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Pregame notes: “Going to be as optimistic as I can”

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

If September 1 weren’t three games away, it’s likely Mark Teixeira would have landed on the disabled list today. The Yankees believe he’ll miss at least a week, and they recognize that two weeks or more is a very real possibility. Essentially, the Yankees decided to play a man short for these three games rather than risk Teixeira being healthy enough to play early next month but remain unavailable because of the DL.

“You might have to revisit something,” Joe Girardi said. “You’re looking at three games, basically. Our feeling is, we’ll take that chance.”

For tonight, Teixeira’s replacement in the cleanup spot is newly acquired Steve Pearce, who’s here specifically to hit left-handed pitching. Girardi said he wanted to keep the top three hitters together — “They’ve been swinging the bat good so let’s get them up as many times as we can,” he said — and lining up hitters after those three is a bit of a crap shoot. These numbers are vs.LHP this season:

Pearce: .275/.345/.490
Martin: .227/.358/.489
Granderson: .228/.319/.479
Jones: .210/.279/.442
Nix: .247/.284/.416
Ichiro: .233/.242/.264

Agree or disagree, there’s certainly logic in the batting order.

What the Yankees really need is to get Teixeira back sooner than 15 days (and Alex Rodriguez fairly soon as well). Derek Jeter missed three weeks with a Grade 1 calf strain last season, but Teixeira believes he can come back sooner.

“The doctor looked at the MRI and said it’s not as severe,” Teixeira said. “You can have the same injury. One person’s pull is a week, another person’s is a month. It’s just the way it is. … I’m hoping it’s a week. It might be as much as two. I’m going to be as optimistic as I can. You guys know me. I’m a very positive person. I’m just going to really try to be positive here and hopefully I’ll be back as soon as possible.”

• Alex Rodriguez ran the bases, fielded groundballs and took live batting practice this afternoon. “I think my legs are coming,” he said. “I see light at the end of the tunnel. My expectation is to come back and come back at full strength to help this team win.”

• Rodriguez said he would like to get into a rehab game or two — and Girardi says that seems possible — which means some minor league team might be adding a significant bat for the playoffs.

• Andy Pettitte threw three sessions of roughly 20 pitches apiece this afternoon. All pitches were thrown off flat ground, but for the last session he went through something close to his usual windup and delivery. “He actually looked really good,” Girardi said. ““Our hope is it’s a mound, a bullpen, (that Pettitte does next). We’ll have to see how he feels in the next couple days.”

• If Pettitte does throw a bullpen next, it would be either Friday or Saturday.

• Girardi wasn’t sure whether Ivan Nova would try to play catch Wednesday or Friday, but the plan is for him to throw a baseball again this week.

• To make room on the roster, Casey McGehee was optioned to Charleston. He was sent all the way down to Low-A because that season will end sooner, and McGehee can be called up sooner. The way I’ve always understood the rule is this: When a player is optioned, he has to remain optioned for 10 days unless there’s a big league injury. The 10-day rule still applies for September call-ups, unless the player’s minor league season ends. In McGehee’s case, the Yankees Triple-A, Double-A and High-A teams are still in the playoff hunt. Low-A Charleston is not, which means that team’s season will end on September 3 and McGehee will be eligible to return.

• Girardi said he’s been encouraged by Martin’s recent at-bats, which is why he’s hitting so high in the order. “I really like the Russell is swinging the bat,” Girardi said. “He’s really got to try to change his luck a little bit.”

• Rafael Soriano said his pitching hand felt fine last night, he just didn’t have a good night. Being hit by that line drive the night before had no impact on him.

• Pearce said he was surprised to learn the Yankees had traded for him. He was playing extremely well with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre the first two months of the season, but at that time the Yankees didn’t have room for him on the big league roster, and he floated to Baltimore and Houston before finally landing at Yankee Stadium. “I was playing well, which was the only reason I used the opt-out date,” he said. “I wanted to come up through the Yankees organization, but it was a numbers thing. I had to move on. … When you join an organization, you don’t want to stay in Triple-A the whole year. This is definitely what I envisioned and I’m really excited to be here.”

