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Granderson’s injury leaves plenty of lingering questions

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 24, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

It was an inside fastball that hit Curtis Granderson on the right forearm, just above his wrist. Initially, Granderson thought it was no big deal.

“Not right away because it was just one specific spot (that hurt),” Granderson said. “Nothing moved up or down. No numbness. No tingling. Just that spot. Kind of felt like you hit your funny bone, but only in that spot. Even as we were waiting for the X-ray they were like, ‘Is it starting to tingle?’ I said, not really. He goes, ‘OK, that’s a good sign.’ Then they looked at it and said, there it is.”

Broken forearm. It’s expected to take 10 weeks for Granderson to be ready to rejoin the big league team, which puts him back in the lineup the first week of May. It leaves a month-long hole and some immediate uncertainty.

Who is going to fill the roster spot?
The Yankees have veterans Matt Diaz and Juan Rivera in camp. They also have older minor league outfielders like Ronnier Mustelier, Zoilo Almonte, Thomas Neal and Adonis Garcia. Brian Cashman mentioned that his scouts have just started watching games and it’s still too early to know which players might become available.

Cashman said this morning that he wouldn’t want a young guy in a part-time, right-handed platoon role. But that’s not necessarily the case for a situation like this.

“Now we’ll be forced to really evaluate that aspect of it,” Cashman said. “You’re not asking guys (to sit for a long time). Could you bring a guy up right now for the first month in an everyday situation? We’ll look at that. We’ll look at it all. We have no choice. When these things happen you adjust, so we’ll be forced to adjust.”

Will the Yankees bring Granderson back as a left fielder?
This spring, the Yankees were planning to test Granderson in left. It was meant to be a time for the team to evaluate and for Granderson to adjust. Now the Yankees don’t have that same adjustment time, and it might be easier to bring Granderson back at his most comfortable position.

“I don’t know about that,” Cashman said. “The plan we were having was an experiment. I haven’t though that far ahead, but that experiment is over.”

Does this mean Brett Gardner is the Opening Day center fielder?
Girardi announced Brett Gardner as his starting center fielder, then hedged a little by saying there’s a chance the Yankees could carry a Granderson replacement who’s only comfortable in center. In that case, the Yankees might let the new guy play center while Gardner moves back to left. That said, both Melky Mesa and Adonis Garcia — the young center fielders in camp — have experience in the corners, so they wouldn’t necessarily bump Gardner. Girardi wouldn’t completely rule out the idea of putting Ichiro Suzuki in left field if the Yankees add a guy who’s more comfortable in right.

“Whoever it is that comes up, you probably want him to be most comfortable,” Girardi said. “You don’t want to ask him to try do too much and maybe learn a position that he hasn’t played a lot of.”

A few odds and ends

• Cashman didn’t totally rule out the idea of Eduardo Nunez in left, but he said he was leaning against it. “Not necessarily for me,” Cashman said. “But it could be for other people. I don’t see that as something that is an option from my perspective.”

• Girardi said the Yankees don’t have to replace Granderson with someone who can play center field. The Yankees could go a month with Ichiro as their backup in center. “Ichiro’s done it for us,” Girardi said. “You’re not looking at a long-term fix, you’re looking at a short-term fix, so whatever we have to do for short-term, that’s what we’re going to try to do.”

• Granderson said he had a similar situation with the Tigers (broke his hand when he was hit by a pitch in spring training). “I think the estimate at the time was four to eight weeks, and we were back in like five,” Granderson said. “Then piggybacking off of that, I’ve had injuries in the past with the oblique and the groin and again, the range of the amount of time, I’ve typically been on the short end of it. Hopefully that remains the same.”

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73 Responses to “Granderson’s injury leaves plenty of lingering questions”

  1. Chip February 24th, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    G. Love February 24th, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Hafner’s not an everyday DH, Chip.

    He is putrid vs. Lefites.

    Soriano will get plenty of at bats against LHP and Girardi can spot him to rest Granderson and Ichiro and give everyone at bats.

