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Pregame notes: “I’d prefer not to have it”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 07, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees first bus didn’t leave the hotel until 10 a.m. The second bus of players — the one with most of the big names on it — didn’t arrive until around 11.

“Long days,” Joe Girardi said. “Do I enjoy them? Let me tell you, I’d prefer not to have it. I worry about our players. The great thing is we’re going into the break and they’ll have four days to recover, but you really worry about it when you don’t have those extra days to recover.”

This is going to be a long day of baseball, the Yankees first split doubleheader of the year. Curtis Granderson is sitting out the first game, Alex Rodriguez will sit the second and Girardi said he’ll try to make sure his guys stay as rested and healthy as possible. Having a night game tomorrow helps because it allows a little more time to rest.

“I’m always concerned about a split doubleheader, especially with the games here because, as you’ve kind of noticed, we don’t play them very quickly,” Girardi said. “There’s going to be a lot of baseball today, and I’ll watch it. Hopefully we’ll have some cloud cover the first game.”

• Why hit Mark Teixeira second? Girardi said he simply wanted to keep his usual middle-of-the-order together in the same order rather than shuffle things around. “Just decided to move everybody up because they’re used to hitting in that order,” Girardi said.

• Cory Wade is here and available for both games. Girardi said he’s fine with some of his relievers pitching all three games this weekend because of the all-star break coming up. As for today, there’s a chance he could use a pitcher in both games, most likely Clay Rapada because he’s had two days off.

• Nothing new on Joba Chamberlain. “That’s probably a good thing,” Girardi said.

• Also nothing new on David Aardsma, who’s still waiting for Dr. Lewis Yocum to review his latest test results. It was Yocum who performed Aardsma’s Tommy John surgery. “I know they had to get it out to Yocum,” Girardi said. “I don’t know if it’s going by horse and buggy or how it’s going.”

• The Yankees do not have any minor league players in town just in case they need to add someone between games. If something crazy happens, they have these 26 guys and that’s it.

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26 Responses to “Pregame notes: “I’d prefer not to have it””

  1. mick July 7th, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Alex sitting 2nd game , Nix to 3B, JOnes DH, DMac LF?

  2. Tabbert July 7th, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Wouldn’t be shocked if the heat had offshore accounts set up for these guys that keep coming in. Hell, wouldn’t be shocked if a lot of NBA teams did something like that.

  3. blake July 7th, 2012 at 11:46 am

    ‘Alex sitting 2nd game , Nix to 3B, JOnes DH, DMac LF?”

    thatd be my guess

  4. We Want Mo Mo July 7th, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Tabbert, thats exactly what Id do if I was a GM of any of my NY teams. Skirt the system the way boston always does.

    We’re calling him DMac?? I refuse to call that wolf in sheep’s clothing anything other than Ronald McDonald.

  5. jacksquat July 7th, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Tabbert July 7th, 2012 at 11:24 am
    Its pretty much 90+ all over the country right now. Why on earth would any manager play guys that are 35+ years old in two games that would go on over 7+ hours in that kind of heat? That’s just a ridiculous notion. We don’t need any of our players to have a heat stroke today, just because you want them to play both games. Remember there is also a game tomorrow and they played late into the night last night. Yes, the all star break is coming… but these guys are human.

    He is sitting Granderson, he’s only 31.

    Jeter is in fact playing both games. Yeah, he’s dh’ing the first game. But still, “ridiculous”.

    So, why is Arod sitting the 2nd game vs a lhp, in Fenway, at night, with Garcia pitching, instead of DH’ing?

    Oh yeah, and it’s currently 82 in Boston, not “90+”. I hope they don’t have a heat stroke!

  6. Tabbert July 7th, 2012 at 11:57 am

    MO-

    I will call him dmac if he homers today.

  7. Tabbert July 7th, 2012 at 11:59 am

    The game wont start for another hour and half… it us suppose to be in the 90′s. You must not watch much baseball, or you would know that managers normally don’t play their entire team for both games of a double header. Granderson has only missed one game all year, and now you want him to play 4 games in 3 days? jesus. I know you want to win… but these guys need rest.

  8. Tabbert July 7th, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    half an hour… my bad. Thought the game was 12:30 my time.

  9. GreenBeret7 July 7th, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    GreenBeret7 July 7th, 2012 at 11:46 am
    BD (Boston Dave) July 7th, 2012 at 10:07 am
    Blake is right

    —————————————————————————————————

    Gabby Johnson is right about Boston Dave Johnson being right about Blake Johnson being right

  10. GreenBeret7 July 7th, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    GreenBeret7 July 7th, 2012 at 12:05 pm
    Recent draftee, catcher Pete O’Brien has been promoted from GCL to Staten Island.

