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Pregame notes: Teixeira expected back tomorrow

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Sep 30, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees expect Mark Teixeira to be in the lineup and playing first base tomorrow. After playing in an instructional league game yesterday, Teixeira will go through a normal workout today and rejoin the Yankees when they get home for this final three-game series against the Red Sox.

It will be Teixeira’s first game since aggravating his strained calf injury on September 8, and only his second game since originally hurting himself on August 27. His injury through the month of September, and Alex Rodriguez’s injury through the month of August means it’s been a long time since the Yankees have consistently had two of their middle-of-the-order bats in the lineup at the same time.

“Obviously two middle-of-the-order hitters, number one,” Girardi said. “But two, it gives you the ability not to stack left handers, which is something that we’ve had to fight and at times we’ve been vulnerable to that. It seemed like everyone was throwing left handers against us, and Tex is a huge bat against left handers. It’s affected us.”

The Yankees face two right handers (Buchholz and Matsuzaka) and one lefty (Lester) in this final series against the Red Sox.

• Jayson Nix is expected to miss 10-14 days with a Grade 1 strain of his left hip flexor. That’s playing in games in 10-14 days, not working out in 10-14 days. “We’ll have to see how he is when we get back and maybe he could progress a little bit quicker than that,” Giradi said. “If someone was to go down or you wanted to pinch run for someone, it’s a guy that could really play all over the place.”

• If the Yankees have to play a division tie-breaker on Thursday, Andy Pettitte will get the start.

• Girardi said he hasn’t made any changes to the rotation for the upcoming Boston series. That means Ivan Nova is still lined up to start Tuesday. “We’ll just go day-by-day where we’re at,” Girardi said. “As of right now, we’ve made no changes.”

• When the Yankees struggled with runners in scoring position earlier this season, Girardi leaned on the idea that things would even out in the end. But here we are in Game 159, and it’s still an issue. “I am surprised a little bit by it,” Girardi said. “Is there anything I can do about it? Not really. These guys are professional hitters, and they know how to get it done. Some of it probably falls into some bad luck where you hit some balls hard and they just don’t work out. I expect that they’re going to get it done. That’s my expectation every day.”

• Hard to remember after the way the Yankees played Thursday and Saturday, but the Yankees were playing pretty well before coming to Toronto. They’re 5-0-1 in their past six series. “If you were to look at the series that we’ve played over the last three weeks, we’ve played pretty good series,” Girardi said. “Every series has been pretty good. We didn’t score runs Thursday, we didn’t score runs yesterday. Does that mean we’re not going to score runs the rest of the year? No, it doesn’t.”

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52 Responses to “Pregame notes: Teixeira expected back tomorrow”

  1. LGY September 30th, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    DONNYBROOK says: September 30, 2012 at 12:02 pm I keep thinking back to that BLOWN call at 1B on TEX in Balt.

    ———-

    Aren’t you against expanded replay?

  2. LGY September 30th, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Will Henderson Alvarez set another career high in Strikeouts against the Yankees today?

  3. tucker September 30th, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    This is a winning lineup.Hope Hughes limits the HRs.

  4. St. Pete Yankee September 30th, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    I have felt since early season that the RISP problem was due to too many guys trying to murder the ball (and swinging at more pitches outside the strike zone) , instead of just making solid contact on those occasions. Specifically Swisher, Texiera, Granderson, Jones and sometimes Cano. And I think that is still the problem. They are too focused on the big home run, instead of the solid double or even a walk.

  5. blake September 30th, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    “Obviously two middle-of-the-order hitters, number one,” Girardi said. “But two, it gives you the ability not to stack left handers, which is something that we’ve had to fight and at times we’ve been vulnerable to that’

    Excellent ….who are these middle of the order bats and where csn we get

  6. Madrugador September 30th, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    WOW, he just doesn’t get it and he has set himself up to look desperate.
    Girardi could have said about Tuesday’s starter, “We’ll see”. At least that way if he needs to start someone other than Nova he can without looking as if he is in trouble.

  7. DONNYBROOK September 30th, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Absolutely against replay Period. The call on TEX coulda been made correctly by Helen Keller. It has Nothing to do with Replay. It has EVERYTHING to do with competence and Antcipating a play, instead of witnessing a play. Same goes for that play with Gardner stealing 2nd Base yesterday. How can Gardner be out, when the guy making the tag NEVER extended his mitt in front of the base??? Welke obviously Anticipated an out on that play, and made his call based on that. There is No other explanation for both those Horribly inept calls.

  8. Bo knows September 30th, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Any pitcher that can throw off speed strikes on the outside corner destroys the above mentioned four. As mentioned earlier the Yankees weakness was shown by Oakland.

  9. NYY fan in NH September 30th, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Arod hasn’t been a middle of the order bat for quite some time Binder Joe!!

