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Pregame notes: “You got to to keep going”

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

Dave Robertson isn’t expected to pick up a baseball for seven to 10 days, meaning a strained left oblique has robbed the Yankees of yet another closer. Of course, their third-stringer just so happened to lead the American League in saves two years ago.

“You know, to me, I don’t think nothing changed,” Rafael Soriano said. “Sometimes, something happens like that and you got to keep going, because we lost Mariano first and the bullpen tried to do whatever it had to do. Now, with two guys down, it’s not going to be easy for us. We’re trying to be together, the bullpen and the team, and win.”

The ninth inning belongs to Soriano now, and Joe Girardi said he’ll likely mix-and-match the other innings. Boone Logan and Cory Wade seem to be at the top of the depth chart for the seventh inning, but Girardi said situations might push Clay Rapada or even David Phelps into a setup role at some point.

“We are testing our depth, and time’s going to tell if we can sustain what we’re doing,” Girardi said. “They’ve done a good job so far. You look at the job those guys have done there, they’ve been really, really good. I think the distance from your starters becomes maybe a little more important now.”

Before the end of spring training, Soriano specifically asked Girardi which inning would be his. He wanted a defined role, wanted know what exactly he would be asked to do. He’s gone from the seventh to the eighth and now he’s back in the ninth, a role he cherishes, and a role in which he thrived with the Rays in 2010.

“When it’s close,” Soriano said. “No matter if it’s the sixth, seventh, ninth — I feel better when the game is tied, or close, losing by one run, winning by one run. … That’s what I like. That makes me feel more better, when I face the 3, 4, 5 hitters. Whatever happens, come back next day, try to do it again.”

• Ivan Nova’s ankle was wrapped today, but he said it feels significantly better than last night. Girardi said he expects Nova to make his next start, but that decision might not be made until Saturday. “It hurts a little bit,” Nova said. “But not like last night. Last night was really bad. They take care of it and it’s much better right now.”

• Nova had a similar injury last year. He said this one is much less severe. “Today I’m better,” he said. “Last year, the next day I can’t even walk.”

• The preference is for Soriano to be limited to one inning, but Girardi said he wouldn’t be shocked to occasionally use him for four outs. He had Soriano getting loose in the eighth inning last night just in case he needed him to finish off that inning.

• Girardi on whether Phelps could be a one-inning reliever at some point: “I think I’m going to have to use him somewhat like that, and use him sometimes (like) that and sometimes multiple innings. It’s a guy that has done a pretty good job against left-handers and right-handers, and I think you can do that along with Cory.”

• Just to get this out of the way, Girardi said he doesn’t plan to move Phil Hughes into a setup role just to fill the late-inning gap. “Not right now,” Girardi said. “We’ve talked about that he’s starting to turn it around as a starter and he’s given us some distance and that becomes very important.”

• Cody Eppley was supposed to land at 5:15. The Yankees expect him to be at the part in time for the game.

• Rapada said it was a combination of medication that made him so light-headed last night, but he feels well enough to pitch tonight. Girardi said he thinks Rapada will be available. “Just dealing with the bullpen flu,” Rapada said. Turns out just about every reliever has had this cold at one point or another.

• Raul Ibanez said he can swing and should be available to pinch hit tonight. “He said he felt OK,” Girardi said “But it’s one thing when you’re not moving it.”

• Claimed off waivers this weekend, reliever Justin Thomas has reported to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to replace Eppley.

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28 Responses to “Pregame notes: “You got to to keep going””

  1. Against All Odds May 15th, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    are we really that bored and ocd to fixate on 2014 at this point


    Nothing to go with being bored it’s realizing that the team was run a certain way for many yrs and now they are changing the way the operate. Which means they have to be more creative with the moves they make. You have ppl honestly debating if they will let Cano walk. If he does that adversely affects the team. Contrary to popular belief they can’t just plug someone in and keep marching along.

  2. Yankee Trader May 15th, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Last season, pitchers who injured their obliques and went on the disabled list typically took about 43 days before returning to play compared with 31 days for position players.

    Above From an April 11, 2011 NY Times article:

  3. Against All Odds May 15th, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Stoneburner May 15th, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    You are either with the team or not – and if the first game you showed up at the new Stadium for this year was the Mariners just to see Montero come to town – you are not a real fan – – – -you are – a fake Yankees fan boy – – – – an elitist who tells other people how to view the team, the prospects – which prospects to look at – and if one of their treasures gets traded (Montero) or does not pan out the way they want him to (Joba) – they look to blame everyone else except for themselves in possibly – just possibly – making the wrong assessment. No – the fake Yankees fan boys cheer for another Yankees team in some other dimension where Montero is catching/DH and Joba is in the rotation – in the mean time – I will watch the real Yankees team and pay attention to all prospects – including Matt Tracy – – – – -


    Do you even believe most of the stuff you type

  4. Melk Man May 15th, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Matt Tracey for CY Young! Matt Tracey is the next Kershaw!

  5. theREALkevin May 15th, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    “an elitist who tells other people how to view the team, the prospects”

    Stoneburner not only are you a raving lunatic you are a HYPROCITE. YOU are telling other people how THEY should view the team and prospects. Get a grip bro. You care way too much about this stuff. And you’re a hypocrite.

  6. Yankee Trader May 15th, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    David Aardsma throws 35 pitches including sliders
    Posted on May 15, 2012 by Rob Abruzzese

    The Yankees made a move during the offseason to sign former Mariners closer David Aardsma to a two-year deal with the catch that he’s recovering from Tommy John Surgery. It seemed like a minor move at the time, but with injuries to Mariano Rivera and Joba Chamberlain this signing seems bigger than ever.

    On Monday, Aardsma took a big step forward in his recovery on Monday as he Tweeted that he threw a 35-pitch bullpen session that included sliders.

    Just getting back on a mound is good for a pitcher recovering from TJS, but to be throwing sliders at this point means that he’s getting close. All along the expectation is that he comes back around the All-Star break and this seems to be in line with that thinking. He’ll probably throw for four to six more weeks before he starts getting into some rehab games. From that point it shouldn’t take too long since as a reliever he won’t need to get stretched out too far.

    The Yankees will take it slow with him because the last thing they need at this point is for him to have a setback and lose yet another reliever.

  7. RMike May 15th, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Stoneburner is trying to rile you guys up – simply ignore the troll

  8. Against All Odds May 15th, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Stoneburner not only are you a raving lunatic

    Does anyone remember how Burner was before the trade?

  9. Yankee Trader May 15th, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    If it typically takes 43 days before pitchers can return to the mound after a strained oblique, Aardsma could be ready before Robertson, especially if he’s testing/throwing the slider after TJ surgery.

  10. theREALkevin May 15th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Funny that Soriano was viewed as a horrible & unnecessary signing, Aardsma was an afterthought until maybe 2013, and they both might end up being very valuable this season.

  11. Yankee Trader May 15th, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Off to dinner. Have a good night and go CC for a complete game tonight.

  12. Nick in SF May 15th, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Round Three went to *** on points when he drew a walk, but Beckett got out of the inning with no damage.

  13. Giuseppe Franco May 15th, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Soriano WAS a very unnecessary signing at the beginning of 2011.

  14. Betsy May 15th, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Not right now? What a dumb way to put it since it leaves the possibility open. I suppose Joe means that if Phil starts to struggle, he’ll be sent to the pen, but it could mean he’d be sent there anyway if the pen struggles

  15. GreenBeret7 May 15th, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Charleston River Dogs

    Lots of Yankees minor league coordinators and instructors are in town this week. Could that also mean a Yankees legendary player might be here this homestand to check out the RiverDogs? We shall see…

  16. Against All Odds May 15th, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Betsy May 15th, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Not right now? What a dumb way to put it since it leaves the possibility open. I suppose Joe means that if Phil starts to struggle, he’ll be sent to the pen, but it could mean he’d be sent there anyway if the pen struggles


    Sometimes Joe trips over himself with his comments lol.

  17. Betsy May 15th, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Trips and falls on his face…….

  18. RMike May 15th, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Why should Joe rule out the possibility?

  19. theREALkevin May 15th, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Sabathia 16-2 career against the O’s. Hope he continues his dominance over Baltimore and the Yanks can sweep this mini 2 game series to put Baltimore in their place a little bit.

  20. Against All Odds May 15th, 2012 at 6:28 pm


    I would be surprised if they sent Hughes to the pen even if it was struggling

  21. ET May 15th, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    If the pen blows a few games, where else are they going to turn? As it is, scrubs like Epply are the only ones we can seem to find to replace our good relievers. They simply may not have a choice.

  22. Against All Odds May 15th, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Smh tonight is a my9 game

  23. Chambliss May 15th, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    In other news, Seattle’s plane left Boston at about 3:00 p.m. today. A total cave in job by the M’s.

  24. Against All Odds May 15th, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    I think he would have to fail first before they make that move.

  25. tomingeorgia May 15th, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    What happened to Beckett?

  26. We Want Mo Mo May 15th, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    As usual, the Boston fans quit on their player, but their player, in this case Beckett, doesnt quit on them.

    Just like Manny Ramirez quit on them, batting .340 in his final month with the team. Because he didnt run to first base one time and he took 3 straight pitches from the best closer in baseball history.

  27. mick May 15th, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    you can never have enough g-dam pitching.

  28. Ys Guy May 15th, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    the M’s are the worst team in the AL. i’ll bet they’re happy the astros will give them a run for the money next year for the title. bad pitching, zero power, can’t hit for average, ichiro checked out years ago.

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