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Pregame notes: Rodriguez might not be activated immediately

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 17, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Alex Rodriguez admitted last night that he still feels hesitant on that surgically repaired knee. Taking that into account, the Yankees still plan to bring their third baseman to Minnesota, but they might wait a few more days before activating him.

“Our plans right now are still to bring him to Minnesota tomorrow if everything goes OK,” Joe Girardi said. “We may not activate him. We may have him just go through some things for a couple of days and wait a couple of days to activate him. But our plans are for him to come tomorrow, and we could activate him. We’ll see.”

Girardi said Rodriguez will stick with the plan of playing third base tonight, but it’s entirely possible that he’ll initially DH when he’s activated for the big league roster.

“He said he felt good, but he was just tentative,” Girardi said. “And I don’t really think that’s so abnormal because as I said, he ran probably two or three weeks tentative, and you get used to running a certain way. He’s been this way for probably the last eight weeks now, and he has to get that out of his mind.”

Girardi said he’ll wait until Rodriguez goes through some drills with Kevin Long and visits the Yankees training staff before deciding whether to activate Rodriguez tomorrow.

“A couple of days, if you rush, could cost you a couple of weeks,” Girardi said. “You could end up hurting something else. That’s why we want to take a look at him with our own eyes tomorrow and see how far he is away, and see if he’s ready for tomorrow.”

• Freddy Garcia did not throw his splitfinger today, but the Yankees believe there’s a chance he’ll throw it tomorrow. Girardi didn’t rule out using Garcia for Saturday’s start, but it sounds more likely that A.J. Burnett will start that game and Garcia will be bumped back to Sunday.

• The DL isn’t completely ruled out for Garcia: “At this point, if he can’t make his start Sunday, you could definitely do that because it’s two weeks.”

• When Rodriguez is activated, the Yankees plan to drop a pitcher, but they’ll stick with a six-man rotation through the doubleheader in Baltimore. When Rodriguez is activated, the Yankees will carry a six-man bullpen for a few days. “Going to have to,” Girardi said.

• Speaking of a six-man bullpen: Girardi said he could get two to three innings out of Cory Wade and Luis Ayala, and he believes Hector Noesi would be good for about 50 pitches (probably closer to four innings). Distance might be necessary if the bullpen is short-handed for a few days.

• Girardi said he’ll have to check with his late-inning relievers to determine whether they’re available today. Boone Logan, Rafael Soriano, Dave Robertson and Mariano Rivera have all pitched back-to-back games.

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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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39 Responses to “Pregame notes: Rodriguez might not be activated immediately”

  1. blake August 17th, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Get it right Alex…..we have time.

    Bummer……I thought Banuelos was pitching tonight? Is he or not….gameday has Mitchell

  2. Warning Track Power August 17th, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    The sooner ARod joins the big club, the sooner he will be 100% ready and cleared to play.
    The way things are shaping up, ARod will be playing the DH spot a lot more than fans are used to in 2011.

  3. hardwired7 August 17th, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Why rush it? They’re holding down the fort, and then some, w/out him.

    He’ll still have plenty of ABs before the playoffs begin.

  4. Warning Track Power August 17th, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Boone Logan, Rafael Soriano, Dave Robertson and Mariano Rivera

    I am very concerned about whether or not any of the above are available to throw
    the ball tonight.

  5. ron August 17th, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    I agree.

    Give him a few more days off,if needed,then dh him for a week with nunez at 3b against lefties,chavez at 3b against righties.

    It’s amazing that we are 2 games ahead in the loss column with the injuries we have.
    Good pitching & enough offense.

    Amazing job.

  6. Bo knows August 17th, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    I’m a big Girardi fan in what he does with his BP. That said, what he has done with Noesi is criminal. Maybe the work with Rothschild was of value, but other than that – a pitcher needs to pitch.

  7. Warning Track Power August 17th, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Bo-
    Noesi will pitch when the game dictates he will pitch.
    In the last two games, there was no room for Noesi.
    The guy is #25 on the roster. There are great relievers who’s name will be called before Noesi gets into a game.
    Just the way it is.
    That’s how the cookie crumbles

  8. blake August 17th, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Bo Knows,

    agree, he has served virtually no purpose in the bullpen for awhile now. He needs to be at SWB pitching

  9. Crawdaddy August 17th, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Banuelos is pitching tonight. Mitchell pitched an inning yesterday.

  10. blake August 17th, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Crawdaddy,

    Yea I got it now. Thanx

  11. Bo knows August 17th, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    I wouldn’t have a problem with an older pitcher with a limited ceiling in that situation. But to my mind he is equal in talent to Nova. Mid nineties FBs as a base aren’t that common, that you can hang em up and forget em.

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

    Manny getting the curveball up so far…..three straight hits to start the game.

