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Pregame notes: “We need him to help us”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Aug 15, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post


Joe Girardi said he came into the weekend planning to have Jorge Posada at designated hitter both Saturday and Sunday. That was going to happen with or without Posada’s six-RBI game on Saturday. After a rainout, though, Girardi had no need to rest anyone. The Royals starter has no significant track record against any of the Yankees. Girardi simply chose to put Posada back in the lineup.

“The next three days, we have three lefties, so we’ll see what we do,” Girardi said. “I like the way Jorge swung the bat. He’s going to play, and we need him to help us.”

Even after the big game on Saturday, Posada said he still showed up today and felt the need to check the lineup. He didn’t take it for granted that one big day was enough to earn himself another start.

“You feel pretty good about yourself going home, that’s about it,” he said. “You put yourself in a situation, and hopefully you try to do everything possible to stay in the lineup. I have to look at it like that, now.”

Looking ahead to next year, Posada said he hasn’t put much thought into whether he’ll retire, but right now he thinks he’ll come back for another season. Staying healthy, he said, is the biggest issue, and right now he feels good.

“It’s tough for me to tell you exactly what I’m going to do,” he said. “To tell you the truth, I really don’t know until the season’s over and I get home and see what happens during the offseason, all the workouts and stuff. I haven’t really thought about it, but I still think that I will right now.”

• Freddy Garcia will try to throw a full bullpen either Tuesday or Wednesday, depending on the progress of the cut at the top of his right index finger. Girardi said the Yankees have to be careful about when Garcia throws, because if the cut hasn’t healed enough, he could rip it back open and cause a setback. He’ll be slotted into the rotation after the bullpen. Right now there’s no date in mind for Garcia to pitch again.

• Garcia’s been able to throw, he just can’t throw his splitfinger. That one pitch, though, is too much of a weapon to go without it. “Hell yeah,” Garcia said. “That’s a pitch I use a lot.”

• Garcia’s cut is this year’s version of last season’s A.J. Burnett black eye: No one seems exactly sure how it happened. “Stuff in the house,” Garcia said when asked how it happened. Was he cooking dinner? “Something like that,” he said.

• Alex Rodriguez has today off. He’ll travel to Scranton and play Triple-A rehab games Tuesday and Wednesday. At that point, the Yankees will reevaluate. Thursday is the earliest Rodriguez could be back. It could be later depending on these two games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

• Girardi said Rodriguez will play third base the next two days.

• Quite an unusual move: The Triple-A Yankees clubhouse will be closed to reporters before both the Tuesday and Wednesday games. Rodriguez will hold a press conference after the game. I can’t remember ever covering a rehab game when the clubhouse was closed because of the big league player in attendance. I know it didn’t happen with Jason Giambi, and I don’t remember it happening with Roger Clemens.

• For whatever reason, Burnett has been awful in August since he came to the Yankees. “There are pitchers that have some months that aren’t as good as others,” Girardi said. “You hear about it when you acquire them and you understand that. Is there a real reason that you can say he struggles in August? No, I don’t think so.”

• The Royals continue to bring kids up from their minor league system, but Girardi said they’re not necessarily playing a different style of baseball than when the Yankees saw them earlier this season. “They’re still playing the same way,” Girardi said. “They’re aggressive, they’re among the league-leaders in stolen bases and they score runs. Their pitching staff has changed because some people have been hurt. The guy we’re seeing tonight, Paulino, was not on the club when we saw them. They have changed, because they’ve brought some more young kids up.”

ROYALS
Alex Gordon LF
Melky Cabrera CF
Billy Butler DH
Eric Hosmer 1B
Jeff Francoeur RF
Johnny Giavotella 2B
Salvador Perez C
Mike Moustakas 3B
Alcides Escobar SS

Associated Press photos

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53 Responses to “Pregame notes: “We need him to help us””

  1. Jacob Ruppert August 15th, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Gammons makes up whatever he conveys about prospects. He does it for the benefit of the team that he’s had season tickets to for the past 3 decades.

