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Pregame notes: The wait for A-Rod continues

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes, Podcast on Aug 19, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Alex Rodriguez was encouraged by a more aggressive workout this afternoon, but his return to the Yankees lineup will likely wait another full day. Joe Girardi said today that he doesn’t expect to activate his third baseman until Sunday at the earliest.

“We’ve got to do the best thing possible,” Rodriguez said. “But I think after today, this is definitely a step in the right direction. We have another big day tomorrow and we’ll take it from there. But I’m definitely not counting this weekend out.”

Girardi said Rodriguez was definitely not ready yesterday, which is why the team wanted to see him go through drills today. They want to see him go through more drills tomorrow before making a decision. Girardi didn’t rule out activating Rodriguez tomorrow, but said he would “lean against doing it.”

“I think everything was better,” Rodriguez said. “I think Mick called me defensively game ready as far as speed. I trust his eyes. He’s my defensive coach. Kevin and I thought our offensive session was really good. But the most drastic thing for me was going from first to third. Skip made me do five first to thirds, pretty much close to 100 percent, and more than anything else the recovery time was much better so Dana was happy about that.”

Rodriguez has been wearing a soft, blue brace on his knee. He said he’ll keep wearing it for a few weeks after he returns, but he expects to get rid of it eventually.

Here’s Alex.

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• Aaron Laffey broke into the big leagues as a starting pitcher, and Girardi said he plans to use him as more than a left-handed specialist. “He’s a guy that can give you multiple innings,” Girardi said. “But he’s another left-hander for us. That’s why we went and got him.”

• Laffey is expected to be here tomorrow. Lefties are hitting .250 against him this season. He had a 1.87 ERA before the all-star break, but a 12.00 since. He was once a fairly highly touted prospect, and he’s still just 26 years old.

• Girardi said Boone Logan’s role won’t change because of Laffey. Logan will still be the top lefty in the bullpen, but it helps that he won’t be the only lefty. “The only time it really limits you is when he throws two or three days in a row,” Girardi said. Now, on days Logan’s not available, the Yankees will have Laffey.

• Freddy Garcia reported no problems throwing his splitfinger today, and it’s pretty clear that he preferred to start in Minnesota on Sunday rather than go to Scranton on Monday. “We just thought it was the safer route,” Girardi said. “When you’re a starter, you’re used to working every fifth or sixth day, and he hasn’t pitched in two weeks. We just thought it would make sense to see how he comes out after today’s bullpen. Have him throw on Monday somewhere and test the finger to make sure it’s OK, and just to get sharp again.”

• The plan is for Garcia to start one of those doubleheader games next Saturday.

• Girardi didn’t have a pitch count for Garcia on Monday. “I’ll see how many pitches Larry wants him to make,” Girardi said. “It will be more than an inning.”

• A possible added bonus of Garcia’s situation: The cut has helped to limit his workload and give him a little rest. “It definitely could help him,” Girardi said. “He was throwing the ball well, and when a guy is throwing the ball well, you hate for him to have all this time. With the rehab start on Monday, that should help. In the long run, this could really help him.”

• Mustaches are 0-for-2 in the Yankees clubhouse. Following Russell Martin’s lead, Eric Chavez has shaved his.

TWINS
Ben Revere CF
Trevor Plouffe RF
Joe Mauer C
Justin Morneau 1B
Jason Kubel DH
Danny Valencia 3B
Rene Tosoni LF
Luke Hughes 2B
Tyuyoshi Nishioka SS

Associated Press photo

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40 Responses to “Pregame notes: The wait for A-Rod continues”

  1. Jerkface August 19th, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Dfa all moustaches :x

  2. Yankee Trader August 19th, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    I see where lefty Wandy Rodriguez was placed on waivers today. Will anyone dare claim him and risk the salary ramfications? Putting up similar stats as lefty Madison Bumgarner and is on the worst team in baseball.

    Aaron Laffey is not getting righties out, >.300 BAA. At least Logan is.
    Also Laffey’s current ERA is 4.01 and was never below 4.0 for any seasons in the majors prior to this. he’ll become this half’s Buddy Carlyle.

  3. Jerkface August 19th, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Why is the main websites blog articles linked left to right but the mobile site is linked right to left

  4. mick August 19th, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    other than the 3-5 hitters who are these guys?
    toscani,plouffe,nishioki,hughes???