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40 Responses to “Pregame notes: “Going to be as optimistic as I can””

  1. yankeefeminista August 28th, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Go Alex Go!

  2. J. Alfred Prufrock August 28th, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    yankeefem – did you hear the stuff Cashman said after Kay asked him if he’d get rid of Alex if a Dodgers-Red Sox type situation presented itself?

    Pretty funny stuff.

  3. blake August 28th, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    JAP

    What did he say?

  4. Ys Guy August 28th, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    could be great if the rest recharges alex (and tex and cc and nova) you never know it could be a big benefit in October if it doesnt kill us in september.

  5. mick August 28th, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    it’s just about talking baseball.
    what makes it the best sport there is.
    open to interpretation…although blake and you are wrong ;)

  6. yankeefeminista August 28th, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    I heard the pause. Like uh yeah, I’d love to dump that contract, BUT Cash is right that 3B these days is a weak link, and that Alex’s production there isn’t too shabby. Alex is much maligned but he is extremely valuable to us.

  7. Ys Guy August 28th, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    stan kasten on pti now

  8. yankeefeminista August 28th, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Ys Guy, QFT; I was thinking the same.

  9. J. Alfred Prufrock August 28th, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    He laughed first of all, because he was thoroughly caught off guard. Then he kind of went on automatic pilot about how Alex’s OPS is still up there relative to other 3B in the game. He then finally capitulated that from a financial standpoint, being rid of the contract would be a relief, but from a baseball one, it wouldn’t make sense for the Yankees.

    It wasn’t really so much what he said, it was the way he kind of lost his self possession and giggled – you won’t hear that often – and then kind of painted by numbers to answer the question. Probably had to be there. Struck me as damn funny.

    What wasn’t funny was listening to him complain that right-handed power is hard to come by, and that Pearce has an .800 OPS against LHP. That’s when I turned off the radio.

  10. yankeefeminista August 28th, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Pruf, lol.

  11. J. Alfred Prufrock August 28th, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Alex can’t get back soon enough. He looks great, hopefully, he feels great, too.

  12. Ys Guy August 28th, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    kasten says in the long term, scouting and development is the plan for the dodgers but they wern’t spending the way a team in the 2nd biggest market should spend.

    he also mentined that he competes with the lakers, kings, usc and ucla and they need to have a competitive team.

  13. jacksquat August 28th, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    So Girardi did it straight up by OPS (almost). Ok.

  14. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 28th, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    “the only reason i was still discussing it is because i watched it so closely this morning. i put it behind me very early. you move on. i cant get all bent outta shape because a guy tried to make a play and it didnt work. had he held the ball and then they end up hitting a 3 run homer, i wouldnt have been bent out of shape either.

    thats baseball.”

    Ys Guy – what a sane, healthy, and intelligent philosophy. I’ve never understood “discussion ad nauseum” over any single play in a game. The facts of the matters are these: two people may not see a play the same way so at some point discussion because polarized and probably mightily redundant at that point; and even if it is a play where some Yankee really messes up badly, so what! In the course of 162 games, mistakes are going to happen. Get over it and move on! I’ve always felt that I don’t have the right to demand of others that which I myself cannot attain. So unless I am perfect in everything I do, where in hell would I get off demanding it in others? And that includes ball players. Understand imperfection and move on.

  15. blake August 28th, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    JAP,

    Thanks….yea thats the thing with Alex….shedding all that payroll woukd be nice….but who you gonna get to play 3B? I know they coukd find somebody and use that money elsewhere…..but if you forget thr money hes still pretty good when healthy.

  16. yankeefeminista August 28th, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Ashmore: Spoke to Brett Marshall for something you’ll see later…he’s the likely Game 1 starter for the playoffs.

    Wish he were pitching at home. It’ll only happen IF we blow home field or IF there is a game 5.

  17. J. Alfred Prufrock August 28th, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    yankeefeminista August 28th, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    I heard the pause. Like uh yeah, I’d love to dump that contract, BUT Cash is right that 3B these days is a weak link, and that Alex’s production there isn’t too shabby. Alex is much maligned but he is extremely valuable to us.
    ///

    It’s funny how Kay backs off immediately when Cashman doesn’t want to answer something. He’s such a Yankee stooge.

