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Yankees pregame: Concern about Teixeira; Valentine gives himself a bad grade

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Aug 18, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Brian Heyman here for Chad again today. Mark Teixeira is out of the starting lineup for the second straight game due to his left wrist inflammation.

“He’s a little bit better today,” Girardi said. “He’s not a player for me today. I wouldn’t imagine so. We’ll see in the next couple of days if we can get him back.”

Girardi is wondering, though.

“Yeah, I’m a little bit concerned if it’s going to get to 100 percent,” Girardi said. “He was better after the few days off a couple of weeks ago. And it seemed to come back a little bit. That raises a little bit of a red flag. You do what you can. Tex is good at playing beat up. He’s used to it in his career. We’ll try to get him back as soon as we can.”

The DL doesn’t appear off the table if the improvement doesn’t continue.

“Everyone plays a little beat up,” Girardi said. “It’s to the point where you’re too beat up to be productive. That’s what we weigh. If we feel that after two or three days, maybe he needs a whole week, we might try to make it like that. Or if he needs two weeks, we’ll do that. We’re going to do what it takes to try to get him healthy.”

Nick Swisher is again at first for Teixeira. Girardi said the Yankees originally had thought about playing Swisher at first before they acquired Teixeira. “I think he’s a very good first baseman,” Girardi said of Swisher, who’s batting .350 with a double, four homers and 11 RBI in the first five games of the homestand.

Girardi said: “What I’ve seen from Swish is he’s been patient, gotten his pitch and he hasn’t missed it. … He’s just in one of those grooves.”

Derek Jeter is the DH for the second straight game. Girardi had planned to DH him Thursday and today (both day games after night games), but Thursday’s plan went bad because Robinson Cano couldn’t start at second due to a stiff neck.

“Sixteen days in a row is the reason why I’ve done it,” Girardi said. “It’s really hard to give him a day off with the way that he’s swinging the bat. He’s our leadoff guy — and especially against left-handers.”

CC Sabathia threw about 20 pitches in the bullpen and pronounced himself ready to pitch Friday in Cleveland.

The Red Sox begin this game at 58-62, 13 1/2 back of the Yankees and 6 1/2 back of the Orioles and the Tigers in the race for the second wild card.

Bobby Valentine gave this summation on how he has done so far as manager: “As far as my job is concerned here and whether I’m doing a good job, I’m not doing a good job. I didn’t get paid to do anything other than to get to the playoffs, win a lot of games, be in the thick of things right down to the end, even be in first place. The team I’m managing is not there. Simple. So my job has not been a good job if I had to assess, but that’s not what I do. That’s not my job.”





30 Responses to “Yankees pregame: Concern about Teixeira; Valentine gives himself a bad grade”

  1. Ghostwriter August 18th, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Valentine is a moron.

  2. blake August 18th, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    DL Tex and get that wrist fixed.

  3. jacksquat August 18th, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Bret The Hitman August 18th, 2012 at 2:01 pm
    I mean, what happens to a clean athlete’s body from 38 – 44? What happens to a human’s body from 38-44?

    Based on this statement I’m guessing you haven’t reached this age range yet? :)

  4. Jeff in Canada August 18th, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    I thought Bobby V’s job was to manage ego’s, keep the guys focused, cohesive, keep the press away, distract them from players, etc. In that case, absolute failure so far.

    Only the guys on the field can win games. It’s not solely his fault they are losing so much and so often, but he’s not doing his part and thats hurting them.

  5. austinmac August 18th, 2012 at 2:47 pm


    Thanks for the B.C. info. That is a place I must go.

  6. Cashmoney August 18th, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    think the Sox are the wrong kind of team for V. Maybe, the wrong kind of team for any managers. but I like V, I think he be a hoot on a team that is mediocre and with less established players. I think he will extract most of that kind of team and also provide entertainment value.

  7. kd August 18th, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    my two cents: the sox are a considerably less talented team than they were at the beginning of 2011. top of the rotation starters are not performing, hitters are not as dangerous as before. you gotta think that either they’re not working as hard as before (chicken and beer) or age is catching up. they players they thought would replenish the ml team (best farm system in baseball) are not there. the biggest issue is there’s little or no veteran leadership.this is where derek jeter is most valuable.

    What could bobby v have done? they have a flawed team.

  8. Crawdaddy August 18th, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Unless, you’re willing to DL Tex for the remainder of the season, I doubt his wrist gets completely healthy until the offseason.

  9. Ys Guy August 18th, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    the socks folded like dogs last september without bobby v being anywhere near.

  10. ghastly August 18th, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Agree with Ghostwriter…V is a twit with a career winning pct of .510 which he has managed to LOWER…Pure drek…

  11. PittsburghYankeeFan August 18th, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    The Red Sox suck. They really, really suck. This is the worst they have been in 15 years.

    Wow, does it ever feel good saying that.

  12. jacksquat August 18th, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    I think Bobby V would do a good job as manager of the Red Sox if it wasn’t a team filled with dysfunctional malcontents.

  13. Ys Guy August 18th, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    socks are something like 11 games under .500 in games started by beckett and lester. is that bobby v’s fault?

  14. jacksquat August 18th, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    (not to mention the injuries)

  15. Against All Odds August 18th, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Starlin Castro signs 7 yrs 60 mil extension

  16. ghastly August 18th, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    The manager is a dysfunctional malcontent..Just ask him..

  17. Ys Guy August 18th, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    its all pete abe’s fault, they haven’t won a playoff game since he started covering the red socks.

  18. kd August 18th, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    castro is a great player. i wonder if that contract is a bit of a discount

    it’s going to be fun watching theo ruin the cubs

  19. mick August 18th, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Watch as the Sox try to stay alive against Ichiro and the Yankees.


  20. Nilsson August 18th, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Castro isn’t a great player, not yet anyway. He is young and very promising.

    Finding two-way talent at shortstop is arguably the most difficult task in baseball, and the knock on Theo, even from his supporters, was that he could not develop a shortstop while at Boston. So it’s no surprised he locked up Casto ASAP.

  21. UnKnown August 18th, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    I would DL Tex now as well. I doubt that even with a DL stint he gets back to 100% till after the season is over, but you get him as healthy as possible for the last month of the season and playoffs.

    That is all you can ask for right now.

  22. UnKnown August 18th, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    No Buck that is a good thing.

  23. 4 NYY August 18th, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Go Phelps ( ie )

  24. Bret The Hitman August 18th, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    There is a huge difference between 38 and 42.


    How can there be?

    Look at this Aborigine guy in the middle. The two guys flanking him are probably half his age.

    He is twice as old as them and look at his body compared to their’s. Has his body fallen apart from 30-65? That’s a 35 year span of life.

    Then how could anyone say so much goes wrong in a human from ages 38-42. That’s a 6 year span.

    I think some of you have little faith in human health.

    I can tell you right now that my body looks better than it did one decade ago.

    We’re meant to perform athletic tasks, strenuous activities, even when our hair turns gray.

  25. Bret The Hitman August 18th, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    I mean, I don’t mean to brag but I look like I just walked out of an Anatomy and Physiology textbook.

  26. Bret The Hitman August 18th, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    I have a ton of faith in the human body so I guess that’s why I’m bullish on Jeter’s longevity. The dude is ripped.

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  28. 4 NYY August 18th, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Jones doesn’t run so well anymore.

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