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Postgame notes: “I knew something wasn’t right”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Aug 28, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

That picture up top was taken after Robinson Cano’s second home run tonight. The Yankees were winning, Mark Teixeira was smiling and — even though we didn’t know it at the time — medical tests on Alex Rodriguez and Andy Pettitte had been encouraging. It was going to be a good night.

Literally two pitches later, Teixeira fouled off a pitch, and as he started to come out of the box toward first base, he felt something give in his calf.

“I had a groundball foul ball and I took the first step put of the box and felt something kind of grab,” he said. “I thought I could run through it, finish the at-bat. I drew the walk. Instead of loosening up as I was running, it tightened up more. … (Running the bases) I knew something wasn’t right. It was severe enough that I knew I needed to get out of the game.”

Within a few hours of that picture, the Yankees had blown a lead, lost a game and been forced to imagine life without another key piece of the batting order. Teixeira might not land on the disabled list, but he’s certainly not going to play the rest of this series, very likely won’t play the rest of this week and even his worst-case scenario of missing two weeks might not be worst-case enough. Derek Jeter also had a Grade 1 calf strain and missed three weeks last season.

“Calves can be really tricky,” Joe Girardi said. “We’ve seen that from guys. I’m concerned.”

Already playing without Rodriguez — not to mention playing without Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, Ivan Nova, Brett Gardner and Michael Pineda — the Yankees now have to shakeup the lineup yet again, finding someone else to bat behind Cano. Derek Jeter, Nick Swisher and Cano have been awfully good lately, but it’s hard for three guys to carry a team, especially through the key games coming up.

“It’s very frustrating,” Teixeira said. “We’ve had our share of bad luck as most teams in baseball have. We’ve just got to fight through it. We’ve had guys step up all year for us, so whether it’s a week or two weeks, whatever it may be, we’ll have guys step up.”

• Losing Teixeira would have been bad enough, but losing a winnable game on top of the injury left that Yankees clubhouse awfully quiet tonight. “For anybody on our team, that’s tough to watch,” David Phelps said.

• Obviously the three-run homer to Colby Rasmus was the crushing blow in the ninth, but Rafael Soriano had a chance to end the game a batter earlier when he was ahead 0-2 with two outs against Rajai Davis. “He just made a mistake with an 0-2 slider, the second hit,” Girardi said. “And then he left a slider up for the home run. He’s been so good for us. We’ve seen him close so many games for us and do a great job. Tonight just wasn’t his night.”

• As for the 11th, Derek Lowe said his pickoff throw was just too far to the right. “It’s inexcusable,” he said. “It’s not that hard to throw it to the guy, and it didn’t happen.”

• Didn’t see Jayson Nix after the game, but I have to think his opinion of the groundball that scored the winning run would be the same as everyone else

Lowe: “I think in that situation, I didn’t have a thought that he’d go. It’s smart base running. You take advantage of where the ball was hit.”
Jeter: “There’s nothing you could do. (McCoy) went back to third. (Nix) did exactly what he was supposed to do, throw the ball to first. He just made a good play. It’s different if he initially starts going home, but he did exactly what he’s supposed to do. That’s just a good play on (McCoy’s) part.”
Girardi: “He doesn’t have time to look the runner back. It’s great baserunning by McCoy. That’s exactly what you teach. If the ball’s hit a little harder, they can’t do that, but it was the perfect ball.”

• Robinson Cano had the ninth multi-homer game of his career, and his second of the season. It was the 14th time the Yankees had a multi-home game this season — they had 20 last year — and it continued a strong stretch of games for Cano, who seems to have bounced back from that two-week slump.

• Nick Swisher might be just as hot as Cano right now. Swisher is hitting .342 with six homers and 20 RBI in 19 games since moving up to No. 2 in the order. He’s the fifth Major League switch hitter to reach 20 homers this season (of course, Teixeira is among those who got there before Swisher).

• Derek Jeter’s ninth inning homer was his second career home run in the ninth inning or later that tied the game or gave the Yankees the lead. He also had a walkoff against Keith Foulke in 2005.

• Jeter was hitless in 13 career at-bats against Casey Janssen coming into that at-bat. “He threw a ball right down the middle and up,” Jeter said. “Pretty sure he didn’t want it to be there. I don’t pay attention to what I’ve done in the past off someone, but I’m pretty sure it was a mistake on his part, and it barely got out.”

