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Pregame notes: “He seems pretty calm out there”

Posted by: vmercogliano - Posted in Misc on Jun 29, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Adam Warren has never been the type of pitcher who can get by on pure stuff. The 24-year-old right-hander was never touted as a top prospect, but with the Yankees needing someone to step into their suddenly injury-ridden rotation, it’s Warren who they’re turning to.

“From what I’ve seen, he’s a very hard worker who just really goes about his business,” Joe Girardi said. “I’ve never seen a ton of emotion out of the young man, and sometimes those guys who don’t have the big fastball or the great breaking ball are the guys who pitch a long, long time in the big leagues – because they know how to pitch. And that’s what I’ve seen out of him. He seems pretty calm out there.”

Warren will make his major league debut tonight as he gets the first crack at filling one of the voids left by CC Sabathia (left groin) and Andy Pettitte (left fibula). He works mostly with a fastball that sits in the low 90s and a relatively sharp slider, but he can also throw a curveball and a changeup. But as Girardi pointed out, Warren is not the type of guy who’s going to blow the ball by hitters at this level.

“He had really good location,” Girardi said of what he saw from Warren during spring training. “And as we all know, that’s very important when you face big league lineups.”

• Here’s Girardi on the advice that he gave Warren for today’s start: “I said, ‘You’re going to go through a lot of emotions, and this day is going to go really fast for you once it gets started, in a sense. I think you need to take a moment to reflect on what you’ve accomplished. This is what you’ve worked for your entire life, and you’ve realized your dream.’ ”

• In another roster move, David Phelps rejoined the team today to take over the role as long man. Ryota Igarashi has been sent back to Triple-A after one day with the big league club and no appearances. Hope you enjoyed the trip, Ryota. “He’s a guy that can give us some distance,” Girardi said of Phelps. “We’ve had two starters knocked out, and our long guy became one of our starters. He’s another guy that can give us 65, 70, maybe 80 pitches. We were trying to build him back up to be a starter, and we probably could have continued to do that if we didn’t have so many interruptions with our starting rotation.”

• Phelps said that he went 3 1/3 innings in his most recent minor league outing (50 pitches), which probably eliminates any chance of him starting in the near future. Girardi echoed those sentiments, saying that the plan for now is for Phelps to be used in relief. Phelps seemed prepared for the role. “It’s not too bad,” he said. “I did it earlier in the season. You still have to come in and get guys out.”

• For the second consecutive game and fifth in six days, Russell Martin is not in the lineup. Martin repeatedly told us in the clubhouse today that, “I feel good,” but he feels that Girardi is being, “extra cautious.” He actually just finished taking BP, and didn’t seem to have any issues. He said the most pain comes, “when I swing through a pitch,” noting that it would be difficult to do that in BP. He probably won’t know for sure how healthy he is until he gets in a game, but he said he fully expects to play tomorrow. “The last time he told me he felt good, I don’t think he was quite 100 percent,” Girardi said. “I’m hoping that him saying that he feels really good, maybe he’ll do some things and I’ll be able to watch it. Maybe then tomorrow or the day after.”

• Of course, Girardi was asked again about his handling of the bullpen in last night’s ninth inning implosion. Rather than use set-up man David Robertson to start the ninth with closer Rafael Soriano unavailable, Girardi tried to mix and match, which ended up backfiring. Robertson made it pretty clear after the game that he thought he was going to get a clean slate to begin the ninth, noting that he had not had a conversation with Girardi to discuss how he would be used in Soriano’s absence. “The thing about doing that is that he’s really my eighth inning guy,” Girardi said. “When we don’t have Soriano, sometimes I’m going to mix and match a bit. The thing about doing that is that if you tell him exactly what he’s going to do, then you kind of get stuck… Your mind might change, and I don’t want to necessarily be stuck in a situation. Not that I don’t like the matchup of Robby against anyone, but I liked the matchup (of lefty Clay Rapada against A.J. Pierzynski). I told you I still have concerns about (Robertson) physically a little bit – not that he’s shown anything of being hurt – but I’m being a little cautious. What did we miss him, a month? I don’t want to miss him for another six to eight weeks.”

• Girardi seemed very concerned about the type of injury that Robertson is returning from, which is why he’s been so cautious. “We’ve seen a lot of players that come back from rib injuries – whether it’s a pitcher or a hitter – and they’re not quite right for awhile,” Girardi said. “We saw what happened to (Tigers’ starter Doug) Fister, and he ended up going back on the DL.”

