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Pregame notes: Waiting for a decision on A-Rod

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Jul 10, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Alex Rodriguez is in Florida getting a second opinion on his right knee. Joe Girardi said the Yankees expect to know something by the end of the day, but he’s not sure when that will be. It might not be immediately after the game, but later this evening.

If the second doctor agrees that surgery is inevitable, Girardi sees some merit in getting it out of the way right now. The Yankees aren’t going to play the next three days anyway. They might as well use those as part of Rodriguez’s recovery.

“Absolutely,” Girardi said. “That’s what I would say. If you’re going to have the surgery, let’s get it done as soon as possible so some of the off days that you’re having are during the break.”

I wasn’t there for it, but apparently CC Sabathia said yesterday that he was able to pitch through his torn meniscus last season, but that was only because he was pitching every five days. Apparently Sabathia believes it would be more difficult to play through that sort of injury every day.

“We’ve seen how it’s affected Rodriguez up to this point,” Girardi said.

• Nick Swisher said his quad feels “way better” today than it felt yesterday, but he sees no sense in rushing back into the lineup. He’s certain he’ll be in there Thursday against the Blue Jays. “We’re just going to take the rest of this time off here,” he said. “You’ve got to get better, and especially with the all-star break coming up, why not take those three days just kind of rest your mind, rest your body and just kind of get healed up for that second-half push?”

• Swisher said he’s available to hit and play if necessary.

• The original plan was to give Derek Jeter the day off after No. 3,000, but because the Yankees were rained out Friday — and because their infield is already short-handed — Girardi told Jeter last night that he’d be back in the lineup today.

• Phil Hughes threw his normal between-starts bullpen on Friday, and he threw another full bullpen today. He’ll take the next three days off and doesn’t know yet when he’s making his first start after the break. The extra bullpen, for now, is the only extra work he’s doing.

• No big surprise, but Girardi said that if Rodriguez is out for an extended period of time, the plan would be to give Eduardo Nunez those starts.

• Speaking of backup third basemen, Eric Chavez is bothered by a sore back, but apparently he felt better yesterday, and “he should be able to get back to work soon,” Girardi said.

• Of the players currently on the disabled list, Rafael Soriano is closest to a return. He’s throwing live batting practice today. “He’s getting to a point where we could see him in a (rehab) game fairly quickly,” Girardi said.

• Damaso Marte is still just throwing bullpens and not ready to face hitters.

• Girardi said he has one baseball used in yesterday’s game, but he didn’t keep anything else. He gave the lineup card to Jeter. “It would be a great lineup card for anyone to have, but I think it’s his,” Girardi said.

• Every player had a duplicate of yesterday’s lineup card waiting for them at their locker this morning.

• Great story from Jorge Posada about his son Jorge’s reaction to No. 3,000: “I said, ‘You couldn’t write it any better.’ He said, ‘Yeah, I could write it better.’ He said, ’5-2 losing in the bottom of the ninth and a grand slam to win the ball game (for) 3,000.’ That’s what he said. I said, ‘Jorge, that doesn’t happen.’”

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64 Responses to “Pregame notes: Waiting for a decision on A-Rod”

  1. Rich in NJ July 10th, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    They really need to end the 1st half with a win.

  2. BoJo July 10th, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Any update of Prior? Could possibly help BP

  3. Rich in NJ July 10th, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    If Prior, Soriano, Feliciano, or Chavez ever come back I’ll be shocked.

  4. MTU July 10th, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Enjoy the game folks.

    Take it to ‘em CC.

    :)

  5. Chad Jennings July 10th, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Haven’t heard anything about Prior in quite a while. I believe he was throwing in Tampa not too long ago, but I don’t get the sense that the Yankees are counting on him at this point. If he gets back on a minor league mound, I think that would be a plus. Hard to think of him as a big league option at this point.

  6. sammiejohnson July 10th, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    I’ve always liked Prior. But I think he is a very long shot to be back this season.

  7. Rich in NJ July 10th, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Yeah, he has’t pitched in the ML since 2006. Bernie Williams could probably still contribute more.

  8. JM July 10th, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Enjoy the game everyone! Go Yankees, go CC! Go into the break on a high note.

