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Pregame notes: “I just feel old”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on May 09, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

When Mariano Rivera visited the doctor on Monday, he complained about some soreness in his right calf. Just to be thorough, the doctors tested for a blood clot, and just as Rivera was about to leave, test results came back positive for a blood clot. That’s the complication that got some attention the past two days.

“You have to face it,” Rivera said. “I’m getting treatment already. I stayed over at the hospital (Monday night) and they did some tests, put me on some blood thinner medicine. I’m okay. I’m going to start running in five or 10 minutes.”

That’s when Rivera started smiling.

He won’t be running any time soon, and he said he hates his crutches — “I just feel old,” he said — but Rivera was clearly in good spirits today. He has to wait for full range of motion to return to his knee before he can have surgery, and he’s not sure how long that will take.

“I don’t want to put a limit or time frame on my mind saying, ‘Okay, I want to be ready for this time,’” Rivera said. “If it doesn’t happen, I might be disappointed. I just want to take it one day at a time and work hard. That I can guarantee you. I will work hard to come back as soon as I can.”

Rivera’s not sure how or when the blood clot happened, but it believes it will be taken care of along with the ACL. At the time of his injury, Rivera said, he was already leaning toward coming back next season.

“I don’t want to leave the way it happened,” Rivera said. “If I have to pitch another time that the Lord gives me, I would love to do that. But if I can’t, it will be the Lord. I will do whatever it takes, but if the leg doesn’t come back strong the way I want to, that’s the Lord saying he doesn’t want me to come back. If it’s my call, I don’t want to leave the game the way it happened.”

• Mark Teixeira spent roughly an hour with a chest specialist today. He picked up a cold during the welcome home dinner after spring training, and that cold led to a cough that hasn’t gone away. The doctor diagnosed him with a severely inflamed airway. “I had one of my episodes in her office and she goes, ‘Oh, I know what that is,’” Teixeira said. “It’s so inflamed, basically I have no air coming up and down, which is why I’m choking and not being able to talk and that kind of stuff.”

• Teixeira said the breathing problems have affected his ability to run and have limited his workouts a little bit, but he’s on medicine that’s supposed to clear up the problem. “It hasn’t helped, but you fight through things,” Teixeira said. “Everyone’s fighting through something in here they just don’t tell you. That’s the way baseball is.”

• Eric Chavez went through full baseball drills today and said he feels 100 percent. He took a concussion test, and those results were sent to Major League Baseball, which has to accept the results and clear Chavez to play. “There was a part of the concussion test that I didn’t do too well on,” Chavez said. “I’m not sure which part that was. Most of it looked good, really good, and with the concussions that are going on, they’re really taking a lot of precautions. If he says I have to retake the test, I’ll probably do it tomorrow. I’ll just keep taking it until I pass.”

• Most of the concussion test, Chavez said, is about memorization, and he’s not good at that even on his best days. Chavez believes he’s perfectly fine and is hoping to be cleared to come off the disabled list tomorrow.

• Speaking of coming off the disabled list, Brett Gardner is playing one more Triple-A rehab game tonight and it sounds like he might come off the disabled list tomorrow. “He’s playing tonight and we’ll make a decision after that,” Girardi said. “But it shouldn’t be too long. We just want to see how he comes through today.”

• Dave Robertson is available to pitch tonight, even after throwing well over 20 pitches yesterday.

• Girardi on David Phelps, who makes his second start tonight: “I thought he did a pretty good job of limiting damage (last time). He was in some innings where the innings could have gotten away from him, and I thought he did a pretty good job. He threw a lot of pitches those four innings, and that’s something that we’ll have to shorten up a little bit, but I thought he did a pretty good job.”

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61 Responses to “Pregame notes: “I just feel old””

  1. Count of Montefusco May 9th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    “It’s so inflamed, basically I have no air coming up and down, which is why I’m choking and not being able to talk and that kind of stuff, LIKE HITTING THE BASEBALL.”

  2. Rich in NJ May 9th, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    So did the blood clot pre-date the knee injury?

  3. blake May 9th, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Luis,

    Thanks for the article on Banuelos…..I disagree with the author though…..I think he’d right where he needs to be and he nerds to get his innings up to where the innings gs limit stuff will be less of an issue……mainly because I dont trust the Yanks to handle that well at the big league level.

  4. blake May 9th, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Get well soon Mo!

  5. luis May 9th, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Rich in NJ May 9th, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    So did the blood clot pre-date the knee injury?

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

    I am no doctor, but it must have predated the knee injury.

