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Pregame notes: Teixeira getting closer

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Sep 06, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

MLB Network has been airing some footage of Mark Teixeira running in the outfield today. Maybe they’ve shown more than this, but I’ve only seen video of Teixeira jogging straight ahead at a very slow pace. If you’ve seen it and came away thinking he can barely move, it’s worth noting that Teixeira later ran in large, swooping half circles at a pretty good pace.

“Very encouraging,” Teixeira said. “I’m not sure, 10 or 12 sprints out there, got to probably 80 percent. I’m very encouraged with where that was today. … Game speed and practice speed is a little different, anyway. It’s really tough to fully go out when you’re practicing, but I felt pretty good.”

Teixeira is going to try to ramp up the intensity tomorrow. He’s holding onto a slim hope that he might play tomorrow, but he acknowledges that it’s unlikely. Saturday is a more likely best-case scenario.

“I’m not anticipating it (tomorrow), but we’ll see how he feels tomorrow and watch him go through what he needs to go through and make a decision,” Joe Girardi said. “You have to make sure that when he gets out there he’s ready to play and it’s not like a 50-50 chance that it’s going to happen the first night back. You can’t take that chance. We’ve got to feel pretty good that he’s going to be able to remain healthy.”

Teixeira said his calf is still a little “tight,” but he thinks that might be from a lack of activity the past week or so. Running this afternoon was enough to tell him he wasn’t quite ready to play, but it was also enough to tell him he’s close. If the Yankees still had a 10-game lead, he said, he might want to give it a few extra days just in case. As it is, he doesn’t feel that sort of luxury.

“Obviously if we’re up 10 games, I’m probably going to take that extra day or two,” Teixeira said. “When we’re fighting right now for the lead, I’m going to try to come back as quickly as possible. This is the way it is. I want to be out there really badly right now.”

• There’s a chance Ivan Nova could be activated from the disabled list as early as tomorrow, but Girardi said he and Larry Rothschild have not decided how to use Nova going forward. He’s only missed about two weeks, so it’s not absurd to think he could step straight into the rotation. “We’ve just got to talk about, do we want him to throw in another game, a simulated game?” Girardi said.

• The decision on whether to activate Nova will be made tomorrow when the Yankees check to make sure Nova still feels good. Nova threw a bullpen today, so they want to make sure he’s OK a day later.

• Girardi on the decision of whether to use Nova as a starter or reliever: “We just really haven’t talked about it. We considering him a rotation guy. We don’t consider him a bullpen guy. I want to see how he feels tomorrow before we decide what’s next for him.”

• More from Girardi on Nova: “I don’t really have a concern that he could (not) give you 80, 90 pitches. We don’t have that concern because he hasn’t been off that long. If he had been off longer then yeah. I don’t think 80, 90 pitches would be out of the question for him.”

• Andy Pettitte is going to throw another simulated game this weekend. Seems like Saturday is the best bet.

• Robinson Cano told Girardi that he felt ready to play second base today. “He came in, said he felt good,” Girardi said. “I’ll take it for what his word is. Obviously he’ll go through and I’ll check before the game, but I feel pretty good about it.”

• As you’ve probably noticed, Eduardo Nunez hasn’t gotten much playing time since re-joining the Yankees. The team wants him to avoid moving all over the infield, so he’s pretty much limited to DH and shortstop. “It’s possible we’re going to put him in there,” Girardi said. “I’m going to have to make some decisions what we’re going to do, and who’s going to DH the next few days. Does Tex come back as the DH first before a position player? That’s something too I also worry about, is it easier to stay warm all the time than having to get warm for four at-bats. I can’t really tell you.”

• Maybe we can begin putting this to rest soon… Girardi was asked to define his offensive strategy in the wake of the past two days of bunting or not bunting. “Score runs. That’s the bottom line, to score runs,” Girardi said. “You expect your guys to be who they have been in the past and who we predict them to be. I don’t expect Swish to go out there and steal 50 bases. It’s not going to happen. I expect Swish to be an on-base guy that’s going to hit some balls out of the ballpark. He’s going to hit for a pretty good average, an on-base guy that drives in runs. I expect Grandy, he’s going to be a guy that hits his doubles, his triples, his home runs, steal an occasional base. Each guy, we have an expectation what they’re going to be. I don’t expect Jayson Nix to be a 15 or 20 home run guy, so he’s going to play a little bit smaller ball for us.

“You take the guys that you have, what’s expected of them, what they’re good at doing, and you put them in those situations. I’m not going to ask Robbie Cano to bunt with a runner one second with nobody else, because you guys would tell me that I’m absolutely crazy.”

