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Pregame notes: Still waiting on two bullpen decisions

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Apr 02, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Joe Girardi made his rotation official today, but there was no news there. The biggest on-going storyline of the spring settled itself the moment Michael Pineda complained about a sore shoulder. A better announcement would have been the Opening Day bullpen, but Girardi wasn’t ready to announce that just yet.

“Those two spots are kind of what we need to make up,” Girardi said. “We’ll let that play out over the next couple of days.”

The two spots are a middle reliever and a long reliever. It seems that Clay Rapada is a heavy favorite for the first spot. He’s a left-on-left specialist who’s had significant success in that role, and he’s pitched well this spring. He might not have made the team if Cesar Cabral had been healthy, but as it is, it seems like he’s in. Joe Girardi said George Kontos could also factor into that decision if the Yankees choose not to carry a second lefty.

The second spot is 100 percent between Adam Warren, D.J. Mitchell and David Phelps. Girardi said Kontos isn’t stretched out enough to be a true long man, so the choice comes down to those three minor league starters.

“It’s not something that really any of them has every done,” Girardi said. “But one of the theories about breaking in young pitchers is starting them off in the bullpen, kind of like what we did with (Hector) Noesi last year. The same sort of thing. One of those guys is probably going to get an opportunity to do that. It helps that they’ve been starters in their career and they can give you distance.”

• For whatever reason, Girardi today said it is possible that Andy Pettitte could pitch in Wednesday’s spring finale. He seemed completely against that over the weekend, but now he says it’s a possibility. If Pettitte doesn’t pitch in Wednesday’s big league game, Girardi said, he’ll probably pitch in a minor league game on Thursday. Wherever it happens, Pettitte’s about to pitch in a game.

• With only the bullpen spots up for grabs, it’s hard to know what’s about to happen to Justin Maxwell. “Your guess is as good as mine,” he said. Maxwell has played very well this spring, but the Yankees don’t have a roster spot for him and he’s out of options. “He’s had a good spring, no doubt about it,” Girardi said. “I can’t tell you what’s going to happen over the next few days, but he’s had a very good spring. Andruw (Jones) has been the guy we kind of brought in for the left handers. Maxy, we’ll continue to evaluate and see if something happens.”

• Brett Gardner, Nick Swisher, Ivan Nova and Andruw Jones are the big leaguers making tomorrow’s trip to Port St. Lucie. The Yankees bus to Port St. Lucie doesn’t leave Miami until tomorrow morning, so the team will get up early and drive about two hours before playing the Mets.

• Girardi said he expects Hiroki Kuroda to pitch three innings tonight. Phil Hughes will pitch four. Dave Robertson is also scheduled, and the Yankees would like to have Boone Logan and Rafael Soriano each face a batter or two if they can.

• Today’s available pitchers: Hiroki Kuroda, Phil Hughes, Dave Robertson, Rafael Soriano, Boone Logan, George Kontos, Brandon Pinder, Mark Montgomery, Juan Cedeno and Pat Venditte. Those are the pitchers listed as available, but I can’t imagine they actually plan to put Kontos or Cedeno in the game after they pitched last night.

• Today’s second string: C Gustavo Molina, 1B Doug Bernier, 2B Bill Hall, SS Ramiro Pena, 3B Eduardo Nunez, LF Justin Maxwell, CF Abe Almonte, RF Chris Dickerson, DH Andruw Jones.

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75 Responses to “Pregame notes: Still waiting on two bullpen decisions”

  1. m April 2nd, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    If Rapada had three wishes, his first would probably to make the Opening Day roster. The second would probably be for Chad to stop using that particular AP photo!

  2. gardnerbrett11 April 2nd, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Read this. Check it out.

    http://voices.yahoo.com/how-do.....tml?cat=14

  3. BD (Boston Dave) April 2nd, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Bret,

    yeah, I would rather play Soriano than dump him on Sawx.

    Soriano won’t have any effect on 2014 payroll. I think Soriano will be better this season too.

    I’d much rather roll the dice with him, now that Joba is out, then “help out” the Sawx who may be desperate for a reliever.

  4. Nick in SF April 2nd, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    ” Maxy, we’ll continue to evaluate and see if something happens.”

    Didn’t Maxy pad his stats enough to make the team?

    (I am truly sorry :oops: )

  5. Bret The Hitman April 2nd, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    BD,

    Yeah I can see that…perhaps R. Soriano plays out his contract here and helps in the post season. Relievers have such a hard time staying healthy or consistent. If the market is thin, I suppose the yankees would want something in return for R. Soriano, especially with Joba’s recent injuries.

  6. GreenBeret7 April 2nd, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Chad, any hints or inquiries about giving Venditte or Montgomery an inning, since Pinder got an inning a couple of days ago?

