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Pregame notes: “A good day today”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Aug 04, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Ivan Nova takes the mound in about an hour, the weekend series against Boston doesn’t start until tomorrow and there was no real breaking news coming out of the Yankees clubhouse this afternoon. Today’s most significant development happened in Tampa, where Alex Rodriguez began baseball drills, so I’ll start today’s pregame notes with the latest from the Associated Press down in Florida, then I’ll jump in with some nuggets from Chicago.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Rodriguez refused to discuss a Major League Baseball investigation into his involvement in illegal poker games, ending an interview Thursday with a one-word answer.

The New York Yankees had said the injured star would stop his post-workout media session at the team’s minor league training complex if any reporter posed an non-baseball question.

Rodriguez spoke for several minutes about his recovery from knee surgery. But when asked if he would not discuss the poker games, he said “yep” and walked to his car.

Rodriguez’s publicist, however, said the slugging third baseman was looking forward to cooperating with MLB in its poker probe.

Star Magazine reported last month that several people saw A-Rod playing in games hosted at Hollywood hotels and residences.

Richard Rubenstein, Rodriguez’s publicist, said in a statement Thursday morning that the Star’s story contains “numerous factual inaccuracies.”

Rodriguez said it will take a few days to get a timeframe for rejoining the Yankees.

“I think I’ll have a much better indication over the next 48 hours,” he said. “I’m curious to see how my body reacts, responds tomorrow. Tomorrow and the next day will be a good indication.”

The 36-year-old Rodriguez arrived at the Yankees’ minor league complex just before noon, pulling up in his Mercedes and waving to a group of 25 or so fans before entering the building.

This was his first on-field activity since having right knee surgery July 14. He worked out for a half-hour, doing light running, playing catch, taking grounders and hitting in the batting cage off a tee and against a soft toss. He wore a light brace on the knee and showed no signs of difficulty moving. Rodriguez then went inside to ice the knee and run in the pool.

“I feel good. A good day today. Encouraging first day out there on the field and felt pretty good,” said Rodriguez, who signed autographs before talking to the media outside the complex.

Rodriguez said the intensity of the workouts will be increased each day.

“Hopefully 5, 10 percent more every day and see over the next four, five days (how it goes),” Rodriguez said. “It will be a big key to see when I can actually get back on the field for real.”

Rodriguez is hitting .295 with 13 home runs and 52 RBIs.

• Joe Girardi said the Yankees haven’t made a decision about what to do with Ivan Nova after tonight’s game, and he also indicated that tonight’s performance might not be a significant factor in what happens next. “There’s decisions that we’re going to have to make,” Girardi said. “But his work has been good and, as I said, I don’t make too much of one start whether it’s great or whether it’s bad. We’ll just have to discuss what we’re going to do.”

• Could the Yankees make a move to give themselves a full bench before getting to Boston? “That’s something we’ll talk about tonight and maybe after the game or tomorrow,” Girardi said. “We’ll just have to see.”

• Girardi said he’s not sure what Rodriguez’s schedule will beyond today. He said Rodriguez is supposed to increase the intensity tomorrow, but he’s not sure to what extent. He said it could be a full week of workouts before Rodriguez is ready to play in a game, but that’s a very vague estimate. Girardi’s really not sure how long it will be.

• Both Bartolo Colon and CC Sabathia flew ahead of the team, leaving for Boston before tonight’s game. That’s a whole lot of baseball player on one flight.

• Eric Chavez is back in the lineup after his four-RBI game last night. He’s been a nice addition, quickly helping to fill the Rodriguez void. “He’s been good, defensively or offensively,” Girardi said. “He played so well before he got hurt, we weren’t sure if we were going to get him back. The foot was like, we’re going to try this and hopefully we’re going to get through this and he’s not going to have surgery. I’m really pleased because there were a lot of days were I felt like we missed him. There were some opportunities for him to play and be a big part of our lineup but we didn’t have him.”