  5. West Coast Yankee Fan August 19th, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Just to annoy you.

  6. mick August 19th, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    wcyf
    what is all the fuss about?

  7. West Coast Yankee Fan August 19th, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    mick August 19th, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    wcyf – what is all the fuss about?

    **************

    Hard to figure. I believe there is great consternation as to why the main websites blog articles linked left to right but the mobile site is linked right to left

  8. mick August 19th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    no between you and nick and vineyard and luis and sock puppet, did i forgwet anyone….oh of course besty.

  9. DadinIowa August 19th, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Hard to believe, but this blog is a bit more civil today. Wish Chad would police it more…or allow others to. But, still a ways to go to have it be as courteous and friendly as it was AFTER registration started and BEFORE idiots monopolized the conversation with accusations and name calling. Thank God we have the gossip breaks !!! :)

  10. West Coast Yankee Fan August 19th, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    I think sock puppet got put in the wrong drawer with the white socks; he’s pretty upset.

  11. mick August 19th, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Hard to believe, but this blog is a bit more civil today.
    ==================================
    This blog is organic, always changing, people come and go and come back.
    One thing that’s constant is the agita, it will always ebb and flow.

  12. mick August 19th, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    oh i see see are nine cannot go thru the filter

  13. DadinIowa August 19th, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Mick: Agreed. But never an excuse for childish behavior

  14. mick August 19th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    i happen to love children
    esp if they are well cooked

  15. mick August 19th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    WC Fields said that before you get any ideas.

  16. DadinIowa August 19th, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    I’m just hoping for a well pitched game!

  17. GreenBeret7 August 19th, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Should be a real test for Phil Hughes with 7 left handed batters in the Twins line-up.

  18. DadinIowa August 19th, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    but if he is on… he should be ok

  19. raymagnetic August 19th, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    A-Rod flashing that capped tooth smile.

  20. DadinIowa August 19th, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    but, can we at least wait until the 4th inning before calling it a loss?

  21. mick August 19th, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    7 left handed batters in the Twins line-up
    ===========================
    4 of them AAAA players?

  22. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Dad-

    I’m hoping for a start worthy of a # 2 Pitcher but a win will do.

    ;)

  23. mick August 19th, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    toscani,plouffe,nishioki,hughes???

    =====================
    revere,valencia….c’mon hughsie

  24. DadinIowa August 19th, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    MTU- okay, how about worthy of a number 1 pitcher? :)

  25. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    I wanna see “Big game” Phil Hughes on the mound tonight.

    Forget James Shields.

  26. GreenBeret7 August 19th, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    DadinIowa August 19th, 2011 at 7:40 pm
    but if he is on… he should be ok

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

    Yeah, one can hope. hey gave Sabathia all he could handle last night. Hurt, off season or not, that middle 4 had do a lot of damage (Mauer, Morneau, Thome, Kubel).

  27. DadinIowa August 19th, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    But I agree, a win will do… hopefully with a Sux loss

  28. mick August 19th, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    ideally…at the start of the season would CC, Hughes,AJ and Nova have been the imagined playoff rotation?

  29. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    GB-

    That ain’t chopped liver. That’s for sure.

  30. mick August 19th, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    kubel hurt bad? cant play of….no thome, good.

  31. GreenBeret7 August 19th, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    that middle 4 ***can*** do a lot of damage

  32. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    I’m hoping one of these starts Hughes will put it all together again.

    Heat on the corners, Sharp curve, CU and cutter.

    All with command.

    If he does it will bring a smile for sure and lead to a lot of Zeroes.

    ;)

  33. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Enjoy the game folks.

    Phil. You do your bit and I promise I’ll do mine.

    ;)

  34. luis August 19th, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    MTU,

    Sorry i didn’t answer before, i was installing the new router….well if you are looking for adventure this place is right for you….So you live i Utah i’ve been there once for skiing, i loved it!!, you very fortunate in deed!!

  35. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Enjoy the game Luis.

    Root Phil in so you get to go to the beach tomorrow.

    :)

  36. JobaTipsHisCap August 19th, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    nice to see old member….

  37. West Coast Yankee Fan August 19th, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Hey DadinIowa – how’s the corn looking?

  38. JobaTipsHisCap August 19th, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Hughes will get a win tonight

  39. DadinIowa August 19th, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Good, but need more rain

  40. luis August 19th, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    You too my friend

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