• Girardi said that Soriano will be available tonight, but Robertson will not.

• The Yankees have announced that they have claimed pitcher Chris Schwinden off waivers from the Cleveland Indians, and have assigned him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.The 25-year-old is 4-7 this year with a 4.16 ERA in his 13 starts at the Triple-A level for Buffalo (Mets), Las Vegas (Blue Jays) and Columbus (Indians).

• 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); LHP Quintana.

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63 Responses to “Pregame notes: “He seems pretty calm out there””

  1. luis June 29th, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    I would be s**tless scared!!

  2. luis June 29th, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    GB7,

    Thanks for noting Ida Lupino…Very interesting story

  3. GreenBeret7 June 29th, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Jeremy Bleich started his third game in the GCL. his total this year is 5.2 innings, 3 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts.

  4. Tyler June 29th, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    I totally forgot about Jeremy Bleich…

  5. Pat M. June 29th, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    GB…..Isn’t Jeremy the Sanford kid that The Yanks drafted a few years back ???? Luis, ‘m not saying that dinger was a 500 footer, but it was a solid driver that was smoked that almost went into the 3rd tank…..

  6. Tyler June 29th, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Pat M-

    yep, he’s the lefty from Stanford. I believe a supplemental first round pick like 3-4 years ago…

  7. Jerkface June 29th, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    I wonder if there are any drastic changes to Bleich’s stuff. He has been on a long road back from shoulder surgery. Wonder if he added any pitches or made any changes in the off time as well.

  8. G. Love June 29th, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Bleich was the most recent “next Andy Pettitte” we drafted, not to be forgotten by Ed Yarnall, Brandon Claussen & Sean Henn & any other “next Andy Pettitte” aka LHP we’ve drafted.

    That said, I hope he makes it back.

  9. Ys Guy June 29th, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    im hopefull but far from confident about warren tonight…

  10. Pat M. June 29th, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    I remember him from his days in The Pac 10……And he was good, seems like along time ago though…Kind of forgot about him

  11. Warning Track Power June 29th, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    After thinking about how Girardi handled the bullpen last night and reading his comments today, I can now see what Girardi was doing.
    I can’t blame the loss on his because Girardi did not throw the ball in CF and he did not throw the pitch that was hit for a HR.

  12. luis June 29th, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Pat M,

    it sure was crushed…I wonder then if the tales of the big homers by Mantle and company where overstated? …One thing is for sure, they hit 50 and more homers in far bigger parks than today

  13. GreenBeret7 June 29th, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Pat M. June 29th, 2012 at 5:41 pm
    GB…..Isn’t Jeremy the Sanford kid that The Yanks drafted a few years back ???? Luis, ‘m not saying that dinger was a 500 footer, but it was a solid driver that was smoked that almost went into the 3rd tank…..

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    Yeah, Pat. Pretty much was a Pettitte type lefty out of Louisiana. Threw all the pitches with a 94 MPH fastball. He’s missed about 2 years now with Labrum surgery.

  14. AZ88 June 29th, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    The players of the older generation would feast if they had a chance to hit in places like NYS, Fenway, Camden Yards, Coors Field, Great American, Arlington, Citizens Bank, Chase Field, Astrodome, Rogers Centre, Comisky, etc.

  15. Villa Nova-Ya June 29th, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    I seriously cannot blame Girardi for being extra cautious with Robertson and Martin. Especially Robertson. A remember the chatter here when DRob got that oblique injury, that a lot of people hoped he wouldn’t come back too soon, and even noted how it is the type of injury that has a strong chance of recurring. In light of that, I understand Joe’s caution. I don’t understand that he ended up having Robertson pitch an entire ninth inning anyway, but I guess there was no one else to bring in…

    Ultimately, once Rapada misplayed that ball, the game took on an entirely different tone, and I bet most people here felt the game was lost right there, even before the HR.

    Anyway, good luck to Adam Warren tonight.

  16. sunny615 June 29th, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    I’m amped to see warren and his stuff. I hope he mows them down. I also hope the offense puts up more than 3 runs today.

  17. Villa Nova-Ya June 29th, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Oh! Did anyone watch Centerstage last night?

