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Workout notes: “I don’t think I deserved to be on it”

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

Joe Girardi will wait as long as possible before making his division series roster official, but the players are beginning to find out who’s in and who’s out, and Andruw Jones knows he’s out.

“It’s disappointing,” Jones said. “I’m more frustrated with myself than anything. I just didn’t finish as strong (as) I wanted to finish, so I don’t think I deserved to be on it. This series is a really short series, so we need guys that have had (played well).”

Jones was given plenty of chances. With limited alternatives on the roster, and last year’s strong second half providing at least a glimmer of hope that he’d turn it around, Girardi kept starting Jones against left-handers, but Jones hit just .142/.256/.255 with three home runs after the All-Star break. In the last week, Eduardo Nunez began getting DH starts against lefties and Jones became a player without a place to play.

Jones still might have made the roster — Casey McGehee and Chris Dickerson didn’t even make the trip to Baltimore — if not for Jayson Nix coming back from a strained hip flexor a little more quickly than expected. Nix has been able to go through full drills without feeling anything out of the ordinary, and there was something about Joe Girardi said that Nix is “definitely a possibility” that sounded as if it’s a forgone conclusion that Nix will be active.

“I was pretty optimistic about coming around,” Nix said. “(Last) Thursday I hurt it. The next Friday it was pretty sore and tight, but the very next day – the Saturday two days after – it felt really good. It came around and it was a big improvement in one day without doing any treatment, so I was pretty optimistic that it would come around.”

• If you’re curious, these are the borderline-type guys who are with the team in Baltimore: Nix, Jones, Brett Gardner, Eduardo Nunez, Francisco Cervelli, Derek Lowe, David Phelps, Freddy Garcia, Cody Eppley and Ivan Nova.

• These players are not with the team: McGehee, Dickerson, Melky Mesa, Cory Wade, Adam Warren and David Aardsma.

• The Orioles officially announced Jason Hammel as tomorrow’s starter. It will be Hammel’s first big league start since September 11 because of a sore knee. “Having the facility and the instructional league games, he basically pitched the equivalent of a baseball game on Monday,” Buck Showalter said. “… The challenge is going to be the Yankees, and they’ll let us know how he’s pitching. We’re excited about the possibility of getting him back.”

• Showalter said the Orioles will “probably” start Wei-Yin Chen in Game 2 and Miguel Gonzalez in Game 3.

• Girardi said he considered splitting his left-handed starters, but the desire to limit Andy Pettitte’s rest — and the desire to give Hiroki Kuroda a little extra rest — trumped that desire to plug a right hander between CC Sabathia and Pettitte. “I just told them, whenever they want me to pitch, I’ll pitch,” Pettitte said. “It really doesn’t matter, so I’m just excited to get back out there.”

• Kuroda didn’t indicated that he needs the extra rest, but he’s not turning it down. “It’s better to have it than to not have it,” he said.

• Pettitte actually hasn’t faced the Orioles this season. “You’ve just got to kind of simplify it,” he said. “You hope that you can get in a good rhythm, and when you can, make quality pitches. I think it’s always a key to keep the top couple guys off base because you know there’s going to be some power in the lineup once you get down (in the order). I think any team you face is going to be like that. The key for me is the same as always: When you’re out there, make quality pitches, not walk guys, walks are a big thing for me because I feel like I’m going to give up some hits. Those are the things that I focus on.”

• The Yankees honestly do seem perfectly indifferent about having to open on the road despite being the higher seed with home-field advantage. “We’d love to be playing at home,” Derek Jeter said. “But that’s not the case this year. Come here, play well, then we have three games at home. I really haven’t thought about it much. I think it was a little weird probably yesterday when we had the workout and didn’t know where we were going. Usually when you win the division or have the best record, you at least know you’ll be playing at home. It is what it is. I don’t really think it’s that big of a deal.”

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105 Responses to “Workout notes: “I don’t think I deserved to be on it””

  1. Triple Short of a Cycle October 6th, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    I still don’t understand why we are starting on the road tomorrow. Can someone explain it to me?

  2. NYY13251 October 6th, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    So happy Jones isnt on the roster… He would have been a waste..

    Im expecting a solid performence from CC. Little nervous about Andy, but i can see him goin 6 innigs and 2 runs.

    I think we can win both in Baltimore!!! Big game 1. Dont want to fall behind.