  13. BJK August 17th, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Bo knows August 17th, 2011 at 7:05 pm
    I’m a big Girardi fan in what he does with his BP. That said, what he has done with Noesi is criminal. Maybe the work with Rothschild was of value, but other than that – a pitcher needs to pitch.

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    I am not a big fan of what Girardi does with his bullpen.

    Like Monday night when he used Soriano when he should have just let Logan have the inning, thus making his highly paid back-up closer unavailable either tonight or tomorrow night, one of which night’s Mariano will definitely not be available.

    Or last night when he left Nova in for 1 batter too long after the walk (some may argue 2 batters too long. some may argue Nova shouldn’t have started the inning, which I would disagree with.)

  14. Crawdaddy August 17th, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Poor Girardi without any love from BJK.

  15. blake August 17th, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Yikes…..Alex just let a taylor made DP ball go right between his legs.

  16. 108 stitches August 17th, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    If Noesi goes down to make room on the 25-man roster for Alex, he’ll soon be back when the rosters can be expanded. September is fast approaching.

  17. Bo knows August 17th, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Four years of BP usage speak for themselves. Individual moves agree, disagree is your prerogative. Most of the year the Yankees were missing three top end relievers. At the end of the year results count.

  18. blake August 17th, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Manny thrown 37 pitches already in the first….Alex cost him probably 15 or so unfortunately. His stuff is great but he just nibbles too much for a guy with his ability…..still learning.

  19. Captain Clutch August 17th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Arod is obviously very rusty, they should leave him in Scranton to get more reps. There is no reason to rush him back when the team is playing well and he isn’t ready. Having him come to Minnesota and not playing doesn’t help him.

  20. Crawdaddy August 17th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    They need to have Gator work with him about being aggressive and trusting his stuff.

  21. BJK August 17th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Crawdaddy August 17th, 2011 at 7:17 pm
    Poor Girardi without any love from BJK.

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    Sorry Crawdaddy. I didn’t mean to hurt his feelings. He is super nice.

  22. MTU August 17th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Blake-

    Should have only been charged with 1 earned run IMO.

  23. blake August 17th, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Yea…..he just needs to come at guys and get ahead. He seems like he is tryin to make a perfect pitch every time.

    Golsen just took Moore yard off the scoreboard.

  24. Crawdaddy August 17th, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    BJK,

    Don’t worry, I’m sure he’s not staying up at night worrying about your opinion of his bullpen usage.

  25. blake August 17th, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    MTU,

    Yea he should have….was he not? You can’t assume the DP but thy still wouldn’t have scored because he struck out the next guy.

    Moore gas a nasty change up as well.

  26. blake August 17th, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Moore and Banuelos stuff looks very similar…..Moore just goes after guys more and throws more strikes right now. He’s 2 years older too though.

  27. blake August 17th, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Alex walked on a nice AB….

  28. MTU August 17th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Blake-

    Yup. 2 runs charged against him.

  29. BJK August 17th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Crawdaddy August 17th, 2011 at 7:32 pm
    BJK,

    Don’t worry, I’m sure he’s not staying up at night worrying about your opinion of his bullpen usage.

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    Of course not. It’s not good to go to bed upset, so we like to get it out of the way and chat about his mistakes before he goes to sleep.

  30. blake August 17th, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    MTU,

    That’s strange……Montero hit a laser right at the LFer.

  31. MTU August 17th, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Blake-

    I’m not seeing it. Gameday only.

    Dinner bell has just rung.

    Enjoy.

    Catch you later.

  32. blake August 17th, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Manny walked the first hitter in the 2nd on a borderline 3-2 pitch then picked him off.

  33. blake August 17th, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Alex is really struggling defensively ……just missed another one. He wont be back tomorrow……they’ll give him more time as he looks very tentative in the field.

  34. randy l. August 17th, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    it would not surprise me to see ortiz having problems with the heel for the rest for the season.
    the yankees totally misread the severity of when giambi had heel problems. the red sox might be underestimating the problem likewise.

    that part of the body is slow to get injured and slow to get healthy. i’d be surprised if he’s better in a week as they are hoping.

  35. blake August 17th, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    So you’re saying that Ortiz may have an achilles heel? :)

    Arod is just there to rehab…and it doesn’t matter….but he’s cost Manny a run and about 25 pitches I’d guess tonight.

  36. BJK August 17th, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Very curious to see how Ortiz’s injury affects his contract negotiations.

  37. blake August 17th, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Ortiz will want 3 years, the Sox will offer 1….and he’ll sign for 1 and an option. Hopefully the Yankees will bluff and make them raise their offer.

  38. blake August 17th, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Biggest difference I see in a very short sample between Moore and Manny is just that Moore comes at guys….he’s 0-2, 1-2 a lot and makes the hitters swing the stick…..then uses the CU or CB to get guys to chase.

  39. blake August 17th, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    much better 3rd inning for Banuelos….he’s throwing more strikes now and starting to settle in….unfortunately he’s probably getting close to his pitch count

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