• For the most part, David Phelps looked pretty good. He made two key mistakes — a changeup that Adam Lind hit for a homer and a cutter that Yorvit Torrealba hit out — but otherwise, another solid start from the Yankees rookie. “A couple of pitches left up in the zone and got hurt for it, but other than that, I felt like I had good command of my stuff tonight,” Phelps said. “Felt like I made some good pitches when I needed to.”

• One complaint from Phelps: “Any time we score runs, it’s real important to go out and put up a zero just to keep the momentum going on our side. Both times we scored runs I went out and gave it up. It’s frustrating.”

• If you missed it in the earlier post, here’s Girardi on Alex Rodriguez and Andy Pettitte: “Alex will take BP tomorrow and Andy will do another flat ground. They’re both healing great. After that flat ground, our hope is that maybe we get him in a bullpen.”

• Pedro Feliciano pitched a scoreless inning with Double-A Trenton tonight. He struck out two and walked one. “Hopefully, I do my job here and open the eyes of Girardi and the big team and they call me up,” Feliciano told Mike Ashmore. “My surgery was the same as Chien-Ming Wang, and he took two years to pitch. I’ve been 11 months. I think I’m ready. I think I’m ready to help the team.”

• Final word goes to Teixeira: “Every game is important. We’ve weathered the storm so far; we’re still in first place and we’re still fighting. A tough one tonight, but we’ve had plenty of guys that have gone down and we’ve had people step up.”

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79 Responses to “Postgame notes: “I knew something wasn’t right””

  1. deleonj August 28th, 2012 at 12:56 am

    oh crap

  2. Ys Guy August 28th, 2012 at 1:02 am

    andy was hoping to be cleared to throw off a mound today. now it’s ‘hopefully’, ‘maybe’ and ‘next time’. its not good.

  3. igotid88 August 28th, 2012 at 1:27 am

    We could have used Montero right about now

  4. theREALkevin August 28th, 2012 at 1:34 am

    There’s no panic. They are what they are. A good team. Not great, not even close.. Probably one and done in the playoffs. Not looking pretty for the next couple of years either, it’s an ancient team & there’s not a lot of immediate help in the minors either.

  5. UnKnown August 28th, 2012 at 1:36 am

    Pedro F. is really going to do this and make it back. That is pretty cool. I really didn’t think he was going to pitch for the Yanks this year. I hope he is successful.

  6. Nick in SF August 28th, 2012 at 1:39 am

    “We could have used Montero right about now”

    Oh.

  7. charlestonchew August 28th, 2012 at 1:48 am

    Doesn’t it make sense to call up Mustelier now and just DL Teixeira?

  8. charlestonchew August 28th, 2012 at 1:49 am

    Or Dickerson?

  9. Nick in SF August 28th, 2012 at 1:56 am

    Probably yes, but if they don’t then maybe they’re hoping they can get by without him until rosters expand and then maybe they’ll get him back in under two weeks.

  10. MTU August 28th, 2012 at 6:34 am

    That was one ugly duckling loss last night.

    We need to win the next 2 in convincing fashion.

    Still 4 games up. We’re fortunate TB did us a favor and lost too.

    Phelps continues to shine. Hope he gets at least one more start.

  11. sunny615 August 28th, 2012 at 6:38 am

    Just seems like one of those years doesn’t it.

  12. MTU August 28th, 2012 at 6:44 am

    Yup.

    Some of it is just bad luck. Some is age-related.

    Team needs to continue w the stated goal of getting younger, faster, and more athletic.

    Changes need to be made in the OS towards that end.

    The bench has been a Godsend. In fact the overall depth has really saved them so far.

    Looking forward to roster expansion.

    Tex going down is not good.

    I go Swish to 1st and make use of Pearce.

    Hold the Fort and wait for the Cavalry.

  13. MTU August 28th, 2012 at 6:48 am

    I’m looking forward to a reconfigured OF and a new primary catcher for next season.

    :)

  14. MTU August 28th, 2012 at 7:02 am

    The Yankees need to get the 189 thing behind them.

    Can’t wait.

    ;)

  15. blake August 28th, 2012 at 7:13 am

    Terrible loss last njght…..just terrible…..closers are going to blow games at times but they had so many chances to win and then let Darren Oliver close you out…..terrible.

    Losing Tex is going to hurt…..it showed last night when Chavez coulldnt handle the pick off from Lowe……

    HAVE to take the next two……the Jays are terrible….
    No excuses.