  2. RadioKev August 15th, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    “Stuff in the house,” Garcia said when asked how it happened. Was he cooking dinner? “Something like that,” he said.
    ————

    Sounds like Freddy is either having fun with us, or he’s a guy you don’t want to mess with.

  3. Gary August 15th, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    This weeks playoff projections:

    American League
    Weekly Review Playoff % Chance
    Team 8-Aug 14-Aug % Diff Win Div

    Cleveland Indians 12.1% 24.3% 12.2% 24.3%
    Texas Rangers 88.0% 96.8% 8.8% 96.7%
    Chicago White Sox 2.3% 6.5% 4.2% 6.5%
    Tampa Bay Rays 1.1% 1.6% 0.5% 0.1%
    Kansas City Royals 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
    Toronto Blue Jays 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
    Baltimore Orioles 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
    Seattle Mariners 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
    Oakland Athletics 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
    Minnesota Twins 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
    New York Yankees 98.8% 98.7% -0.1% 35.5%
    Boston Red Sox 99.6% 99.3% -0.3% 64.4%
    Los Angeles Angels 12.5% 3.6% -8.9% 3.3%
    Detroit Tigers 85.7% 69.2% -16.5% 69.2%

  4. luis August 15th, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    luis August 15th, 2011 at 7:14 pm
    BD (Boston Dave) August 15th, 2011 at 7:10 pm
    GB7,

    dont forget to add ESPN’s Jim Caple to the list of slugs (and of course there are plenty more)

    ——————————

    Now that guy is really a tool!!

    To add to my previous comment, he one of the few persons in this world i really dislike

  5. GreenBeret7 August 15th, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    RadioKev August 15th, 2011 at 7:15 pm
    “Stuff in the house,” Garcia said when asked how it happened. Was he cooking dinner? “Something like that,” he said.
    ————

    Sounds like Freddy is either having fun with us, or he’s a guy you don’t want to mess with.

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    Or a guy that you don’t want cooking your dinner for you.

  6. YankeeRay August 15th, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Young gets traded from Twins to Tigers on way to game then homers off Twins in first at bat. How sweet is that?

  7. Tar August 15th, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    “Plus he’s a Tarheel.”

    Hey Blake

    speaking of….. Yates should get some reps for Houston tonight. I like him. I watched every home game last year (from the sideline– long story) It he gets a chance, I think he is going to surprise people.

  8. rb from LI August 15th, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Ledger_Yankees Marc Carig
    Overheard in the press box: “What, is Freddy Garcia moonlighting at Benihana?”

    :lol:

  9. Jerkface August 15th, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Young gets traded from Twins to Tigers on way to game then homers off Twins in first at bat. How sweet is that?

    Minnesota is poorly run, that trade made no sense.

  10. blake August 15th, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Tar,

    I like him too….and I agree. Hopefully he will get a shot

  11. BD (Boston Dave) August 15th, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    “Young gets traded from Twins to Tigers on way to game then homers off Twins in first at bat. How sweet is that?”

    ————-

    you can’t write it any better

    poor Twins fans

  12. tomingeorgia August 15th, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Maine,
    It was Camp Timonus, Raymond, Maine.

  13. Jerkface August 15th, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    They have turned Matt Garza & Johan Santana into a bunch of nothing

  14. blake August 15th, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    “Minnesota is poorly run, that trade made no sense.”

    None. Young is.25 and was top 10 in MVP last year.

  15. Jerkface August 15th, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    They traded for an A-ball reliever that happens to be from minnesota. They could have dealt Young in the offseason for way more.

  16. luis August 15th, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    What did they traded Young for??

  17. blake August 15th, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Its a great deal for Detroit though as they can replace the ghost of Magglio with him…..

  18. luis August 15th, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    JF,

    Is he any good??