    Besides, you think Hafner is healthy this whole season? Really?
    ———————-
    Whether or not Hafner stays healthy I don’t know. But you’re going to have DH time for Derek, DH time for Alex if he comes back too – last year in the same role that Soriano would have, Andruw Jones got fewer than 300 at bats – I just can’t see Soriano signing up for that.

  2. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 24th, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    randy, I don’t think anybody would disagree that you do not use your power hitters as lead off hitters.

  3. MTU February 24th, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Give a young guy a chance.

    It’s only a month.

    ;)

  4. Chip February 24th, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Cashman didn’t totally rule out the idea of Eduardo Nunez in left, but he said he was leaning against it. “Not necessarily for me,” Cashman said. “But it could be for other people. I don’t see that as something that is an option from my perspective.”

    Cashman really is a tool. If he had a strong willed manager then if that manager wanted to work Nunez in the OF then they would do it. But Girardi was hired, in part, because Cashman viewed him as someone who would carry out marching orders in a way that Joe Torre never did…thus if Cashman doesn’t think Nunez should be worked out in the OF, Nunez won’t be worked out in the OF.

  5. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 24th, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    I love Granderson’s calmness and optimism. He really is a class act. Hopefully he’ll be back sooner rather than later.

    And so the excitement of the unknown begins! GO YANKEES!!!

  6. Chip February 24th, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    My guess is that they’ll go with Juan Rivera. The defense will be awful but the Yankees played with Raul Ibanez in LF for most of last year so awful defense isn’t really an issue for them.

  7. G. Love February 24th, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    If you’re going to put Juan Rivera in LF you may as well invite Manny to camp to see what he can still do or sign Thome to stand still in LF for a month while Gardner runs to get anything hit to LF from CF.

  8. MTU February 24th, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Chip-

    They say past is prologue.

    I’d like to see something different for a change.

    ;)

  9. bruceb February 24th, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Two games into spring training and we already have two injuries, one serious. What a waste of time.

  10. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 24th, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Ghost and randy – we’ll just agree to disagree about Soriano. If you guys believe that a player with a slugging percent of 500 and better is best utilized in the lead off position, well I guess I just don’t know what to tell you.

  11. Jerkface February 24th, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    i don’t understand what you’re saying. can you explain it another way. how is he free as far as the 189 thing?

    There is a thing called ‘Actual Club Payroll’. Your ACP must be under 189,000,000 or else you get hit with the luxury tax on the overages. Actual Club Payroll is different from what the club is literally spending in money in a given year. There is a physical payroll aspect that has nothing to do with the 189 limit. The Steinbrenners could spend 300 million on payroll, and if the AAVs of all the deals and what not add up to less than 189, they don’t pay any luxury tax.

    The ACP is calculated by AAV with all the little tricks and whatever that come along with that. In the CBA there are provisions for different scenarios, such as trading a player, split contracts, terminating a contract, minor league deals, etc. One of the provisions is for CASH CONSIDERATIONS which is when you make a trade and one team sends money in lieu of a player or whatever.

    Soriano’s salary counts as 17 for Actual Club Payroll, despite the fact he is actually making 18 million each season. Just like A-rod counts as 27.5 even though he made 30 million some years and will make less than 27.5 some years.

    So if the Yankees traded for Soriano, on their ACP, they would mark down 17 in 2013 and 17 in 2014.

    Then if the Cubs sent money over, that money is applied as a plus to ACP for the cubs in the year it is sent and a minus for the Yankees.

    So in 2013 the Cubs send 9 million (they agreed to send 26 total broken up 9/17)

    For ACP the Yankees mark down 17, then -9. The cubs mark down -17, then +9.

    In 2014 the Cubs send 17 million.

    For ACP the Yankees mark down 17, then -17. The cubs mark down -17, then +17.

    So when the Yankees look at their Actual Club Payroll for the 189,000,000 limit. Soriano counts as 0.