    Im not too upset about being away. I think being home 3 straight can help them. Yet, if by some miracle the Os win both, people will say that being away was a big reason.

    Really want MLB to announce times for Game 3 and 4 already. I dont understand what the holdup is!!

  3. NYY13251 October 6th, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Triple- From what I understand, because of the new WC format, it messed up the schedules and the amount of off-days for teams. So they had 3 straight home games for the division teams this way they dont have to have 2 off days in the series to travel. But next year they are changing it…

    Something like that.

  4. blake October 6th, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Verlander getting his playoff strike zone tonight I see

  5. Triple Short of a Cycle October 6th, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    So they didn’t have an extra day to spare? Great job MLB

  6. Mike_Boston October 6th, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Apparently the schedule was done before they decided to implement the 2nd wild card. So in order to keep the schedule in place they lost a travel day in the 1st round. This meant that the home team will have last 3 games in their

  7. Tar October 6th, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    The whole Detroit crowd had a case of “Sterling-itis” on Cabrera’s easy pop up.

  8. Mike_Boston October 6th, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Apparently the schedule was done before they decided to implement the 2nd wild card. So in order to keep the schedule in place they lost a travel day in the 1st round. This meant that the home team will have last 3 games in their park instead of the 2-2-1 format. Next year it goes back to the normal format.

  9. Triple Short of a Cycle October 6th, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Baltimore will be lucky to be a 500 team next year

  10. Triple Short of a Cycle October 6th, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Almost everyone of Verlanders “strikes” are outside the box

  11. Jerkface October 6th, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Yea I am leaning towards hoping we face the O’s. It is impossible to beat Verlander if he gets every borderline call & pitches outside the zone as well.

  12. TheStraw October 6th, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    So glad we didn’t have to face Verlander in a five game series.

  13. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    reposts:

    PREDICTION CHARTS STILL OPEN FOR ALL GAMES EXCEPT TIGERS GAME.

    OKAY GANG

    Prediction charts are finished. I will post the links in separate posts, as you cannot post to more than one link in a post.

    Make sure to check to see your predictions are correct (remember me?)

    PREDICTION MUST BE IN BEFORE FIRST PITCH OF GAME IN QUESTION.

    O’S V YANKS

  14. blake October 6th, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Verlander has entered beast mode now….

  15. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    REDS V GIANTS

  16. blake October 6th, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    The umpires all give Verlander 3 inches off the plate and when he’s on you have no chance….happened against the yanks last year too

  17. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    A’S V TIGERS

  18. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    NATS V CARDS

  19. Jerkface October 6th, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    I mean facing the a’s

  20. Tar October 6th, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Hi Trish

    If its not too late

    Yanks 3-0
    Reds 3-2
    Nats3-1

    And just for fun
    A’s 3-2

  21. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Tar, I’ll put all of your predictions in but will put the A’s in red. I’ll do the same for anyone else who gives me any predictions after a series has begun.

    :)

  22. Triple Short of a Cycle October 6th, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    announcers of course not talking about the strike zone

  23. Tar October 6th, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Thanks Trish :D

  24. CompassRosy October 6th, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    GJN

    :(

  25. NYY13251 October 6th, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Is it 6pm sunday yet?!

  26. jmills October 6th, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Jays,…..win it all!!!

  27. NYY13251 October 6th, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Hope Pat strikes out everyone he faces tonight

  28. mick October 6th, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Bringing Nova in case of a rainout is ludicrous.
    How do you know when it will rain?
    If it rains tmw, CC can go on 3 days rest Fri. if it goes that far.
    If it rains any other day you just push everyone back a day.

  29. TheStraw October 6th, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Yanks 3-1
    Tigers 3-1
    Reds 3-2
    Nats 3-1

  30. jmills October 6th, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    NYY- nothings open on Sundays ! :)

  31. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Tar – always!

    :D

    Straw, I got yours too. Promise they will be added. I’m going to take a break from charting for a bit so I can have some dinner but will check posts when I get back and will continue to add. Feel free to check those links by night’s end to see that the predictions are there AND ARE THERE CORRECTLY!

  32. jmills October 6th, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Mick, hi! Funky town, in, ” Yes.” I’ve seen all good people. ‘

  33. mick October 6th, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    after the 1st 2 games , Yanks have possibly 7 of next 10 games at home.

