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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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