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Pregame notes: “We can afford to do this”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Jul 30, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

According to Nick Swisher, there’s nothing to see here. His strained hip flexor feels fine, he hasn’t told the Yankees that he needs more time at DH, and the team is simply being extra cautious by keeping him out of the field for a few days.

“We can afford to do this,” Swisher said. “I guess that’s kind of the answer. Why wouldn’t we, I guess. As soon as we get back on the field and we’re playing, you don’t want to leave for the rest of the time. If we can soak up a few DH days, yesterday and today, then maybe tomorrow we’ll go out and play the field just depending on how everything feels. Then we’ll just go from there.”

Girardi paints only a slightly different picture.

“Just from some of the discussions I’ve had with him tells me to continue DHing him,” Girardi said. “I might DH him every day in these next three days. I’m not sure. I’ll continue to discuss it with him and see how he feels.”

Swisher said he hasn’t had any sort of setback and the injury, “feels good, man.” But he’s still spending time on the trainer’s table getting some treatment on that groin/quad/hip situation. He said Girardi is just “helping me out a little bit” by giving him a few more DH days.

“I think you just have to be smart about it,” Girardi said. “And we’ve told him to be smart about it and continue to communicate. Sometimes with playesrs, you have to listen real closely.”

• Joba Chamberlain is scheduled to make another rehab appearance for Double-A Trenton on Tuesday. “I felt ready a month ago,” Chamberlain said. “Now it’s just continuing to get into game situations. You can go into any game situation and be ready, but to go through the experiences and the process that we’ve gone through so far, has helped us to get better and clean some things up. We’ve got to continue to focus on everything that we got to this point. Even when I do get back, it’s to still focus on everything we’ve done to get me back to this point and to keep building on that.”

• Chamberlain said he was encouraged by yesterday’s outing for two reasons: 1. His offspeed stuff showed a little more velocity, and 2. He got up, sat down without getting in the game, then got loose again to pitch the next inning. “That’s something I hadn’t experienced yet, so it was good to get under my belt,” he said.

• Girardi on Chamberlain: “The report we got on him yesterday is he continues to improve. His command has gotten better, his breaking balls have gotten sharper, and I think that’s the important thing. He went, I think, one and a third yesterday, gave up a hit and struck out three and his stuff was pretty good yesterday.”

• Russell Martin gets a standard day off with Freddy Garcia on the mound. Chris Stewart has been regularly catching Garcia.

• Girardi on reports of Andy Pettitte suffering a setback: “Everyone is going to call it a setback. I guess in all situations when you’re healing at one rate and it changes how you feel — when a bone is healing, it’s not always going to go like this (points up). Sometimes it’ll go like this (up and down) a little bit. Same with any strained muscle. We’ve said all along this is a 60-day injury, at least. If you don’t pick up a baseball and throw off a mound for at least six weeks, 60 days is pretty tough to get back by, because you’re talking about 42 days where you have to build a guy back up. As far as a setback, I wouldn’t call it a setback. I think it’s part of the healing process.”

• Girardi said it was always “pushing it” to think Pettitte would miss only 60 days with this injury. He still expects Pettitte back in September.

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56 Responses to “Pregame notes: “We can afford to do this””

  1. blake July 30th, 2012 at 5:24 pm


    Freddy Gonzalez is a terrible manager……and his influence is totally different than two HOF teammates would be.

  2. blake July 30th, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    I think a more appropriate title for a post about the current yankees would be ” we CANT afford to do this”

  3. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Buster Olney ?@Buster_ESPN

    With 23 hours to go before the deadline, the Yankees are not close on any deal. As the cliche goes: Could always change with one phone call.

  4. Ys Guy July 30th, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    like i said before this non-setback the window for pettitte to get back is getting smaller.

  5. blake July 30th, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    If Cashman did have a deal cooking then you could almost guarantee that Buster wouldnt know about it anyway

  6. DONNYBROOK July 30th, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    A healthy Swish beats that force at 2B last night, and Maybe changes the outcome. Girardi is protecting a player from himself by DHing Swish.