  6. Warning Track Power May 9th, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    blake May 9th, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Luis,

    Thanks for the article on Banuelos…..I disagree with the author though…..I think he’d right where he needs to be and he nerds to get his innings up to where the innings gs limit stuff will be less of an issue……mainly because I dont trust the Yanks to handle that well at the big league level.
    ****************************************************************
    Perhaps someone here can back me up wit this, but I think I recall reading that
    Phelps pitched about 400 innings in the minors before making his MLB debut.
    If that number is accurate, what does that tell you about how many innings Manny B will need to pitch before he gets called up?
    I think this young man is right where he needs to be as well.

  7. Chad Jennings May 9th, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    I don’t think Rivera knows whether the clot came before or after the injury. Sounds like no one is exactly sure.

  8. luis May 9th, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    blake May 9th, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Luis,

    Thanks for the article on Banuelos…..I disagree with the author though…..I think he’d right where he needs to be and he nerds to get his innings up to where the innings gs limit stuff will be less of an issue……mainly because I dont trust the Yanks to handle that well at the big league level.

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

    I understand, what i liked from the article is the basic premise that if he gets his command back, he should be ready for the show in no time. I do agree with you that he should get his innings down in the minors. I don’t want him to be rushed in to service before he is ready.

  9. Warning Track Power May 9th, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    I stand corrected. Phelps threw almost 500 innings in the minors before being called up.
    Manny B has thrown approximately 340 innings.
    Those 160 innings are a big difference.

  10. luis May 9th, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    luis May 9th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Rich in NJ May 9th, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    “But i think Mattingly would be more flexible and open to think outside the box. ”

    I think so too, but obviously, I don’t know that it’s true.

    For example, Girardi’s lineup construction is so inflexible and it may well have cost the team in the ALDS.

    Would it have really been so horrible to let a hot Posada bat higher in the lineup?

    And now that Tex is slumping/declining mightily v. RHP, would it be so bad to let Swisher bat 5th?

    He was recently asked about changing the lineup in the postgame, and basically said, what good would it do? Well, duh, that’s why you try it: to find out.

    Again, I don’t know what Mattingly would do/would have done, but I do know what Girardi does.

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

    Me neither, but i am willing to bet that he would be more flexible than Girardi. My top candidate was Pena, because he would play what we call down here Caribbean Baseball, which in general implies thinking constantly outside the box.

    Another move i never understood in the ALDS is if Martin was struggling mightily, why not pinch hit for him with Montero with the bases loaded? That’s the move that is still burning in my memory.

  11. mick May 9th, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    I think he’d right where he needs to be and he nerds to get his innings up
    =========================
    Mo is not a nerd.

  12. blake May 9th, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Phelps had almost 500 minor league innings…..Nova had almost 600

  13. luis May 9th, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    WTP,

    The more innings he has in the minors the better for him. Look at Nova. Let him get his innings down in triple A, and get him ready for next season with no innings limitations.

  14. blake May 9th, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    I understand, what i liked from the article is the basic premise that if he gets his command back, he should be ready for the show in no time”

    Yea I mean that’s all he really lacks….and IMO it was approach related more than anything so if he starts attacking and throwing strikes he will be nearly ready…..but I would like to see hin get enough innings in where the Yanks wont do some crazy innings limit fiasco with him when he gets to the bigs……

  15. DaSaint007 May 9th, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Hey everyone, hope all are well here in LoHud Land.

    Glad Mo is in good spirits.
    Banuelos shouldn’t see Yankee pinstripes this season.

  16. Warning Track Power May 9th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    luis May 9th, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    WTP,

    The more innings he has in the minors the better for him. Look at Nova. Let him get his innings down in triple A, and get him ready for next season with no innings limitations.
    ——————————————————————————————————-
    Let’s say Manny B gets about 100 innings in the minors this year. That will give him around 450.
    Still short of 500 that Phelps received and the 600 Nova pitched.
    I would not count on Manny B to make the team out of ST in 2013.
    I think his destiny will be another 1/2 year(minimum) in AAA to work on his craft.

  17. DaSaint007 May 9th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Teixeira ‘choking’, now that’s funny.

  18. blake May 9th, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    I don’t think it was a coincidence that Nova has developed a good idea of hownto pitch around trouble etc….in the big leagues…..he’s had more experience in the minors…..Manny has a chance to be special…..they have to get it right with him…..

  19. Rich in NJ May 9th, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Thanks, Chad (and luis).

  20. Giuseppe Franco May 9th, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    I wonder if Girardi thinks Phelps did or pretty good job in his last start or not.

