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Pregame notes: Garcia likely to start Saturday

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Aug 16, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Freddy Garcia threw a bullpen today, but that bullpen included no splitfingers. Essentially, the Yankees are keeping Garcia stretched out and ready to pitch, but they won’t put him in a game until he’s ready to throw his best offspeed pitch.

“We’ll look at it every day to make an evaluation if we think it’s ready to throw it,” Joe Girardi said.

Right now, Girardi said he’s thinking Garcia will be ready to start Saturday. If not Saturday, maybe Sunday. The Yankees are just trying to be careful with that cut, making sure they don’t test it too early. Girardi said he wouldn’t rule out Friday for Garcia, but that seems unlikely.

CC Sabathia will start Thursday’s series opener against the Twins, and Girardi said it’s likely Phil Hughes will start Friday.

“See how (Garcia) is tomorrow and then probably try to give a rotation,” Girardi said.

• Alex Rodriguez begins his Triple-A rehab assignment tonight. He’s batting third and playing third for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He’ll be playing these two games behind prospect starters Adam Warren and Manny Banuelos. Of course, my great friend Donnie Collins is on the scene to keep you informed.

• Girardi on what he hopes to hear about Rodriguez: “I’m most anxious to see how he’s moving and how he feels playing defense. Sitting down, going back out. Sitting down, going back out. Running the bases. If he feels 100 percent.”

• You’ll be shocked — shocked! — to learn that Girardi would not announce a planned lineup for when Rodriguez returns to the big league roster. My guess is that Brett Gardner will fall back to the bottom of the order against right-handers and stay there against left-handers, but I can’t say for certain.

• If you’re curious, Derek Jeter said last night’s decision to bunt in the first inning was all on his own. Girardi said he had no problem with it because it wasn’t a straight sacrifice. Jeter was bunting for a hit, with a sacrifice being the alternative if he didn’t beat the play. “That’s part of his game,” Girardi said.

• The Yankees are facing lefties in three of their next four games (counting this one) and Girardi said he’s not sure what he’ll do about the DH when they see another right-hander. It’s entirely possible, he said, that Rodriguez will DH in his first game back with the team.

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

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46 Responses to “Pregame notes: Garcia likely to start Saturday”

  1. blake August 16th, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Arod singles to LF in his first AB. Free Arod !
    Montero singles to RF in his first AB. Free Montero!

  2. GreenBeret7 August 16th, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Adam warren with a perfect 1st inning. sharp curve and hitting 94 MPH. Free Adam Warren

  3. MTU August 16th, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Blake-

    A-Rod uses his get out of Jail free card Thurs.

    Montero uses his Sept. 1st.

  4. blake August 16th, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    GB7,

    Warren may push for a rotation spot next year and he could factor in the pen this year….

  5. MTU August 16th, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    GB-

    Lot’s of guys get set free Sept. 1

    ;)

  6. MG August 16th, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    the bottom of the Royals lineup sounds like it could be one of the crews for the garbage hauler in New Jersey that used to kick up to Johnny Boy Soprano…

  7. MTU August 16th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Girardi will lot’s of reinforcements come Sep’t 1.

    Question is, Will he use them ?

  8. GreenBeret7 August 16th, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Perfect through two innings…struck out the side with all strike threes on sliders

  9. yankeefeminista August 16th, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Free Jesus!

    Reminder: NY Penn league All Star game on milb-tv. Mason Williams will lead off for NYP American league.

  10. J. Alfred Prufrock August 16th, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    blake August 16th, 2011 at 7:21 pm
    Arod singles to LF in his first AB. Free Arod !
    Montero singles to RF in his first AB. Free Montero!
    ///

    Awesome. Imagine those two separated by Cano…
    ///

    Zobrist bunt single. Jed Lowrie, playing 3rd, not up to it…Jennings made a really nice play at the wall on a Pedroia high drive to end the first…kid’s the new boy in town & played that like he’s done it many times before…

  11. MTU August 16th, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    JAP-

    I hope the Rays do not embarrass themselves by losing a double header.

  12. J. Alfred Prufrock August 16th, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    1st & 2nd, nobody out, in the top of the 2nd, against Bedard…

  13. GreenBeret7 August 16th, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Rodriguez has to do a lot better than singles if he wants to make it in The Show. Yanks didn’t trade for a ping hitter

  14. LGY August 16th, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Awesome.

    Somehow I dropped my phone in only way possible for the screen to crack. :mad:

  15. GreenBeret7 August 16th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Demote Warren. Carson gets him for a solo homer

  16. J. Alfred Prufrock August 16th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    MTU, it would be really nice if Sean Rodriguez could get something done, here, with runners on 2nd & 3rd and 1 down.

  17. MTU August 16th, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    JAP-

    I’m counting on the Rays to help us a little.

    I want 1st place by Sunrise.

    ;)

  18. BIG AL August 16th, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    GB7 -

    After seeing Warren pitch in SWB, I would not hesitate to bring him up, if needed.

    MTU -

    I know why you want to go bass fishing!

  19. m August 16th, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Lowrie with an error at 3B. Not sure why, but Youkilis has been out.

