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Pregame notes: “Good thing is the all-star break’s coming”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 03, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Mark Teixeira is a career .125 hitter against James Shields. He’s had 48 at-bats against him and has yet to drive in a run or get an extra base hit. Last week, Joe Girardi told Teixeira to pick a day off — because of this stretch of games, and because of the four games in three days coming up — and this day seemed to make sense.

Frankly, Teixeira is looking forward to an even longer rest.

“This first half of the season has been pretty tough, just haven’t really felt myself with the physical things going on,” Teixeira said. “But, the good thing is the all-star break’s coming up and we’ll have four days to kind of recharge the batteries. Hopefully the second half of the season will be much better healthwise.”

Teixeira became a pretty productive hitter again in May, but he slipped again in June. Although he’s not coughing nearly as much, and his voice sounds much better, Teixeira said he’s still feeling the effects of that early season virus and its aftermath.

“The doctor, unfortunately, said it could take up to a year, but (it feels) a lot better,” Teixeira said. “Once we figured out what it was, a lot better. … I’ve been really happy with, once we figured out what it was, the treatment that I’ve gotten. It’s really good to know mentally that there’s nothing else going on. When you have multiple doctors that can’t figure it out, you start worrying, but once we figured it out it put my mind at ease and it started feeling better.”

• Pedro Feliciano threw a bullpen today. Girardi said, based on what he saw, he thinks there’s a legitimate chance Feliciano will pitch for the Yankees late this season. “His ball was moving all over the place,” Girardi said. “e had good sink to it, he threw a few sliders and threw some change ups that really dove. It was good to see. He’s encouraged and I’m encouraged.”

• Feliciano has been throwing a bullpen every three days, but Girardi said the Yankees plan to bump up the schedule to every other day. “He had such a serious injury, we weren’t sure (in spring training) what was going to happen,” Girardi said. “If we thought he was done, we wouldn’t have brought him to spring training.”

• Girardi wasn’t sure exactly when, but it seems that CC Sabathia will throw a bullpen in the next few days, probably some time over the weekend, possibly as early as Friday. The Yankees remain optimistic that he’ll be ready to rejoin the rotation immediately after the all-star break.

• Ivan Nova gets the start today. He hasn’t taken a loss since May 19. “I think he’s pitched in more effectively, which opens the outer half for him,” Girardi said. “Guys can’t just look at one side of the plate. And I think his breaking ball has been more consistent; both of them. Some days he’s had one, but a lot of days he’s had both.”

• No update on David Aardsma, who went through additional tests on his elbow. “I saw him today and I asked him,” Girardi said. “He hadn’t gotten the results yet.”

• Girardi was happy with what he saw out of Chad Qualls yesterday. “He’s got a power sinker, there’s no doubt about it,” Girardi said. “For him, it’s probably getting him some consistent work and getting him back on track.”

• Sabathia is on this trip. Andy Pettitte is not. “Really there’s nothing he can do right now,” Girardi said. “They’ve got the bone stimulator thing. He plays catch in a chair to try to keep his arm strong. There’s no running.”

• For those of you who follow this sort of thing, the Yankees have signed two of Baseball America’s top five available international free agents. They spent a little more than $2 million in bonus money for both of them combined.

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18 Responses to “Pregame notes: “Good thing is the all-star break’s coming””

  1. blake July 3rd, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Latest On Yankees’ Search For Pitching

    By Ben Nicholson-Smith [July 3 at 4:55pm CST]

    The Yankees are in wait-and-see mode for now, but could pursue starting pitching before July 31st, Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports write. With C.C. Sabathia and Andy Pettitte on the disabled list, the Yankees’ rotation now includes Freddy Garcia and David Phelps.

    Zack Greinke doesn’t interest the Yankees, who are concerned about how players will adjust to playing in New York. The Yankees could pursue Cole Hamels, but they aim to lower payroll below $189MM by 2014 to avoid the luxury tax, so keeping the left-hander long term wouldn’t be easy given the team’s existing commitments. The Yankees like Matt Garza and he may be their most realistic option if they’re willing to meet the Cubs’ steep asking price.

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com

    Dont pay the price for Garza

  2. GreenBeret7 July 3rd, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    tomingeorgia July 3rd, 2012 at 6:07 pm
    GB7,
    That’s what that Brit used to get a one-shot kill from, if I recall, near 2100 yards. Not good for small game, though, if you intend to eat it.