    As for Arod, have the surgery…..They need him back with his power stroke for the playoff push….

  9. GreenBeret7 July 10th, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Chad, do your sources indicate whether Laird is under real consideration when and if Rodriguez has the knee procedure?

  10. AldotheApache July 10th, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    I was under the impression Soriano was returning.

  11. Rich in NJ July 10th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Soriano may return, but I want to see it to believe it.

  12. GreenBeret7 July 10th, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Aldo, Soriano will be back by late July or early August, barring a setback.

    Little Ricky thought people were talking about Jeter.

  13. Tom in N.J. July 10th, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Donnie Collins wrote this last week;

    “I received word from Mark Newman yesterday that Mark Prior is in Tampa rehabbing and that, while no date has been set for his return to the mound, that date “may emerge” in the next few days.”

    http://blogs.thetimes-tribune.com/yankees/?p=10931

  14. Chad Jennings July 10th, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Also, just as an aside, I was making small talk with one of the Yankees who’d just walked into the clubhouse this morning. He hadn’t checked the lineup or looked at who was pitching, none of that. He’d just walked in and we were joking about things that could happen today to overshadow yesterday (spoiler alert: it’s pretty much impossible).

    We talked walkoffs, and five homer games, and great pitching performances. I said something like, “You know, you do have CC starting.”

    The player I was talking to looked at me with his eyes wide open. “Big Man is on the mound today?! Oh, that’s the best news I’ve heard in a long time.”

    This team seriously feels like a different group when they have CC on the mound.

  15. Chad Jennings July 10th, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    GB-

    I actually talked to someone in the organization about that just yesterday. I mentioned Vazquez, and the person I was talking to mentioned Laird. I think he would be a very legitimate consideration. He’s been swinging the bat pretty well after a rocky start.

  16. Rich in NJ July 10th, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    “Little Ricky thought people were talking about Jeter.”

    You are such a pathetic little dick.

  17. Yankee Trader July 10th, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    MTU-

    Adams owed remainder of 2.535M. If they take on Ryan Ludwick’s remainder of his 6.775M “maybe” the cost in prospects will be less.

    Just a thought to get shutdown reliever, who mows down lefties and righties.

    My guess is that A-Rod will have the surgery, maybe as early as tomorrow,and if everything goes well, and it’s a minor tear he’ll be back in 2-3 weeks playing fulltime-perhaps as DH for a very short stint.

    And no I didn’t stay in a Holiday Inn last night.:)

  18. Rich in NJ July 10th, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    And btw, GB the little dick, Jeter is a warrior. Soriano has never proven that.

  19. GreenBeret7 July 10th, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Thanks, Chad. I think the offense will continue, but, it’s his defense has really been a pleasant surprise.

  20. J. Alfred Prufrock July 10th, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    If we could get Soriano & Marte back, that would be a major boost.

    Keep it going, C.

  21. BoJo July 10th, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Tom in N.J. July 10th, 2011 at 12:33 pm
    ____
    Thanks Tom!

  22. J. Alfred Prufrock July 10th, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Rich in NJ,

    Thanks ;)

  23. Rich in NJ July 10th, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    For what, Pruf?

  24. J. Alfred Prufrock July 10th, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    RNJ,

    Your comment in a.m.

  25. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 10th, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Bojy and GB – I emailed Chad last night and asked him to forward my email to you so that we could correspond! If he’s done so, please email me when you get a chance! If you haven’t gotten it yet, Bojy please email me and then you can pass my email address on to GB.

    Everyone else, Go Yankees!!!

    :)

    Have a great day.

  26. tomingeorgia July 10th, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Sam Borden in today’s Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07.....f=baseball

  27. Rich in NJ July 10th, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Oh, you’re welcome. I have never disputed that Jeter is perhaps the greatest Yankee of the last 15-16 years. I’m glad we all got to see such a great moment, but again I think it’s even more special to his most ardent supporters.

