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Pregame notes: “If it does go back to square one…”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Sep 09, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Mark Teixeira is going for an MRI tomorrow. Joe Girardi doesn’t expect Teixeira to be available for the upcoming Boston series, and Girardi admitted that he’s wondered whether Teixeira will play again this season.

“There’s part of me that wonders that,” Girardi said. “There’s basically three and a half weeks, and if it does go back to square one, then I really wonder.”

For now, Teixeira is saying he doesn’t believe his calf has regressed all the way back to square one, but there’s a lot of uncertainty involved.

“When I talked to him (last night) in the seventh, he was like, it’s OK,” Girardi said. “We knew going in that there was some concern. The fact that I felt his at-bat would come into play in the ninth is why he was still in there. … (Before the game) he said that he was ready to go, and he said he was ready to go Friday. I didn’t play him Friday. I played him Saturday, and I do believe he was ready go do, but I believe he just got in a crazy play.”

• For a second day in a row, Curtis Granderson is a healthy scratch from the lineup. Despite Ichiro Suzuki’s ugly numbers against left-handers this season, the Yankees have put Ichiro in center ahead of Granderson the past two days. “(Granderson)’s been struggling a little bit,” Girardi said. “Ich has been swinging the bat pretty good. At some point I think he’ll probably play today for us, but Ich has been playing well.”

• Ivan Nova is once again available out of the bullpen, and Girardi said he’s still not sure what role Nova will play going forward. “We’ve got to see what happens today, then go from there,” Girardi said.

• Andy Pettitte is going to throw a side tomorrow, then he’ll throw a sim game in Boston, probably on Wednesday. Girardi made it sound like it’s very possible Pettitte could start a game as early as next week. He said the weekend is probably too soon, but after that is a legitimate possibility.

• Girardi said he’s not worried about umpire carryover after last night. “You hope that everyone has professionalism, and there’s a lot of eyes watching,” Girardi said. “They might have a little shorter fuse with a guy, but they’re going to do their job.”

• It would be interesting to see Girardi take the lineup card to home plate tonight. Probably won’t happen, but it would be interesting to see that scenario, whether Girardi would use it to make peace or fire up the team.

• Once again, Girardi said that CC Sabathia his healthy, but said he wonders if the diminished velocity is a product of Sabathia’s workload in his career. “It could be just a year, kind of like what Hughesy went through (last year) and bounces back the following year and has his velocity back,” Girardi said. “How many years in a row did he go 250 innings?”

• Russell Martin would have played today’s day game after a night game regardless of the Teixeira injury. Martin’s been productive lately, and his numbers against lefties are pretty good. With an off day tomorrow, Girardi said he felt comfortable letting Martin play. Martin told him he felt good.

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16 Responses to “Pregame notes: “If it does go back to square one…””

  1. J. Alfred Prufrock September 9th, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    That is not good news on Tex.

  2. Carlo September 9th, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Carlo September 9th, 2012 at 12:43 pm
    There are two reasons I hope tex comes back, neither are what one would think.

    1 – I like him and would hate to see him miss a critical portion of the year and I am sure he cares about nit being there for is teammates
    2 – I don’t want this dogsht team to pretend like there are adequate excuses to bring this team back next year

    When they miss the playoffs, and they will, I don’t want any excuses. They are not a good baseball team. They are actually a pretty poor baseball team. Making the playoffs is merely putting a dress on a steaming loaf of sht. They need to blow this up. Making the playoffs or claiming they would have ex injuries is all they want to do…..helps them sit tight, save money, and embarrass themselves.

  3. yankfan1 September 9th, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    I’d rather see Nova than Freddy start. Both have had bad years, but Nova has a better chance going 7 innings allowing 2-3 runs. From what I’m hearing Tex is probably done for the year. Bad news all around. Big game today, hope Freddy still has something left in the tank.

  4. LGY September 9th, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    So Granderson is basically being benched for poor play?

    What does Andruw Jones have to do to earn that distinction?