  10. Ken Phelps September 30th, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    I’m sorry guys if the Yankees lose this division… Which was a ten game lead… I can’t blame umpires

  11. DONNYBROOK September 30th, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    I’m still waiting for an explanation as to why Girardi pulled Nunez and lost the DH by moving Jeet to SS EARLY in that game yesterday.

  12. Ken Phelps September 30th, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    And if the Yankees end up in a one game playoff and lose… I think joe is gone

  13. Bo knows September 30th, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Excellent ….who are these middle of the order bats and where can we get em

    ————
    Classic – Thanks for the relief, I needed that.

  14. Ken Phelps September 30th, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Giradi’s moves yesterday were almost as bad as Yankees hitting with runners in scoring position

  15. Ken Phelps September 30th, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Yes Tuesdays match-up Lester vs nova is a tough one

  16. G. Love September 30th, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Let’s see, Tex vs Boston where 2 of 3 games he’s facing a RH?

    Yeah…he’s going to make a huge difference at the plate.

    Get ready for the 1 game playoff people. It’s gonna be a pisser.

  17. Bo knows September 30th, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    People keep running that “losing the DH” as if it had any meaning. Girardi had a whole flippin bench as pinch hitters.

  18. blake September 30th, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    “I’m still waiting for an explanation as to why Girardi pulled Nunez and lost the DH by moving Jeet to SS EARLY in that game yesterday.”

    Because he didnt trust Nunez to catch the ball late in a close game….which begs the question as to why he was playing SS to begin with in a game so important.

  19. DONNYBROOK September 30th, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    That’s a mis-conception. The Yanks have “lost” nothing. The O’s have just been playing extremely well. The “blowing a 10 game lead” stuff is a media concoction. The Yankees have Not collapsed.

  20. jacksquat September 30th, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Girardi thought “I can pinch hit for the pitcher spot the rest of the way and get Nuney out of there before a single ball is hit his way!”

  21. backbench September 30th, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    “And if the Yankees end up in a one game playoff and lose… I think joe is gone”

    From your key board to God’s in box.

  22. longtimefan September 30th, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Looking forward to some after season changes starting at the top and then hopefully looking forward to a more successful next season.

  23. Cashmoney September 30th, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    i don’t either Joe or Cash will be gone, next year might be dif story. but next year is looooong way away.

  24. bruceb September 30th, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Girardi is just fine as manager when things are going well. But when things are going badly – which they are right now – fans like to see a bit of passion and emotion from their team leader. Joe just trots out the same old line, regardless of win or lose. “We’re playing well.” “We’re hitting the ball well.” “We’re hitting the ball straight at fielders.”

    The most ridiculous thing of all is when he starts blaming Russell Martin’s batting average on “bad luck.” Well, if that’s the case, Andruw Jones must be under a gypsy curse.

    Joe has never been the best at handling in-game moves as his mind works like a computer rather than a human being.

    He will probably survive this year, regardless of the outcome, because of the huge number of injury problems he has had to deal with. But his future, with a team of aging, overpaid, under-performing stars, does not look too bright.

  25. Bo knows September 30th, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Get ready for the 1 game playoff people. It’s gonna be a pisser.

    ————————
    Yep, can’t wait for the pop ups and grounders into the shift.

    Dickerson had a great year in AAA and is excellent defensively, has played extremely well in mini appearances. But hey, no veteran presents and Jones hit a HR lately. If he hits one more the Yankees will set a record for number of players with 15 HRs. Now that’s really critical.

  26. blake September 30th, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Joe has made some questionable decisions….but the primary reason they are in this spot is because of the roster….the bullpen is thin and wasnt addreased at the deadline and the offense has been neglected really since the winter of 2008.

    Joe has made some poor decisions latley…primarily yesterday and the Twins loss…..but the primary reasons they havent ran away with the division are 1) injuries 2) roster construction 3) the Orioles.

    Getting rid of Joe isnt going to make Arod and Tex 5 years younger….its not going to make Granderson and Swisher complete hitters or make the bullpen better etc…..

  27. G. Love September 30th, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    I’m telling you guys, as long as they make the post season which it seems they will (even the 1 game WC game) the front office will pat one another on the back and pop champagne.

    When people are in C-Y-A mode, they relish empty accomplishments to cling to in order to steer the conversation.

    If the fanbase doesn’t let them get away with excuses this year if they don’t win the division, it’d be a first.

    We’re the minority in here.

    Although having to refund/credit all that playoff ticket money they’ve already collected is not going to make the owners too happy.

    Still, they make the 1 game playoff and you’ll hear what a great job Girardi and Cashman did with a roster decimated by injuries, blah blah blah.

    And there are plenty of media guys who will write that story to keep their “in” with Cashman.