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20 Responses to “Pregame notes: Teixeira getting closer”

  1. Warning Track Power September 6th, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    ***Girardi also indicated that Nova may not start when he returns***

    Where is Girardi going with this?
    I don’t understand. I have to hear his very own explanation to fully understand.

  2. MoRings42 September 6th, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    I’d like to hear more about Pettitte.. After Saturday, what’s next? Will we see him in Boston?

  3. mick September 6th, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Freddy Nova this Sunday?

  4. Bo knows September 6th, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    If Nova could give them a couple of innings every two days instead of six every five. Basically Phelps’s job. This would give him a chance to work on his FB command. My concern is that effectively in the last little while his sinker disappeared. I lean more to the quick out on weak grounders rather than racking up SOs.

  5. MTU September 6th, 2012 at 6:25 pm


    When your team is in such an awful funk you should be able to ask your guys to do whatever helps gets them out of it.

    If that means bunting then it should be bunting.

    Whatever it takes is what you try to do.

    Doing nothing but waiting and hoping should not be an option.

    P.S. IMO every single guy on a baseball team should know how to bunt effectively.

    You know how to put your pants on dontcha ? think that’s optional ?

  6. Warning Track Power September 6th, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    P.S. IMO every single guy on a baseball team should know how to bunt effectively.
    You’re in the minority with that idea.
    If I was a MLB manager, I already know that not every single player will know how to bunt.
    Just how not every player will know how to steal a base properly or throw a proper breaking ball.

  7. charlestonchew September 6th, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    This whole Nova situation is kind of silly.

    Nova needs to step in for Freddy and Freddy needs to replace Lowe out in the bullpen. I don’t know about you guys, but I’d rather not have to sit in angst during another Garcia start or another Lowe disaster. Garcia can barely get through the 5th inning — he’s much more effective the first few times through the lineup, so let the man succeed in the bullpen and put the young Nova with the sharp arsenal out there, that same arsenal that has dominated hitters earlier this very season.

    Sure, it’s a question mark.. but we know Garcia won’t be dominant as a starter, and neither will Lowe in the bullpen.

  8. MTU September 6th, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Maybe Girardi needs to study “situational hitting” ?

    definition of insanity:

    doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

    Might want to think about that one Joe.


  9. MTU September 6th, 2012 at 6:30 pm


    Bunting is fundamental. stealing bases is not.

    Sorry. you’re wrong.


  10. J. Alfred Prufrock September 6th, 2012 at 6:32 pm


    I appreciate your analogies. Keep pushing the boundaries around here :D

    No Vato in BP! Let him work his way back from #5. Andy ain’t ready yet, any way.

  11. bruceb September 6th, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Yes, we’ve seen more than enough of Sweaty Freddy. He is what he is: a last resort when you don’t have enough guys to fill your rotation. Okay, so Nova was even worse before going on the DL but at least you know that when’s he on, his stuff is much better than Garcia’s. Freddy did a good job as the long man and that’s the role he belongs in for the rest of the season.

  12. Warning Track Power September 6th, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    who are the Yes broadcasters tonight? please tell me Kay chose against making the trip.
    if yes, i’ll guess Singleton will be in the booth with Cone

  13. MTU September 6th, 2012 at 6:36 pm


    Use whoever gives you the best chance to win.

    If that’s Ivan then use Ivan.

    If that’s Freddy then use Freddy.

    When Ivan is healthy and on his game I’d have to think he represents the better chance.


  14. MTU September 6th, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    At this point in the season Egos get checked at the door and winning is everything.


  15. yankeefeminista September 6th, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    yankeefeminista September 6th, 2012 at 6:40 pm
    Girardi quote re: Nova? I am not liking the prospect of putting him in the pen at all.

    Teix should just stay out as long as he needs to or he is risking a long term injury. It’d be nice to have a healthy Teix in the playoffs for once.

    Forget the simulated game, Andy. Trenton needs you. 2010 reprisal!

  16. Triple Short of a Cycle September 6th, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    It’d be nice to have a healthy Teix in the playoffs for once.


    So Tex has been hurt in the playoffs every year?

  17. blake September 6th, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    If Andy is close I would convert Nova to a short reliever for the rest of the season.

    Obviously hes a starter long term……but with the weakness pre-Robertson in the pen….with him coming back from a shoulder injury….and with the fact that Nova isnt likely going to be in the playoff rotation then I think maybe he helps the team more in that role right now

    Nova can K guys and they need a bridge to the back end of the pen that has good stuff.

  18. MTU September 6th, 2012 at 6:54 pm


    Shouldn’t we continue to see what Phelps gives us first ?


  19. MTU September 6th, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Anyway. Enjoy the game folks.

    Hope it has a positive outcome.


  20. J. Alfred Prufrock September 6th, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Girardi quote re: Nova? I am not liking the prospect of putting him in the pen at all.


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