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Pregame notes: “I like how we’ve responded to injuries”

Posted by: vmercogliano - Posted in Misc on Jun 28, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

With the loss of arguably their two best starting pitchers to injuries, the outlook for the Yankees is much different going into this four-game set with the Chicago White Sox than it was on Monday when they began their series with the Cleveland Indians. Despite sweeping the Tribe, the team will now have to find a way to continue its scorching play without lefties CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte.

“I like the way that we’re playing, and I like how we’ve responded to injuries this year so far,” Joe Girardi said. “I expect our guys to do the same thing.”

Rookie Adam Warren arrived today to fill a roster spot and fill one of the vacant rotation spots. The right-hander comes in with decent minor league numbers at Triple-A (5-5, 3.86 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, 59 K and 27 BB in 86.1 IP), but he’s been on a bit of a roll in his last five starts, not allowing a run in three of those outings.

The 24-year-old will make his major league debut tomorrow night, and Girardi talked about what he’s seen from him.

“I thought he had good command,” Girardi said. “I thought his fastball at times can be sneaky. I thought he pitched down in the zone well in spring training, and his breaking ball can be good. (The White Sox) feature a lot of right-handed hitters, and hopefully that bodes well for him.”

The other rotation spot will be temporarily filled by veteran Freddy Garcia. The right-hander pitched well enough last season to earn a playoff start, but looked as if he didn’t belonged to begin this year. Garcia gave up 19 earned runs through his first four outings this season (13.2 IP) before being removed from the rotation, but he’s been much better as the Yankees’ long man out of the bullpen. He’s only allowed three earned runs in 17.1 IP since the end of April, and seems to have regained Girardi’s trust.

“He did a good job, because there were times when he didn’t pitch a whole lot – I think like twice in a month,” Girardi said. “We saw him start to turn the corner and pitch better for us, and I think that was important. He’s not as stretched out as we would like, but that’s just something we’ll have to deal with. We had him throw some extra pitches yesterday after he came out in the bullpen, but I thought his fb was better, his slider was better and I thought his split got better. That’s a big part of his arsenal.”

• Russell Martin is out of the lineup again today because his back has stiffened back up. Chris Stewart will start in his place. “You can see that it’s tough for him to finish his swing,” Girardi said. “I think the rotation is what bothers him, so we’ll take it day by day.”

• Martin has dealt with back issues before, but it doesn’t sound like anyone is overly concerned at this point. For all of you Francisco Cervelli lovers, that likely means we won’t be seeing the energetic backup quite yet. “He’s been through it before,” Girardi said of Martin. “We’ve been through it before with him. Short term, we want it to get better. Long term, my feeling is that he’s going to be healthy and is going to be OK. In my mind, this is not a DL case. He’s available if I need him tonight.”

• Apparently, Brian Cashman said on Michael Kay’s radio show that David Phelps should be rejoining the team soon. Phelps pitched well out of the bullpen and as a spot starter earlier this season, and was recently sent down to the minors to be stretched back out. He’s said to be up to about 65-70 pitches, so you would think the Yankees would want to get him one more start before recalling him. Girardi wouldn’t confirm anything, but Warren will likely have to pitch well tomorrow night in order to hold down his spot in the rotation the next time through.

• Another name to keep an eye on is Ramon Ortiz. The veteran right-hander has been pitching well for Triple-A and has plenty of big league experience. He threw six scoreless innings last night (6 H, 2 BB, 2 K) and has now registered nine consecutive quality starts.

• To fill Pettitte’s roster spot, the Yankees have recalled RHP Ryota Igarashi. This will be his second stint with the team. In nine relief outings at Triple-A, Igarashi was 1-1 with two saves and a 2.61 ERA (10.1 IP, 3 ER, 15 K). He’ll be used out of the pen.