  16. blake August 28th, 2012 at 7:27 am

    After this series the Yanks play the Rays and Orioles for the next 10 games…….this stretch may decide the division and they need to go into it playing well……these next two games are pretty much must wins……

  17. MTU August 28th, 2012 at 7:29 am

    I’ll catch you later.

  18. Yankee Trader August 28th, 2012 at 7:37 am

    Terrible loss last njght…..just terrible…..closers are going to blow games at times but they had so many chances to win and then let Darren Oliver close you out…..terrible.
    ———————————–
    Blake-

    My sentiments exactly. If the Yankees are “lucky” enough to hold on and win their division, if it’s game 5 ALDS, the Yankees up by one run going into the 9th, I will have to take every antacid made before watching Soriano come in and do his thing. He obviously had the wrong information velcroed on the inside of his cap on the Blue Jay hitters when he came into the game only needing to set down the bottom 3 in the order!

    Not a happy camper this morning! :(

  19. Yankee Trader August 28th, 2012 at 7:38 am

    MTU-

    Sure I come on and you’re outta here. Go take a hike! :)

  20. jmills August 28th, 2012 at 7:38 am

    I was wiped and didn’t have energy for that one – absorb yourself in work, family etc., and on to the next thing friends

  21. blake August 28th, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Trader,

    I cant complain too much about Soriano because hes been great this season no matter how frustrated I am about last night….

    Its more just frustration for me…..they had no business losing that game last night and a big reason why they did is they just have a lot of issues…..the bullpen is officially a problem…..the lineup which already didnt have much depth just lost Tex etc….

    Gonna have to play most of this stretch against the Rays and Os without Tex or Alex…….gonna be tough.

  22. Yankee Trader August 28th, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Tex hopes to be back in 1-2 weeks.

    Article about Mark Montgomery and why it makes sense to bring him up.We need another reliever, since Joba is not ready to contribute and Eppley, Logan and Rapada are being used more than they should be. They are simply LOOGY’s and ROOGY’s.

    http://www.pinstripealley.com/.....ery-option

  23. blake August 28th, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Trader,

    Correct….they need another guy that can get all tyoes of hitters out….if Joba cant be that guy then try Montgomery …..try everybody.

  24. Yankee Trader August 28th, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Blake-

    The bullpen is officially a problem! Well yeah! The Braves had the best 3 arms in the bullpen last year and managed to squander a sizeable lead[ a record] to the eventual WS champs , the Cardinals.

    The Yankee bullpen is now exposed and is nowhere near the quality bullpen the Braves had last year.

    Pedro Feliciano, Cory Wade. Thank goodness the rosters expand soon, so maybe the Yankees will have the courage to try out Mark Montgomery and see if he, like what Francisco Rodriguez did for the Angels in a September call-up, stop the bleeding!!

  25. blake August 28th, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Trader,

    Feeling the loss of Mo now……they need Hughes to step up today.

  26. austinmac August 28th, 2012 at 8:04 am

    The bench players are meant to play once a week. These guys are all .220 hitters.

    The pen has too many guys who aren’t MLB material. Their is no 7th inning or before pitcher. Eppley throws 88 and gets hit even when he is at the knees. He has no stuff.

    Cashman should have upgraded the team. Instead they felt the team was good enough. That is a foolish premise for any team, but particularly one with obvious flaws. Now, they upgrade with Pearce who is unwanted even by the Astros.

  27. blake August 28th, 2012 at 8:04 am

    If they can win the next two then still a good chance the go into the Baltimore series with a 5 game lead…..but they HAVE to win these next two…..with the off day Thursday Girardi has to manage these as must win games.

  28. 86w183 August 28th, 2012 at 8:05 am

    The bullpen didn’t blow up last night, Soriano did. He hung a slider and it got crushed. No need to be overly dramatic about it. If Eppley handles a routing comebacker it saves a run. He and Rapada pitched better than they have in quite a while.

    I guess Joba will not throw another meaningful inning this season.

    I’m afraid they won’t DL Tex and will play a man short with someone rotting in the bullpen. I doubt Steve Pearce is going to solve their problems.

    Everyone is saying Nix did the right thing, but I was yelling, “don’t throw it” at my TV set.

    It didn’t work.

  29. Yankee Trader August 28th, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Blake-

    The Yankees need to take every series with the sub .500 teams -so they need to win the next two.