  12. Ghostwriter February 24th, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue February 24th, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Ghost and randy – we’ll just agree to disagree about Soriano. If you guys believe that a player with a slugging percent of 500 and better is best utilized in the lead off position, well I guess I just don’t know what to tell you.
    ==============

    Let’s agree to disagree. But I would appreciate you not putting words in my mouth. I took no position on where Soriano would be best utilized or leading off .500-slugging players.

  13. Jerkface February 24th, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    if the yankees pay 10 million of his contact in 2014, how does that 10 million not count ?

    If the Cubs agree to pay 26 out of the 36 owed to Soriano, the Yankees should agree to pay 9 of it now and 1 of it later. The Yankees would pay Soriano 1 million in 2014, with the cubs covering the other 17. For 189 purposes, he counts as 0. I never said he would count as 10 in 2014.

  14. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 24th, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Ghost – my entire contention about Soriano being misused had to do with his being forced to lead off. I don’t think for a home run hitter to want to hit home runs is selfish at all. I think what’s reprehensible is asking someone who is an obvious home run hitter to be a table setter.

    And that’s why I say it would be nice for Soriano to be able to come back and be the player he was never allowed to be.

    JMO

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

    “you are going off on an imagined tangent that has nothing to do with anything.

    the point is granderson is out for maybe 6 weeks of the season and soriano may be a possible replacement.”

    randy, and I’m down with that. My addition to it was that I felt maybe Soriano deserved a chance to be the kind of player he wasn’t allowed to be when he was here before. You don’t have to agree with it. Simply my opinion.

    And I didn’t go off on an imagined tangent. I went off on a real tangent.

    :)

  15. randy l. February 24th, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    thanks jerkface

    i get it now. i just wasn’t reading it right the first time through.

    so the question is how much would the cubs be willing to pay on what’s left of soriano’s contract.

    my gut level feel is if 36 is still owed, maybe they’d take half off, but soriano had a pretty good year last year.

  16. Jerkface February 24th, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    The media says they will pay up to 26. Thats why I used that number.

  17. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 24th, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    By the way, I have no dog in this hunt. Whoever can get the job done best is my favorite candidate.

    :)

  18. austinmac February 24th, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    The word was the Cubs wanted a significant player in return for Soriano. It will only get worse. Blake joked about Mason, but he may not be too far wrong. I bet they demand a top ten Yankee prospect if they are paying most of the money.

    I wouldn’t do it. I would give Almonte a shot as the starter against righties and see who looks best from the right side. He seems to have some ability.

  19. RMS February 24th, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    trisha,

    This, I thought, was a discussion about the Yankees trading for Soriano. But, once again, you go into your Torre bashing mode. Pity.

    Do you have an opinion on trading for Soriano? Or do you think whatever the Yankees do will be the right thing?

  20. randy l. February 24th, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    “The media says they will pay up to 26. Thats why I used that number.”

    that’s just cash. no prospects?

    wow, if so, do it.

  21. Ghostwriter February 24th, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    austinmac February 24th, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    The word was the Cubs wanted a significant player in return for Soriano. It will only get worse. Blake joked about Mason, but he may not be too far wrong. I bet they demand a top ten Yankee prospect if they are paying most of the money.

    I wouldn’t do it. I would give Almonte a shot as the starter against righties and see who looks best from the right side. He seems to have some ability.
    ————–

    They have several guys in camp that could win the job. Trading away good prospects for a 5-week patch would be a mistake. And it could undercut the possibility of a trade to solve a real problem that might develop later in the season. Going for Soriano would be a foolish panic move, particularly if it costs us a top prospect.

  22. comet February 24th, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    I like the idea of Sori returning to the Yankees. Theo will want more now though. I would give up Warren. Any possible suggestions on who the Yankees should give up to get Sori. I do not wants Wells from the Angels.