  19. ron August 15th, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    By Mike Axisa
    Saturday afternoon we heard that Rookie Level GCL Yankees outfielder Ravel Santana suffered a “brutal” ankle injury, and Dante Bichette Jr. tweeted the diagnosis: it’s broken in two places with a bunch of torn ligaments. The play-by-play indicates that it happened on a stolen base attempt, so it sounds like one of those hideous Stephen Drew/Jason Kendall/spike gets caught and foot gets twisted around type of injuries. Just awful.

    Santana, 19, had a .426 wOBA with a ton of power (nine homers, .273 ISO) and speed (10-for-13 in stolen base attempts) in 40 GCL games. The Yankees landed him for just $145k back in 2009, and the scouting report is exciting. Based on what happened with Kendall and Drew, there’s a chance Ravel will be back in time for Spring Training, but there’s no way to know for sure.

  20. ron August 15th, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Via George King, Brian Cashman said it’s unlikely that Manny Banuelos will be up in the big leagues next month when rosters expand. “You may or may not see him. It’s more likely you won’t see him,” said Cash in his typical GM speak. “There are no plans for him to join us. He is 20 years old. He is at Triple-A right now and there are no plans to push him. That could change, but …”

    Banuelos was bumped up to Triple-A Scranton on trade deadline day in what seemed like precursor to a September call-up. There’s been speculation about using the lefty out of the bullpen down the stretch, which makes sense in the context of him being at 112 IP and unlikely to go over 130-140 on the season. The Yankees don’t have to add Banuelos to the 40-man roster until after next season at least, so there’s no crunch. We’ll see, Cashman left a lot of room for interpretation. ·

  21. GreenBeret7 August 15th, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Sure wish the yanks had sent a boatload of player to the Mets for that hard working super talent, Carlos Beltran.

  22. luis August 15th, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Ron,

    Very sad for the young kid, hopefully he gets well and resumes his career next year.

  23. MaineYankee August 15th, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    tomingeorgia August 15th, 2011 at 7:23 pm
    Maine,
    It was Camp Timonus, Raymond, Maine.

    ———————————————–

    I’m not familiar with the camp.

    Raymond is about 30mi. from me.

  24. GreenBeret7 August 15th, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    MaineYankee August 15th, 2011 at 7:37 pm
    tomingeorgia August 15th, 2011 at 7:23 pm
    Maine,
    It was Camp Timonus, Raymond, Maine.

    ———————————————–

    I’m not familiar with the camp.

    Raymond is about 30mi. from me.

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

    That’s the camp with barbed wire fences and gun towers.

    Oh, wait. That’s your high school.

  25. ron August 15th, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    luis:

    Yes it is very sad.

    Hopefully he heals nice n quick.

  26. tomingeorgia August 15th, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Maine,
    You from around Fryeburg? The camp was on Panther Pond, a few miles out of town.

  27. BD (Boston Dave) August 15th, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    The Tigers offense might be underrated.

    not just adding Young, but an offense of Miggy, Vmart, Peralta, Young, Avila, Betemit, Boesch, and even AJax isn’t a pushover by any means.

    By all means, Red Sox can have first crack at Verlander and Detroit in the playoffs.

  28. luis August 15th, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    BD,

    If we end up getting the wild card, which team do we face??

  29. MaineYankee August 15th, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    tomingeorgia August 15th, 2011 at 7:42 pm
    Maine,
    You from around Fryeburg? The camp was on Panther Pond, a few miles out of town.

    —————————————————————————–

    No.

    If it was in Raymond, that isn’t near Fryeburg.

  30. BD (Boston Dave) August 15th, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    luis,

    it’s not decided yet, but if the season ended today, it would be Texas.

    Detroit @ Boston

    NYY @ Texas

    obviously all 4 teams are dangerous, but you’d rather face Detroit in a 7 game series than a 5.

  31. MaineYankee August 15th, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    GB7

    We don’t have high schools.

    We only go to 8th grade. :D

  32. blake August 15th, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    The Tigers in general are pretty top heavy as a team……Verlander and Cabrera are great but after them they have a couple of other good hitters a couple of other decent pitchers and then a whole bunch of nothing. Scherzer is a big key for them as is Vmart……if those two guys don’t perform they are pretty thin as a team……Verlander 2 of 5 games in a short series is dangerous though.