  18. AZ88 June 29th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    The ball Mantle hit in Minute Maid Park still hasn’t landed. He would have wrecked NYS.

  19. GreenBeret7 June 29th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    There was nothing understated about the distance of Mantle and Killebrew’s home runs. when they leave ball parks, it’s hard to not know how hard they are hit.

  20. yankee 221 June 29th, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    That was a great interview with Joe Buck – except of the obvious fact that he was playing to his NY audience with his answers to the point it was so transparent.

  21. LathamJoe June 29th, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Girardi was asked if he regretted his decision to not allow Robertson to pitch the entire inning. “No, not at all,” he said. “We give up a hit, and we get a double play ball. I should have been bringing him in with two outs… We’ve done a lot of mixing and matching, and we’re going to continue to do it.”

    Welcome to Life after The Great Rivera. Had Robertson possessed his pre-injury stuff, there’s no doubt that he would pitch the 9th. Can’t fault Girardi on his decision to be cautious with DRob – he’s simply not back to the arm strength that he possessed at the start of the Season. He threw up a mediocre 90 mph fastball high in the zone with little movement, so the results was not surprising. DRob normally would get away with a pitch in that location had it been his usual 93-94 FB w/ movement.
    Good Luck to Adam Warren tongiht – the Bullpen desparately needs some length!

  22. GreenBeret7 June 29th, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Mantle never played in Minute Maid Park. He was dead when it was built.

  23. Villa Nova-Ya June 29th, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    yankee 221 -

    I agree. But he sure does know how to talk, doesn’t he?

    He was entertaining for sure. Didn’t make me like he any better, but it was a worth the time.

  24. ron June 29th, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    moving Vidal Nuno up should also be a serious consideration. He’s an older guy (25 next month) the Yankees plucked out of an independent league last season and he’s done nothing but dominate since joining the organization: 154 strikeouts (8.1 K/9 and 22.8 K%) and just 32 walks (1.7 BB/9 and 4.7 BB%) in 171 innings. Nuno has been stellar since moving into the Double-A rotation last month, allowing just four earned runs in 40.1 innings across seven starts. The Yankees lack left-handers in the system and moving Nuno up gives them a chance to evaluate him at the highest possible level.

    from rab.

  25. Villa Nova-Ya June 29th, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    like “him” any better. Sigh.

  26. luis June 29th, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    GB7,

    Then, what is your take on the current power decline? I know most of it can be explained from the PED’s standpoint…But even at the peak of the PED era, the parks were becoming smaller and you very seldom if ever heard of a monster homer like those you are referring to.

  27. Pat M. June 29th, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Luis…….The Mick lost out on conservatively 15 -18 dingers a season at The Stadium alone……Not long after Mantle hung up his cleats, there was a study that suggested that had Mantle played his home games at the newly opened Shea Stadium he would have hit easily 200 more home runs……Now Shea was 341 down the lines but it was a symmetrical like all the new cookie cutters Stadiums being built at that time……If memory serves me well, Shea was 356- 396- 410 straight away center…….I played in both parks in the summer of 1970, and let me say this, I it a ball into left field that I crushed and all it did was roll to the left field bullpen fence which had a sign posting 402 feet…..That’s not left center which was 457 and 15 feet high……..Mantle didn’t feast on the short foul lines…..Briggs ? Tiger Stadium had a nice short left field power alley, however I think Center was 440 …….Mantle hitting in The Kingdome, or Camden or even the new Stadium, ??? 80 long balls in 61

  28. jonnycat June 29th, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    hey gang,

    question, I finally moved into a new place and ended my cablevision subscription… my wife and I have not gotten cable and are trying to save money. I figured I’d be able to watch YES through my computer on MLB.TV or just pay to watch yes online, but it seems like I have to have a cable subscription to watch yankees on the computer. I got rid of the TV and we aren’t getting cable, yet it seems like they are saying you need to get cable to watch it online? What about people that don’t own TVs? Any ideas, this is ridiculous and I almost lost it with the yes people on customer service, who couldn’t explain anything to me. Streaming these days is easy and very doable. Any ideas what I can do?

    thanks!

  29. GreenBeret7 June 29th, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    It takes more than just brute strength to hit a ball as far as Mantle or Killebrew did. For one ting, the bats aren’t as hard and they don’t stay together. another is that sort of bat speed and incredible hand speed. Batters used to cure their bats in the winter time, use a soup bone to press the wood grains together, they used to shave the bathandle until it was perfect in their hands. They treated their bats like a doctor’s instruments. You can’t blame everything on PEDs.

