good on the resume. But with a strong 2nd half, he can always go for the Cy Young. Has to figure out a way to get past the red Sox through since they have knocked him up pretty good (0-3, 6.16 ERA)

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