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Postgame notes: “I’ll be playing tomorrow”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Sep 13, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

This will shock you, I’m sure, but Derek Jeter says he doesn’t know when he bruised his left ankle, doesn’t know where he bruised his left ankle, and he doesn’t think his bruised ankle is a big deal.

“It’s really not as bad (as it looked),” he said. “You play or you don’t play, that’s the bottom line. I’ll be playing tomorrow.”

Jeter has been dealing with a bone bruise in his left ankle since at least the Rays series in Tampa Bay. That’s when Joe Girardi first became aware of it, and he was fully aware that Jeter was playing through it tonight. When he saw Jeter come up limping after that double play in the eighth inning, Girardi assumed it was nothing more serious than an aggravation of the same injury. Girardi and Steve Donohue came out to check on Jeter.

“I wanted to stay in the game,” Jeter said. “They thought I should put ice on it.”

Reality is, this was not a good day for the Yankees until Jeter said it was a good day. If Jeter had been seriously hurt, today’s win would have been secondary. But with Jeter expecting to play tomorrow, it’s a good day with a few close calls.

“It doesn’t temper the win, because we need to win,” Girardi said. “If he was out for a while, I’d be pretty concerned. Knowing Derek as well as we all do, he’s probably going to be in there tomorrow.”

• The Yankees and Orioles remain tied in the American League East. The Orioles walked off against the Rays just a few minutes before Rafael Soriano finally closed out the win here in Boston. “You’ve got to focus on your own game,” Jeter said. “I sound like a broken record, but the bottom line is if we win our games then we’ll be fine. That’s what we have to focus on. We can’t really sit around and worry about what’s going wherever (the Orioles) are. Where are they, Baltimore? We have no control over it. We can control how we play.”

• Alex Rodriguez is fine after his collision with James Loney at first base. “It looked more funny than anything else,” Rodriguez said. “I’m glad we’re both OK.”

• Rodriguez moved past Frankie Frisch for sole possession of 38th place on baseball’s all-time hits list. He also tied Phil Rizzuto for 18th place on the Yankees all-time runs scored list with his 878th as a Yankee.

• Robinson Cano hurt his wrist a little bit making a diving play tonight, but he said it’s a non-issue. He’ll play tomorrow.

• Cano reached 30 homers in a season for the first time in his career. His RBI total is down, but otherwise Cano’s having another terrific season. He won’t be an MVP favorite, but he’ll be in the mix somewhere.

• Big night for Curtis Granderson who seems to be swinging the bat a little better lately. “Anytime you can help the team win it’s always a good thing,” Granderson said. “We definitely wanted to get an opportunity to even out this series today, and we were able to do that. Now we’ve got a chance to win this series tomorrow, which is the main goal coming in to the start of the series yesterday — it’s just to win series the rest of the way, and that’s all we can control the rest of the way.”

• Eric Chavez went 2-for-2 with two doubles, including the 300th of his career. It’s the second time this season that Chavez has doubled twice in the same game. And if you’re wondering why he was pulled for a pinch hitter, Chavez is hitting just .161/.222/.161 against lefties this season.

• How about David Phelps? “He was aggressive,” Girardi said. “I think he got back to who he was, using his fastball-curveball mostly. He was really good with both of them. … This kid can pitch. We’ve loved the job that he’s done. Today, that was a big start for us.”

• When Phelps struck out Igelias to strand that leadoff triple in the fifth inning, he gave a kind of whirling fist pump on the mound. I was reminded of spring training when he found out he made the team and didn’t so much as smile when he walked back into the clubhouse. Phelps has a calm demeanor, and it takes a lot for him to show that sort of emotion. “It was huge,” he said. “I’d just given a run in the fourth, and to come back and we were up 3-1 at the time. He hits the leadoff triple and I told myself, alright, I’m going to do everything I can to not let this run score. It was a big run in the game.”

• With Andy Pettitte close to returning, I guess the final spot in the rotation is a decision between Phelps and Ivan Nova. After a couple of shakey starts, Phelps showed a lot tonight. “Every win during the season is significant,” he said. “Just go out there and prove to myself that I can pitch in September.”

• The big difference for Phelps was getting ahead and working in the zone. “The last two starts prior to this one I was behind in a lot of counts and I wasn’t pounding the strike zone early,” he said. “I told myself I wanted to come out and if they were going to swing first pitch, I was going to make them hit it. I just went out there and tried to get ahead in the count. I can attack a lot more when it’s 0-1 vs. 1-0.”

• The Yankees improved to 9-5 against the Red Sox this season.

• Jeter scored the 1,860th run of his career, passing Mel Ott for sole possession of 12th place on baseball’s all-time runs scored list. He has an eight-game hitting streak.