  30. tomingeorgia June 29th, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Pat M.,
    Then there was the Polo Grounds, ridiculous down the line (189, iirc), but 483 to center and 400 to right and left center.

  31. Jerkface June 29th, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    question, I finally moved into a new place and ended my cablevision subscription… my wife and I have not gotten cable and are trying to save money. I figured I’d be able to watch YES through my computer on MLB.TV or just pay to watch yes online, but it seems like I have to have a cable subscription to watch yankees on the computer. I got rid of the TV and we aren’t getting cable, yet it seems like they are saying you need to get cable to watch it online? What about people that don’t own TVs? Any ideas, this is ridiculous and I almost lost it with the yes people on customer service, who couldn’t explain anything to me. Streaming these days is easy and very doable. Any ideas what I can do?

    If you live in the NYY black out area you have no choice but to either get cable, or get MLB.TV and use a proxy to get around the blackout stuff.

  32. jpmatrixfan88 June 29th, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    To all those saying the fences are shorter, meaning older players would have hit more HRs today….

    Doubt it. The competition wasn’t as good. Black players weren’t even allowed to play until the 40s and there weren’t international players for a while either. Not to mention that the players of old had less teams, no reliever specialization. Guys like mantle were facing the same pitchers over and over again.

    Different eras. Can’t always directly compare.

  33. GreenBeret7 June 29th, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Pat, Kubek and Richardson talked about Mantle and Death Valley and what it cost him. They said fro the timethey arrived in NY until they left, they put the number of homers lost at 25 a year. I doubt it was that high, but, 15 plus a year is more than reasonable. He didn’t hit a lot of cheap homers. I assume that he losta considerable amount of doubles, too.

  34. tomingeorgia June 29th, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    jonnycat,
    You have to get a internet connection of some kind (has to be fast) and an MLB.tv subscription ($129 per year). You’ll get all the games, everywhere.

  35. luis June 29th, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Thanks Pat M and GB7, very enlightening stuff….457!! and a 15 feet wall!! Jesus how can anyone hit one out of the park in that zone!..No wonder they called it Death valley…Do you guys think that the aluminum bats have taken something away?

  36. GreenBeret7 June 29th, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    YS center field was 461 feet, Detroit was 440 feet, Cominsky Park was 420, Memorial Stadium in Baltimore was 410 to 420, depending on the year.

  37. GreenBeret7 June 29th, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Just a guess is that metal bats have taught hitters to go to the opposite field more than anything…along with thin handled bats.

  38. Pat M. June 29th, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Luis……If anything the metal bats took away young pitchers the ability to pitch inside……Catch you guys for the game …..By the way, Mantle didn’t play in the 30′s or 40′s….Also there was only 8 teams per league……..Greatness transcends generations

  39. luis June 29th, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    jpmatrix,

    I do agree that there were different eras. But still, you don’t see many if any homers like the ones they used to launch. And remember there were less teams, meaning that probably the talent pool on those teams was a lot higher than today. Also Mantle played in the 50′s and 60′s, integration was already in force ( Robinson, Howard, Gibson, Mays and Aaron just to name a few, were already playing).

    Not saying that today they would be facing a more specialized pitching staff. But again, you don’t see the kind of homers this guys hit in the past.

  40. jonnycat June 29th, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    tomingeorgia June 29th, 2012 at 6:24 pm
    jonnycat,
    You have to get a internet connection of some kind (has to be fast) and an MLB.tv subscription ($129 per year). You’ll get all the games, everywhere.

    I have a computer and good internet connection… are you saying buy mlb.tv for 129 a year and just get access to all MLB games, to watch the yankee games? I could drop 129… will the games be blacked out in NY? I am in brooklyn, thanks

  41. luis June 29th, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    No Jonnycat….You can be in China and still be able to watch them through MLB.tv, all Yankee games, you just need IS

  42. luis June 29th, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Later Pat M and thanks for your input

  43. GreenBeret7 June 29th, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Nothing more memorable in a kid’s mind than seeing a player knock a ball over a roof. Parks, for the most part, are not built to see that sort of thing anymore.