  20. J. Alfred Prufrock August 16th, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Lowrie bounces a throw in front of Varitek, who can’t handle it. Rays score. :D . 1-0. Joyce now taking big butt hacks at Bedard’s curve.

  21. yankeefeminista August 16th, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Mason Williams up next.

    Why isn’t this SWB game televised? At least the next two days are listed as on.

    Nice drop by Salty!! Would love them to lose; tired of seeing 12 year olds running around my New England resort all day making mischief. I’ve been very tempted to yell at them from my balcony. :hide:

  22. MTU August 16th, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Al-

    Every healthy, red-blooded American male wants to go Bass fishing.

    Hope things are going better for you

    :)

  23. yankeefeminista August 16th, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    should read 12 year olds wearing Pedroia shirts

  24. MTU August 16th, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Catch you all later.

    Here’s to hoping Ivan goes SuperNova again tonight.

    Light of a thousand Suns.

    ;)

  25. blake August 16th, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Yankeefem,

    They better have Manny and Dellin on…..and it better be real coverage and not from some home video 100 yards away ;)

  26. BIG AL August 16th, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    MTU -

    Just a quick hello is all. I might catch you later, got to go. If you ever get the chance to watch Warren pitch, you’ll like what you see. I’d bet he makes it to NY before either of the “B’s”

  27. Tar August 16th, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    LGY

    My wife recently did the same thing. Apple wants $200. But there is a bunch of people ( craigslist) who will fix it for about half that using Apple parts.

    There is also video online. If you have the patience you can fix it yourself.

  28. J. Alfred Prufrock August 16th, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    MTU, Wait ’til Alex gets here….we’ll head north of Boston & never look back.

    2-0 with Bedard at 43 pitches….this lineup’s not good. If Bedard brought what he’s got tonight to our lineup, we’d be smacking some of those pitches the Rays keep fouling off.

  29. Stoneburner August 16th, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Welcome back Austin Romine to the AA lineup!!!!!!!!

  30. LGY August 16th, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Tar

    Thanks for the info. Fortunately I have insurance on the phone but it’s still annoying.

  31. GreenBeret7 August 16th, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    AL, it’s pretty certain that at least ome and probably two of Warren, Mitchell and Plelps will get moved in a deal this winter, along with Vazquez and others.

  32. Nick in SF August 16th, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    “Somehow I dropped my phone in only way possible for the screen to crack.”

    I’ve read that stracciatella makes a good sealant. :neutral:

  33. LGY August 16th, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Also I have an htc not an iphone :)

  34. GreenBeret7 August 16th, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    YankeeFem, there’s a transmission issue with the Scranton game and they’re trying to fix the feed from Scranton to NY.

  35. J. Alfred Prufrock August 16th, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    yankeefeminista August 16th, 2011 at 7:43 pm
    should read 12 year olds wearing Pedroia shirts
    ///

    Yankfem, it’s reasonable that Dustin would appeal to his own age group.

  36. jacksquat August 16th, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    One has to wonder if A-Rod would have even gotten that single if he hadn’t had Montero hitting behind him. ;)

  37. yankeefeminista August 16th, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    blake August 16th, 2011 at 7:44 pm
    Yankeefem,

    They better have Manny and Dellin on…..and it better be real coverage and not from some home video 100 yards away.
    ____
    blake, set up my vacation around Yankees being on the road this week, but never dreamed I would be missing Matt Moore, Dellin and Manny, as well as ARod this week. I’m having a great time but would surely have spent this week in PNC Park had I known the details. If the games aren’t televised I will be plenty upset.

  38. yankeefeminista August 16th, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Pruf, lol. They are nice little kids, but the Pedroia shirts have to go. Still loving rocking the Yankee colors though. ;)

    GB, feed to NY or feed on milb?

  39. GreenBeret7 August 16th, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    yankeefeminista August 16th, 2011 at 7:43 pm
    should read 12 year olds wearing Pedroia shirts

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

    Luckily for Pedroia, if he tears his jersey, he can wear one of the kids jerseys and nobody would know.

  40. yankeefeminista August 16th, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    GB, QFT. :)

  41. GreenBeret7 August 16th, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    yankeefeminista August 16th, 2011 at 7:54 pm
    Pruf, lol. They are nice little kids, but the Pedroia shirts have to go. Still loving rocking the Yankee colors though.

    GB, feed to NY or feed on milb?

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

    YankeeFem, the video feed goes from the Scranton park to NY where the MiLB operations center is. They have the radio feed.

  42. Tar August 16th, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    “Also I have an htc not an iphone ”

    Well that explains a lot. :D

    Sorry, I thought I remembered you talking about about an IPhone.

  43. LGY August 16th, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    I’ve read that stracciatella makes a good sealant.

    —–
    :P

    The deductible is coming out of this week’s gelato budget :(

  44. LGY August 16th, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Tar

    3G can’t handle my rapid number crunching Jeter hating statistic research :evil:

  45. Tar August 16th, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    LGY

    I seriously was thinking of you last night when Jete hit that triple. Any second thoughts about all the pre-season brouhaha?

  46. LGY August 16th, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Tar

    Still gotta see more improvement vs RHP but he has looked better in general lately.


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