• Obviously there was a lot of pregame talk about the Yankees heading into Boston. Just as obvious, the Yankees didn’t like looking ahead. “All the games are big,” Derek Jeter said. “Our game tonight is big. I’ve always been a firm believer in, if we win our games we’ll be where we want to be. If we were going to Tampa tomorrow I’d tell you the same thing. If we were going to Kansas City tomorrow I’d tell you the same thing. We need to continue to play well and win games. If we do that, then at the end of the year we’ll be where we want to be.”

Juan Pierre LF
Alexi Ramirez SS
Paul Konerko DH
Adam Dunn 1B
Carlos Quentin RF
A.J. Pierzynski C
Gordon Beckham 2B
Alejandro De Aza CF
Brent Morel 3B

Associated Press photos





24 Responses to “Pregame notes: “A good day today””

  1. luis August 4th, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Anybody here??

  2. Tabbert August 4th, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    very cool to see david robertson listed as a all-star!

  3. Kelvin August 4th, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Yeah ^__^

  4. luis August 4th, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Very deserving IMO

  5. Chad Jennings August 4th, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    The White Sox have surprised Gene Monahan with a pregame ceremony honoring his career with the Yankees. His daughter works with the White Sox, and Monahan had no idea any of this was happening. It’s pretty cool. Jeter is on the field, and the crowd is really responding. Amazing how much people love this man.

  6. Chad Jennings August 4th, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    I’m sorry, I understood this wrong. Two people who work for the White Sox used to work with Gene. His daughter is here for the ceremony, but she’s not the one connected to the White Sox. Sorry about that.

  7. Jerkface August 4th, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    I wonder what hidden and not so hidden advantages the yankees have had with a guy like Monahan on the staff over the years, and how his retirement will impact the team going forward.

  8. Chad Jennings August 4th, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    And now they’re playing The Weight by The Band, a song all about sacrifice and going out of your way to help someone. Seems right.

  9. Joe from Long Island August 4th, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Chad – that is so cool! Congrats to Geno, and congrats to the White Sox for being so classy. Hope that YES shows it.

  10. BD (Boston Dave) August 4th, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    lucky Nova – gets to be the only one who has to face Konerko.

    Hope he’s rusty for 1 game….

  11. luis August 4th, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Thank you Chad for the updates.


    Very good question, that only time will answer

  12. Jerkface August 4th, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Joel Pineiro has been moved to the bullpen. One of my all time favorite jokes was when Pineiro was bad me and my friend would say, “Uh oh looks like *opposing team* has contracted Pineiro disease, symptoms include.. the runs!”

  13. yankeefeminista August 4th, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Thanks, Chad. Good stuff. Geno will be missed.

  14. luis August 4th, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Nova is going to excel on this game you’ll see……It’s a shame that he is about to lose his spot in the rotation. If they weren’t paying AJ so much money, i’m sure that Nova would stay permanently in the rotation….it’s a shame

  15. luis August 4th, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Hi Yankeefem,

    Any news on when is Montero being called up?

  16. blake August 4th, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Monohan must really be a special dude…..good for him.

  17. pkyankfan69 August 4th, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Tonight is payback for April 25th… I don’t think Humber gets through 5

  18. BD (Boston Dave) August 4th, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    yee haw…

    7 hits against Bedard through 2 1/3 (3 runs)

  19. blake August 4th, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Bedard has given up 3 runs through 3…..3-2 Tribe

  20. BD (Boston Dave) August 4th, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    2 2/3

  21. BD (Boston Dave) August 4th, 2011 at 8:06 pm


    dont give Bedard an extra out yet :)

  22. blake August 4th, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Yea I meant in the 3rd :)

  23. yankeefeminista August 4th, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Hi Luis, not sure: hopefully soon. Sounds like it isn’t immiment though.

  24. yankeefeminista August 4th, 2011 at 8:12 pm


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