  21. luis May 9th, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    WTP,

    What i would like to see is like Blake said….No innings limit when he is called up. If what you say is accurate (100innings), he should stay another year in the minors. If i were the Yankees i would try to build Banuelos Innings to 160, so he could be ready for next season with no limits.

  22. TheStraw May 9th, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    From ESPN article-

    Sitting on his couch in his Westchester home, Rivera watched David Robertson load the bases before picking up the first post-injury Yankee save.

    “I sweat,” Rivera said. “I sweat. I was saying, ‘Throw the ball like this. Throw the ball like that.’ ”

    Mo—maybe when you’re finally finished you can join us here on LoHud.

  23. Warning Track Power May 9th, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    blake May 9th, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    I don’t think it was a coincidence that Nova has developed a good idea of hownto pitch around trouble etc….in the big leagues…..he’s had more experience in the minors…..Manny has a chance to be special…..they have to get it right with him…..
    —————————————————————————————-
    I agree. And if getting it right means another full year and a half in AAA, then that is what
    it will take.
    Isn’t he just 19 or 20 years of age???

  24. luis May 9th, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    DaSaint007 May 9th, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Hey everyone, hope all are well here in LoHud Land.

    Glad Mo is in good spirits.
    Banuelos shouldn’t see Yankee pinstripes this season.

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

    He should get called up once the season in triple A is over. By the way, is good to see you around.

  25. TheStraw May 9th, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Brett was 2-3 last night.

  26. luis May 9th, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    WTP,

    21 but still the youngest pitcher in triple A.

  27. RadioKev May 9th, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Man, Tex is always fighting through something.

  28. Cashmoney May 9th, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Mo looks pretty styling with that shirt…

  29. Niblick May 9th, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Maybe all you Tex haters should cut him a bit of slack, considering the fairly significant health issues he’s dealing with. At least he’s out there trying.

  30. Bronx Jeers May 9th, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    This is a link to the original 1977 Sport magazine article where Reggie said his infamous “straw that stirs the drink” line. Apparently this is the first time it’s been made available in it’s entirety online.

    It’s really, really messed up. I always heard about the Munson stuff but there’s a lot more. Reggie had some ego in 1977. He would have gotten fried if this article came out today.

    http://www.bronxbanterblog.com.....mans-land/

  31. luis May 9th, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    GF,

    I think he said that he has to be more economical, but he liked the way he pitched and limited the damage.

  32. DaSaint007 May 9th, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Thanks Luis, hope to be around more often. Was out of the country when I got word about Mo. Stopped me in my tracks, and went online immediately to find out what happened. Yanks will be ok long-term.

  33. blake May 9th, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    If they can get him to 140 or 150 this year then he could probably be the 5th starter next year…..they could skip him a start here or there to save innings etc…..but I don’t know JF he will get there or the not with the injury and with the pitch counts they employ…..hopefully he can start stringing together 6 and 7 innings starts here soon and learn to go deep in games…..after the walk issues are resolved that’s the final piece……it really just boils down to him trusting his stuff and attacking the hitters…..when he does that I think the walks will be solved and he will start being more efficient and going deeper.

  34. Giuseppe Franco May 9th, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    luis May 9th, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    GF,

    I think he said that he has to be more economical, but he liked the way he pitched and limited the damage.

    ——

    My comment was just sarcasm. Girardi said he thought Phelps “did a pretty good job” about three times in four sentences.

  35. luis May 9th, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    DaSaint007 May 9th, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Thanks Luis, hope to be around more often. Was out of the country when I got word about Mo. Stopped me in my tracks, and went online immediately to find out what happened. Yanks will be ok long-term.

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

    Me too ( i was either in Ireland or England )…I thought at the moment that when it rains it pours….I don’t know why, but the injuries come in bunches.

  36. Jerkface May 9th, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    With that post we can now confirm that I am part of Blake’s phone dictionary.

  37. luis May 9th, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Giuseppe Franco May 9th, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    luis May 9th, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    GF,

    I think he said that he has to be more economical, but he liked the way he pitched and limited the damage.

    ——

    My comment was just sarcasm. Girardi said he thought Phelps “did a pretty good job” about three times in four sentences.

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

    Oops!! dumb me!! ;)

  38. Rich in NJ May 9th, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    “With that post we can now confirm that I am part of Blake’s phone dictionary.”

    Heh. It did leave me wondering…

  39. blake May 9th, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    “With that post we can now confirm that I am part of Blake’s phone dictionary.’

