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Pregame notes: “He should be fresh”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Aug 21, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Things went a little later than usual pregame today, so I’ll try to make these notes quick.

As expected, Alex Rodriguez is back. Yesterday, both he and Joe Girardi hinted that he might play the field, and sure enough, he’s in there at third base, batting in his usual cleanup spot.

“He feels good, and with the day off tomorrow we thought it made sense to play him at third base today and see how he does in the nine innings,” Girardi said. “He should be fresh… I think you just kind of have to watch how long the games are, how he’s moving, how he’s recovering from day to day. I’ll talk to him tomorrow to see how he feels so you get kind of a temperature on how he’s recovering.”

The Yankees have been encouraged by Rodriguez’s work the past three days. They’re hopeful that they’re getting the guy who was driving the ball early in the season, not the hobbled singles hitter they had before he went on the disabled list.

“This is the middle-of-the-order hitter,” Girardi said. “This guy has been a run producer for years and years and years. Before he hurt his knee his home runs were good and his RBIs were good. Once he hurt his knee his power kind of went away a little bit, but he was productive.”

• Derek Jeter is hitting .342 since coming back from the disabled list. With those numbers, there was no chance of Girardi dropping him to the bottom of the order, which meant Brett Gardner dropped. “There’s nothing set in stone,” Girardi said. “We’ve played with things, and if I feel we have to play with it (I will). The way Jeet’s swinging the bat, maybe it costs Gardy four at-bats a week. Maybe. But they’re still together. Most of the game they’re going to be together, and we like that combination.”

• The only alternative would have been breaking up the Yankees two through five hitters — Granderson, Teixeira, Rodriguez and Cano — and Giradi wasn’t willing to do that. He prioritized getting those four at-bats. “You’re talking about two, three, four and five extremely productive guys that hit the ball out of the ball park,” Girardi said. “You don’t really want to move those guys down. You want to get those guys up as much as you can. That’s why we’re doing it.”

• To make room for Rodriguez, Aaron Laffey was optioned to Triple-A. “He’s a guy that we believe could help us against left-handers as we move forward here,” Girardi said. “He’s not going to be able to throw for a couple of days, anyway.”

• Russell Martin is catching a day game after a night game. “I was able to get him out from behind the plate after six innings (last night),” Girardi said. “He didn’t catch Thursday.”

• Girardi said he could easily have flipped Gardner and Eduardo Nunez in the order, but he thinks of both of them as basically the same guy on the bases. Either one puts speed on the bases ahead of Jeter and the Yankees power hitters.

• Girardi on Ivan Nova: “Big start. We expect him to pitch well. I thought in his last start he hung some breaking balls is what hurt him. You can say pitch selection. To me it was the execution of his pitches. He hung some pitches.”

Ben Revere CF
Trevor Plouffe 2B
Joe Mauer 1B
Jason Kubel RF
Jim Thome DH
Danny Valencia 3B
Rene Tosoni LF
Matt Tolbert SS
Drew Butera C

Associated Press photos





19 Responses to “Pregame notes: “He should be fresh””

  1. Crawdaddy August 21st, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Go get them Ivan!

  2. Crawdaddy August 21st, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Well, luckily for Girardi the big news of today is Arod not AJ. Now, come Friday that changes.

  3. LGY August 21st, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    pirates just extended Tabata. great trade that was since Nady did nothing here, pure panic move trade that was.


    Tabata has a 718 OPS. Who cares?

  4. Crawdaddy August 21st, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Furthermore, panic had nothing to do with it. Unfortunately, for the Yankees, Nady blew out his elbow for the second time which rarely happens to position players.

  5. BJK August 21st, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Not to mention Tabata wouldn’t even have a place on this team.

  6. Crawdaddy August 21st, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Right now, Gardner is a better player than Tabata.

  7. Crawdaddy August 21st, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    I see some writers are fighting with some bloggers today over what happened last night and some articles in today’s papers.

  8. Jacob Ruppert August 21st, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Stop the nonsense. WCYF is no different than a large percentage of other people on this blog. I seem to remember mick getting accused of bullying Betsy yesterday. It is time to look yourselves in the mirror, because you are doing the same thing to WCYF.

  9. GreenBeret7 August 21st, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Damned. I missed the take that Curry had on “The Morning After”.

  10. RS August 21st, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    How low can it get for Carl Crawford when Scutaro, McDonald, Lowrie, and Lavernway (!) are all batting ahead of him in the lineup? He’s actually in a worse position than when the Sox have all their regulars.

  11. Betsy August 21st, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Let me guess – the bloggers are defending Joe and stating that it was clear he was upset with AJ and the writers are insisting that Joe is a wuss?

  12. MTU August 21st, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Enjoy the game folks.

    Catch you all later.

  13. 108 stitches August 21st, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    It seems that Chad had an inner sense of what was about to happen last night when he posted :

    UPDATE, 7:37 p.m.: First-pitch homer by Valencia makes it 3-0 in the second. Here we go…

  14. BJK August 21st, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Crawford is batting .179 with a .525 OPS vs LHP this year.

  15. GreenBeret7 August 21st, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Sure wish the yanks had gotten Ubaldo Jiminez. A 7-0 shutout going. Unforunately, he’s trailing in the 2nd inning

  16. Dill Pickler August 21st, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Wow, Cy Swarzak mowing down the Yanks. This is beyond pathetic. One of those games where we had a ton of chances in the first two innings and failed miserably. Just have to hope Nova throws a gem, because it looks like the “hitters” are asleep.

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