  23. Chip February 24th, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    As I said on the last thread – I hope that either Zoilo or Mesa show enough this spring to get the job of replacing Curtis for a month. But I think Rivera’s the likely option and here are a few reasons why:

    1. He does have some power; probably more than any of the other guys in camp who would be up for this job.

    2. He and Matt Diaz both have opt out clauses if they aren’t on the 25 man when the team breaks camp. Putting Rivera in LF (or RF) and Diaz on the bench allows the Yankees to keep them both and see how they do against ML competition in real games, not just spring training.

    3. If this was going to be an injury that kept Granderson out for months, then I could see them turning to a Soriano or Vernon Wells even – but it isn’t. Granderson will be back around Memorial Day and so the Yankees aren’t going to look for a long term fix, just a short term one.

    I’m not saying that by the time Granderson’s ready to return that Rivera will still be playing every day. Just that as of right now, if I had to bet on where the team who will be out there in that first game against Boston, it would be Rivera.

    Like I said, I hope I’m wrong. I hope Almonte just forces himself into the role and never looks back – but barring that – I would say Juan Rivera.

  24. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 24th, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    RMS – I got into that only because someone suggested that Soriano was a selfish player who only wanted to hit home runs. I was ripsh*t at the time when Soriano was forced to lead off and it brought all of that back. That’s not rocket science. It was purely dumb baseball. I don’t need others echoing it to figure that one out.

    I think I’ve already given my opinion on trading for Soriano. But as I know I am not the Jesus of baseball, I’ve also said that I believe the Yankees want to win and will make the decision that’s the right one for the team. There are many branches on this decision tree. I won’t pretend that I know the best one.

  25. Ghostwriter February 24th, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Chip February 24th, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    As I said on the last thread – I hope that either Zoilo or Mesa show enough this spring to get the job of replacing Curtis for a month. But I think Rivera’s the likely option and here are a few reasons why:

    ==============

    I doubt it. Rivera will have to earn the job. His last three years suggest that he doesn’t have much left in the tank. It’s possible that Rivera could get hot and impress in ST, but I doubt it.

  26. blake February 24th, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    If they could arrange it so Soriano is essentially free for 2014 then you already have either a DH or a 4th outfielder locked up for nothing for next year in addition to what he can provide this year.

    If the Cubs will pay 26 million and structure that way then great…..I have a feeling that Adam Warren wouldn’t be enough though and that’s the problem….reports are that Theo wants real prospects and certainly the price hasn’t decreased with Grandys injury

  27. Chip February 24th, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    The advantage that guys like Mesa and Almonte have going for them over Rivera (other than the fact that they’re younger and more talented at this stage) is that they’re both on the 40 man roster while Rivera is not.

    The Yankees will probably create some space by putting Cabral and Pineda on the 60 day DL.

  28. randy l. February 24th, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    “I like the idea of Sori returning to the Yankees. Theo will want more now though.”

    comet-

    it’s time for cashman to take one for the team.

    you know how theo and cashman hit it off when theo was with the red sox.

    cashman needs to trade himself for soriano to be theo’s assistant gm :)

  29. jmills February 24th, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Trish, you are my most positivist friend, and I mean that from the heart, Anne Wilson. Comet, you live in southern Ontario, you have to be a Blue Jays fan! :)

  30. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 24th, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Well here’s one thing. Theo might want to help out the Yankees so as to hurt the Sux! One never knows.

  31. Cashmoney February 24th, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    chip, i like see almonte and mesa play in AAA to start the season, either might be better options than Diaz or Rivera, imo Zolio of the two stands a better chance in adjusting to MLB as of now. but I like the idea both get seasoning in AAA. No thank you to Soriano. I roll with Rivera or Nunez.

  32. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 24th, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    jmills – Thanks, my friend! I come by it honestly.

    :)

  33. jmills February 24th, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Thanks, John Farrell, I hate your team.

  34. jmills February 24th, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Trisha, … I would expect nothing else! Hope all is well in your field. Hug your nephews and nieces.

  35. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 24th, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    jmills – I do it every chance I get. My priorities are straight, I do believe!

