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Postgame notes: “I’m capable of a lot more”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on May 15, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Joe Girardi’s postgame press conference was basically a medical report, so it seemed fitting that the hero of the night was a guy who could hardly speak without coughing. Mark Teixeira has suffered through bad numbers and bad health this season, and it’s hard to say how much of the first has to do with the second.

Tonight, though, it was Teixeira’s seventh-inning home run that broke a tie and propelled the Yankees to a win. His double two innings later led to an insurance run.

“I hope that helps put me on a roll,” he said. “I hope I start feeling a lot better and can put together a string of some good games, because I know I’m capable of a lot more.”

Teixeira has gotten off to a slow start every year he’s been with the Yankees. Even in 2009, when he finished the season as an MVP candidate, Teixeira was hitting .203 with seven home runs and 19 RBI through May 14. This year he’s hitting .231 with five homers and 19 RBI (with a much lower on-base percentage and slugging percentage than three years ago). Last night he was the goat with a bases-loaded strikeout. Tonight he was the hero with a two-run homer.

“I’ve just been trying to grind it out, trying to have good at-bats, trying to hit the ball hard and play good defense,” Teixeira said. “When you’re feeling good, this game is still hard. Still really hard. When things aren’t going your way, you have to just keep fighting. Hopefully things turn around, and tonight was a good night for me and for the team.”

Girardi’s made it clear that Teixeira’s spot in the middle of the order is secure. It’s up to Teixeira to become productive and consistent again. He’s clearly not healthy — you can hear it in his voice and see it when he has a coughing fit — but Teixeira insists he’s healthy enough to be productive.

“You’re always playing through something,” Teixeira said. “So if you took a day off every time you didn’t feel right, you’d be taking a lot of days off. I’m trying to grind through it, because I know I can always help the team defensively, I can always put together a good at-bat, draw a walk, get a big hit. The numbers are not very good right now, but I’m still trying to help the team win every night.”

• Being hit by the comebacker wasn’t a big deal for Ivan Nova. The real pain happened when he jumped a little bit to field that chopper in the sixth inning. He wound up twisting his ankle was diagnosed with a spring. X-rays came back negative, but Girardi acknowledged that it’s possible Nova will have to miss a start. “It feels really bad right now,” Nova said. “That’s really how I feel. I hope tomorrow it feels better.”

• Dave Robertson hasn’t been available since feeling some discomfort in his left side on Friday. The pain is around his ribcage. He’s been playing catch, but he’s stopped lifting in hopes that it will go away. When he still felt it playing catch today, the Yankees decided to make Rafael Soriano their closer for the night. Turns out, it was the third straight day Robertson wasn’t available. Robertson expects to go for tests on Tuesday. “I’m not really concerned,” he said. “I would like to get back out there as soon as I can, but I don’t want to go out there and take a risk, end up putting myself on the DL for a long period of time. There’s a little worry, but I honestly don’t think it’s too bad.”

• Here’s Robertson describing the injury: “It’s just in my left side. I finished the game the other day, came in and it was a little sore. I didn’t really notice it, but the next day I came in and it was sore again. I said something about it. I got some ice after the game for it the first time, then the next day just tried to keep an eye on it. I was hoping it was one of those things that would go away real quick, but it just keeps hanging around. They’re trying to give me a few days.”

• Raul Ibanez has a nasty mark on his right elbow — maybe the most clear seam imprint I’ve ever seen — but he shrugged off the injury saying he should be available tomorrow if necessary. “Yeah,” he said. “I think so. Sure.” He really seemed to think it was no big deal, despite the absurd mark left by the HBP.

• Clay Rapada is sick, and Girardi said it’s the same cold that hit a few players this season. “We’ll see if he’s physically available tomorrow,” Girardi said.

• David Phelps got his first career win. Soriano gave him the ball that was used for the final out and Girardi gave him the lineup card. Phelps also has the ball from his first career strikeout earlier this season.

• Girardi said he’s not thinking about saving Phelps for a possible spot-start in Nova’s place next time around. “I don’t think I can worry about that,” Giradi said. “I think I gotta worry about trying to win the games up until that point.”

• Curtis Granderson hit his 12th home run of the season and made a nice running catch in center field. Granderson’s home run landed on Eutaw Street beyond right field. It was the 61st home run to ever get there in Camden Yards history. Nick Swisher did it last year.

• Orioles starter Jason Hammel hadn’t allowed more than two runs in any of his previous six starts this season. The Yankees scored five off him, four earned.

• Alex Rodriguez had hit third three-hit game of the season. He tied Craig Biggio for 12th place on baseball’s all-time runs scored list.

• David Aardsma tweeted today that he threw a 35-pitch bullpen that included sliders for the first time since last year’s Tommy John surgery. Late last week, Brian Cashman said the Yankees are still focused on Aardsma as a potential impact player for next season, and getting him back this year would be a bonus.