  7. Nick in SF July 30th, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    LL Cool G: Don’t all it a setback!

  8. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2012 at 5:37 pm


    Definitely agree on Olney, who had Lee going to the Rangers today.

  9. Warning Track Power July 30th, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Hard not to get excited about Joba’s return. I’m fine with him pitching for the Yankees sometime next week.
    He can throw tomorrow, then again on Friday, then again on Monday and BOOM-He’s back with the team soon after that.

  10. blake July 30th, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Rosenthal and the yahoo dudes seem to break most everything…..Buster doesnt seem all that well connected

  11. Warning Track Power July 30th, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    blake July 30th, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Rosenthal and the yahoo dudes seem to break most everything…..Buster doesnt seem all that well connected

    Quality vs. Quantity

    Less is More

  12. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Did you see Ichiro making a behind the back catch in batting practice while in LF>

    Hopefully you can open this 14 second video:

  13. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2012 at 5:51 pm


    Have Cashman and Towers hooked up on a trade yet for………………………Willie Bloomquist?

  14. blake July 30th, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Sounds like Orioles are getting Blanton.

  15. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Blanton-who’s paying the rest of his bloated contract?

  16. blake July 30th, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    “Have Cashman and Towers hooked up on a trade yet ”

    Nothing significant ….juan miranda last year is all I can think if.

  17. Warning Track Power July 30th, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Kay is ranting why Stewart is catching today and not Martin because
    Martin has a nice day at the plate yesterday.
    I have to agree.
    Why would you take a guy who is getting his swing down out of the line-up, unless Martin
    is not feeling right.
    What’s the point there?
    If Stewart is C.C.’s personal catcher, then there really is no need to insert Stewart into
    the line-up today with Freddy pitching.

  18. blake July 30th, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Well the Orioles have just requested his med records….

  19. blake July 30th, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Buster Olney Buster_ESPN


    Alfonso Soriano has been part of Ryan Dempster talks for days, but there hasn’t been any recent dialogue between LAD/Cubs

    Seems like the only thing buster ever reports is so and so hasnt talked to so and so…….I think maybe Buster just doesnt have any sources that are any good.

  20. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Ph’ire sale


    Check MLBTV

  21. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Chase Headley:

    The Padres wanted Jake Arrieta and two prospects for Headley, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports (Twitter links). After Dylan Bundy and Manny Machado, Arrieta is the young Orioles player rival teams covet most, Connolly writes. However, those clubs are trying to buy low on Arrieta. Connolly reports that one of the two prospects the Padres sought with Arrieta is a high ceiling player at Class A Delmarva.

  22. Joe from Long Island July 30th, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    I don’t get the fascination about jake arrietta.

  23. mick July 30th, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Cliff Lee
    Clifton Phifer “Cliff” Lee is a Major League Baseball left-handed starting pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies. Lee has also played for the Cleveland Indians, the Seattle Mariners, and the Texas Rangers. Wikipedia

  24. blake July 30th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Phelps is better than Jake Arrieta

  25. blake July 30th, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    If the price for Headley is on a level where Jake Arrieta is the main piece then thats not that high…….

  26. Joe from Long Island July 30th, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    blake- arrietta just seems so mediochre. what am I missing?

    agreed, if that’s the great price to get him…..

  27. blake July 30th, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    “blake- arrietta just seems so mediochre. what am I missing?”

    He was a decent prospect thats never done anything…Phelps is a better pitcher right now and has more years of control left as well.

  28. MTU July 30th, 2012 at 6:34 pm


    Arrieta throws hard (95) w. excellent breaking ball.

    I think the thing that hurts him is the spotty control.

    If he had Phelps command he’d be better.

    But he doesn’t.


  29. blake July 30th, 2012 at 6:36 pm



  30. luis July 30th, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Good evening everyone,

    Blake is Headley worth Phelps?

  31. blake July 30th, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    “Blake is Headley worth Phelps?”

    Id do that….yea….understand if others wouldnt….but I think hed be a nice add and give then lots of options for next year.