  33. tomingeorgia August 15th, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Maine,
    Raymon is about 32 miles from Fryeburg.

  34. luis August 15th, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    BD,

    I agree, wasn’t sure which team we would be playing, i guess if we end up in the wild card we face the second best division champion.

  35. GreenBeret7 August 15th, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    MaineYankee August 15th, 2011 at 7:50 pm
    GB7

    We don’t have high schools.

    We only go to 8th grade.

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

    I fugured that it was to keep Moose and Squirrel out.

  36. blake August 15th, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Texas is a better team top to bottom than Detroit…..but Detroit has Verlander and that’s important in a playoff series.

  37. BD (Boston Dave) August 15th, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    blake,

    i think Fister was a really nice pickup too.

    he gives them a pretty good #3 (until proven otherwise)

    VMart is a pro hitter as protection for Cabrera – even if he’s overpaid.

  38. GreenBeret7 August 15th, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    8th grade, huh? Post Graduate work?

  39. MaineYankee August 15th, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    tomingeorgia August 15th, 2011 at 7:50 pm
    Maine,
    Raymon is about 32 miles from Fryeburg.

    ———————————————–

    I guess I misunderstood you.

    I thought you meant it was near Fryeburg.

    I’m nearer to Raymond than Fryeburg.

  40. Bret The Hitman August 15th, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Dave Eiland cut Freddy Garcia’s finger!

    I KNEW IT!

  41. blake August 15th, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    BD,

    Yea he’s not bad….

  42. BD (Boston Dave) August 15th, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    blake,

    the additions to the bullpen for Texas were huge too – even if they may have overpaid for Adams (to be determined.)

    It’ll be a while before I’m comfortable with a Yankee pitcher facing Josh Hamilton too….

  43. MaineYankee August 15th, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    GreenBeret7 August 15th, 2011 at 7:53 pm
    8th grade, huh? Post Graduate work?

    ——————————————————————

    We do our post grad work out in the hay field.

  44. tomingeorgia August 15th, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Maine,
    Sorry. I wish I was on the shores of Panther Pond this summer, though.

  45. tomingeorgia August 15th, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Let’s play ball!

  46. ac1 August 15th, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Is tonight the night Burnett wins his first August game as a Yankees, or the night we riot that is isn’t the odd man out of the rotation?

  47. GreenBeret7 August 15th, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    MaineYankee August 15th, 2011 at 7:57 pm
    GreenBeret7 August 15th, 2011 at 7:53 pm
    8th grade, huh? Post Graduate work?

    ——————————————————————

    We do our post grad work out in the hay field.

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

    Mooooo

  48. MaineYankee August 15th, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    tomingeorgia August 15th, 2011 at 7:58 pm
    Maine,
    Sorry. I wish I was on the shores of Panther Pond this summer, though.

    ————————————————————————-

    When was you there?

    From what I read on the website you and Gammons must be best buds.

    It says you make lifelong friends. :D

  49. tomingeorgia August 15th, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Maine,
    I don’t know what site you were referring to. Pete and I were counselors at camp for one summer, in the early 60s.

  50. BD (Boston Dave) August 15th, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    ac1,

    i’ll vote for AJ’s first August win.

    but I wouldn’t bet tomorrow’s lunch money on it.

  51. austinmac August 15th, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    GB,

    When it comes to my prior views on Beltran, I must plead the fifth amendment. All posts saying I wanted him must have been hacked. Does the imposter approach approach work? :)

  52. MaineYankee August 15th, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    tomingeorgia August 15th, 2011 at 8:03 pm
    Maine,
    I don’t know what site you were referring to. Pete and I were counselors at camp for one summer, in the early 60s.

    ———————————————————————————

    This is what I was referring to.

    http://www.camptimanous.com/

  53. Asd August 15th, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Who is commentating on YES tonight?

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