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Pregame notes: “I’m anxious to see him get back out there”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Jul 17, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Hope you weren’t counting on massive breaking news coming out the pregame clubhouse this morning. Aside from the arrival of Chris Dickerson — he flew in from Toledo last night — things were pretty routine. At this point, the story of the day will almost certainly be Phil Hughes.

“I’m anxious to see him get back out there and try to get him back to the form that we had him last year,” Joe Girardi said. “As you said, he’s had some time off, and that’s always a little bit of a concern about how strong he’ll be coming out of the gate, but he did do his share of bullpens.”

Trade talk is starting to heat up, but Girardi said a healthy and fully capable Hughes could be more significant than any sort of deadline addition. And Girardi thinks that Hughes knows just how important he can be in the second half.

“I think he does, and I think he relishes the responsibility,” Girardi said. “He’s excited to get back on track.”

• The Yankees swapped Dickerson for Greg Golson, who was optioned back to Triple-A. The Yankees wanted Golson for the past three games because they were facing two left-handed starters. With right-handers pitching four of the next five games against the Yankees, they preferred the lefty Dickerson.

• Derek Jeter was going to get one game off this road trip. Girardi decide today made the most sense.

• How did Girardi decide who started at short and who started at third? “We thought Nuney did a pretty good job at short while Jeet was gone, and we want him to continue some reps over there for when Alex does get back,” Girardi said. “If you play him a month at third and he never gets any reps at short, could that become an issue for a couple of days when you do put him over there?”

• Rafael Soriano is still on schedule to start Tuesday in Tampa. “Soriano’s going to have to have a few appearances,” Girardi said. “We’ll have to talk about, does he need to go back-to-back? To me the important thing is, let’s take it one day at a time and see how he feels after Tuesday.”

• Still not sure when Eric Chavez will begin a rehab assignment: “I’m not sure when Chavy is going to play. He’s obviously doing better. Hopefully it won’t be too long that we can get him going.” Marc Carig reports that Chavez could rehab as early as Tuesday.

• Alex Rodriguez has been riding a bike and doing upper-body workouts. He’ll stay in Miami for roughly two weeks total.

• Bartolo Colon is still on schedule to start Tuesday.

BLUE JAYS
Rajai Davis CF
Eric Thames DH
Yunel Escobar SS
Adam Lind 1B
Edwin Encarnacion 3B
Travis Snider LF
Aaron Hill 2B
J.P. Arencibia C
Corey Patterson RF

 
 

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61 Responses to “Pregame notes: “I’m anxious to see him get back out there””

  1. Betsy July 17th, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Bullpens are not the same as real live hitters – I don’t know why the Yankees didn’t have him get in an inning in the pen like they did last year.

  2. GreenBeret7 July 17th, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Chad, last I read on Chavez was that he was supposed to get some DH time this coming week.

  3. Rich in NJ July 17th, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    They don’t need five OF.

  4. MTU July 17th, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    What to hope for from Hughes today ?

    More swings and misses.

    Better command and efficiency.

    6 or more innings of 3 run ball.

    Anything else is g-r-a-v-y

    :)

  5. BoJo July 17th, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Just heard Glen Campbell has Alzheimer’s…and gave a concert last night….

    A disease that really should have been cured by now.

  6. Rich in NJ July 17th, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    A little and more sustained fb velo wouldn’t be terrible.

  7. CountryClub July 17th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I hope Girardi doesn’t really think Nunez did a good job when he played at short for Jeter.

    Many people wont want to hear this, but I’ll be surprised if Hughes is sharp today. If he gives them 6 innings and he leaves with the team in the game, I’ll be happy.

  8. MTU July 17th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Rich-

    sure. will take that too.

  9. Crawdaddy July 17th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Why should they have cured Alzheimer’s by now?

  10. tomingeorgia July 17th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Bojo,
    If they cured it, what excuse would we have?

  11. MTU July 17th, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    “Why should they have cured Alzheimer’s by now?”

    He forgot why.

  12. BoJo July 17th, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    tomingeorgia July 17th, 2011 at 12:31 pm
    Bojo,
    If they cured it, what excuse would we have?
    ___
    Good point

    Crawdaddy
    ___
    Research on stem cells was slowed down by a few presidents.