  32. jacksquat July 30th, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    I don’t trade Phelps for Headley.

  33. blake July 30th, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    “I don’t trade Phelps for Headley.”

    Understandable …..I probbaly would though…..he fills more needs IMO

  34. luis July 30th, 2012 at 6:45 pm


    Why wouldn’t you?

  35. blake July 30th, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    If you put any stock in WAR….Headley’s 3.7 so far would be 2nd best on the Yankees for position players…..Phelps is a middle reliever for them now and has never really started in the big leagues….doesn’t mean I domt like Phelps cause I do and have for a long time but I would make that deal because I think it makes the Yankees better

  36. austinmac July 30th, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Has anyone heard anything about Mason Williams or Austin’s injuries?

  37. Tyler July 30th, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    I would probably trade Phelps for Headley but I wouldn’t want too add to much more to that.

  38. blake July 30th, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    No the Yanks like to keep minor league injuries classified apparently

  39. tom tresh 15 July 30th, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Nice to hear from Pat M. Still No GB ? Maybe put out an APB on him

  40. blake July 30th, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Tyler July 30th, 2012 at 6:55 pm
    I would probably trade Phelps for Headley but I wouldn’t want too add to much more to that.

    Yea I agree….if I deal Phelps then Id really hesitate to give anybody else in the top 10

  41. blake July 30th, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    I bet the Padres want Hughes or Nova

  42. rm July 30th, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    This may be Garcia’s last start as a Yankee. Final showcase start before the trade deadline. I think Phelps has earned the starting job until Andy gets back. Hopefully some team that needs pitching depth will give us something of value for Freddy.

  43. luis July 30th, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Blake to be fair…I don’t think I make that deal either…Phelps would give more certainty for next season’s rotation, I do think that he has the goods…But i understand your hesitation to afirm this, he hasn’t started on a regular basis yet…That’s why i think he should be starting in place of Garcia..but I also think that Headley solves a few problems the Yankees have in the rotation both now and in the future…Would Warren and Joseph bring him to the Yankees?

  44. Tyler July 30th, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    No way I give up Nova for Headley. Wouldn’t want to give up Hughes either.

  45. jr1212 July 30th, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    I would trade Phelps for Headly…he is cheap and will protect the Yankees if Arod cant come back this year at full strength, hand injuries are tricky. He also gives them an option for next year in 3b (if Arod turns into the permanent DH) and RF. Phelps has been awesome but if the Yankees can get better this year and next, you have to consider it. Remember Phelps is pitching in relief and with Joba coming back there are less innings to pitch out there….

    One more thing do the Yankees really give Phelps a spot next year in the rotation? I wouldnt bet on it

  46. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 30th, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    You know something just occurred to me. I offer it as food for thought and nothing more because there could be no way to know whether it’s on the money or not. I stopped hearing about Robby’s hitting streak and didn’t realize it had been broken until the last few days. It definitely must have happened while I was at the beach and without access to the game. I’m wondering if he suffered some kind of psychological letdown when the streak was broken. It could easily happen without him even being aware. Now I don’t know what he’s done at bat since then but if he has been pretty quiet, it could have something to do with that. And if it were the case, it wouldn’t be fatal, but certainly understandable.

    I remember what happened after David Cone threw his no hitter. He was never the same pitcher. Nobody will ever tell me that was anything but a total momentum shift. He had reached the pinnacle of a pitcher’s career, and he probably lacked motivation – again not that it would have to be a conscious thing.

    Not everyone reacts the same way so if it doesn’t make sense with either player, so be it. It was just some food for thought.

  47. Tyler July 30th, 2012 at 6:59 pm


    Headley is a 3B. And I don’t think Warren and Joseph are enough. San Diego will either want a guy in the big leagues or prospects with more upside than those two.

  48. blake July 30th, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Tyler July 30th, 2012 at 6:59 pm
    No way I give up Nova for Headley. Wouldn’t want to give up Hughes either.

    Nah me neither….


    I respect that opinion…..I just think they need offense more

  49. ron July 30th, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Hughes is a better pitcher than nova,and not much older.

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