  34. NYY13251 October 6th, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    jmills,
    tomorrow is going to be great.
    -Giants ( NFL)
    - bring in some dinner for the game
    - Yankees
    - Postgame show to hear how CC dominated and how the offense was terrific
    - Hit the DVR to watch Revenge then Homeland

    Cant be a better sunday– assuming the Yanks win.. and they will. Add a Giants in there and its perfect

  35. mick October 6th, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    checked out breau, reminds me of george benson

  36. mick October 6th, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    francona to manage indians

  37. mick October 6th, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    so yesterday was the peak of playoff season, today its same old, same old…
    another bud gimmick.

  38. jmills October 6th, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    NYY – tomorrow will be great! Mick,…. Benson spoke highly upon the,…… Breau.

  39. Jeff NJ October 6th, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Here’s the thing about this schedule, not to look ahead but there are no days off between game 5 of this series and game 1 of the next, meaning the Yankees could have 5 straight home games without a day off meaning Kuroda would have to start ALCS game 2 on short rest or they would need a 5th starter.

    On another note I love that they start on the road in this series, all they have to do is split and they will have a huge home field advantage.

  40. blake October 6th, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Kinda sucks Tito is going to manage again….Sunday night baseball was watchable this year for the first time in forever

  41. blake October 6th, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    On another note I love that they start on the road in this series, all they have to do is split and they will have a huge home field advantage.”

    I agree….it’s only a disadvantage if thy lose the first two games and if they do that thy probably should be going home anyway

  42. Jerkface October 6th, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    How is it any better than starting with 2 games at home. Then you still only need to split on the road to win and the upside is you are guaranteed to get 2 home games. In this situation you could lose the series with 1 less game at home.

  43. NYY13251 October 6th, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Im happy for Tito. Always liked him.

    Im making a bold prediction for next october

    Out of the Indians, Royals and Cubs, 2 will make the playoffs..

    Chances are they wont, but if they do, I will find this post for proof I called it.

    After seeing Baltimore, Oakland and Washington dominate, Im convinced that you cannot predict baseball at all.

  44. Triple Short of a Cycle October 6th, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    How did that ball not get out????

  45. jmills October 6th, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    NYY13- I can’t predict, anything.

  46. blake October 6th, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    “In this situation you could lose the series with 1 less game at home.”

    Well yea if you plan on losing the first two games…..if you split then the entire rest of the series is at home…..I like the 2-2-1 better…..but it should affect who wins the series IMO

  47. Jeff NJ October 6th, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    the pressure is on the home team, they are supposed to win. Yankees will feel great just winning one of two. Orioles will be disappointed if they don’t win both.

  48. Jerkface October 6th, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Well yea if you plan on losing the first two games…..if you split then the entire rest of the series is at home…..I like the 2-2-1 better…..but it should affect who wins the series IMO

    But no team ‘plans’ their wins or losses. Homefield advantage is not something you plan out. It is supposed to just be an inherent advantage in the scheduling of the games. Which 2-3 is NOT.

    It is the same with the ALCS, where there is a definite not HFA. 2-3-2 is as stupid.

  49. JobaTipsHisCap October 6th, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Oak should lose to det easily.
    They stink.

  50. Boss Tony N October 6th, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    I really cant stand this guy Valturdy

  51. JobaTipsHisCap October 6th, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Lol, this tiger closer should motivate oak batters.
    What a joke. Shoot him already.

  52. TheStraw October 6th, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Dancing fool dances.

  53. jmills October 6th, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    When, Alomar hit that H.R. – bury, Oakland! :) Reggie played for, Baltimore, Oakland, Angels, and of,….course – your, …Yanks.

  54. JobaTipsHisCap October 6th, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    An ace proves he is the real one.
    Now it’s CCs turn.

    No excuse, just do it.

  55. JobaTipsHisCap October 6th, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Wanna see reds win.

  56. mick October 6th, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Here’s the thing about this schedule, not to look ahead but there are no days off between game 5 of this series and game 1 of the next, meaning the Yankees could have 5 straight home games without a day off meaning Kuroda would have to start ALCS game 2 on short rest or they would need a 5th starter.
    ======================
    They could switch Nova for Hughes in the ALCS esp if Hughes has nothing.
    If they win in 4 then they go with CC and Andy again games 1 & 2.

