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Pregame notes: There’s thumb-thing about Alex

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Aug 24, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Alex Rodriguez used two terms yesterday to describe the status of his sprained thumb. He said he thought it was a “one-day injury” and a “day-to-day” one.

At the time I considered them the same thing. How wrong I was. A-Rod is out of the lineup again today, making the thumb at least a two-day injury.

“Give him today and we’ll see how it is tomorrow,” Joe Girardi said.

He felt well enough to field ground balls and do team toss. That means he’ll at least have a glove on, which he said is the most painful part. Girardi said there was a chance, though it sounded slim, that if he feels so pain-free during those drills that he begs back into the lineup, he’d get the green light. But with the manager tending toward caution I think it’s unlikely.

Rodriguez was seen with a giant wrap on his left hand yesterday in the dugout, but Girardi said that looked scarier than it was.

“That’s Geno,” Girardi said of trainer Gene Monahan. “These are old-school medicines that Geno puts on people.”

Rodriguez suffered the injury backhanding a ball on Sunday.

• Brian Cashman said the current roster is likely going to be the one you see down the stretch and in the playoffs. He doesn’t see the club making any deals.

“I’m going to continue to scan everything, but no, I’m not optimistic that we’re going to do anything,” he said. “I think this is most likely what we’ve got.”

• Trevor Cahill, tonight’s Oakland starting pitcher, has not been bad this season. His 4.17 ERA is just a bit above average. But the Yankees have absolutely destroyed him. He’s 0-2 with a 14.54 ERA in two starts against them this year, and 0-4 with a 13.50 in four career starts.

“This is a young man that has good stuff but we seem to be able to make him work,” Girardi said. “We got some fortunate hits off him last time. We got some walks that hurt him.”

• Today is Brett Gardner’s 28th birthday. I asked him if he ever feels like he’s getting old or worries what age will eventually do to his legs, which are essentially his livelihood.

“Some days you feel young and some days you feel old,” he said. “Sometimes you get tired but for the most part, knock on wood, this season I’ve been healthy and I’ve felt really really good. Age is just a number.”

He leads the team with 36 stolen bases. He is the first Yankee since Alfonso Soriano in 2001-03 to steal 30 bags in consecutive seasons.

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38 Responses to “Pregame notes: There’s thumb-thing about Alex”

  1. Yankee Trader August 24th, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Cahill vs the Yankees- .333/ .426/ .619/ 1.045

    Full individual batters stats against Cahill:

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/.....vor-cahill

    Too bad A Rod who has 2 homers in 5 ab’s isn’t in the lineup tonight.

  2. MTU August 24th, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    I’m hoping CC has a big game.

    Enjoy the game folks.

  3. Don Vito A. Bellamo August 24th, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Carlo Pena to the Yankees???

  4. Bronx Jeers August 24th, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    There’s thumb-thing about Alex
    ——————————————————-

    I got that. I think…

    Franks and beans ??

  5. Mell August 24th, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Carlo Pena to the Yankees???

    ===================

    Doesn’t seem likely.

  6. blake August 24th, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    I wouldn’t mind havin Pena’s bat (Carlos….not Ramiero) on the bench…..not sure he’d be the every day DH vs RHP even if they did get him. He’s a homer threat and walks a good bit but he can’t make contact very well. Claim Montero off waivers from Scranton!

  7. MTU August 24th, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Blake-

    Is Scranton gonna be in the playoffs this year ?

  8. Yankee Trader August 24th, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    MTU-

    I’m hoping that the Yankees save some runs for Harden tomorrow. 14 runs in 8.2 innings for Cahill against the Yankees. A-Rod is probably frustrated that he played 3rd base his first time back instead of DH.

  9. GreenBeret7 August 24th, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Joe from Long Island August 24th, 2011 at 6:21 pm
    Ah, GB, another two feet and it’s a game winner.

    Hey, swish could have hit a worm-killer and won the game, also. Or, if he had pulled it another bit. Any number of things. As it was, he took a good swing, and just missed by about two feet.

    It’s why baseball, like Bart Giammati once said, breaks your heart.

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

    Yeah, joe…it certainly does break your heart, but, it can always be healed with the next game. The game was lost a lot earlier the the 9th inning. It was lost by not moving all of those leadoff batters that were getting on. Like Posada’s leadoff double.

  10. Mell August 24th, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Is Scranton gonna be in the playoffs this year ?

    ======================

    Nope.