• Just as Cashman has, Girardi also seemed to dismiss the notion that the Yankees may need to look outside of the organization for help. CC is expected back shortly after the All-Star break, so the expectation is that they’ll only need to find one guy to step up between Garcia, Warren, Phelps and Co. Girardi talked about liking the fact that the Yankees have several options who they’re familiar with. Of course, a few dud outings may change all of that. “It does make you comfortable, because you have an idea of what they’re like and they’re personality,” he said. “It’s not someone who you’re seeing for the first time in your clubhouse.”

• Here is the today’s lineup for the White Sox: 1. De Aza (CF); 2. Youkilis (3B); 3. Dunn (DH); 4. Konerko (1B); 5. Rios (RF); 6. Pierzynski (C); 7. Viciedo (LF); 8. Ramirez (SS); 9. Beckham (2B); RHP Axelrod.

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77 Responses to “Pregame notes: “I like how we’ve responded to injuries””

  1. Nick in SF June 28th, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    It’s amazing that Cervelli was able to fit that Forza Italia banner inside his Fiat 500.

  2. Tyler June 28th, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    So one of the very first games of the group stage turns out to be the final… sports at its finest!

  3. blake June 28th, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    What are yall talkin about?

  4. Tyler June 28th, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Euro 2012!

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  6. tomingeorgia June 28th, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Isn’t there a cricket match somewhere tonight we can talk about?

  7. blake June 28th, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    “Euro 2012!”

    I know about as much about that as Roger Clemens knows about Vegans.

  8. Nick in SF June 28th, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Wait, so you’re saying that, in a similar vein, that quiet interleague matchup between the Padres and the Mariners may have actually been a World Series preview????

  9. bruceb June 28th, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    With all our injuries, I don’t want anyone going to the All-Sta Game or competing in the Home Run Derby. Everything was going just too damned well.

  10. Tyler June 28th, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    tomingeorgia June 28th, 2012 at 5:51 pm
    Isn’t there a cricket match somewhere tonight we can talk about?
    ———————————–

    Hey the Euro is somewhere around the 2nd most watched sporting tournament in all of the world… but back to the Yanks haha. Nice to have a 5 game lead to work with now that the rotation is in a bit of trouble.

  11. LGY June 28th, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    It’s amazing that Cervelli was able to fit that Forza Italia banner inside his Fiat 500

    ——

    How do you think he stays warm at night??

  12. bruceb June 28th, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    tomingeorgia June 28th, 2012 at 5:51 pm
    Isn’t there a cricket match somewhere tonight we can talk about?

    Sussex just beat Essex by four wickets with a ball to spare in the T20 competition!

  13. Tyler June 28th, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Nick-

    As much as a hypothetical Cal-Mizzou regular season football matchup this year would be a BCS playoff preview.

  14. Tyler June 28th, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    blake-

    I only got into soccer in college… never was too great of a player but when played right it really is great to watch. It just gets the label of being boring here in the States.

  15. Tyler June 28th, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Lots of pressure on Warren tomorrow with Phelps looking like he’s almost read to be called back up….

  16. yanks 27 June 28th, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    We have a double-header in Boston next Saturday – forgot about that.

  17. Nick in SF June 28th, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    “Isn’t there a cricket match somewhere tonight we can talk about?”

    Yes, they’ll probably be showing it at that pub down the street from the Publix in Athens if you want to watch.

  18. tomingeorgia June 28th, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    bruceb,
    Whew! I was worried about that one!

  19. bruceb June 28th, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    I’m an international sports fan…baseball and cricket are two of my favorites.

  20. RMS June 28th, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Hope Warren pitches a good game tomorrow.

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

    Tonight, go Yanks!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. tomingeorgia June 28th, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Seems to me the Europeans should be more worried about the euro, more than Euro 2012. I am.

  22. blake June 28th, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    “It just gets the label of being boring here in the States.”

    Americans are the best judges in entertainment.