• Final word goes to Cano: “(Jeter) plays with pain and you can see him limping and being able to go out there every day and just competing, you know he wants to win. … That’s one of the big guys in the lineup. I mean, that’s the hottest guy on the team. That’s the last guy you want to see going down, but hopefully he’ll be in the lineup tomorrow.”

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59 Responses to “Postgame notes: “I’ll be playing tomorrow””

  1. umbrelladoc September 13th, 2012 at 1:00 am

    With the lefty on the mound, look for Jeter to DH.

  2. fantasygame101 September 13th, 2012 at 1:01 am

    Jeter better be playing. He is the only performer withstanding the DP. Others are suspects.

  3. jmills September 13th, 2012 at 1:05 am

    Go Jeter!

  4. fantasygame101 September 13th, 2012 at 1:06 am

    eric chavez over nix even against lefty. Better defensively. Nix advantage is bunting but he seldom bunts.

  5. I Am Winning September 13th, 2012 at 1:11 am

    Looking at Jeter’s career numbers in unbelievable. He could’ve retired a few years ago and still made first ballot HOF. Instead, he is going to play for a few more seasons to show everyone at the HOF up.

    He isn’t an RBI guy but has nearly 1250 RBIs. He has over 250 homers. Almost 4700 total bases. almost 350 stolen bases. Over 1,000 walks. 65 triples. Over 1850 runs scored. Over 500 doubles.

    From here on out, everything this guy does is just padding his career stats. I can’t wait to see his final line. It will truly be extraordinary.

  6. I Am Winning September 13th, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Oh, I forgot to mention he has a chance at 4,000 career hits too!

  7. Mike Ri September 13th, 2012 at 6:35 am

    hey .. .a wins a win . . a little to close for comfort but i’ll take it ! ..

  8. MTU September 13th, 2012 at 6:47 am

    Nova vs. Phelps for the final spot after AP returns ?

    Phelps a candidate for the 2013 rotation ?

    Inquiring minds want to know.


  9. MTU September 13th, 2012 at 6:51 am

    Hey. Good news.

    Finally a starter who could hold a lead.


  10. blake September 13th, 2012 at 7:22 am

    “From here on out, everything this guy does is just padding his career stats.”

    The only stat Jeter cares about padding is his number of rings.

  11. blake September 13th, 2012 at 7:25 am


    That was the Phelps we love……the one who attacks hitters and isnt afraid……he had that 2 seamer and CB really working last night and pitched great…..Girardi probably should have let him go deeper really.

  12. MTU September 13th, 2012 at 7:28 am


    I also liked his competitiveness.

    Showed some real grit too.

    Stranding that guy at 3b was impressive.

  13. blake September 13th, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Im really looking forward to the irresistible horseshoe vs the immovable 4 leaf clover this weekend when the Os travel to Oakland.

    Phillies only 3 out in the WC now

  14. blake September 13th, 2012 at 7:32 am


    Yea……I didnt recognize that guy that pitched against the Os his previous two starts…..last night was mkre like it

  15. MTU September 13th, 2012 at 7:33 am

    The O’s are pushing the Rays back for us.

  16. MTU September 13th, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Too much back and forth w Phelps IMO.

    Needs to be kept in a consistent role.

    Bad streak for a while.

    It happens with young guys.

    What we saw last night is the essential David Phelps.

  17. MTU September 13th, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Trade one of Hughes/Nova/Phelps for a bat in the OS ???

  18. blake September 13th, 2012 at 7:42 am

    ,Trade one of Hughes/Nova/Phelps for a bat in the OS ??”

    Maybe….it depends on who it is of course. Id have a tough time trading Hughes though without knowing who else will be in their rotation next year. Will Kuroda be back? Will Andy be back? Will Pineda make it back? Will Nova potch better?

    Too many questions right now Hughes unless something rrally good comes along.

  19. MTU September 13th, 2012 at 7:44 am

    “unless something really good comes along.”

    What if it does. What then ?

  20. blake September 13th, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Yanks are 1 for their last 25 with RISP……their pen is also very tired….I doubt Robertson will be available tonight so they really need Hughes to go deep and give them quality tonight.

  21. blake September 13th, 2012 at 7:46 am

    “What if it does. What then ?”

    Then you have to weigh that vs what you have in the rotation …..hopefully they can get Kuroda and Petitte back and thatll help…..

  22. MTU September 13th, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Almost 50 % of the Yankee’s run scored via the long ball.

    They need an Abreu type guy, or 2 for next season.

    Robertson hasn’t been the same since his injury.

  23. MTU September 13th, 2012 at 7:47 am


    Do you think Hiroki is coming back ?