• Finally, all of you Rangers fans out there — and Devils fans, for that matter — be sure to check out Rick Carpiniello blog here at LoHud. It’s very safe to say that Carp knows more about hockey than I do.

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33 Responses to “Postgame notes: “I’m capable of a lot more””

  1. PacoDooley May 15th, 2012 at 5:25 am

    Wonder how the season will play out for Nova. He’s look great at times, but he has also been hit hard. I guess a lot of people would say that his luck from last year is wearing off.

    Amazing that this team was so loaded with pitching in spring training and now I am wondering if they might look into a trade for a starter…

  2. blake May 15th, 2012 at 6:37 am

    I think Nova has had some bad luck this year but hes gotta pitch down in the zone more….when he gets the ball up its getting hammered and I thibk thats why hes been so inconsistent …..when hes down hes effective but hes leaving a lot more mistake pitches up in the zone that he did last year…..his breaking stuff actually looks better to me but his bread and butter is that 2 seamer down in the zone and hes got to get back to that

  3. ron May 15th, 2012 at 7:10 am

    It’s amazing how everybody had nova as the number 2,and hughes traded,in the pen,or released.

    Nova is getting crushed.Baa,whip,hits,etc…

    Hughes always had the better stuff,with higher upside,and if hughes can ever develop a nasty changeup,with his control,nova doesn’t have a prayer compared to hughes.

  4. raymagnetic May 15th, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Nova is getting hammered. Luck doesn’t have anything to do with it.

  5. blake May 15th, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Nova won 17 games in a row and was pretty darn good last year…..they need to get he and Hughes both pitching well at the same time for once.

  6. blake May 15th, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Just looking at the standing…..funny that the top 3 teams in the AL WC standing are all from thr AL east.

  7. Yankee Trader May 15th, 2012 at 7:47 am

    At the rate the Yankees are playing 4 wins, 3 losses per 7 games they’ll finish 92-70.

    If Teixeira is still struggling with, what sounds like bronchial asthma, why does Joe still feel the need to bat him high in the order? His batting average this month is .208. Swisher is at .258 this month and Ibanez at .294.

  8. PacoDooley May 15th, 2012 at 7:49 am

    blake May 15th, 2012 at 7:24 am
    Just looking at the standing…..funny that the top 3 teams in the AL WC standing are all from thr AL east.
    —————————-

    Funny that, when they announced the new playoff format, I was irritated – now I am starting to think that it could be a plus for a quality team like the Yankees that have a lot of injuries to manage (and so may not win enough to take the AL East).

  9. dan l May 15th, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Martin is way too predictable behind the plate with his game calling. I want to see Stewart catch Nova going forward.

  10. blake May 15th, 2012 at 7:51 am

    “Martin is way too predictable behind the plate with his game calling. I want to see Stewart catch Nova going forward.”

    Girardi would never play his offensive catcher that much.

  11. blake May 15th, 2012 at 7:55 am

    “Funny that, when they announced the new playoff format, I was irritated – now I am starting to think that it could be a plus for a quality team like the Yankees that have a lot of injuries to manage (and so may not win enough to take the AL East).”

    I like the new format because if the Yankees are ran well they should win their division more often than not and have an advantage in the playoffs…..and in years where they have injuries or arent as good they shoukd still make it and have a chance.

  12. Yankee Trader May 15th, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Martin is picking it up this month! His batting average in May is .194, raising his overall average to a sweet .178!

  13. PacoDooley May 15th, 2012 at 7:56 am

    dan l May 15th, 2012 at 7:49 am
    Martin is way too predictable behind the plate with his game calling. I want to see Stewart catch Nova going forward.

    ——————————–

    Martin’s shine is wearing off rapidly as he remains below .200 and hasn’t been calling a great game. It’s a shame that Romine has been injured since he would probably be getting a long look in the Majors. Ironically, Montero would probably be catching at least 2 games a week if he were on this team.

  14. CashmanLovesPsychoHookers May 15th, 2012 at 8:00 am

    BREAKING NEWS: Brian Cashman trades Farm for Injured Duffy!
    ***************************************************
    New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman has just traded Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances and Mason Williams to the Kansas City Royals for left-handed starting pitcher Danny Duffy. 
     
    Just hours before the trade, Duffy was diagnosed by the Royals’ team doctor as having a torn ulnar collateral ligament, the team announced. Cashman, however, apparently unaware of the Royals’ announcement, insisted Duffy is healthy. 
     
    “He passed our physical with no problems,” Cashman said. “We gave him an MRI and it came back clean as a whistle. Moreover, we gave him a resistance test and his results were the best we’ve seen since Michael Pineda.” 
     
    Cashman was then asked if he was aware that Duffy was a LEFT-hander. His response seemed to explain the difference of opinion between New York and KC’s doctors. 
     