  23. Tyler June 28th, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    tomingeorgia June 28th, 2012 at 5:58 pm
    Seems to me the Europeans should be more worried about the euro, more than Euro 2012. I am.
    ————————————-

    Haha, very true. It’s a mess over there.

  24. Yankee Trader June 28th, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    LGY-
    How does Cervelli stay warm at night?

    http://www.google.com/imgres?i.....=0CJcBENUX

  25. blake June 28th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Im going to move to Europe for Socccer and because America is getting to socialistic :)

  26. tomingeorgia June 28th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    bruceb,
    I like cricket, too, especially the lunch break. But both cricket and soccer are things to watch while the paint dries. Ivan rules tonight!

  27. Tyler June 28th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    blake June 28th, 2012 at 5:59 pm
    “It just gets the label of being boring here in the States.”

    Americans are the best judges in entertainment.
    ———————————————–

    Yeah clearly…. just turn on a radio in a car sometime. Fantastic stuff.

  28. bruceb June 28th, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    American sports are very insular…the “World Series” being the perfect example. I just happened to have been here a long time and embraced them. You should be worried about the Euro too!

  29. Bronx Jeers June 28th, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    That was a wicked googly !

  30. yanks 27 June 28th, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    International soccer is surprisingly very popular here though, much more so than MLS. Was walking in midtown a couple of days and bar after bar (in the daytime) were packed with people watching the matches.

  31. Nick in SF June 28th, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    It would have been metaphorical overkill for the Germans to have ousted the Greeks, the Italians, and the Spanish in succession.

    The Wall Street Journal already had enough fun with last week’s match:

    http://iaconoresearch.com/file.....rexit1.jpg

  32. Yank 97 June 28th, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Any sport is better than the NBA ;)

  33. Tyler June 28th, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    yanks 27 June 28th, 2012 at 6:03 pm
    International soccer is surprisingly very popular here though, much more so than MLS. Was walking in midtown a couple of days and bar after bar (in the daytime) were packed with people watching the matches.
    —————————————–

    That’s because the MLS, though the quality of play has improved recently and they try hard, is really not very good compared to other leagues. Even the Mexican league has better overall play.

  34. bruceb June 28th, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Bronx Jeers June 28th, 2012 at 6:02 pm
    That was a wicked googly !

    You see…Yankees fans do know all about cricket!

  35. Tyler June 28th, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    bruce-

    I’ve played cricket one time… it was pretty fun though I still don’t have a solid grasp on the rules haha.

  36. bruceb June 28th, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    The MLS is not soccer – or should I say football – as I know it. It’s boring, but then so have some of these matches at Euro 2012 too (England vs. Italy being a prime example).

  37. tomingeorgia June 28th, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    bruceb,
    Our European visitors are insular, too. One French couple asked how low it would take by car to see the Grand Canyon, Yosemite Park, and Chicago. Oh yes, they added, we have to catch a plane home from Atlanta in five days.

  38. Pat M. June 28th, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Looks like I’ll be listening to The Hawk and his ” He Gone ” rap tonight….Let’s smack this Axelrod guy around early, get into the PaleSox pen and set up the 4 game series tonight in the Yanks favor early……Tyler, I think USC will be the # 1 team in College and the early polls will bare this out……They were a top 4 team last year and they’ll be better when the season rolls around

  39. MTU June 28th, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Tom-

    Now that’s funny.

    ;)

  40. tomingeorgia June 28th, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    UGA, UGA, GO DAWGS!

  41. Tyler June 28th, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Pat M-

    You’re probably right about USC… Barkley coming back was huge. Lane is really recruiting well there (not really a surprise) and they are going to have a major chip on their shoulder finally being bowl eligible again. Plus, they will get through the Pac 12 relatively easily with Stanford likely being down from last year.

    I could see the Final 4 being USC, LSU, Bama, and maybe Michigan sneaking in with 1 loss.