  13. Giuseppe Franco July 17th, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Not sure how adding Dickerson makes all that much sense.

    He’s essentially just a late-inning replacement on defense for one or two innings for Swisher and doesn’t have much of a role otherwise.

    Which side he bats from shouldn’t make all that much difference since he won’t likely bat unless the game goes into extra innings.

  14. blake July 17th, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Go Hughes…..keep the ball down and make sure you get that cutter where you’re trying to when you throw it.

  15. MTU July 17th, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Bojo-

    “Research on stem cells was slowed down by a few presidents.”

    What do plants have to do with anything ?

    :)

  16. GreenBeret7 July 17th, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    •The Rockies and Yankees match up well, tweets SI.com’s Jon Heyman. Colorado likes Jesus Montero, but the Yanks don’t seem willing to include Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances, or Ivan Nova along with Montero.
    •Heyman says (via Twitter) that the Rockies have talked to the Yankees, and “probably” the Red Sox, Tigers, Reds, and others as well.
    •Some teams interested in Jimenez believe that if the Rockies hang on to him now, he’s a decent bet to be traded this winter, when available top pitching will again be scarce and more clubs could get involved, writes Olney.
    •One more note from Olney’s article: Given Jimenez’s inexpensive price tag through 2013, there would be very little financial risk for any team acquiring the right-hander, which is one reason why the Rockies’ asking price is so high.
    •Speaking of that asking price, Rockies GM Dan O’Dowd tells Troy Renck of the Denver Post that the Rockies would have to be “absolutely overwhelmed” to move Jimenez. “It would have to be a Herschel Walkerdeal,” O’Dowd added, referring to the 1989 NFL trade that earned the nickname “The Great Train Robbery.”

  17. MTU July 17th, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Blake-

    I’d rather he doesn’t use that cutter at all right now.

    ;)

  18. BoJo July 17th, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    MTU July 17th, 2011 at 12:36 pm
    Bojo-

    “Research on stem cells was slowed down by a few presidents.”

    What do plants have to do with anything ?

    ____
    What were we talking about?

  19. MTU July 17th, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Bojo-

    Ask GB. He might remember. Memory like a steel vault.

    :)

  20. luis July 17th, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    I even forgot what my name is, They are taking me to eat so later guys, go yankees

  21. tomingeorgia July 17th, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    MTU
    Bojo
    GB7

    The three of us can talk at length about Jimmy Cagney, Mickey Mantle, and a lot of other things. Do any of us know any of the top ten bands in 2011?

  22. MTU July 17th, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Luis-

    When you come back make sure you’re wearing your helmet, googles and BS protectors just in case.

    Enjoy your meal.

  23. BoJo July 17th, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    MTU July 17th, 2011 at 12:39 pm
    Bojo-

    Ask GB. He might remember. Memory like a steel vault.
    ___
    Too bad he forgot the combo….

  24. MTU July 17th, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Tom-

    Iron Butterfly ?

  25. tomingeorgia July 17th, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    MTU,
    I thought it might be Aerosmith!

  26. BoJo July 17th, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    tomingeorgia July 17th, 2011 at 12:42 pm
    MTU
    Bojo
    GB7

    The three of us can talk at length about Jimmy Cagney, Mickey Mantle, and a lot of other things. Do any of us know any of the top ten bands in 2011?
    ___________
    NP

    The Beatles
    The Rolling Stones
    The Who
    The Yardbyrds
    The Byrds
    Crosby Stills & Nash
    Led Zeppelin
    The Kinks
    Herman’s Hermits
    Jefferson Airplane

  27. MTU July 17th, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Tom-

    Nope. “Steppenwolf”.

    Everybody likes a magic carpet ride.

    :)

  28. MTU July 17th, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Tom-

    Even Phil Hughes. Let’s hope he gives us one.

    :)

  29. tomingeorgia July 17th, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    I like Three Dog Night and The Band, particularly behind Janice Joplin.

  30. MTU July 17th, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Enjoy the game folks.

  31. tomingeorgia July 17th, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Bojo,
    I’ll even go as far as Jefferson Starship.

  32. MaineYankee July 17th, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Bojo

    How can you leave out Creedence?