  5. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 9th, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    “I don’t want Swisher at first for love or money. Keep him in right and let Pearce stay at first. Hopefully we get Tex back.”

  6. LGY September 9th, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    And if Joe doesn’t feel comfortable with Grandy in the lineup then why did he leave him in to face Matusz in the 8th inning?

  7. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 9th, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    “I’d rather see Nova than Freddy start. Both have had bad years, but Nova has a better chance going 7 innings allowing 2-3 runs. From what I’m hearing Tex is probably done for the year. Bad news all around. Big game today, hope Freddy still has something left in the tank.”

    Nova has not had the benefit of pitching any minor league games. I don’t know that today’s game is where you want him to have his first start, not knowing how he will pitch. I think they have him in the pen to ease him back in.

    Any sign of Freddy losing it, Nova needs to come in. But short of that I think they’re doing the right thing. Our SP is fragile enough as it is.

  8. jacksquat September 9th, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Seems to be all about seniority.

  9. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 9th, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    “And if Joe doesn’t feel comfortable with Grandy in the lineup then why did he leave him in to face Matusz in the 8th inning?”

    I can give you a possibility. Because Joe always believes that slumping players are one hit away from coming back? Add to that Granderson’s numbers against Matusz, and you can probably see Girardi’s thinking.

  10. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 9th, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Carlo, to me anything said by a team like the Yankees playing at full strength and not making the playoffs is an excuse. With the hand Girardi was dealt, injuries included, I would call anything said a reason.

  11. LGY September 9th, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    I can give you a possibility. Because Joe always believes that slumping players are one hit away from coming back? Add to that Granderson’s numbers against Matusz, and you can probably see Girardi’s thinking.

    ———

    Then why is he on the bench today?

  12. Carlo September 9th, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Trisha – I don’t think this is a winning roster, healthy or not. I really don’t. They have so many versions of the same one dimensional player that its ridiculous. This season has become about not humiliating themselves now, its not about winning anything. They need to redo this roster. Missing the playoffs forces them to start that process.

  13. LGY September 9th, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    You can’t blame injuries when the major failures lately have been healthy players. Injuries didn’t allow Joe Saunders to out pitch CC or the Yankees to not get the ball out of the infield with bases loaded no outs. Or Robertson to blow the 2nd game of this series. Etc.

    Injuries and blaming the umps is CYA talk. The reason they blew a 10 game lead is underperformance from the vast majority of the roster.

  14. Shame Spencer September 9th, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Health.. and planning. There’s been some poor succession planning going on…. I’ve been frustrated with the suboptimal bench/roster construction since the start of the season. Lineups like this make me mad when you’re sitting a .700+ OBP vs lefties.

  15. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 9th, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Carlo, I’m not saying that there shouldn’t be changes. Just that to deny there have been injuries to signifiicant players would be unfair to reality.

    **********

    “You can’t blame injuries when the major failures lately have been healthy players. Injuries didn’t allow Joe Saunders to out pitch CC or the Yankees to not get the ball out of the infield with bases loaded no outs. Or Robertson to blow the 2nd game of this series. Etc.

    Injuries and blaming the umps is CYA talk. The reason they blew a 10 game lead is underperformance from the vast majority of the roster.”

    Injuries cause players to have to do more than they would have without the injuries. By the end of a season, teams who have dealt with injuries to major players show the residuals. The Yankees are not immune.

    When you are a win at all costs fan – which you definitely strike me to be – nothing but winning is acceptable.

    When you are a fan who is willing to factor in reality and understand how it affects the game, then you’re not as strident or inflexible when things go wrong.

    Nobody said the team didn’t underperform.

    But you’d really have to value the role of starting pitching to see how Andy going down and CC going down twice in the period of time about which you speak would have a major impact on a team.

    Some of us believe in as fair a playing field as possible. That includes umpires getting calls right. For all teams. Others don’t really give a crap.

    Different strokes for different folks.

  16. Shame Spencer September 9th, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    But Nunez is obviously still the heir to Jeter because Joe said so. Don’t let the fact that he doesn’t play fool you guys!


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