    Agree that Alex is extremely valuable. He is an asset as a player, analyst, and invaluable with our kids coming up and young players on the team (uh….even though we don’t, um, have any at the moment).

    How’d you like that remark when Kay asked him to respond to Sherman’s claim that the Dodgers called him about Sabbathia/Tex?

    If no one heard it, He said nobody called me from the Dodges about C and Tex. Kay said, really?? (knowing Sherman probably has a solid source, I imagine). Cash then says, get this:

    “Maybe they called someone over my head, but they didn’t call me.”

    First of all, you mean to say if they went over his head, Hal or Randy LeSleaze would just fail to mention it to Cashman? Unless he was squirming out of it on a technicality, like, no they didn’t literally contact me…. but then he’d still be full of it because ‘maybe’ implies he had no knowledge of whether they called the Yankees period. Not that I care, but that comment is rich.

  18. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 28th, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    And from the chorus of what have you done for me lately, let me add this. IF – and I say if – IF Nix made the worst play in the world last night, he’s come across enough with big hits for the Yankees that you should be dusting yourself off and whistling on your way rather than jumping all over him. JMO

  19. J. Alfred Prufrock August 28th, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    blake August 28th, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    JAP,

    Thanks….yea thats the thing with Alex….shedding all that payroll woukd be nice….but who you gonna get to play 3B?
    ///

    No one’s going to replace Alex, even Alex’s shadow. But David Adams, last I looked, was error-less at 3B (please understand, this is monumental for anyone posing as an infielder on the Trenton team), and while he doesn’t have great range, he is proving to be sure-handed and athletic enough and with a bat that can redeem any lapses, should they come.

    It was a very good move to move Adams from 2B (where he will not see much time for the Yankees) to 3B. And finally, his ankle does appear to be healed.

  20. austinmac August 28th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    I would have preferred Nix check the runner. I think he could have looked him back and still get the out. It is much easier on my couch. If he didn’t get the out after looking him back, he would have been criticized for that.

    Right handed bats are hard to get on a tight budget. I agree.

  21. J. Alfred Prufrock August 28th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Incidentally, hello to blake and yankeefem.

    Also, you two, or one of you (because I trust your evaluations): I didn’t see much of last night’s game. How did Phelps(y) look overall?

  22. yankeefeminista August 28th, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    “Maybe they called someone over my head, but they didn’t call me.”
    ____
    Definitely troubling to say the least.

  23. J. Alfred Prufrock August 28th, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Right handed bats are hard to get on a tight budget. I agree.
    ///

    Nothing helps a “tight” budget more than a RHB who’s going to be playing for peanuts because of six years of control. But I digress… :mad:

  24. yankeefeminista August 28th, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Hello yourself, Pruf! I was watching on a constantly freezing mlb-tv; therefore I really didn’t see the pitches well enough to comment on Phelps. Even during Jeet’s game tying homer the picture froze while the ball was still in the outfield air. :(

  25. J. Alfred Prufrock August 28th, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    yankeefeminista August 28th, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    “Maybe they called someone over my head, but they didn’t call me.”
    ____
    Definitely troubling to say the least.
    ///

    I don’t know about troubling, per se, because I’m way past spending mental energy about it, since I know he’s teflon with this ownership. It’s actually sort of moved into the realm of the absurd. What is he trying to sell? He’s nobody’s puppy dog. George is gone, and the kid running to ship cares about profit margins, not balanced lineups or pitcher repertoires. When you finally move past caring what the hell Brian Cashman does with the team, he can be entertaining in a laughing at you not with you kind of way.

  26. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 28th, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    austin – I was in the car when the play happened and so only heard it. Sterling said the runner basically deeked Nix into throwing to first and that he thought it was brilliant baseball on the part of the runner. He said it was a great play.

    Having said that, and having read the discourse on the forum, I didn’t have any notion to go and take a look at the play because it was over. I really live by the philosophy espoused by players and managers. Turn the page and go on.