  57. bruceb October 6th, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Yanks 3-2
    Tigers 3-1
    Giants 3-1
    Reds 3-2

  58. Triple Short of a Cycle October 6th, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    anyone have cable vision here? What is up with the new crappy info guide?

  59. bruceb October 6th, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    I really cant stand this guy Valturdy

    Likewise. His pre-game routine of spewing water in three different directions is disgusting, he looks as if has ADD when he’s on the mound, and he shows no respect to the opposition in between outs.

    What makes it even worse is that he’s one of the best closers in baseball!

  60. mick October 6th, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Don’t dismiss the Cards, they know how to win.
    Wash. could be in for a shock.

    Giants 3-1
    Reds 3-2…..u cant have it both ways

  61. jmills October 6th, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Mick,… Check out, ” Sister Morphine.”

  62. jmills October 6th, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Mick,…you’re, a closet, Rush, fiend.

  63. bruceb October 6th, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    My bad…thanks for pointing it out Mick. For some strange reason I had it in my head that the Reds were playing the Cards.

    Yanks 3-2
    Tigers 3-1
    Giants 3-2
    Nats 3-1

  64. jmills October 6th, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Bruceb,….Gilles Villeneuve, ….rocks!

  65. bruceb October 6th, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Jmills

    So does James Hunt, if as I presume, you are referring to the late great Canadian F1 driver.

  66. Yank1 October 6th, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    CC has to step up tomorrow. Not his usual mediocre-subpar postseason starts where he gives up 4-5 runs, no matter how many innings he goes.

  67. jmills October 6th, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Bruceb, yes! Hunt is great, as is the #1 Villeneuve.

  68. Nilsson October 6th, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    That’s a nightmare scenario for a team beginning playoffs. Having your ace starter go down with an injury like Cueto just did.

  69. JobaTipsHisCap October 6th, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Giants got a huge break.
    I can’t stand giants.

  70. jacksquat October 6th, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    I just tuned in, Cueto hurt himself because of a timeout in the middle of his delivery?

  71. Triple Short of a Cycle October 6th, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Cueto was having trouble getting loose during warmups

  72. Nilsson October 6th, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    At the least, Cueto may have exacerbated whatever problem he had with his back by stopping in mid-delivery. It’s not ideal for someone who really loads up on his windup.

  73. jacksquat October 6th, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    They should just not allow a timeout call after the pitcher begins his delivery.

  74. austinmac October 6th, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Congrats to Titi for getting the Indians job. He always seemed like a straight shooter and good guy even when he was a Red Sox.

    Yankees 3-0.
    Reds 3-2.
    Nats 3-2.
    Tigers 3-2.

  75. austinmac October 6th, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Make that Tito.

  76. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    Absolutely cannot get excited about these games. I don’t know if it’s that we had a pre-postseason already and this feels like it’s going to drag on forever, or if it’s just that the Ys haven’t started playing yet but I haven’t been able to get the postseason vibe going.

    :(

  77. Don Vito A. Bellamo October 6th, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Call me a homer, but I see this easily being a Yankees sweep

  78. Nilsson October 6th, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Enjoy the calm before the storm, Trisha. By this time tomorrow there will be lots of pent-up energy at this forum. Including meltdowns if Yanks lose the game.

  79. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Nilsson –

    :D

    You are SOOOO right! Be careful what you wish for, right?

    ************

    Don Vito – I really feel the same way. If the Yanks had fallen apart at the end, I probably wouldn’t be thinking sweep. But right now to me they feel like the march of the Titans, and all of the other teams feel like little league teams by comparison. Well, maybe not entirely little league. But I know I feel fine about our first series.

  80. Tar October 6th, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Hey who is that Kontos kid, looks like a pretty good pitcher.

    :mad:

    Good night Yankee fans

  81. Lou-in-Vermont October 7th, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Hard to plan on a game happening tomorrow: the weather forecast for Baltimore shows rain most of the day. I suppose a delayed start is possible unless the field is too soaked.

  82. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 7th, 2012 at 12:01 am

    Any time I think I couldn’t LOATHE Selig any more than I do, I find I am wrong.

    http://www.google.com/hostedne.....b6ff9105b5

    Selig, you money grubbing, despicable, cheating, thieving, amoral, lazy good-for-nothing, sneaky, lying, colluding, stealing your paycheck every day of your life, game-destroying, ZERO. Hell is too good a place for you, you stinking fraud.