  28. austinmac September 30th, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    I will be glad to get Tex back, but he is another all or nothing guy. His return will not, in my opinion, fix what is broken.

    I will be very unhappy when the team blames injuries for it’s problems. Injuries always happen. The O’s are playing great without Markakis. They had a young player to bring up for offense.

  29. Cashmoney September 30th, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    I actually relish the fact that Sox are loading up their best starter against us. words of Bravado and images of valiant battle swirls in my head, then I look at some of the hitters we had, it conjure a somber vision… all the words have spent at this point, it’s watch and pray. confidence level is at 5 out of 10 at this point. And realistically, it should be.

  30. filthy slider September 30th, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    A-Rod: worst 3rd baseman in the AL
    Cashman: worst GM in the majors
    Cano: biggest dog on the Yankees
    Yankee hitters with men in scoring position: worst in the AL
    = 1&done in playoffs

  31. austinmac September 30th, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    The O’s will win today. The Yankees better score more than 2-3 runs.

  32. tomingeorgia September 30th, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Hey, all you Eeyores, The Yanks will step up and win today, then sweep the Sox at home. The players have to do it, not Girardi. Joe just has to not screw it up. How about a big couple of early innings to take the pressure off Phil AND Girardi? Can, and will, be done. On to the Playoffs. No time to trash the team, root for the guys on the field, instead. If your predictions come true, there’ll be nothing but trashing for six months, anyway. Save it for then, please.

  33. Bo knows September 30th, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    What bothers me is that with all the injuries, none of the kids got a shot. Granted Mustelier and Dickerson are not kids but not giving them a few games at the back end of a tough season is puzzling.

  34. austinmac September 30th, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Donnybrook,

    I hope you are joking the Yankees lost nothing. Well, they have played abysmally for two months. Do they have a.500 record?

  35. blake September 30th, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    “I’m telling you guys, as long as they make the post season which it seems they will (even the 1 game WC game) the front office will pat one another on the back and pop champagne.”

    Laughing all the way to the bank….

  36. austinmac September 30th, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Tom,

    Please tell me what you have seen to make you think this team will win four games in a row. They fail over and over in critical spots and have for many weeks. The Red Sox will not lay down. That, I promise.

  37. jmills September 30th, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Hi Yankee fans – in your situation, the mental strain is enough to make one give up the habit; and I say that with all sincerity having been through it,…although not since the days of analog :)

    I have conversed with Prufrock, he is fine and misses people here – the man has books to read and is taking a break. If he returns, you’ll have something better than this for input!

  38. blake September 30th, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    I still think if the Yanks win today and take 2 of 3 vs Boston thatll probably be enough……hopefully Boston will put up a fight today…..but I kinda doubt it…..theyll lay down today and treat the next series like the World Series..

  39. Bo knows September 30th, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    If your predictions come true, there’ll be nothing but trashing for six months, anyway. Save it for then, please.
    ————–
    Concise and to the point. It’s rooting for laundry time.

    Now where is that missing sock?

  40. LGY September 30th, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Absolutely against replay Period. The call on TEX coulda been made correctly by Helen Keller. It has Nothing to do with Replay. It has EVERYTHING to do with competence and Antcipating a play, instead of witnessing a play. Same goes for that play with Gardner stealing 2nd Base yesterday. How can Gardner be out, when the guy making the tag NEVER extended his mitt in front of the base??? Welke obviously Anticipated an out on that play, and made his call based on that. There is No other explanation for both those Horribly inept calls.

    ———–

    So how do you plan to get calls right if the umpires are incompetent and there’s no replay to correct their mistakes?

  41. bruceb September 30th, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I don’t see them winning all four games either. Heck, I’m not even confident of them winning today.

  42. Binder Joe September 30th, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    All of you guys questioning me are fools.

    Pettitte was clearly tired when I pulled him, Nunez didn’t make any errors, and Andruw has been swinging the bat really well lately, he just ran into a bit of bad luck yesterday.

  43. DONNYBROOK September 30th, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    I was surprised to see Gardner playing on D yesterday. I hope this means we will see him starting in LF Very Soon.

  44. DONNYBROOK September 30th, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    - LGY -
    That’s just too Simple to merit my supplying you with the remedy. You should apply for a mgt. job in DC.

  45. Madrugador September 30th, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    It makes no sense to me to get rid of Girardi unless you make major changes to the personnel the manager has at his disposal.

  46. austinmac September 30th, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    The wild pitch is the best way to score. Who needs hits?

  47. austinmac September 30th, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Swisher should have moved to third on the ball off the pitcher. He would have then scored.

  48. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 1st, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    :shock:

  49. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 1st, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    :mad:

  50. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 1st, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    :evil:

  51. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 1st, 2012 at 9:13 pm

  52. FreeAgentSignee October 3rd, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Get well Mark!


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