  27. yankeefeminista August 28th, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Does anyone in NJ have Optimum/cablevision on their mlb-tv in order to view Yankees online instead of being blacked out? And if so, do they know if I can get optimum/cablevision equivalent on my iphone so I don’t get blacked out of Yanks locally on my At Bat app for iphone?

  28. J. Alfred Prufrock August 28th, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    yankeefem, thanks all the same. I flirted with going back through MLB archives, but just too busy to do it. I missed the window for the YES replay, too.

  29. austinmac August 28th, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Yesterday and that play are gone. Let’s figure out how to win tonight. I agree if a player can’t forget yesterday, he will be a blogger rather than a player pretty soon.

  30. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 28th, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    And I’m not terribly flummoxed by the lineup or by who’s batting cleanup. I’m actually more amused by posters who think that the manager picks names out of a hat rather than has a method to what he’s doing. Because you may not agree with it or understand it doesn’t mean it’s the wrong thing to do.

    The Yankees are not in first place despite the vast array of injuries by dint of lohud’s decision-making process. Just sayin’.

    *********

    I’ll get my pre-game cheers in now because I don’t know if I’ll be around for the start of the game.

    GO PHIL!!!

    GO YANKS!!!

    GO ANGELS!!!

    ***********

    I see Bautista is out for the season. Too bad the Jays got so badly beaten up this season. I could have been in for beaucoup chocolate! It still could happen, but I think it’s looking pretty doubtful. I definitely will score some – thanks nick! – but probably not all of it.

  31. blake August 28th, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    JAP,

    I thought Phelps looked good overall…..he hung a CU to Lind and he got cute to start the 5th inning and walked thr first hitter and fell behind the 2nd giving up the homer….but aside from that he was pretty much in control and efficient….typical Phelps….mixed his pitches…..cut and sank the ball…..looked good….I like him a lot.

    1m

  32. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 28th, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    “Yesterday and that play are gone. Let’s figure out how to win tonight. I agree if a player can’t forget yesterday, he will be a blogger rather than a player pretty soon.”

    ;)

    Play today, win today. Right on austin.

  33. austinmac August 28th, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    I agree Phelps looked like Phelps. Fastball, cutter, curve and CU with location for the most part. He pitches well enough to win a lot of games. He is simply a solid pitcher who can locate a number of pitches.

    If you compare Phelps compact delivery to Nova’s bigger motion it would seem to account for the difference in command. It may well give Nova more velocity.

  34. waldo geraldo faldo August 28th, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    The injuries are finally catching up… and the Teixeira injury does nothing but hurt some more.

  35. LGY August 28th, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    “Maybe they called someone over my head, but they didn’t call me.”

    - – - – - – - –

    Didn’t Levine orchestrate the Ichiro deal, as well?

    Maybe Cashman was demoted to Head of the Dumpster Diving Analytics Department.

  36. Pauldanand August 28th, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Wondering why Nancy Neuman is looking like Lilly Munster this evening.

  37. DONNYBROOK August 28th, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Till Pettitte actually returns, Phelps is the 3rd best SP the Yanks got.

    – RD 1 YANKEE PLAYOFF ROTATION -

    (1) CC

    (2) KURODA

    (3) PHELPS

    Hughes goes to the Pen. Nova NOT on the roster.

  38. randy l. August 28th, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    “Maybe Cashman was demoted to Head of the Dumpster Diving Analytics Department.”

    personally, i’ve always believed that experienced dumpster divers who have a viscera feel for it have a leg up on analytic dumpster divers who dive by the numbers.

  39. J. Alfred Prufrock August 28th, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Thanks, blake, good stuff.

    LGY, very like.

    Pauldanand: LOL. Maybe because she’s exhausted the Louisa May Alcott phase?

  40. J. Alfred Prufrock August 28th, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    randy, he definitely dives by the numbers. He just robots on using a metric category without any real interpretive skill. Just kind of states “well this guy has a high OPS”, etc, without qualifiers. But, Oliver’s Army is here to stay.

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