    “Are you sure?” Cashman asked about the news that Duffy was a lefty. “Excuse me guys, I have to make a phone call!,” a nervous Cashman exclaimed. 
     
    Moments after making his phone call, Cashman announced that the Yankees’ newest acquisition was headed to the 60-day DL and reconstructive elbow surgery. 
     
    “We feel like he was healthy when we traded for him,” Cashman insisted. “It’s just bad luck, which happens when you trade for pitching.” 
     
    When asked when he felt like Duffy was injured, Cashman only whimpered. But he did offer a warning for those who might be critical of this deal. 
     
    “It’s too early to judge this trade,” Cashman said. “We won’t be able to judge this deal for 3 or 4 years, at least.” 
     
    Cashman was then asked if he had any concern over losing his job after dealing for yet another injured player. 
     
    “Are you serious?,” Cashman laughed. “No chance! I gave AJ, Igawa and Pavano nearly $200 million and didn’t lose my job. I traded for Javy Vazquez, not once but TWICE!, and didn’t lose my job. I just traded our most valuable prospect for a guy with no shoulder and didn’t lose my job. I even paid blackmail money to a prostitute with whom I was cheating on my wife, and I STILL didn’t lose my job.” 
     
    “Why would this be any different?,” Cashman asked the reporter. “Hell! I could have traded our best prospects for PATRICK Duffy, and I’d still have this gig.”

  15. sunny615 May 15th, 2012 at 8:02 am

    A lot of teams have a lot more film on Nova now and he’s getting hit hard. It’s now up to him to learn to adjust again. Part of the process. If he does, he’ll be ok. If not, … trade fodder. I know he’s way hurt in that picture above, but that has got to be the worst picture of Nova I’ve ever seen.

  16. sunny615 May 15th, 2012 at 8:02 am

    didn’t you post that joke last night?

  17. CashmanLovesPsychoHookers May 15th, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Yes, but I made a correction and added some additional quotes. Thanks for reading.

  18. Yankee Trader May 15th, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Blake-

    Anyone on this list of catchers with their current stats that might be available now to trade for?

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/b.....l/minpa/50

  19. Yankee Trader May 15th, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Here’s an expanded list of catchers, including Chris Stewart.

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/b.....l/minpa/25

  20. blake May 15th, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Trader,

    Fake Montero might be available later….and Cash and Towers obviously could work together…..we’ll see…..the Dbacks are 10 games bavk in the division and 7 back in the WC now…..if they dont gwt an extension worked out and dont improve as a team then maybe they trade Miguel.

  21. Yankee Trader May 15th, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Miguel Montero would be a fill in until he asks for a Molina contract of 3 years and 45-50M.

    Here’s the list to include all MLB catchers stats:

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/b.....c/minpa/25

    Maybe the Dodgers could be coerced into taking Martin back, for AJ Ellis? :)

  22. blake May 15th, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Id rather give Montero a 3 year deal than Martin.

  23. Niblick May 15th, 2012 at 8:37 am

    CLPH – that would be really funny, if it weren’t so close to the truth.

  24. blake May 15th, 2012 at 8:41 am

    http://www.baseballprospectus......leid=16914

    About Manny and Gumbs

  25. yanks61 May 15th, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Blake, YT (and others?) Understandably, everyone’s concerned about this year’s needs. But while it’s still early in the day, and before the blog chatter heats up, can we talk a bit about next year’s rotation?

    Looking at it as of today, the Yanks have CC and question marks, most especially, where does the Nbr 2 starter come from:

    Kuroda – Even if he does pretty well the rest of the year – may be gone in 2013.

    Hughes – may finally be rounding out into a dependable hurler. But, even in the best of circumstances, can the Yanks count on him for more than a Nbr 3 starter?

    Nova – He’s got to regain 2011 form – and get even better to be considered more than Nbr 3!

    Pettitte – counting on anything higher than a 3, and more likely a 4 – 5 starter, would seem to be a pipe dream.

    Phelps – A very long shot at anything more than a 4 -5.

    Banuelos – He might come up mid-season and pitch like Ford in 1950 or Stottlemyre in 64. But it’s probably more likely that he’s not going to be more than a September call up and, in any case, no more than a back of the rotation starter for the next year or two.

    That really leaves both the number 2 AND 3 roles on the staff in in a very uncertain state.

    So….. if that proves still be the case in October (say Huges and Nova continue to have an inconsistant season), do you guys/gals feel the Yanks will make a serious run at Hamels, or roll the dice with continued uncertainty in the rotation – especially regarding a number 2 starter?

    Blake, you said yesterday that you’d probably take Hamilton over Hamels given a choice. Would that still be your opinion should the hypothetical scenerio above still be the case in October?