    Selig fiddles while the game becomes more of a mockery daily.

  83. Triple Short of a Cycle October 7th, 2012 at 12:20 am

    trisha,

    Are you on meds?

  84. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 7th, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Nah, but I’ll tell you what. I just Googled I hate Bud Selig, thinking I might start my own hate Selig website, and I got 273,000 hits!!!!! I didn’t realize I had so much company. Reading through some of the stuff made me feel a lot better because I am far from alone in despising the little rat turd. I also learned about more of his chicanery than I already knew about.

    His slime is legend.

  85. EliasInNH October 7th, 2012 at 12:35 am

    Hi Trish:
    Sorry I’m late to the prediction party. I’ll give you all four, obviously the two series that have started won’t count…

    Yankees in 4
    Nationals in 4
    (Tigers in 5)
    (Reds in 5)

  86. Jerkface October 7th, 2012 at 3:42 am

    Brandon Phillips took over that game last night. hope to see some similar ownage from Cano today

  87. Nick in SF October 7th, 2012 at 4:30 am

    NYG-NYY parlay. Who’s with me????

    Excited for the Yanks’ second season to begin tomorrow.

    Goodnight!

  88. blake October 7th, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Happy ALDS day everyone… Looking for CC to set the tone tonight and get this first game for us.

    To yanks!

  89. Benny Blanco October 7th, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Blake, Its go time. Cc must set the tone. Hopefully we won’t watch giradi over manage like he did the first game of the year.

  90. MTU October 7th, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Tonight the the journey begins again.

    Yeah Baby !

    :)

  91. jmills October 7th, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Good morning, people. Its going to be fun and I will make constant excuses to steal way from Canadian thanksgiving festivities ( I’d rather have the time alone :) )

  92. MTU October 7th, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Yanks need only take 1 of 2.

    You tellin’ me that w CC and AP throwing those that the Yankees won’t get at least 1.

    Good luck with that Buck.

    ;)

  93. RedSoxFever2013 October 7th, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Mark Reynolds line tonight: 3-5 (2 HR, 2B) 6 RBI.

    He owns the Skanks.

    O’s win 12 – 4

  94. MTU October 7th, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Mills-

    You should forget the Turkey and give thanks for the fact that your Country is on a firm fiscal footing.

    Unlike ours.

    :(

  95. Tar October 7th, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Good Morning :D

    “Looking for CC to set the tone tonight and get this first game for us.”

    I agree Blake very important for CC to set the tone.

    I am sticking to my prediction that the O’s, while a good team, have been a riding an incredibly long lucky streak. And starting tonight they are due for a big time correction. But if they are still lucky today thats ok because CC is going to dominate them anyway.

  96. jmills October 7th, 2012 at 8:19 am

    I’m tried and feathered from the O’s already, although if you’ve heard a Blue Jay, ……what a nasty sounding thing to wake you up on a sleepy Sunday.

  97. Tar October 7th, 2012 at 8:20 am

    “RedSoxFever2013″

    Pete don’t you have anything better to do?

  98. jmills October 7th, 2012 at 8:22 am

    MTU _ I know things are rough for a lot of folks in your land. It is so hard on families. There has to be better days ahead.

  99. RedSoxFever2013 October 7th, 2012 at 8:26 am

    2013 AL East Final Standings:

    1 – Red Sox
    2 – Rays
    3 – O’s
    4 – Jays
    5 – Ham Sandwich
    6 – Skankees.

  100. Benny Blanco October 7th, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Tar, that was my quote. Lol.

  101. jmills October 7th, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Hi Red Sox, I can see 2013 is going to be a banner year – both of our teams hold the same # of WS post 1918 :)

  102. jmills October 7th, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Evans was a great Sox and I remember Rice wanting to,….dismember Stieb one time, but you know,….nobody could tell Dave anything.

  103. Tar October 7th, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Benny :D

    Notice the Ham Sandwich, it all fits.

  104. Yankee Trader October 7th, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Good morning.

    Must the final rosters be sent in at 10 AM? The Yankees might want to go with 12 pitchers.

    Gametime temp 50, 70% chance rain until just after 9 when it clears. Miserable day for batters and pitchers alike.

  105. Yankee Trader October 7th, 2012 at 9:07 am

    New Post———->

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