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Yankees pregame: Trade deadline

Posted By Brian Heyman On July 31, 2011 @ 12:10 pm In Misc | 134 Comments

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The nonwaiver deal deadline is at 4. The latest morning rumors have the Yankees interested in Houston left-hander Wandy Rodriguez and Padres closer Heath Bell. But a lot of times nothing comes of these things.

“If nothing happens, we’ve gotten where we are because of the guys we have in that room,” Joe Girardi said.

Girardi said there have been only initial discussions about what to do about Ivan Nova. The discussions will continue after they get through today’s game, whether to keep him around, or send him back to Triple-A.

“That’s one of the things that would be a natural move, but we’re going to talk about what we’re going to do,” Girardi said. “We just talked about maybe tweaking our rotation a little bit. Do you give guys an extra day? That sort of thing.”

Phil Hughes is still a work in progress back in the rotation, returning after the long layoff due to shoulder inflammation. But Girardi said, “We believe the guy still has a huge upside. … His stuff last time was closer to where it was last year.”

Girardi praised the work of Bartolo Colon and today’s starter Freddy Garcia, saying, “I don’t know where we’d be without them. Both of them have been excellent.”    

Girardi said Alex Rodriguez is supposed to see a doctor tomorrow to check on the state of his surgically repaired knee, and that he’s due to head to Tampa this week.

“When he goes to Tampa, the idea is to start getting him doing some baseball stuff,” Girardi said. “I think once he gets going, it shouldn’t take that long. It’s more just waiting for the knee to heal. I don’t think you’re talking about having to do a week of rehab games. Once we get it, it’ll go pretty quickly.”

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