  7. Bronx Jeers April 2nd, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Funny because wasn’t there a “Trojans slay Beavers” joke on that old thread I linked earlier?

  8. CompassRosy April 2nd, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    “Agreed. Get Choo.”

    :::::

    Gesundheit!

  9. Jerkface April 2nd, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Jesus Montero just got hit in the head by the rockies, what a bunch of dicks. Maybe this trade is cursed forever. Jesus looks like he wants to beat the crap out of that guy.

  10. GreenBeret7 April 2nd, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Escolona hits Montero in the head with a slider. Baseball is ok, though.

  11. Jerkface April 2nd, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    If Rapada had three wishes, his first would probably to make the Opening Day roster. The second would probably be for Chad to stop using that particular AP photo!

    The third? Eliminate all other Rapadas!

  12. Nick in SF April 2nd, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    I believe the Beavers repelled the Trojans in the end at the conclusion of that contest.

    The conclusion of this one could be messier. :(

  13. GreenBeret7 April 2nd, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Nobody was throwing at Montero. It was a slider and bases loaded.

  14. CompassRosy April 2nd, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    got out of my meeting early but, now both Jamie and Felix are out as well.

    ~~~

    “Felix might be broken. Hasn’t broken 90 all spring and in Japan as well.”

    ~

    Then again, he gave up two hits (a double and a single) and struck out 6 in 4 innings.
    But, yeah, there’s been some clambering about the velo deal..

    http://tinyurl.com/74lkh5x

  15. J. Alfred Prufrock April 2nd, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Jerkface April 2nd, 2012 at 6:15 pm
    Jesus Montero just got hit in the head by the rockies, what a bunch of dicks. Maybe this trade is cursed forever. Jesus looks like he wants to beat the crap out of that guy.
    ///

    Saw it. Hope he’s OK.

  16. Jerkface April 2nd, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Montero went right for his bat, but by the time he was up and ready to take on Escalona he had 3 people holding him back.

  17. AZ88 April 2nd, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    That’s what I love about Jesus – he is tough as nails. He would have beaten the crap out of the pitcher. We needed that fire on this team.

  18. blake April 2nd, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Guthrie will bring a new attitude to the Rockies staff…..soon they’ll all be hitting batters simply because they suck so bad and listening to Nsync on their ipods

  19. J. Alfred Prufrock April 2nd, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    That’s what I love about Jesus – he is tough as nails.
    ///

    Ouch.

  20. GreenBeret7 April 2nd, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Yeah, right. This team has no fire. after all, they couldn’t win more than 97 games last year.

  21. J. Alfred Prufrock April 2nd, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Five games for U-Jim

  22. BD (Boston Dave) April 2nd, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Bret,

    I don’t think Soriano will outpitch his contract. That’s borderline impossible!

    If they traded him, they’d have to eat some money in a straight salary dump. I just don’t think that’s necessary right now. Maybe it will be at the trade deadline or later on, but the Sox could get desperate and I’d rather not help out one of the Yanks primary competitors for the coveted division title.

    It’s much more fun to watch the Sawx stumble around :)

  23. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 2nd, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    patrick – you sound like you have PTSD. What gives? I don’t know if you’re serious or exaggerating or what. If you really believe that the Yankees aren’t going to make the postseason since they don’t have Montero, I would love to make a bet with you on that. I understand that you pay your bets!

    :)

    And if you think they’re going to be out of the running in July, I’ll take that bet also.

    About being unhappy that the Yankees will no longer be spending like dunken sailors, no it doesn’t bother me a whit. I always felt a little bit dirty as a Yankee fan that the Yankees could outspend everyone else and bury any of their mistakes. I was always confident enough as a Yankee fan that the Yankees could compete without an All Star at every position. I still am.

    If it evens the playing field just a little, good for baseball. I STILL believe the Yankees will be right on top of the heap. It’s who they are.

  24. J. Alfred Prufrock April 2nd, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    AZ88 April 2nd, 2012 at 6:22 pm
    That’s what I love about Jesus – he is tough as nails. He would have beaten the crap out of the pitcher. We needed that fire on this team.
    ///

    Visions of Po giving it to Pedro.

  25. GreenBeret7 April 2nd, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    jiminez gets 5 days in the cooler and has his Red Cross parcials (money) taken away.

  26. BD (Boston Dave) April 2nd, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Not sure how I feel about an MLB team (seattle/oakland) playing regular season games, then spring training, then regular season.

    not the end of the world, but something seems ‘off’ about it.

  27. GreenBeret7 April 2nd, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    It’ll be bargained down to 3 days

  28. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 2nd, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    randy, I think it was the quality of Montero’s catching that was in question, rather than whether he could crouch behind a plate and catch a ball.