    The Yankees have the easiest schedule when looking just at their last 3 team opponents at the end of the season. Ironically, Boston might be in a position to decide who goes as a wild card, or a division winner.

    Rays last 3 opponents: Red Sox-White Sox-Orioles
    Orioles: Blue Jays-Red Sox-Rays
    Yankees: Twins, Blue Jays, Red Sox

  30. blake August 28th, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Mac,
    I think maybe they should have pushed harder a the deadlije as well…..but we dont lnow what the asking prices were…..they miss Alex and with as many injuries as theyve had they are very fortunate to have a lead at all……

    Yes the bench players are playing too much…..they are holdijg the fort but they need the regulars back…..you get the feeling they cant hold it much longer

    Hope Cashman realizes this team needs help this winter……

  31. Villa Nova-Ya August 28th, 2012 at 8:12 am

    I had a bad feeling about Soriano last night. But I hoped he’d manage to squeak by with only one run scoring and they still win. His last two saves before that were more agita-inducing than usual, but he got through them. Every once in awhile, those runners he lets on base are going to score. What a crushing blow that HR was. :(

    There are no words, really, to describe the disappointment of losing last night’s game. And while they did not lose ground to Tampa, they now have a new team right behind them in the Orioles who really are not going away, and who are able to win close games and who have come from behind late in games to do so.

    I think losing like that last night wouldn’t have been so bad if every once in a while they’d win one like that. Jeter’s HR was great – but I knew it wasn’t going to be enough. It’s the way it’s gone all season. The few times they have battled back to tie a game late, or even to go ahead, they went on to lose the game.

    In the first Chicago game and now in the first Toronto game, the bullpen which had been stellar most of the season, gave away games that were won or winnable. In Chicago it was the middle guys. Last night it was Soriano and Lowe. At first, after Jeter tied it and they eventually brought in Lowe, I thought, well, that’s good because they can get a lot of innings from Lowe and maybe they will have a chance. Hah!

    I honestly do not want to be a pessimist here. But I honestly have no idea how this season is going to play out anymore. With Tex now missing at least 2 weeks (makes no sense to DL him with rosters expanding in 4 days), the bench guys who really have helped to hold this team together are going to be spread even thinner. They have been doing a job that no one expected them to do, and for the most part, really rising to the occasion. But they are complementary pieces for a reason. So, we need to hope that they can hang on, muster up one last push and then go from there.

    As for Andy Pettitte, I do not think he’ll be back. There is not enough time. And frankly, much as I love AP, it’s his own darn fault for being too eager and too impatient too early in the healing process. But, who knows, David Phelps could emerge as the hero of the season. :)

  32. blake August 28th, 2012 at 8:12 am

    “The bullpen didn’t blow up last night, Soriano did. He hung a slider and it got crushed. No need to be overly dramatic about it. ”

    Last night was on Soriano….but its a problem as the no Robertso/Soriano relievers they have just atent very good.

  33. Yankee Trader August 28th, 2012 at 8:14 am

    The Dodgers essentially found a will and a way to have free agency during a season, and that led to them not only absorbing expensive contracts from the Marlins and Red Sox, but also making a call to the Yankees to inquire about CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira, The Post has learned.

    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....z24qHtTHbR

  34. blake August 28th, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Trader,

    The Yanks schedule is very favorable to end the season……its just getting through these next 3 weeks thats the issue. The head to head with Tampa and Baltimore probably decides it….Yanks have to maintain in those games.

  35. Villa Nova-Ya August 28th, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Blake -

    And it’s not the number of injuries, it’s to whom the injuries happened. Toronto has had more, I think, by far.

    But the lose Gardner, and Mo, and Pettitte and ARod. And they have the deep bench, thank Heavens, or who knows where they’d be, but over time, the reserves are running dry. Players have stepped up, as Tex said last night. What we don’t know is how much more we can ask of them. ARod in the lineup will be welcome relief, but no Tex is a huge hole. And losing a SH bat, that’s key.

  36. Villa Nova-Ya August 28th, 2012 at 8:18 am

    I think the relievers they have that aren’t DRob or Soriano are fine. They do better when they have guys like CC and Kuroda giving the team length so that they don’t have to be out there every night.

    It always happens this way. The better your starting staff, the better the bullpen can do it’s job. If your starters are not giving you innings, eventually you’re going to have a few games where the bullpen just plum tuckers out.