  33. MTU July 17th, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Tom-

    Sometimes after a long journey I feel like I have visited cripple creek.

    ;)

  34. MaineYankee July 17th, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Bojo

    The Doors.

  35. tomingeorgia July 17th, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Chicago

  36. MTU July 17th, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Maine-

    Easy. No one has any credibility.

    ;)

  37. GreenBeret7 July 17th, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    tomingeorgia July 17th, 2011 at 12:42 pm
    MTU
    Bojo
    GB7

    The three of us can talk at length about Jimmy Cagney, Mickey Mantle, and a lot of other things. Do any of us know any of the top ten bands in 2011?

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

    Do they still have music in these days?

    Or, do you mean bands from back in the day?

    Grass Roots? Guess Who? Delaney and Bonnie? Classics IV? Bachmann-Turner Overdrive, blood, Sweat And Tears? Cosbey, Stills, nash and Young?

  38. tomingeorgia July 17th, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Diagnosis for lack of credibility?

  39. Joe from Long Island July 17th, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. We fans know, or think we know, only a very small fraction of what is really going on between GMs and scouts.

    I keep thinking of David Justice for Ricky Ledee, and how Justice was the team’s MVP for the second half of the year and was so very important in winning the 2000 WS.

    Ya never know…..

  40. MaineYankee July 17th, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Bojo

    It’s like picking the top ten ballplayers.

    To many to pick from.

  41. MTU July 17th, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Last 3:

    Stone Temple pilots

    Riders of the purple sage

    Pure prairie league

  42. Giuseppe Franco July 17th, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Black Sabbath, AC/DC, and old school Metallica

  43. GreenBeret7 July 17th, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    ***Crosby***, Stills, Nash and Young

  44. tomingeorgia July 17th, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Nobody chooses L’il (insert anything here)?

  45. BoJo July 17th, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    LEt me guess

    Five for Fightin
    Goo Goo Dolls
    Third Eye Blind
    U2
    Counting Crowes
    Kings of Leon
    Dave Mathews Band
    The Strokes
    The Killers
    Maroon 5

  46. GreenBeret7 July 17th, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Riders of the purple sage

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

    Is That The New Riders Of The Purple Sage”

    Little garage band with Commander Cosy and Jerry Garcia?

    “Who’s Been Scr-wing My Old Lady”, Ice Cold Beer and Red Hot Women? “Back To Stems And Seeds Blues Again”

  47. BoJo July 17th, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    How could I leave out Pearl Jam? Or Stone Temple Pilots?

  48. GreenBeret7 July 17th, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    ***Commander Cody***

  49. tomingeorgia July 17th, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Let’s go Yanks! Hughes for six, two runs four hits.

  50. BoJo July 17th, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    I’m sure P would tell us that even my latest list is “so 90s.”

  51. Rich in NJ July 17th, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    I was pro-Justice.

    GM have agendas that can supercede the big picture. That’s why they are wrong more often than they should be.

  52. BoJo July 17th, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Face it guys…we are officially “old farts.”

  53. tomingeorgia July 17th, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Bojo,
    P would be correct!

  54. BoJo July 17th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    I’m looking for a big Posada day

  55. blake July 17th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    MTU,

    Yea me neither but you know he is going to throw it so Im just hoping he limits mistakes with it.

    Im not sure ai would deal Montero for Ubaldo but if they made the decision that they will then I wouldn’t let Nova stand in the way of getting a deal done. They have a lot of depth at that caliber of pitcher……they need to keep the frontline upside guys if possible.

  56. tomingeorgia July 17th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Bojo,
    I get five percent off at the supermarket on Wednesdays. I qualify.

  57. Joe from Long Island July 17th, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Bojo – speak for yourself. :)

  58. GreenBeret7 July 17th, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Can’t buy anything at the supermarket that requires chewing and still hold your “old fart” status.

  59. BoJo July 17th, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Joe from Long Island July 17th, 2011 at 1:01 pm
    Bojo – speak for yourself.
    ___
    Ok Joe–Challenge–

    Name the top 10 bands of 2011!

  60. tomingeorgia July 17th, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Denture cleanser?

  61. BoJo July 17th, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    :arrow: Game 92: Yankees at Blue Jays


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