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Pregame notes: Granderson sore but available

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Jul 21, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Joe Girardi asked Curtis Granderson about three specific injuries: His right calf felt fine. So did his left foot. But when Girardi asked about Granderson’s back, Granderson said he’d have to take batting practice before he’d know for sure.

“That kind of gave me a heads up that it’s probably pretty sore,” Girardi said.

The lineup was finalized before batting practice. Girardi was already leaning toward giving Granderson the day off, and his hesitation pretty much sealed the decision.

Would Girardi have chosen Brett Gardner a the leadoff hitter with or without Granderson in the lineup?

“I could have,” Girardi said. “The lineup’s a big topic now, but I kind of had in my mind that Grandy would need a day off so I never really thought about it.”

• Why did Russell Martin shave his mustache? Was it getting too hot? Was it uncomfortable? “It was ugly as crap,” Martin said.*

• Granderson said his back is the most sore part of him right now, but he believes he could play if necessary. He said the left foot — which was hit Tuesday — feels perfectly fine, and the right calf — which was hit yesterday — was actually spared most of the damage. The ball hit more on his shin than his calf, so the muscle didn’t tighten up too much.

• Rafael Soriano has another inning tonight and Eric Chavez will play third base for High-A Tampa. That’s a 7 o’clock game.

• Girardi said Soriano could go back-to-back on Sunday and Monday — it won’t be tonight and tomorrow — which would put him on track to be back with the Yankees as early as Wednesday or Thursday.

• Nothing new on Ivan Nova, but Girardi did confirm that he remains their most likely starter for that July 30 double header. “If he’s fine and we feel he’s ready to go, I think that’s probably what you have to do,” Girardi said.

• Alex Rodriguez got his stitches out today.

• Is there a chance Granderson will be the No. 3 hitter tomorrow. “It just depends on who I play,” Girardi said. “There’s some pieces that I’m going to have to see how guys are doing tomorrow. It’s definitely something I could do. I could hit Grandy third and it’s a possibility, but I’ve got to see who I have tomorrow.”

* Actually, that’s the censored version of Martin’s explanation. He agreed to change the last word when someone explained that his original quote wouldn’t work on television or in the newspaper.

RAYS
Ben Zobrist DH
Sean Rodriguez 2B
Evan Longoria 3B
B.J. Upton CF
Justin Ruggiano RF
Kelly Shoppach C
Casey Kotchman 1B
Elliot Johnson SS
Sam Fuld LF

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46 Responses to “Pregame notes: Granderson sore but available”

  1. MTU July 21st, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Before I forget.

    Happy 31st B’day big Man.

  2. m July 21st, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    lol @ Martin. Darn standards of good taste.

    If this were the playoffs, he’d be in the lineup, but it’s not so he should get a rest day. I didn’t realize that he was that bust up.

  3. Joe from Long Island July 21st, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    chad – thanks for that last little tidbit on Russell Martin. I really like how you humanize the players. Wish you could do it more often.

  4. The Mets are Pond Scum July 21st, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    GF,

    Agree wholeheartedly regarding Rios. That was a foreseeable disaster waiver pickup considering the contract (and how did Toronto actually get value and not have to pay out Wells’ contract?)

    Selling low on Dunn would mean eating a substantial part of that contract and getting little in return. Like the Cubs with Soriano, I think they’re stuck with each other.

  5. The Mets are Pond Scum July 21st, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    C.C.: Happy Birthday and onto to win #172 enroute to 300.

  6. GreenBeret7 July 21st, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Joe from Long Island July 21st, 2011 at 6:32 pm
    chad – thanks for that last little tidbit on Russell Martin. I really like how you humanize the players. Wish you could do it more often.

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

    Now, if Chad was really a miracle worker, he’d humanize the trolls. That would impress me.

  7. MaineYankee July 21st, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    “It was ugly as crap,” Martin said.”

    I think Erin found a way to let him know.

  8. Joe from Long Island July 21st, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    GB – c’mon. Chad is good, real good, but, c’mon.

  9. MaineYankee July 21st, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    GreenBeret7 July 21st, 2011 at 6:32 pm
    Grady Sizemore out 4-6 weeks after knee surgery

    ———————————————————

    A real shame how things have gone for him and Baldelli.

    They had the chance to be two of the best CF for a long time

  10. GreenBeret7 July 21st, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Joe from Long Island July 21st, 2011 at 6:41 pm
    GB – c’mon. Chad is good, real good, but, c’mon.

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

    I believe in Miracles….YES.

    That’s got to be the greatest call in sports history.

  11. luis July 21st, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Hi everyone,

    GB, interesting info about the Yankees against Shields, Don’t ask Chad for miracles!!!, lol

  12. MTU July 21st, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    It’s nearing that time.

    Escape with your life.

    Enjoy the game folks.

    :)

  13. LGY July 21st, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Always a good day on LoHud when the term ‘sycophant’ is misused.

  14. LGY July 21st, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    “Harper of the News says, Yankees are sniffing at the Mariners in earnest for King Felix”

    ——————-

    Link?

  15. GreenBeret7 July 21st, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Maine, they may have given Bernie Williams a run for one of the best center fielders in the last of the last 20 years. Always thought that Baldelli could have been on the Freddy Lynn level.

  16. 4time July 21st, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    LGY – Said it on SNY. Sounded like just a repeat of what Rosenthal said a few days ago that we are calling about him but he is not available. He mentioned how they have lost 12 in a row and they like Montero and Nunez… seems like he was putting 2 and 2 together rather than presenting newly sourced information.