    Last night was not about the bullpen tuckering out. It was about Soriano throwing two bad pitches, and Lowe making a mistake that wasn’t relating to pitching to a batter, and not having Tex at first base.

  37. blake August 28th, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Trader,

    Sherman is dreaming there about Arod Im afraid….very interesting that the Dodgers called about Tex though …….

  38. ButtSmacker August 28th, 2012 at 8:21 am

    2009 Walk Offs – 15 Regular Season – 2 Playoffs
    2012 Walks Offs – 2 Regular Season (128 games in)

    The 2 walk offs this year were Jeter scoring on a pass ball and a Russell Martin HR, both flukey plays… This team has 0 magic.

  39. blake August 28th, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Villa,
    Yea…..its hard to know how much longer they can hold…..its hard ro be mad because they are a MASH unit and are still in first place…..but its extremely frustrating.

    I disagree about the relievers though….lot of Cinderallas put there that the clock is striking midnight on IMO.

  40. 86w183 August 28th, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Good point on rosters expanding. No DL for Tex, they can be a man (PITCHER!) short for a few days.

    I think this is going to be a very interesting off-season, maybe the most interesting ever. the whole direction of the franchise for the next 5-6 years will be defined by what they do and/or don’t do.

    I’m sure the Yanks had opportunities to make moves at the deadline, but they need to remain vigilant and try to work something out for guys who cleared waivers.

  41. austinmac August 28th, 2012 at 8:23 am

    None of us know the asking price on players, but it seemed clear the Yankees were going to tweak, at most. Adding a player about to be released( the new Yankee way) is not an upgrade.

    The team is run completely differently now. We’ll see if they can hang on because the team we are watching is not very good.

  42. blake August 28th, 2012 at 8:24 am

    The 2009 team had a lot of walk off and come from behind wins……that also means they were behind a lot late.

    This team has better and deeper starting pitching……its just the rest of the club thats weaker…..

  43. Yankee Trader August 28th, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Sherman is dreaming there about Arod Im afraid….very interesting that the Dodgers called about Tex though.
    —————————————-
    Blake-

    Sherman is dreaming. He said that in the last line of the article.

    “For now, though, this is all just fantasy baseball. Of course, the Dodgers seem to be playing just that these days.”

    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....z24qKzg7vm

  44. ButtSmacker August 28th, 2012 at 8:28 am

    As far as the bullpen is concerned we only have 2 reliable guys right now in D-Rob and Soriano… Can’t trust Joba/Eppley/Rapada/Wade/etc… Probably foolishly I still think Logan is a decent reliever, especially when he is used sparingly.

    Other than the Yanks calling up Mongomery, which I highly doubt they will do, the only hope for the bullpen to be solid in the playoffs is if AP gets healthy with enough time to get sharp for the playoffs and Nova remembers how to pitch. This would allow Hughes and Phelps to drop back into the bullpen where we know both can be successful. Soriano/D-Rob/Hughes/Phelps/Logan is not a bad top 5 for a playoff bullpen. All of that said, that is a lot of if’s, we need AP and Nova to reclaim their rotation spots badly, CC/Kuroda/AP/Nova.

  45. Villa Nova-Ya August 28th, 2012 at 8:29 am

    blake -

    Yes. Walk offs are fun and exciting, but it means exactly what you say, they were behind a lot late in games. This team USUALLY takes a lead and keeps it, or if they fall behind early, they come back early. Not as exciting, but still a good thing to come from behind at all. But I think it also means the bullpen (middle relief) doing its job, in games where the starting pitcher wasn’t good (giving up 1st inning runs, for instance).

  46. blake August 28th, 2012 at 8:29 am

    “I’m sure the Yanks had opportunities to make moves at the deadline, but they need to remain vigilant and try to work something out for guys who cleared waivers.”

    Yea its hard to say whats out there…..but they should look for bats and relievers…..I just cant think about anybody besides Soriano though offensively

  47. blake August 28th, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Soriano woukd be an upgrade over Jones……but Theo would have to pay most all of his salary and not want anything much in return.

  48. Yankee Trader August 28th, 2012 at 8:37 am

    A-Rod: 27.5M each and every year of the contract, and if healthy he’ll likely hit the 6M milestone next season, so that’s already 33.5M toward the LT calculated at the end of the 2013 season.