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    Yeah, it does tend to tear up the meat on occassion.

  3. GreenBeret7 July 3rd, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    RIP,vBig Ben Davidson. Outstanding player back in the day with Oakland.

  4. Jerkface July 3rd, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    There is no reason to meet the Cubs’ steep asking price. Garza isnt worth it and the cost for trades should trend down given the lack of compensation. Maybe if Garza were repeating 2011 but he isn’t.

  5. 98NYY July 3rd, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Is there any updates on ManBan and Campos? Why wasn’t Montgomery moved up with all the rest of the moves?

  6. Pat M. July 3rd, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    GB…..I remember Big Ben cheap shotting Joe Willie Namath and fractured his jaw……Namath finished the game and would get revenge a few weeks later at a cold and windy Sunday afternoon at Shea……..Jets would come from behind and beat The Raiders and would go on to shock the world & The Colts in Super Bowl III……I never met him but the few guys that I know who did say he was a real funny guy and nothing like his Football personna

  7. krs July 3rd, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    That picture sure looks like Alfredo Aceves.

  8. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 3rd, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    “I thought they concluded that the last guy wasn’t on bath salts, just weed.

    Which could explain the voracious appetite….”

    :lol:

    I know it’s not really funny, but the voracious appetite part was!

    You know lots of times I ponder extremely meaningful things in life. This was today’s. I wonder just how his stuff starts? I mean, bath salts? Was somebody taking a bath one day and got extremely hungry and and no food in the house and said to her or himself, “These bath salts smell pretty good. I wonder what they taste like!” Then all of a sudden the person felt some kind of exhiliration and immediately recommended bath salts to all of her or his friends, and suddenly it went viral? How the heck does someone turn to bath salts as a high, and how does the information end up in China?

    Hmmm.

  9. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 3rd, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    An early cheer.

    GO YANKS!!!

    GO IVAN!!!

    (AND FOR LATER) GO A’S!!!

    :)

    be back later

  10. Tyler July 3rd, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    krs July 3rd, 2012 at 6:29 pm
    That picture sure looks like Alfredo Aceves.
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    Haha, I thought it was Aceves for a little while also… I forget that Feliciano is even on the Yanks.

  11. RadioKev July 3rd, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Well, Garza isn’t great this year, so maybe the price on him is coming down. Could be a change of scenery candidate, the Cubs are putrid.

    What do we think he’d cost? Banuelos, Phelps and change? I’d consider it.

  12. blake July 3rd, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    “What do we think he’d cost? Banuelos, Phelps and change? I’d consider it.”

    Theo is greedy..I think hed try for one of the Williams or Sanchezs also…..i like Garza I just dont think they really need him.

  13. luis July 3rd, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Hello again, but this time from my home,

    No to Garza.

    Andy Griffith dies too RIP. Actor that starred on the Andy Griffith show and Matlock

  14. luis July 3rd, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    “What do we think he’d cost? Banuelos, Phelps and change? I’d consider it.”

    __________________

    The Cubs would like something more…But if even that was the price…I wouldn’t do it, we don’t need him

  15. blake July 3rd, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    If the Yankees decide to trade prospects for a pitcher then it needs to be somebody that you could envision beating a Dan Haren 2-1 in Game 2 of a playoff series…..Garza isnt that guy for me…Greinke and Hamels are…..

  16. luis July 3rd, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Blake,

    As i said in the previous thread…I think we need to start thinking about trading present instead of future…We don’t need another pitcher, not even Hamels or Greinke…The cost in prospects would be prohibitive and we would be enhancing an already strong aspect of the organization…On top of that, we won’t be able to afford them going forward

  17. GreenBeret7 July 3rd, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Austin, Williams and Sanchez all in the Tampa Yanks line-up tonight.

  18. GreenBeret7 July 3rd, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Pat M. July 3rd, 2012 at 6:28 pm
    GB…..I remember Big Ben cheap shotting Joe Willie Namath and fractured his jaw……Namath finished the game and would get revenge a few weeks later at a cold and windy Sunday afternoon at Shea……..Jets would come from behind and beat The Raiders and would go on to shock the world & The Colts in Super Bowl III……I never met him but the few guys that I know who did say he was a real funny guy and nothing like his Football personna

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    Pat, Butkis and Dobler weren’t exactly Emily Post on the gridiron, either. Great players, though.


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