  26. yanks61 May 15th, 2012 at 8:44 am

    P.S – Obviously, the uncertainty runs to Pineda as well.

  27. blake May 15th, 2012 at 8:48 am

    “Blake, you said yesterday that you’d probably take Hamilton over Hamels given a choice. Would that still be your opinion should the hypothetical scenerio above still be the case in October?”

    I would only prefer Hamilton if the rotation is looking better than it does now by the end of the year…say if Hughes continues to progress…..if Nova gets straightened out …..if Banuelos keep throwing strikes…..if Pineda’s rehab is going well etc……honestly I wish theyd sign both :)

    Even if everything does come up roses wirh the rotation this year…..Hamels would be such a great addition

  28. ron May 15th, 2012 at 8:52 am

    It’s not a problem carrying martin when the offense is explosive 1-6,or 1-7,8,but the more the offense ages,and or struggles,the martins,gardners stick out like a sore thumb.

    I sure wish girardi,and cashman wen’t in the opposite direction,and decided on a more offensive catcher,like the one we had,montero.

    Now pineda,and campos are hurt,and we have nothing to show for it.
    Hopefully we get something out of pineda,and or campos in the future,or it is a sunk cost.

    The weaker the offense,the better the pitching is needed.

  29. Yankee Trader May 15th, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Yanks61-

    Kuroda is gone after this year-likely to go back to Japan. Maybe a good season and a WS victory would bring him back one more year.

    Hamels, IMVHO, if he doesn’t resign with the Phillies will be wooed heavily by the Dodgers, and I think Hamilton will be resigned by the Rangers. I agree with Blake, if the Yankees have a chance at either and are willing to break the bank, sign Hamilton.

    Find 1 or 2 pitchers from this up to date FA list that you like that might fit under the 2014 LT, figuring Cano and quite possibly Granderson will be signed to extensions:

    Starting pitchers
    Scott Baker (31) – $9.25MM club option
    Erik Bedard (34)
    Joe Blanton (32)
    Fausto Carmona (29) – $9MM club option
    Bartolo Colon (40)
    Aaron Cook (34)
    Kevin Correia (32)
    Doug Davis (37)
    Jorge De La Rosa (32) – $11MM player option with a $1MM buyout
    Ryan Dempster (36)
    R.A. Dickey (38) – $5MM club option with a $300K buyout
    Zach Duke (30)
    Scott Feldman (29) – $9.25MM club option with a $600K buyout
    Jeff Francis (31)
    Gavin Floyd (30) – $9.5MM club option
    Freddy Garcia (37)
    Zack Greinke (28)
    Jeremy Guthrie (34)
    Cole Hamels (29)
    Rich Harden (31)
    Dan Haren (32) – $15.5MM club option with a $3.5MM buyout
    Livan Hernandez (38)
    Tim Hudson (37) – $9MM club option with a $1MM buyout
    Edwin Jackson (29)
    Hiroki Kuroda (38)
    Colby Lewis (33)
    Francisco Liriano (29)
    Kyle Lohse (34)
    Rodrigo Lopez (37)
    Derek Lowe (40)
    Paul Maholm (31) – $6.5MM club option with a $500K buyout
    Shaun Marcum (31)
    Jason Marquis (34)
    Daisuke Matsuzaka (32)
    Brandon McCarthy (29)
    Kevin Millwood (38)
    Brett Myers (32) – $10MM vesting option with a $3MM buyout
    Ramon Ortiz (40)
    Carl Pavano (37)
    Jake Peavy (31) – $22MM club option with a $4MM buyout
    Joel Pineiro (34)
    Anibal Sanchez (29)
    Jonathan Sanchez (30)
    Ervin Santana (30) – $13MM club option with a $1MM buyout
    Joe Saunders (32)
    James Shields (31) – $9MM club option with a $1.5MM buyout
    Chien-Ming Wang (33)
    Jake Westbrook (35) – $8.5MM mutual option with a $1MM buyout if club declines
    Randy Wolf (36) – $10MM club option with a $1.5MM buyout
    Chris Young (34)
    Carlos Zambrano (32)

  30. Yankee Trader May 15th, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Maybe James Shields or Dan Haren if their options aren’t picked up.

    Brandon McCarthy or Anibal Sanchez might be cheaper options

  31. Yankee Trader May 15th, 2012 at 9:00 am

    New Post—–>

    We can continue discussion on the next page. I’ll repost the available FA pitchers.

  32. blake May 15th, 2012 at 9:02 am

    The Yanks are probably going to have to make a hard decision on Hughes sometime in the next year……especially if he continues to pitch well and starts to look like hes finally coming around.

    They have evaluate how much they need him….how much itll cost to re-sign him….where that fits in the budget…..and what his trade value would be…..

    These are the decisions they havent had to make in the past…..but will have to make and be good at making if they want to run things differently.

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