    This will undoubtedly be on the owners minds when deciding if they plan to offer Swisher a contract, extensions for either or both of Granderson, and waiting to see if Soriano opts out of 14M.

  49. Villa Nova-Ya August 28th, 2012 at 8:38 am

    yeah, I see no one taking ARod. For all the reasons Sherman states – his age, and his contract, and his failing body, and his polarizing personality and his PED stuff (only because of all the other stuff that goes along with that, not the fact that he took PEDs).

    The Yankees (thanks Hank) and ARod are joined at the hip now.

    It is interesting that the Dodgers made that phone call on CC and Tex, but I am glad the Yankees just turned them down. I suppose for LA right now it is more important for them to build themselves up, at whatever the cost, to compensate for years of underinvesting in the team on the field. (They ought to spend some money to take Chavez Ravine into the new millenium, as well – the location is to die for – amazing – but the stadium itself is very tired.)

    At what point does MLB step in and stop them, though, as they’ve stopped the Yankees (for all intents and purposes)? I guess Dodgers ownership is prepared to pay the exorbitant taxes for now?

    If the Yankees don’t get to the playoffs, if they really just have nothing left in the tank (they seem to be running on fumes some days), will that make a difference in what happens in the off-season? If the Yankees don’t make the playoffs, and people don’t get the impression that they won’t necessarily get there for the next couple of years, won’t they suffer in terms of advance season ticket sales and possibly TV revenue and other “stuff?” (Admittedly, I don’t know a lot about this.) It’s one thing to be able to be budget conscious for a couple of years to reset your financial liabilities to MLB, but for the Yankees, it’s all about being a constant contender and at the very least having the opportunity, by being in the playoffs, to get to the WS every season. I don’t think in the long run they can afford to not be in the mix. As it is, there are enough fans who are tuning out this year because it’s not the typical year they’ve had over the last umpteen years.

  50. blake August 28th, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Did the Twins put Mourneu on waviers? Did he clear?

  51. Villa Nova-Ya August 28th, 2012 at 8:40 am

    OOPs! I mean, if people DO get the impression that they won’t necessarily (etc.).

  52. mick August 28th, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Everyone is saying Nix did the right thing, but I was yelling, “don’t throw it” at my TV set.
    ===============================
    This is what I don’t understand:

    It shocks me how not one supposed baseball person has yet said that was totally the wrong play by Nix. I can understand his teammates but what about the media and the so called fans.

    His only play was to home and he never looked . So what if he doesn’t get the runner at 1st, they were playing in and the object was not to let that run score.

    If he turned and looked he would have seen he was far enough off to get him at 3rd or in a rundown.

    Chavez would have looked. Why wasn’t McGehee at 1st and Chavez at 3rd anyway?

  53. Villa Nova-Ya August 28th, 2012 at 8:41 am

    blake -

    Morneau is the concussion guy, though, right?

  54. Villa Nova-Ya August 28th, 2012 at 8:42 am

    mick -

    Jeter said the runner went back to third at first. That’s why Nix threw.

  55. Yankee Trader August 28th, 2012 at 8:44 am

    *extensions for either or both of Granderson and Cano*

  56. blake August 28th, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Who are hitters that could be waiver deals that either play 1B or that could play RF allowing Swisher to play 1B?

    This is the most important stretch of games of the season coming…..and they are facing playing them without Arod or Tex…..

  57. blake August 28th, 2012 at 8:47 am

    “Morneau is the concussion guy, though, right?”

    Yea but hes playjng again….decently and has always killed it at YS…..hes owed 15 million in 2013 though so I doubt the Yanks would look there just to fill in for Tex for two weeks.

    Although they could probably DH him in the playoffs and trade him this winter.

  58. blake August 28th, 2012 at 8:50 am

    just trying to think outside the box a bit…..Morneau could fill in for Tex until he gets back and then DH vs righties afterwards…..then they could try and trade him this winter.

    Twins would have to just do a salary relief deal though…..

    Morneau has hit .309/.375/.574/.949 vs RHP this year so he’d be an upgrade over Ibanez

  59. 86w183 August 28th, 2012 at 8:52 am

    I’d give ‘em Warren and pay Soriano $ 3 M or so….. nothing more than that.

    Need a dangerous RH bat…. sometime in the next 8 hours.

  60. fantasygame101 August 28th, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Without tx and arod, they should rely on pitching and defense. That means chavez on 3rd, swisher at 1st and then call up an OF that can run down balls.