  24. blake September 13th, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Looks like Hughes tonight then Sabathia, Nova, and Kuroda for the Rays series…….

  25. Yankee Trader September 13th, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Good morning-

    However concerns still there:

    Phelps gets an A for his performance.

    Granderson gets an B for his 2 homers, 1st one on a 91mph Cook meatball over heart of the plate, 2nd one 93mph fastball from Aceves also over his sweet spot. He struck out twice, otherwise he gets an A.

    Bullpen gets an F. Chamberlain’s ERA is better, but he’s been letting almost 50% of inherited runners score. Soriano needs to treat Dickerson to a great dinner. Jones would not have made that play at the wall.

    0 for 13 with RISP. 10 men LOB. 3 runs off Aaron Cook

    Yankees were Lucky last night.

    But all in all I’ll take it! :)

  26. blake September 13th, 2012 at 7:50 am

    “Do you think Hiroki is coming back ?”

    I hope so…..but itll likely just be entirely up to him. Id make him the qualifying offer 13.5 million or whatever and see if he takes that….

  27. blake September 13th, 2012 at 7:52 am


    I agree…..they won last night but it wasnt a performance that inspored a ton of confidence …..especially offensively and with the bullpen.

  28. Yankee Trader September 13th, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Will Hiroki Kuroda be back?

    Reasons he might:

    Gets a qualifying offer. Has lucrative endorsements in NY. Yankees win WS or at least get to WS and Kuroda shines.

    Reasons he might not:
    38 yo next February. 5.11 ERA month September. Gets no run support[around 3.7 runs per game]. LA is closer to home. Angels or Dodgers offer him more.
    Maybe he just wants to return to Japan

    Thank goodness Cashman got him this season. No Kuroda and the Yankees are fighting to stay out of the basement.

  29. MTU September 13th, 2012 at 8:01 am

    The Yankees need at least one of AP or Kuroda to return.

    Both would be even better.

  30. MTU September 13th, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Pretty confident AP will return.

    Kuroda is a coin toss.

  31. blake September 13th, 2012 at 8:05 am


    Yea I would guess one of the two will be back….Im hoping both.

  32. MTU September 13th, 2012 at 8:07 am


    I wonder if the Yankees will make any significant changes in the OS ?

    Perhaps if they fall out, or have an early exit.

    If they go deep I see them falling back on the injury excuse to not do much.

    “We’re pretty good as we sit.”


  33. MTU September 13th, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Same here Blake.

    Both would be great.

    1 of 2 is a necessity.

  34. Yankee Trader September 13th, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Sale vs Verlander today. Will the Tigers win the Division?

    A’s actually have a chance to win their division. Very hard schedule but have 7 remaining with Texas, last 3 at home.

    Worst scenario, worse than not making the playoffs at all:

    Yankees and A’s are the 2 wildcards. Yankees have to fly out to Oakland and lose again in their stadium. What will be the title of the story next day in the NY papers?

    Money Ball beats Money?

  35. yankee21 September 13th, 2012 at 8:10 am

    NY needs both Kuroda and Pettitte next year due to the uncertainty of their pitching. Virtually every one of their top level pitching prospects were hurt or ineffective this year. Marshall is basically the exception.

    Cannot trade Hughes or Nova or Phelps until you know what Kuroda’s and Andy’s plans are.

    NY needs to be aggressive in seeking an early decision from both of these guys they cannot wait on them. If it takes a few more dollars to do that, I believe it is worth it.

    I still try to lock up Hughes for a few years and then ultimately Nova or Phelps becomes trade bait for a bat.

  36. MTU September 13th, 2012 at 8:10 am

    I wonder if Pineda will suprise everyone and be back for ST ?

    Stay healthy and have a big season ?

    Yes. I know. Don’t hold my breath.

    A fella can dream can’t he ?


  37. MTU September 13th, 2012 at 8:12 am


    I’m with you.

    Let’s get AP and/or Hiroki wrapped up early.


  38. MTU September 13th, 2012 at 8:12 am

    But I doubt it happens that way.


  39. blake September 13th, 2012 at 8:13 am


    I dont know…..I think they really need to adress their offense and possibily their oen as well this winter……whether or not they will is hard to say and may well depend in how this season ends and where Hal sees the profit numbers. If the fanbase is upset and he thinks attendance and revenues will take a hit then maybe he does something.

    This Yankee team may go on a run and win the whole thing…..if they get in they could…stranger things have happened …..but even if that does happen it doesnt change thr fact that their are cracks in the foundation of this team that are going to fail totally at some point soon if not addressed.

  40. Benny Blanco September 13th, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Can someone please calculate the Yankee average with risp. Dating back to last years playoffs?