  28. BoJo July 10th, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    tyanksfan36 July 10th, 2011 at 12:21 pm
    Bojo

    I read on Pinstripes Plus about a pitcher in our lower minors that said he had platelet rich plasma injected in the offseason because of persistent pain in his arm when pitching. Apparently its something the Yankees are doing.
    ____
    Thanks for the info. Pretty exciting to see a new stage in medical advances. I wonder if Joba is also using this….

  29. BoJo July 10th, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Trisha–

    Is it the same e-mail we used before?

  30. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 10th, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Try it. I changed it again but think you have the latest. If not, Chad can email it to you.

  31. m July 10th, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Just catching up on my reading.

    GB7 is a numerologist?

    Where was Jeter’s mom?

    And CC, that was nice that Rosenthal communicated with you. He likely had no idea what the headline was. It’s likely someone else’s job.

  32. GreenBeret7 July 10th, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    This is the time that Gardner needs to get it cranked up. 9 hits, no RBI and 8 runs scored over 17 games and in 57 at bats isn’t cutting it.

  33. GreenBeret7 July 10th, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    M, Jeter’s mom and sister had a Christening to attend.

  34. Rich in NJ July 10th, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    “Where was Jeter’s mom?”

    With his sister at a niece’s Christening.

  35. J. Alfred Prufrock July 10th, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    I have never disputed that Jeter is perhaps the greatest Yankee of the last 15-16 years.
    ///

    Nope, you have not, Rich.

  36. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 10th, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    And just to show you that once cool is always cool, I have Derek on my fantasy team. (I actually drafted him by accident, but who’s counting?)

    ;)

  37. m July 10th, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    GB7,

    WOW. JC himself must have been doing the ceremony. :)

  38. RadioKev July 10th, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    I saw the Staten Island Yankees in action last night. I can see why folks like Bryan Mitchell. He clearly has good stuff, seemed like good velocity and he got several guys out with his curveball. Cito Culver didn’t do a lot whole lot, and there wasn’t much action in general, but the Yankees pitchers looked much better stuff-wise than the Lake Monsters (As).

    It was a fun time, it my first minor league game.

  39. West Coast Yankee Fan July 10th, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Hard to believe there is all this talk about Nunez and Laird playing 3rd and none about Posada.

  40. 108 stitches July 10th, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Assuming Alex has the surgery, when he returns Girardi will be cautious with him and give him more at bats as a DH.
    This can open up the door to either Laird /and or Golson being placed on the roster.
    Can’t see Mitre or Jones surviving the month of July on this team.

  41. RadioKev July 10th, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan July 10th, 2011 at 12:53 pm
    Hard to believe there is all this talk about Nunez and Laird playing 3rd and none about Posada.
    ———-

    Hard to believe Posada won’t play third? The guy isn’t exactly agile. I don’t think he should be anywhere near the hot corner.

  42. GreenBeret7 July 10th, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Trisha, I haven’t seen anything yet, but we have mutual friends that have my email and you can get it from her. You know both of them well.

  43. GreenBeret7 July 10th, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    m July 10th, 2011 at 12:51 pm
    GB7,

    WOW. JC himself must have been doing the ceremony.

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    Nah, he’s on the DL at this time, M. Should be ready to go in a couple of days.

  44. BoJo July 10th, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Trisha–Check your e-mail.

  45. West Coast Yankee Fan July 10th, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    RadioKev July 10th, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan July 10th, 2011 at 12:53 pm
    Hard to believe there is all this talk about Nunez and Laird playing 3rd and none about Posada.
    ———-

    Hard to believe Posada won’t play third? The guy isn’t exactly agile. I don’t think he should be anywhere near the hot corner.

    ****************

    I agree. It was another poster that was repeatedly pushing hard for this yesterday. I believe the 86 called it the most ridiculous suggestion he had ever heard here.

  46. BoJo July 10th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    RadioKev July 10th, 2011 at 12:54 pm
    West Coast Yankee Fan July 10th, 2011 at 12:53 pm
    Hard to believe there is all this talk about Nunez and Laird playing 3rd and none about Posada.
    ———-

    Hard to believe Posada won’t play third? The guy isn’t exactly agile. I don’t think he should be anywhere near the hot corner.