  42. blake June 28th, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    “Looks like I’ll be listening to The Hawk and his ” He Gone ” rap tonight…”

    Me too…..worst…

  43. tomingeorgia June 28th, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    MTU,
    You can’t see Utah in 5 days.

    In Europe, you can cross 15 countries, with some time in each.

  44. luis June 28th, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Good evening everyone!

    Euro is second most watch sport event in the world…The number one is the World Cup…Soccer is a great and demanding sport.

    The longest flight within Europe is 2 hours and going real slow, otherwise most of them would be 1 and half hour tops.

    Looking forward for tonight’s game…I haven’t been able to watch a complete game of baseball in quite a while…Looking forward on Warren’s debut as well, hopefully a good one.

  45. Nick in SF June 28th, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    “I could see the Final 4 being USC, LSU, Bama, and maybe Michigan sneaking in with 1 loss.”

    You’re jumping the gun a bit on this Final 4 business… January 2015 is the ETA, I think.

    It’s very depressing that USC will likely be so good again, but that’s the world we live in.

  46. tomingeorgia June 28th, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Hey, luis! Hope the family doesn’t barge in tonight. I wish you a little rest and recreation, and a Nova win, tonight.

  47. Tyler June 28th, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Nick in SF June 28th, 2012 at 6:21 pm
    “I could see the Final 4 being USC, LSU, Bama, and maybe Michigan sneaking in with 1 loss.”

    You’re jumping the gun a bit on this Final 4 business… January 2015 is the ETA, I think.

    It’s very depressing that USC will likely be so good again, but that’s the world we live in.
    ———————————

    You’re right. I could see those being the top 4 teams anyway.

  48. luis June 28th, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    tomingeorgia June 28th, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Hey, luis! Hope the family doesn’t barge in tonight. I wish you a little rest and recreation, and a Nova win, tonight.

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

    LOL! Nope…The wife stayed in Miami and my daughters are out for the weekend to the beach…So I am all alone and in full control of the TV control! ;)

  49. tomingeorgia June 28th, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Harper just tied the game at 10-10 in Colorado, after the Nats were down 7-0 in the 2nd. The Nats are (and will be) bery good.

  50. tomingeorgia June 28th, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    luis,
    Nirvana!

  51. rm June 28th, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Tyler June 28th, 2012 at 5:55 pm
    Lots of pressure on Warren tomorrow with Phelps looking like he’s almost read to be called back up….

    ————-
    I think he gets sent down after the game to open up a spot for Cervelli unless he pitches a shut out or Martin either makes a miraculous full recovery or goes on the DL

  52. GreenBeret7 June 28th, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Pat M., do you have directv? if so, check on channel 727.

  53. 4 NYY June 28th, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Hey gang I won’t get to watch this one tonight. G-son game to go to.

    I don’t have a good feeling about this one. New pitcher we’re facing, Yuk yuk in the lineup !

    The Hawk, to me, is almost “unlistenable ” to !!! Is that a word ? LOL

    But, if Nova is real sharp, who knows ? I hope we hit 10 HR’s.

    Need Trish here to help with enthusiasm.

  54. luis June 28th, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    tomingeorgia June 28th, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    luis,
    Nirvana!

    =====================
    There is only one thing left to decide….A couple of beers or a nice bottle of wine to go along the dinner. :D

  55. blake June 28th, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    “The Hawk, to me, is almost “unlistenable ” to !!! Is that a word ? LOL”

    If used to describe Hawk…..yes.

  56. blake June 28th, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    “===================== There is only one thing left to decide….A couple of beers or a nice bottle of wine to go along the dinner.”

    MTU would say both plus Bourbon.

  57. luis June 28th, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    MTU would say both plus Bourbon.

    ++++++++++++1!!!