    What kind of catcher he turns out to be remains to be seen. I think you would agree.

    Or maybe you wouldn’t, I don’t know.

  29. BD (Boston Dave) April 2nd, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    “That’s what I love about Jesus – he is tough as nails. He would have beaten the crap out of the pitcher. We needed that fire on this team.”

    ———

    not saying he’s not, but what’s the evidence that he’s “tough as nails” ?

    because he wanted to charge the mound?

    I’ll go back to see if David Eckstein ever wanted to charge the mound after getting beaned. Or Robin Ventura :)

  30. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 2nd, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    “That’s what I love about Jesus – he is tough as nails. He would have beaten the crap out of the pitcher. We needed that fire on this team.”

    I actually prefer the Jeter brand of player. He quietly takes his base and then lets his pitchers take care of the rest, the way most level-headed players do. No getting thrown out of games, no suspensions. Baseball the way it’s typically played.

  31. GreenBeret7 April 2nd, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    If baseball was serious about cracking down on pitchers throwing at hitters, it needs to be 8-10 days with now appeal to make sure they actually miss a turn and not just set back a day.

  32. J. Alfred Prufrock April 2nd, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue April 2nd, 2012 at 6:31 pm
    “That’s what I love about Jesus – he is tough as nails. He would have beaten the crap out of the pitcher. We needed that fire on this team.”

    I actually prefer the Jeter brand of player. He quietly takes his base and then lets his pitchers take care of the rest, the way most level-headed players do. No getting thrown out of games, no suspensions. Baseball the way it’s typically played.
    ///

    Then again, it wasn’t you who got hit in the head ;).

  33. J. Alfred Prufrock April 2nd, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    …and FTR, he couldn’t quietly take his base because his team took him out of the game.

    I also doubt very much that DJ would be so stoic after getting hit in the head. It’s definitely got to be a scary thing to endure.

  34. Nick in SF April 2nd, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    If Cervelli got hit be would just stare at them until they broke down and weeped.

  35. stuckey April 2nd, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    So it’s official.

    Jesus Montero is the new Chuck Norris?

  36. J. Alfred Prufrock April 2nd, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    LOL.

    He also has gotten hit in the head and he wasn’t pleased, either, as I recall.

  37. Mike_Boston April 2nd, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    That’s what I love about Jesus – he is tough as nails.
    ——————————————————————
    I think someone was having fun with this and only JAP caught it…

  38. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 2nd, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    “Then again, it wasn’t you who got hit in the head . ;)

    I would stand there and sob and point to the mound and complain to the umpire about how mean the pitcher is, pointing to the mound the whole time, and how I didn’t do anything to him and how it wasn’t right that he did that to me. But at NO point would I approach the mound!

    :)

  39. J. Alfred Prufrock April 2nd, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Mike_Boston April 2nd, 2012 at 6:40 pm
    That’s what I love about Jesus – he is tough as nails.
    ——————————————————————
    I think someone was having fun with this and only JAP caught it…
    ///

    And you, apparently ;)

  40. J. Alfred Prufrock April 2nd, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Mike,

    Recovering catholics never miss that sort of thing :D

  41. blake April 2nd, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    There are 6 billion people on this earth only because Jesus Montero allows them to live.

  42. Mike_Boston April 2nd, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    JAP,
    I would have missed it if not for your “ouch”, which gave me pause…but I’m not Catholic.

  43. GreenBeret7 April 2nd, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    River Dogs will out to sack Rome on Saturday night….Tim Hudson is pitching.

  44. J. Alfred Prufrock April 2nd, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    I would have missed it if not for your “ouch”, which gave me pause…but I’m not Catholic.
    ///

    You’ve probably never been been belted by a nun, either ;).

  45. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 2nd, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    “That’s what I love about Jesus – he is tough as nails. ”

    I don’t think that’s what he meant, at least I hope not. It’s particularly distasteful, especially during what is holy week for catholics.

    Anyway

  46. J. Alfred Prufrock April 2nd, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    I’m with Randy.

    It should have been Girardi that got sacked, not Montero :D.

    No brainer, that one.

  47. Mike_Boston April 2nd, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    That would be a no…If she belted me I would have belted her right back! Unless of course I really deserved it.

  48. J. Alfred Prufrock April 2nd, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    She’s never been belted by a nun, either.

    Seriously, I don’t think that was his intent, so relax. Innocent remark.

  49. J. Alfred Prufrock April 2nd, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Mike, if a nun belts you, you always deserve it ;).

  50. versonine April 2nd, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Every Yankees fan needs to cheer Kentucky tonight. Every time Kentucky has won a national title, the Yankees have followed with a World Series title.

  51. J. Alfred Prufrock April 2nd, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Kentucky and a Democrat, eh? OK, I’ll buy it: go Kentucky!!! Need Mo to go out with another ring.