  11. Yankee Trader August 24th, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    MTU-

    SWB is not yet eliminated.

    http://web.minorleaguebaseball.....8;sid=milb

  12. blake August 24th, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    MTU,

    Nah…..Kei Igawa underperformed ;)

  13. GreenBeret7 August 24th, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Scranton’s chances of making the post season is only slightly better than the mets chances.

  14. MTU August 24th, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    YT-

    I thought he would DH his 1st game.

    I want this game tonight, and I want it to be convincing on both sides of the ball.

    I’m hoping CC slices and dices these guys.

  15. Prete Funk Era August 24th, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Claim Montero off waivers from Scranton!
    =================================

    Sentence of the week!

  16. MTU August 24th, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Thanks Guys.

    I thought it might interfere with Montero’s trip to the Bronx.

    Glad it won’t.

    The sooner he gets here the better.

    :)

  17. J. Alfred Prufrock August 24th, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Posada can’t hit breaking pitches???

    This guy calling in on ESPN is complaining about Posada against breaking pitches, guess he’s never watched Pena bat.

    What a joke.

  18. blake August 24th, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Chances Danks makes it to the Yankees and if so do they claim him?

  19. hardwired7 August 24th, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    “Age is just a number.”

    Deep Thoughts by Brett Gardner.

  20. Joe from Long Island August 24th, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    GB – you’ve got that right.

  21. blake August 24th, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    AJs ERA is just a number

  22. MTU August 24th, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Blake-

    Zero he makes it.

    In a hearbeat on the claim.

    :(

  23. Gary August 24th, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Yeah, joe…it certainly does break your heart, but, it can always be healed with the next game. The game was lost a lot earlier the the 9th inning. It was lost by not moving all of those leadoff batters that were getting on. Like Posada’s leadoff double.

    __________________________________________________________________________

    Yep look at the A’s that one inning Crisp leads off with a double, moves up to third on a long fly to right, and then scores on the SF to left. At the time it didn’t look like a hugh run, but it did turn out to be.

  24. J. Alfred Prufrock August 24th, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Prete Funk Era August 24th, 2011 at 6:35 pm
    Claim Montero off waivers from Scranton!
    =================================

    Sentence of the week!
    ///

    It’s funny, but it’s not funny that he’s not here yet. It’s ridiculous, is what it is. He should have been up here about a month ago.

  25. MTU August 24th, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Blake-

    yeah. A big one.

    :(

  26. GreenBeret7 August 24th, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    I don’t think Danks would ever get past Cleveland, Detroit, Texas or the Angels, if for not this year, for next year.

  27. Yankee Trader August 24th, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Chances Danks makes it to the Yankees and if so do they claim him?
    ——————————–
    Danks, Floyd, Konerko will all be pulled back when claimed by a AL team with a lesser record than the Yankees. Matt Thornton might not get pulled back-lot of salary remaining for a reliever.

  28. blake August 24th, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    They probably will be pulled back….but its nice to think about.

  29. MTU August 24th, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    GGBG may think age is just a number right now but wait till he finds out that even HE can’t outrun Father Time.

    Catch U later.

    ;)

  30. Yankee Trader August 24th, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    GGBG may think age is just a number right now but wait till he finds out that even HE can’t outrun Father Time.
    ———————————-
    Terrible 28th birthday wish, but very clever!!! LOL

  31. GreenBeret7 August 24th, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    MTU August 24th, 2011 at 6:47 pm
    GGBG may think age is just a number right now but wait till he finds out that even HE can’t outrun Father Time.

    Catch U later.

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

    I’d settle for him outrunning Jeter a few this over the next couple of weeks, though, he’ll have to get on base more than twice a week to do it.

  32. BJK August 24th, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    I thought age was just a number when I was 28 too. Then I turned 29… I miss you, fast metabolism.

  33. DFox August 24th, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    The title of this post is amazing.

  34. Yankee Trader August 24th, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    With all the talk about the 9th inning, when the score was still 2-0 in the 5th, it sure would have helped if the Yankees would have scored Posada after his leadoff double, the bottom of the 5th.

    Blake- Any interest in Matt Thornton, 2nd lefty in the bullpen, or is the remaining salary too much?

  35. Trigeminal Neuralgia Yank August 24th, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    More AROD injuries, Yuchh . At least he’ll be well rested for a run.

  36. blake August 24th, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Trader,

    Sure…..Id love to add Thornton

  37. Yankee Trader August 24th, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Blake-
    Thornton was in the group of WS placed on waivers.

    Remaining contract:

    11:$3M 12:$5.5M, 13:$5.5M, 14:$6M club option ($1M buyout)

  38. Dill Pickler August 24th, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    What, Girardi? ARod’s thumb isn’t good enough for him to bunt???

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