  61. Yankee Trader August 28th, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Scott Hairston was claimed by some unknown team. Probably pulled back by the Mets.

  62. mick August 28th, 2012 at 8:58 am

    VN

    Check the replay. Nix was 20 feet off the bag, Nix never looked, that was my point.
    Jeter was covering for him.

  63. mick August 28th, 2012 at 8:59 am

    -meant to say the runner was off the bag-

  64. mick August 28th, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Need a dangerous RH bat….
    =================
    Steve Pearce?

  65. Benny Blanco August 28th, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Blake, what would it take to get morneau?

  66. blake August 28th, 2012 at 9:00 am

    “Need a dangerous RH bat…. sometime in the next 8 hours.”

    They do but I cant think of anybody aside from Soriano and he doesnt excite me much.

  67. 86w183 August 28th, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Mick —-

    That’s a play you have to make BEFORE it happens. You have to know the speed of the runner and if he’s fast you know he’ll score on a slow roller if you throw it to first.

    Can’t really blame the guy… utility guys rarely know the nuances of any of the positions they play.

  68. Shame Spencer August 28th, 2012 at 9:01 am

    blake August 28th, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Trader,

    Sherman is dreaming there about Arod Im afraid….very interesting that the Dodgers called about Tex though …….

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    Yeah.. as someone that thought it would be fully plausible to trade Tex, I also found it very interesting.

  69. blake August 28th, 2012 at 9:02 am

    “Blake, what would it take to get morneau?”

    No clue…..I dont even know if they put him on waivers or if hed clear. Hes mashed RHP this year and is a good defender at 1B……the Twins can be very tough to deal with also……

    Hed make them better…..just dont know if thats even a possibility

  70. mick August 28th, 2012 at 9:02 am

    against a righty, swish will play 1st and ibanez the OF or one of the callups.
    we will survive…

  71. 86w183 August 28th, 2012 at 9:03 am

    He excites me a helluvalot more than Andruw Jones and Steve Pearce.

    MLB should release the names of players that clear waivers. Would really enhance on-line General Managers’ experience.

  72. blake August 28th, 2012 at 9:04 am

    My point was though that this is a very important point in the season…..and having a real 1B would help until Tex gets back.

  73. Villa Nova-Ya August 28th, 2012 at 9:05 am

    mick -

    If that’s the case, I think it would have just delayed the inevitable loss at that point anyway. :(

    ******

    The problem with Chavez is that he cannot play every day. His body cannot do it. He has said as much himself. Girardi checks with him every single day to see if he is available. So third base will be a platoon no matter what. And probably more of a rotation than a platoon. I’d like it if they could stick with Swisher at 1st rather than having different guys there. The outfield I feel like they have enough people to cover adequately.

    But boy I’m so done with Andruw Jones….

  74. blake August 28th, 2012 at 9:05 am

    “He excites me a helluvalot more than Andruw Jones and Steve Pearce.”

    True dat

    Get Morneu and Soriano to play now then there is your DH platoon in October!

  75. austinmac August 28th, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Nix has to look the runner back. He had plenty of time to do that and get the runner at first. The paramount thing is to not let the runner score. He did.

    McGehee is at the very end of the bench. He will have to play some now, I expect, with Tex out. When they put Pearce in ahead of him(as they will), that tells us all we need to know of their perception of McGehee. Again, great TD pickup.

  76. mick August 28th, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Can’t really blame the guy… utility guys rarely know the nuances of any of the positions they play.
    ==========================
    86
    Would have had Chavez at 3rd…..why was he at 1st? McGehee would have made more sense…
    anyway the priority was the runner on 3rd and if it meant not throwing to 1st that was the play, you have to look him back.

  77. mick August 28th, 2012 at 9:10 am

    the runner had to be far enough off the bag to be able to score, and he was, meaning Nix would have had him if he looked, inexusable.

  78. blake August 28th, 2012 at 9:10 am

    new thread. We can figure out the solutions there….

  79. austinmac August 28th, 2012 at 9:11 am

    I love the Morneau idea. Trouble is, he comes with a price tag the Yankees wouldn’t get near.

    Money controls all decisions. That’s how the Yankee world has changed. They used to be like the Doodgers. Now, they are like the Brewers, or likely less willing to spend than the Brewers would be in a pennant race.


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