  17. LGY July 21st, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    4time,

    Thanks for the info.

  18. blake July 21st, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Even Felix isn’t worth giving up the top 4 or 5 guys in your system……he’s a pitcher….he gets hurt you’re pretty much screwed.

    If Seattle would accept the package the Rockies allegedly asked for Ubaldo…..who does it? I don’t think I would……and it probably would take more anyway

  19. UnKnown July 21st, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Let’s go bombers. CC looks to be throwing a good warm-up in the pen.

  20. luis July 21st, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    MTU,

    you should stay for the game

  21. blake July 21st, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Now if they like Montero and Nunez…..they can have them for Felix……Ill even throw in Betances and Nova ……but Im keeping Banuelos.

  22. Pat M. July 21st, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Cynic of the game award for the most negative posts goes to ????

  23. Joe from Long Island July 21st, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    MTU –

    Run away! Run away!

    :)

  24. LGY July 21st, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    I’d blow up the system for Felix.

    Probably the only pitcher in baseball I’d do it for.

  25. Joe from Long Island July 21st, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    I think that was Monty Python and The Holy Grail.

  26. blake July 21st, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    LGY,

    Like Montero, Banuelos, Betances, Romine, Nova, Sanchez blow up?…..there have Tk be limits. Otherwise you are really putting all your eggs in one pitchers basket

  27. Bronx Jeers July 21st, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    M and I were once mislabeled “sycophants”

    Why? We were cheering for the Yankees in a playoff game.

  28. Joe from Long Island July 21st, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Interesting stat on YES – Yanks have 3rd most stolen bases this year.

  29. m July 21st, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    If you can pry Felix out of their hands you pretty much have to give them what they want.

    I don’t see why they’d be motivated to move him, though.

  30. SoS July 21st, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    LGY July 21st, 2011 at 6:53 pm
    I’d blow up the system for Felix.

    Probably the only pitcher in baseball I’d do it for.

    =========

    Kershaw and Lincecum?

  31. m July 21st, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    lol, Bronx. Completely forgot about that. The part that offended me was that I was accused of not thinking for myself. Just being a blind sheep.

  32. Joe from Long Island July 21st, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Jack Curry, on YES pregame, just said he doesn’t see any way Seattle deals Felix.

    I would tend to believe him. He’s pretty well connected to what’s going on in baseball.

  33. blake July 21st, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    If the Yankees offered basically whatever the Ms wanted then they’d be crazy not to trade him…..they could rebuild their whole team……then use the money they would have paid Felix to fill in everything else.

  34. LGY July 21st, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    blake,

    Yeah, there would have to be limits.

    By blowing up the system I meant more like trading all of the Big 3 of Montero, Manny, and Dellin.

    Felix is the only guy I would trade all 3 of those guys for in the same package. Even a guy like Kershaw to me hasn’t established that he can handle the elite Ace type workload on a yearly basis, so I wouldn’t do it.

  35. Bronx Jeers July 21st, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    I believe it’s next season that his salary jumps to nearly $20MM.

    I guess that’s a lot to pay a guy when your team stinks.

  36. SoS July 21st, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    I think that was Monty Python and The Holy Grail.

    ========

    Mentioned this earlier in the week. It was on tv this weekend, never watched it before. Watched about a half and hour of it and changed the channel. Did I miss much?

  37. blake July 21st, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    If almost rather blow up the system for Kershaw if I was going to…..he’s younger, he’s left handed, and he makes nothing …..no he’s not as good yet…..but he’s getting there.

  38. LGY July 21st, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    SOS,

    Lincecum is too risky to open the vault because of his delivery IMO.

    Kershaw like I mentioned to blake needs to give me a couple 220+ innings pitched seasons before doing that.

  39. blake July 21st, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    I would consider trading the three top guys for Felix…..but it would have to pretty much stop there with the real prospects.

  40. blake July 21st, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    The Yankees seem enamored with Felix the way Boston was with Gonzalez……

  41. RS July 21st, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    I’m kind of glad Boston will be facing the Mariners coming off a 12-game losing streak. With Felix and Pineda in that 3-game set, you’d think they’re due for a win.

    Bad news is that if they get swept, we’ll have to face them coming off of a 15-game losing streak

  42. LGY July 21st, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Forgot about Verlander.

    He’s the other guy I’d consider doing it for.

  43. Bronx Jeers July 21st, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    m ,

    He was dead to me from that point forward. :lol:

  44. David in Cal July 21st, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Clearly Girardi doesn’t have the guts to immediately move Jeter to 8th or 9th in the lineup, where he belongs. Here’s a plan.

    Jeter’s batting 2nd today, replacing a resting Granderson in the lineup. Tomorrow, rest Teixeira, and let Jeter bat 3rd. The nest day, rest Cano and with Jeter batting 4th, etc. In a week, Jeter will be in the bottom third of the lineup.

    I know this is fantasy. I’m just so frustrated to see Jeter making outs at the top of the batting order.

  45. SoS July 21st, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    blake July 21st, 2011 at 7:04 pm
    The Yankees seem enamored with Felix the way Boston was with Gonzalez……

    =========

    If we can only get Cashman to sign on as Seattles GM this offseason it would be a done deal. Pena, Igawa and Cervelli should do the trick.

  46. LGY July 21st, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    blake,

    Yeah Kershaw is awesome. But like you said it’s just such a risk to trade all that for one pitcher.

    Kershaw hasn’t proven to be a workhorse yet, so I’d be scared to do that deal for him.

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