    Yes…I think every word is ….even a lot of non words

  40. luis May 9th, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Blake and JF,

    Could he still get 120 or 130 in triple A and 20 more in September? I wouldn’t bring him up unless he has pitched that amount of innings

  41. comet May 9th, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Other Teams do it:

    http://thestar.blogs.com/baseball/

    Why not the Yankees, Joe?

  42. blake May 9th, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Luis,

    Id rather him not see the pen at all I don’t think…….but I know they might do it if he’s pitching well and they want another Lefty….heck if he strikes out Hamilton in a big playoff game I could probably live with it….

  43. luis May 9th, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    blake May 9th, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Luis,

    Id rather him not see the pen at all I don’t think…….but I know they might do it if he’s pitching well and they want another Lefty….heck if he strikes out Hamilton in a big playoff game I could probably live with it….

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

    I don’t want him to be another loogy, i thought more in the line of having a couple of starts.

  44. blake May 9th, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    “I don’t want him to be another loogy, i thought more in the line of having a couple of starts.”

    Yea….I wouldn’t mind seeing that…..I was thinking more for the playoffs though with the pen stuff.
    .

  45. luis May 9th, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    blake May 9th, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    “I don’t want him to be another loogy, i thought more in the line of having a couple of starts.”

    Yea….I wouldn’t mind seeing that…..I was thinking more for the playoffs though with the pen stuff.

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

    I don’t know….It wouldn’t be ideal, but for another WS title i would live with it. Hopefully he won’t be necessary.

  46. mick May 9th, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Say Phelps throws 7 inngs of 2 hit ball tonite.
    Is that his last start?

  47. luis May 9th, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    comet May 9th, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Other Teams do it:

    http://thestar.blogs.com/baseball/

    Why not the Yankees, Joe?

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

    Is it written in the play book binder?….Otherwise i wouldn’t count on him doing it.

  48. Ys Guy May 9th, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    “Reggie had some ego in 1977. He would have gotten fried if this article came out today.”

    yeah…you guys would have lit him up. but he still would have been right…

  49. luis May 9th, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    mick May 9th, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Say Phelps throws 7 inngs of 2 hit ball tonite.
    Is that his last start?

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

    Remember Nova…..Even if he pitches a no hitter he should be out of the rotation.

  50. Ys Guy May 9th, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    this place woulda flipped out if mattingly pulled that double visit to the mount thing he did in LA. the fact that nobody here ever watches nl games was donnie’s saving grace…

  51. Cashmoney May 9th, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    thanks for the link, Jeer, terrific read. I wish i grew up in the 70s …must be a hoot in the bronx and elsewhere.

  52. luis May 9th, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Mick,

    Unless Hughes bombs in his next couple of starts.

  53. blake May 9th, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    “Remember Nova…..Even if he pitches a no hitter he should be out of the rotation.”
    Yea if Nova was any indication then Phelps will have to make them keep him in the rotation to stay…..the thing is that I don’t think you can take Hughes out now either though…..so Phelps may have to bide his time…..history says that he will have his chance again though for one reason or another……I do think he’s a big league pitcher….

  54. luis May 9th, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    I do think he’s a big league pitcher….

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

    QFT

  55. Bronx Jeers May 9th, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    yeah…you guys would have lit him up. but he still would have been right…

    ———–

    Don’t make me go to the barricades!

  56. DaSaint007 May 9th, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    blake,

    Phelps kinda reminds me of Kennedy. Not the same attitude or stuff, but similar presence.

  57. Bronx Jeers May 9th, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Based on Phil’s last start I think you can pencil him in the rotation for a few more seasons.

  58. luis May 9th, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    DaSaint007 May 9th, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    blake,

    Phelps kinda reminds me of Kennedy. Not the same attitude or stuff, but similar presence.

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

    Sorry to cut in….But yeah, with a slight difference….Kennedy was rushed, Phelps has 500 innings in the minors under his belt.

  59. RMS May 9th, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Rain, rain, stay away.

    Go Yankees, Go Phelps!

  60. luis May 9th, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Bronx Jeers May 9th, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Based on Phil’s last start I think you can pencil him in the rotation for a few more seasons.

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

    I would wait until he shows some consistency first before i made that kind of statement, but i do think that he has been improving on a consistent basis. Therefore you might be right after all.

  61. DaSaint007 May 9th, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Luis, agree on the Kennedy-Phelps difference. Liked Kennedy’s swing-and-miss ability though.
    Just thinking for a second, I just realized that the Yankees are going to have a couple swing-and-miss types coming off injuries later this season: Chamberlain and Aardsma.


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