  52. versonine April 2nd, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Kentucky and a Democrat!

  53. Mike_Boston April 2nd, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    versonine April 2nd, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Every Yankees fan needs to cheer Kentucky tonight. Every time Kentucky has won a national title, the Yankees have followed with a World Series title.
    ———————————————————–
    This has happened 6 times BTW.

  54. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 2nd, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    GO KENTUCKY!

  55. Giuseppe Franco April 2nd, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    I vote that the people who demanded [and subsequently rejoiced] when the Yanks signed Soriano a year ago (I wonder who that could be?) are now prohibited from jumping on the “dump Soriano” bandwagon.

    It was a plainly obvious bad move a season ago (spending the money and losing a draft pick on top of it) and it’s a bad move now.

  56. versonine April 2nd, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Im not a Kentucky fan fwiw

  57. luis April 2nd, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Hello again!,

    So my boy was catching tonight??!!…To no other than King Felix!…No balls in to the backstop?…Maybe he can catch after all?. :shock:

    He got hit in the head, i hope he is ok….He is a tough kid.

    Trish,

    Your post about crying and pointing out at the mound is hilarious! … :)

  58. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 2nd, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    What time is the Kentucky game on and what channel?

  59. Giuseppe Franco April 2nd, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    stuckey April 2nd, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    So it’s official.

    Jesus Montero is the new Chuck Norris?

    ——–

    No, Chuck Norris is the new Jesus Montero!

  60. Mike_Boston April 2nd, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    915 tip off on CBS.

  61. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 2nd, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    GF – I demanded and rejoiced at the Soriano signing.

    I still like it.

    Last time I checked it was my right as an American citizen.

    :)

  62. versonine April 2nd, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    My bad, 6 out of 7 times UK has won. Guess that’s what I guess for listening to ESPN Radio.

  63. luis April 2nd, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock April 2nd, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    I’m with Randy.

    It should have been Girardi that got sacked, not Montero :D .

    No brainer, that one.

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

    +2 :D

  64. RhapsodyInBlue April 2nd, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Haven’t rooted for Kentucky since Pat Riley and Louie Dampier.

    Tonight will be no different.

  65. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 2nd, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    mike – thanks! Gonna watch that one.

  66. MTU April 2nd, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Trisha-

    Did you see the photos I sent you ?

    If not check your inbox.

    :)

  67. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 2nd, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    luis – :lol:

    But that’s what I likely would have done though!

  68. luis April 2nd, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock April 2nd, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Mike, if a nun belts you, you always deserve it ;) .

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

    I don’t agree with that one….I spent most of my life in detention, and i never deserved it! ;)

  69. J. Alfred Prufrock April 2nd, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    luis April 2nd, 2012 at 6:57 pm
    Hello again!,

    So my boy was catching tonight??!!…To no other than King Felix!…No balls in to the backstop?…Maybe he can catch after all?.

    He got hit in the head, i hope he is ok….He is a tough kid.
    ///

    Luis!!!

    That’s um our boy, by the way ;).

    He looked fine. Yes, that was a little scary to see The Son get hit. He was pissed. I think if you have a pulse, you’re pissed, si? Too bad, because bases were juiced and it deprived him of an AB. They took him out, just to be safe.

  70. Mike_Boston April 2nd, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Enjoy Trisha, this is a classic college hoops match up, two of the top programs in the sport! UK has 2 lottery picks as freshman, they are brimming with talent and Kansas ain’t a bunch of slouches either.

  71. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 2nd, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    MTU – did not see them! Will check my inbox as soon as I get back home! Running out to get some spicy food for the NCAA finals :)

    I absolutely would be rooting for Kentucky, if only because they beat Louisville and made my weekend.

    BBLY’A

  72. Giuseppe Franco April 2nd, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue April 2nd, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    GF – I demanded and rejoiced at the Soriano signing.

    I still like it.

    Last time I checked it was my right as an American citizen.

    ——–

    Not referring to you. I was referring to the suckiest fantasy GM on Lohud.

  73. J. Alfred Prufrock April 2nd, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    I don’t agree with that one….I spent most of my life in detention, and i never deserved it!
    ////

    Just a little catechism irony, luis :D. What was your offense, man?

  74. MTU April 2nd, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Enjoy the game folks.

    Catch u for the post game analysis.

  75. luis April 2nd, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    JAP,

    He is tough, he won’t back down that’s a good trait for a catcher, that’s what earns you respect and eventually leadership.

    Just a little catechism irony, luis :D . What was your offense, man?

    About this one, just about everything…They used to call me the “Rooster Head” at school, either i was guilty as charged or i was the intellectual mastermind of the offense. But most of the nuns loved me, because of that. :)

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