  11. jacksquat July 7th, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Tabbert July 7th, 2012 at 11:59 am
    The game wont start for another hour and half… it us suppose to be in the 90?s. You must not watch much baseball, or you would know that managers normally don’t play their entire team for both games of a double header. Granderson has only missed one game all year, and now you want him to play 4 games in 3 days? jesus. I know you want to win… but these guys need rest.

    I’ve watched baseball for about 35 years. Yes, I know older players sometimes don’t play both games of a doubleheader anymore. But the AS break starts the day after tomorrow, so it’s not a normal situation. However, Jeter is DH’ing the first game and presumably playing SS the 2nd. So why can’t Arod DH the second game? I don’t have so much of a problem with Granderson sitting, but Arod totally sitting the 2nd game vs a lhs in Fenway is just dumb.

  12. Tabbert July 7th, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Time to hit a bunch of doubles off the monster!

  13. 86w183 July 7th, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Stupid to put high level college players in rookie league. He should be in Charleston at least.

    Safe bet that no one starts all four games of this series at a defensive position…. except maybe Cano and Swisher.

    Will you guys quit talking about your Johnsons?

  14. Tabbert July 7th, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    jacksquat-

    I thought you were complaining about grandy.. my bad. Grandy deserves a day off just about more than anyone on this team. Girardi has always been pretty protective of AROD.. so it really is no surprise that he is sitting him for one the games. Not that it really matters though… arod is not really a key bat in the lineup at the moment. I remember when i use to feel like we would lose with no arod in the lineup… now its like ” meh… doesn’t really change a thing”. That’s how little he brings.

  15. 86w183 July 7th, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    I don’t “know” anything about the Heat… but I do know its pretty rare for players to take significantly less money from a particular team. And I DO know that eight such transactions in two years is unprecedented and makes me wonder what wink/wink “promises” have been made.

    Ray Allen has a ring…. yet he’s taking $ 6-9 M less to chase another one?

    Color me cynical on that one.

  16. Tabbert July 7th, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Rangers have now lost 5 straight. Living in texas, i can tell you that they have not dealt with near the amount of injuries of the Yankees. No way in hell the rangers would be as good as they are without darvish. Yet, the yankees have been okay ( so far) without their 2 aces. Yankees have much more depth than Texas, and if the rangers suffer any sort of major injury… their season will be crushed.

  17. We Want Mo Mo July 7th, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    86, if the Heat are wink/wink promising, good for them. When leagues institute salary caps to hamper teams, thats the way the teams should respond. A shame Jimmy Dolan dont have the chutzpah to do so. He’s certainly got the money.

  18. GreenBeret7 July 7th, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Ben Badler?@BenBadler

    Yes. Wicked slider, could be a very good reliever. RT @DanielCoviello RP Mark Montgomery–are his numbers a reflection of his real ability?

  19. Tabbert July 7th, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    I am no Pro Athlete… but i do understand what it means to win a championship in team sports. There is NO WAY i would turn down 6 million in salary to just win a championship for a GAME, especially if i had already won a championship. But, that’s just me.

  20. Hassey July 7th, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    I know the stats don’t leap off the page, butI think Ben Zobrist is one of the top 25-30 best all-around players in MLB.

    Elliot Johnson has turned into a real player also – no longer do the Rays have a .200 hitter at short who rises to the occasion only aganst the Yanks

  21. Tabbert July 7th, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    The NBA salary cap has hampered and pretty much killed my mavs. Well, that and the front office is full of morons. Didn’t re-sign any of the championship team in hopes that we would land DWILL. Then we missed on him, nash, and even kidd left us. But, even win the mavs were winning, they were not profiting. They have been paying luxuary taxes for years now that have killed them.

  22. Against All Odds July 7th, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    I feel bad for fans of the Mavs. This has been a rough off season.

  23. Hassey July 7th, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    I actually spoke to Mark Cuban not that long ago, and I think he’s gonna be OK

  24. Tabbert July 7th, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    As a mavs fan, i am proud to have won 50+ games for a decade and for my favorite player
    ( Dirk) to have won his title. I really am okay with rebuilding… but i just feel so bad for dirk. Cuban and company really screwed him over in a big way. I hope they trade him to a team that has a chance to win another title. I really want to see him get another chance at a ring. Dirk is the king of Dallas.

  25. We Want Mo Mo July 7th, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    If leagues really wanted fairness, there’s be no salary cap or revenue sharing.

    We’re a capitalist society, and yet everyone complains in sports that everything to be more fair, and when you have a salary cap, youre disallowing an organization from spending what it can and wants to spend. Its socialism.

    I could live with a luxury tax. If a team wants to spend past the luxury tax limit and pay the tax for doing so, they have that choice.

  26. Tabbert July 7th, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    mo- I Agree. Just like in the nba… brooklyn was the only team able to offer williams 5 years.. and dallas was only allowed to offer 4 years. What kind of crap is that? If cuban wants to unload 120+ million on a free agent then he should be allowed to.

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