    ____
    He is just trolling because I suggested yesteday that we should acquire Beltran as a bat while ARod is injured, and consider using Posada at third based on the agility he has shown at 1B and the arm he has. WCYF never has any intelligent comments to add, so he tries to ridicule me with whatever I say.

    I don’t bother explaining anything to him because he is too dumb to have an adult conversation w with.

  47. RadioKev July 10th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Ah! Sorry West Coast Yankee Fan, I didn’t catch that thread/the sarcasm.

  48. GreenBeret7 July 10th, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Nobody was “pushing it hard” for Posada to play third. It was mentioned as a joke in passing.

  49. West Coast Yankee Fan July 10th, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    No problem Kiev.

  50. West Coast Yankee Fan July 10th, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    That’s not true GB7 and you now look foolish as Bojo just posted above that it was a serious suggestion on his part. You can apologize now.

  51. J. Alfred Prufrock July 10th, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    I fully expect Jeter to have a good second half, & I don’t think I’m alone. As I said when he went down, I think the injury may have been a blessing. He got some rest, some time to reflect on hitting, etc. Now that he’s through 3K, he’s ready for his renaissance (& not a demotion to the nine spot, for crying out effin loud).

    I’m hoping Alex can reap a similar benefit from the time off over ASB & seemingly, after that.

    Ideally, I want to see Montero, once healthy, brought up. Alex’s absence is scary, but it gives Eduardo a chance to get more entrenched and that will pay dividends over this very long season. I would have preferred seeing Montero in the mix earlier, but if healthy post ASB he really has to be promoted. Martin & he can have a 60-40 split until Jesus gets it going. Then, they can split it for the balance of the season, or however performance dictates.

  52. West Coast Yankee Fan July 10th, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    “consider using Posada at 3rd “based on agility”.

    Agility? Posada? Really? lol

  53. BoJo July 10th, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Radiokev–

    He also posted yesterday that he “wondered” if Boston was considering moving Tek to 3B.

    Other things he has wondered about include:

    * How to tell time on the new digital clocks
    * How to get more attention from me
    * How to gain respect from basically ANYONE
    * How to bring up Hitler in any conversation so he can claim he is being persecuted
    * How to inflate his “girlfriend” faster
    * How to better understand the difficult concepts of arithmetic and writing
    * How to form logical arguments
    * How to convince others to believe his lies
    * How to convince others he doesn’t have multiple accounts after repeatedly being outed.

    It truly is a “wonderous” world for him

  54. BoJo July 10th, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    GB7 owes you an apology? I suppose he will do that when you finally apologize for being a total a55hole and troll. In other words, please hold your breath and put a plastic bag over your head to insure you do.

  55. West Coast Yankee Fan July 10th, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Looks like someone can’t handle it after being called out for making what was referred to as the most ridiculous think ever posted here.

    Funny how so many get blasted here for their opinions but some can’t take it.

  56. RadioKev July 10th, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Haha, I’ll step out on the conversation at this point. I get the idea.

  57. West Coast Yankee Fan July 10th, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    lol always fun to see him implode and totally lose it.

  58. West Coast Yankee Fan July 10th, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Cheers Kiev! lol

  59. West Coast Yankee Fan July 10th, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    And by the way blojo. I have one screen name. I am on record as saying if you prove that I will leave forever. If you are wrong – you do.

    Nothing could be simpler to understand. I am calling you out on your lies. The burden of proof is on you.

  60. West Coast Yankee Fan July 10th, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    sic – prove that I have more than one – to be clear

  61. BoJo July 10th, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan July 10th, 2011 at 1:08 pm
    lol always fun to see him implode and totally lose it.
    ___
    Right…As if

  62. BoJo July 10th, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan July 10th, 2011 at 1:11 pm
    And by the way blojo. I have one screen name. I am on record as saying if you prove that I will leave forever. If you are wrong – you do.

    Nothing could be simpler to understand. I am calling you out on your lies. The burden of proof is on you.
    ___
    I don’t believe it, and like most…don’t care or trust you to ever tell the truth. You prove it if you care.

  63. West Coast Yankee Fan July 10th, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Prove it.

  64. yankeefeminista July 10th, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    K! CC with the beast fist pump!

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