    :)

  36. blake February 24th, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    @Ken_Rosenthal: While #Yankees’ Granderson could miss only first 5 weeks, #Cubs’ Soriano still would be upgrade over current RHH options: Diaz, Rivera, etc.

  37. blake February 24th, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    @Ken_Rosenthal: Translation: LEVERAGE RT @PWSullivan: Sori says he would have to think about waiving no-trade if #Yankees called, but wants to stay for now.

  38. Cashmoney February 24th, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    90 percent of MLB outfielders would be an upgrade over Diaz and Rivera, but I am sure Rosenthal is aware that, he might also be aware the reason Yanks has those two is because they are cheap and cost nothing.

  39. comet February 24th, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Jmills I was Yankee fan long before the Blue Jays existed. I was never one for “turning”! I’ll be a Yankee fan until I draw my last breath! I don’t know why you are a Blue Jays fan???? The Yankees have so much more to offer!

  40. comet February 24th, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Is Sori strictly a threat from the right side? Can he hit righties as well??

  41. blake February 24th, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    comet says:
    February 24, 2013 at 5:33 pm
    Is Sori strictly a threat from the right side? Can he hit righties as well??

    He doesn’t have much of a platoon split…he hits everybody pretty well….had a .800+ OPS vs both RHP and LHP last year

  42. Ghostwriter February 24th, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    comet February 24th, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Is Sori strictly a threat from the right side? Can he hit righties as well??

    He hits them about the same as he hits lefties–the dropoff is relatively modest against righties.

  43. blake February 24th, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    @BillShaikin: Wells isn’t wishing for trade to #Yankees in wake of Granderson injury. “I want to win this uniform.” #Angels

    We the feeling is mutual

  44. randy l. February 24th, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    “randy, I don’t think anybody would disagree that you do not use your power hitters as lead off hitters.”

    trisha-

    i realize this debate about soriano and batting lead of has run it’s course, but i just went and looked at the 2003 yankee team stats for the heck of it:
    http://www.baseball-reference......2003.shtml

    soriano stole 37 bases .
    posada and giambi both had .900+ ops’s
    matsui was there . bernie was coming off about 6 straight .900 ops seasons.

    the line up had giambi, williams, matsui, and posada in the 3,4,5,6 slots.
    nick johnson had a crazy high ops and obp.

    soriano was a 30/30 guy on a team of sluggers.
    i have no problem with leading him off.
    i assume you would have led off jeter which would have bumped soriano to another slot. second?
    not a traditional power slot either.

    move giambi, a .900 ps bernie, matsui? a .900 posada.
    i think torre was right in putting soriano right where he was in the lead off slot.

    1st Batter G 141 141 130 39 47 13 1 13 13 0 0 9 21 .362 .411 .777 1.188 101 0 2 0 0 0 2 .354 170 221

    soriano had a 1.188 ops leading the game off.
    he hit .354

    i sure hope girardi ruins some present yankee player like that :)

  45. yankeehotelfoxtrot February 24th, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Since this thread began exactly where the last one left off, I’ll stick to my guns…I find it annoying when Ichiro is referred to as “Suzuki.” Anyone with common knowledge of Japanese culture knows that he’s known as simply “Ichiro.” Basically the whole YES staff – Curry, Bob Lorenz, Flash and Kenny do it often, as does Little Mikey Kay (who also calls Hughes “Use”). I would love to know if Ichiro, who’s very quirky, is bothered by this. And that’s what really grinds my gears.

  46. tomingeorgia February 24th, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    comet,
    I;m like you, in that I’m still breathing and a Yankee fan. I’d just like to see a Yankee player way less than half my age take the left field spot for a while.

  47. jmills February 24th, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Hey, Comet! I have no choice, I adore Dave Stieb. I was very lucky to get to stay at home while Doug Ault hit 2 out upon that ’77 April day. Thing is, I was having a love in with your Yanks and Jim Beetie too!!! In my humble opinion, