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Pregame notes: Robertson set to begin rehab assignment

Posted by: Josh Thomson - Posted in Misc on Jun 08, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

David Robertson (oblique) came through yesterday’s 25-pitch batting practice fine and will start a rehab assignment on Sunday. He will likely pitch AAA ball in Rochester against the Twins’ affiliate.

Robertson said he has not felt pain in his oblique in about a week. He threw full force on Thursday to test it and did not feel any discomfort.

“I’m throwing and I feel good,” Robertson said. “I felt like I tested it yesterday. I threw the ball hard. I threw the ball hard in all my bullpens. I really tried to make sure it’s ready. The last thing I want to do is say I’m fine and have something else happen. I’m trying to avoid that.”

He thinks he will pitch Sunday, take Monday off and pitch again on Tuesday. He hopes that would put him in line to return Friday night in Washington.

“I think that’s realistic,” said Girardi, who will not need Robertson to pitch consecutive days before activating him.

Joe Girardi:

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• Brett Gardner (elbow) will begin his rehab assignment tonight in Charleston. Girardi said it is conceivable Gardner could return before Robertson, which would mean while the Yankees are in Atlanta from Monday-Wednesday.

“Gardy could be quicker (than Robertson) if everything goes OK, but we have to see how he feels after each start,” Girardi said.

• If you missed it, fast-healing Joba Chamberlain (ankle) made 25 throws off a mound today in Tampa. It was Chamberlain’s first time pitching off a mound since he was injured in March.

The AP asked Chamberlain if he would pitch this season, which led to the following response: “Is that even a question?”

• In the same story there is news of David Aardsma, who threw 40 pitches and may be ready to pitch a simulated game next week.

• The Yankees face Johan Santana tonight for the first time since they beat him 4-0 at Yankee Stadium on June 20, 2010. Derek Jeter, who is 15 for 33 in his career against Santana, enters the game in his worst slump in a year. He’s hitless in his last 14 at-bats, which is his longest 0-fer since last May.

“It’s pretty much the same every year. You go through streaks where you’re feeling good and go through streaks where you feel bad,” Jeter said. “Hopefully, when you’re feeling bad you’re able to get hits here and there, which hasn’t been the case the last few days. You just try to get comfortable again. It’s not the first time I’ve gone through not feeling good. Sometimes all it takes is one at-bat.”

Jeter said the Yankees won’t alter their approach with Santana coming off a 134-pitch effort:

“It doesn’t make a difference how many pitches he throws,” Jeter said. “It doesn’t make a difference how many hits he gives up in the previous outing — no hits the last outing. He’s going to be ready for us. It’s going to be a challenge. He’s difficult. He’s not fun to face, but you have to enjoy those types of challenges.”

Derek Jeter:

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• As for the Mets, Terry Collins said Johan Santana will have “no restrictions” tonight. He would like to see the lefty throw around 115 pitches off his career-high 134-pitch effort during last Friday’s no-hitter.

And if he passes that number with another no-hitter intact?

“If he’s pitching a no-hitter tonight, I’ll probably give him a chance to run it out again,” Collins said. “If it’s a one-run game and he looks like he’s getting really fatigued, you might have to make a different decision. But if you have a six-run lead and you’re looking history in the face, you got to let him go.”

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• Jason Bay will play for the first time since fracturing a rib on April 23. He will bat eighth so that red-hot Scott Hairston, among others, can hit in the middle of the order. Collins said he discussed it with Bay to make sure the one-time feared slugger was comfortable.

• Chris Young came back from paternity leave and the Mets sent down Pedro Beato, opting to keep Jeremy Hefner in the bullpen instead. Hefner started on Wednesday, but is not expected to remain in the rotation going forward.

• Ruben Tejada (thigh) flew to Florida today and will take the next two days off. He’s expected to begin a running program Monday. Ronny Cedeno (calf), the team’s other shortstop, ran the bases today.

• Here’s Collins on the Mets and Yankees being able to help one another after this weekend: “We’ve got Tampa Bay, Baltimore,” he said. “I hope they reciprocate and we do the best we can to help them.”



14 Responses to “Pregame notes: Robertson set to begin rehab assignment”

  1. Villa Nova-Ya June 8th, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Well, Santana is really only coming off a one-hitter, so…

    (I kid, I kid)

  2. mick June 8th, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    meredith marokovits…yay or nay? (women invited)

  3. GreenBeret7 June 8th, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Warning Track Power June 8th, 2012 at 6:15 pm
    running sprints must mean his ankle is 100%. i wonder if Joba is wearing any sort of
    brace or not on the ankle.
    remarkable that Joba pitched off a mound.
    March 22 is only 10 weeks ago. INCREDIBLE!


    10 weeks? In the LoHuddian world, that’s a full year.

  4. austinmac June 8th, 2012 at 6:41 pm


    You could have what Joba has had you only written down his philosophies over these last months. Have an optimistic and special day.:)

  5. Yank 97 June 8th, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    “meredith marokovits…yay or nay? (women invited)”

    Very much like Jones… some days yay, some days nay. Not one of those who is a consistent yay, but overall, leans yay.

  6. Villa Nova-Ya June 8th, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    austinmac -

    There ya go! I shoulda copied and pasted somewhere!!! LOL

    mick -

    nay. But improving. My initial reaction to her was very negative. I seriously dislike her voice – nasally and monotone. But we have no choice, so I guess I’m getting used to her. Problem is, it’s the same questions Kim Jones used to ask. Which is not good. I want the guy the Mets have.

  7. 28 RINGS June 8th, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Mets broke away from the stereotype of hiring an attractive young women to do sideline reports. They hired a competent guy who knows his stuff, knows the game well, does good interviews, and asks the important questions. Nobody cares how much confidence Jeter has in Nova. As if he’s going to say “well, he has been up and down so I’m not very confident”. Ask questions that garner real responses, not fluff.

  8. mick June 8th, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    so consensus is she’s a younger version of kim jones?
    less fluff and cutesy schtick but that could come.
    easy on the eyes is the #1 prereq.

  9. Villa Nova-Ya June 8th, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    The Mets guy just asks good questions in a very professional way.

    I am so tired of the questions the Yankees get asked in post-game. In fact, I usually fall asleep watching the post-game stuff. Plus I don’t like the new format. they used to go right to the guy on the field – now, they go to the studio first. So you have to wait and wait for the on-the-field interview. Then they cut away and cut away and a cut away. And you only get snippets of the interviews.

    Maybe if they asked better questions, I wouldn’t also have the uncomfortable feeling I usually have watching guys trying to answer.

    It’s not like I’m looking for cutting edge stuff – I mean, seriously, it’s a baseball game. But just something more than “how did you feel when you gave up the home run.” Seriously?

    I swear I shoulda switched majors in college.

  10. Villa Nova-Ya June 8th, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Also, asking every guy you interview a version of the same question. So, really, a nasally, mentioned version of Kim Jones.

    But I did like Kim Jones’ “Innerviews.” She really did a good job with that.

  11. mick June 8th, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    seems like joba has cut back on his tweeting…
    now that says something.

  12. 28 RINGS June 8th, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    I don’t think they trust Meredith to do a live interview, that’s why they record it first, then edit it as necessary

  13. mick June 8th, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    nobody listens to the interviews, the audience is 99% men, they just want to look at the interviewer.

  14. Villa Nova-Ya June 8th, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Hmm. Wonder how Jason Bay is going to do.

    Would kind of be cool if the Yankees and Mets could help each other out. At least for now.


    28 rings – possible. Or they want to make sure there are no controversial answers.

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