  41. MTU September 13th, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Phillies, Halos, Tigers, Marlins, Sux.

    All of them crapped the bed despite huge expenditures and high payrolls.

    Is there a lesson there ?


  42. MTU September 13th, 2012 at 8:17 am

    “but even if that does happen it doesnt change thr fact that their are cracks in the foundation of this team that are going to fail totally at some point soon if not addressed.”

    I wholeheartedly concur Dr. Watson.


  43. blake September 13th, 2012 at 8:20 am

    “Cannot trade Hughes or Nova or Phelps until you know what Kuroda’s and Andy’s plans are.”

    I agree….if you have both of those guys back then you can start shopping those three guys just to see what you can get.

    Personally Id almost rather extend Hughes at this point if the deal is afforable (like 3/24 ish) than to trade him……I really like what hes done this year and think hes on his way to becoming a very solid mid rotation innings eater type pitcher…..that will have some #2 type seasons. Thats not what Hughes was envisioned as being…..but its still really valuable nonetheless…..

    They do needs bats though and if they arent gonna spend any money then they havr to get them somehow ……they cant rely on Jeter to hit .324 again at age 39……or Arod to stay healthy….or Gardner to stay healthy……or Tex to suddenly be a .900 OPS bat again…..

  44. Yankee Trader September 13th, 2012 at 8:20 am

    MTU and Blake:

    My wish list so far for 2013 opening game 1 of the season. Trying to stay fiscally responsible:

    Kuroda and Pettitte return
    Gardner is 100%
    Yankees trade for a young corner OF bat
    Soriano opts out
    Rivera comes back and agrees to a team friendly contract
    Jones, McGehee, Ibanez, are gone.
    Chavez resigns. On the fence about Ichiro-if he takes a big paycut?
    Pineda surprises us and is 100% fit to go opening day
    Yankees trade for a catcher who can hit

    That’s for starters

    Your thoughts.

  45. MTU September 13th, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Adios for now Muchachos.

    Time to walk the Perritos.

  46. MTU September 13th, 2012 at 8:22 am


    I like your wish list a lot.

    Later Sr.


  47. Yankee Trader September 13th, 2012 at 8:24 am


    Have a great day amigo.

  48. Yankee Trader September 13th, 2012 at 8:32 am

    “Yankees Need Cano to Carry Them Down the Stretch”

    “This franchise is all about winning and the first five or six years you learn from the guys that have been here a long time,’’ Cano said. “But I am ready now to do what I have to make this team win. This is my time. It’s time for me to get the job done. It’s time for me to step it up.’’

    Read more:

  49. Yankee Trader September 13th, 2012 at 8:34 am

    With that I’m outta here.

    Have a great day.

    Until later.

  50. blake September 13th, 2012 at 8:37 am


    I said this yesterday….in some ways this season reminds me of 2007. The bullpen is somewhat shoddy…..their are cracks and holes in the team….but that year Arod took the Yanks on his back and carried them. They need Cano to do that……Alex is just too old and injured to bare that responsibility now……it has to be Cano

  51. blake September 13th, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Everything is just coming up Aces for the Orioles…..Ive never seen anything like it…..Nate Mclouth is terrible…Mark Reynolds is terrible……they get a bunch of no name.pitchers become good all the sudden….they win literally every close game and often do it with guys that arent very good cominf through….

    Adam Jones is legit…..Manny Machado is awesome so it not like they are all bums but I just dont see how what they are doing is sustainable ….but here we are in mid September and its hard to explain

  52. Villa Nova-Ya September 13th, 2012 at 8:53 am

    blake -

    Sometimes the baseball gods pick a favorite.

    What can ya say?

    (I seriously believe that, too.)

  53. Cashmoney September 13th, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Phillies, Halos, Tigers, Marlins, Sux.

    All of them crapped the bed despite huge expenditures and high payrolls.

    Is there a lesson there ?
    I take the Marlins out of it, because payroll wise there are not in the same stratosphere, but if the drift is that being in the top 5 payroll doesn’t guarantee you a playoff spot, sure. It there a lesson for team like Red Sox and Yankee who consistent finish with 90 wins in the past decade?
    The narrative is if you outspend other team consistently by 1/3 of the payroll, you are very likely to win and go to the playoff. unless the team is marred by injuries and the money is horribly invested. to which case, you can make a case for some of teams above. Long after Mo and Jeter walks away, the Yankee should still be very competitive if the money is invested wisely and FO have foresight to augment with young talents. 189 or whichever figure close to that vicinity is still a tremendous advantage over most other teams.

  54. Shame Spencer September 13th, 2012 at 9:14 am


    I still hope they rest Jeter tonight. I know he won’t like it but if he does go down at any point in the last 20 games we have no hope.

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