  44. tomingeorgia June 29th, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    luis,
    The population in the 1930s and 40s was under 150 million, when Mantle and the rest of the greats that I saw were born. Until Robinson, Dobey, etal. got in, you were dealing with a lesser population than that, with far fewer spots on rosters. Only la creme dela creme ever made it. Like the rest of the old farts here, I believe that Mantle, Mays, Aaron, and many, many more of that generation would tear this current league up.

  45. luis June 29th, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Oh! There were international players as well….Aparicio, Carrasquel among others…But more importantly the mound was higher it was a lot harder to hit the ball then.

  46. Jerkface June 29th, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    I have a computer and good internet connection… are you saying buy mlb.tv for 129 a year and just get access to all MLB games, to watch the yankee games? I could drop 129… will the games be blacked out in NY? I am in brooklyn, thanks

    You will not be able to watch Yankee Games. You either need to buy cable or use a proxy to get around the blackout rules as I said above.

  47. jpmatrixfan88 June 29th, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    But Luis, there wasnt the type of international focus that there is today. There were less teams but given that the population of this country is so much higher than it was 60 years ago and not the same international focus, i dont see the talent pool being higher then. It evens out imo. Less teams but MUCH less talent to draw from domestically.

  48. MTU June 29th, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Good luck tonight Adam.

    Hope you grab the brass ring.

    :)

  49. Nick in SF June 29th, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    You can watch the games in China but, as Jerkface writes about, you will probably be blacked out in New York. I can watch Yankee games on mlb.com but not SF Giants games.

    By the way, if you try to watch a Yankee game in China you run the risk of being exposed to lead paint and tainted baby formula — they sometimes cut corners over there. Just be aware the risks and never let a stranger entice you to go with them to a third location.

  50. Jerkface June 29th, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Not saying that today they would be facing a more specialized pitching staff. But again, you don’t see the kind of homers this guys hit in the past.

    Yes you do. Lots of guys hit mammoth HRs. If people are really suggesting that players routinely hit 500 ft HRs in the past I chalk that up to the distortion of memory over time.

  51. luis June 29th, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Tom,

    I do believe what you say too. When I was a kid, very few players from Venezuela made the Big Leagues and most of them were bench players, some regulars but not the majority. Nowadays, we have like 50 players in MLB. It was tougher to make it then, and I am talking about early 70′s, expansion had already happened. Imagine with only 16 teams in both leagues!

  52. jpmatrixfan88 June 29th, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Tomingeorgia,

    Umm….lower population works against your point not for it lol.

    If you have a population of 300 ‘million instead of like, 100 million, the time period with 300 million is gonna have much better talent on average. You have twice as many people to scout, twice as likely to find the cream of the crop. Pure statistics!

  53. hardwired7 June 29th, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    NBC Nightly News is about to do a story on H.O.P.E. Week.

  54. luis June 29th, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Jonnycat…Listen to Mick and JF, i live outside the US so i don’t get blackouts.

  55. tomingeorgia June 29th, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    jpmatrix,
    But everybody played baseball.

  56. luis June 29th, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    JF,

    I don’t think I can recall a single 500 footer in recent times. I could be wrong though

  57. jmills June 29th, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Hi guys! – Mantle would have hit 800 if he didn’t get ripped up and took care of himself?……make that 900 to comfortably pass Ho.

  58. luis June 29th, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Hey Jmills! I never had the chance to see mantle play, but one of my older brothers did…One of the reasons I am a Yankee fan is the tales i would hear from him about Mantle and Ford and Maris

  59. jpmatrixfan88 June 29th, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Yeah i get that more people played, i still think it is close to evening out with the insane amount of international scouting, as well as much higher world population.

    Answer me this, Luis/tomingeorgia. There are 25 man rosters nowadays. During mantles time, were rodters larger or smalller? Because i dont know and am curious.

  60. Nick in SF June 29th, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    I tried to watch a Yankee game online while I was in Manitoba… due to Candian content regulations, Russell Martin had to be on camera at least 40% of the time. Frustrating!

  61. tomingeorgia June 29th, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    jp,
    The same, I think. That means 400 on all team’s rosters, versus 750 today.

  62. jpmatrixfan88 June 29th, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Thanks. I think taking everything into account, it is at least close to evening out. Except for stadium size. IDK how guys hit so many HRs when those ballparks were so huge!

  63. jmills June 29th, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Nick in SF – sorry for the Martin content , us Canucks aint too swift eh ?


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