    Probably!! ;)

  58. blake June 28th, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Wish List Starts With Greinke

    The Braves will keep their starting rotation in place with the intention of spending the next two weeks determining how aggressive they should be leading up to the Trade Deadline. Barring a drastic change during this period, they will enter the All-Star break interested in the potential to land Milwaukee’s Zack Greinke via a trade and then sign him before he would be eligible to hit the free agent market at the end of this season.

    http://markbowman.mlblogs.com/.....h-greinke/

  59. tomingeorgia June 28th, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    luis,
    How about the beer first, to cut the dust, then wine with dinner? And a little brandy afterwards, for the digestion.

  60. luis June 28th, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Blake,

    I thought they had little wiggle room in their payroll to attempt to keep Greinke. Am I wrong?

  61. tomingeorgia June 28th, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    luis,
    How could I have forgotten Bourbon? Having one now.

  62. luis June 28th, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    tomingeorgia June 28th, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    luis,
    How about the beer first, to cut the dust, then wine with dinner? And a little brandy afterwards, for the digestion.

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

    You are my kind of guy!! I might smoke a cigar with the brandy.

  63. blake June 28th, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    “I thought they had little wiggle room in their payroll to attempt to keep Greinke. Am I wrong?”

    They got a bunch of money coming off….they coukd sign him…..they are kinda funny about their clubhouse though so how Greinke would fit there is the biggest issue…..its a good fit baseball wise though….they coukd virtually give Greinke Chippers money.

  64. tomingeorgia June 28th, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    How’s the weather in the City? Summer has hit here, 103.5 today maybe 107 tomorrow. Somebody mention a cold beer?

  65. Pat M. June 28th, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    GB…No direct TV…….Luis, I watched The Foosball game today because I invested on the outcome……My preference is watching the Ladies perform at Wimbledon……….Blake…..I actually like The Hawk for one game a year maybe two…….Especially enjoyable when The Bombers smack them around….He has great respect for The Bombers and especially Derek Jeter……..Yanks too big a favorite tonight for me to play and they’re riding a winning streak

  66. GreenBeret7 June 28th, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Can you say bitter?

    David Lennon?@DPLennon

    Kevin Youkilis didn’t mention #RedSox by name during 5-minute interview. Only referred to team as “that other organization.”

    Retweeted by Jack Curry

  67. tomingeorgia June 28th, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    luis,
    You know, I’ve got a good Cuban one in the refrigerator. Think I’ll join you!

  68. luis June 28th, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Pat M,

    Did you win some money at least? Italy always kills the Germans, I don’t know why, but they do even though I think the Germans play far better foosball as you say ;) I am with you on Wimbledon.

  69. Triple Short of a Cycle June 28th, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    anyone know the link to watch MLB games online for free?

  70. luis June 28th, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Triple,

    Go to the MLB.com page..It will show the games scoreboard and it will tel you which game is free to watch

  71. luis June 28th, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    *tell*

  72. luis June 28th, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    tomingeorgia June 28th, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    luis,
    You know, I’ve got a good Cuban one in the refrigerator. Think I’ll join you!

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

    Again…My king of guy!!! :D

  73. luis June 28th, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    *kind*

  74. Pat M. June 28th, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Blake…..There’s a chance that the MLB Nework will be airing the game

  75. CompassRosy June 28th, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    I had originally planned to attend tonight’s game at The Safe…
    as Felix on the mound vs. Boston is usually a pretty good time BUT…
    when the much-rumored pitching match up 30 minutes south became official, I chose the once in a blue moon option. I’ll be seated behind home plate in Cheney Stadium in Tacoma to see the M’s 2011 first round draft choice Danny Hultzen make his AAA home debut (previously at AA Jackson) vs. none other than ex-Ancient Mariner …. Jamie Moyer (who is now pitching for the Las Vegas 51′s)

    So, in my absence, please cheer Felix on :)

    In fact, I’m hoping that a little mystique and aura will be channeled in a westerly direction from here for the next 4 days ;)

  76. Triple Short of a Cycle June 28th, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    so no way to watch Bauer tonight?

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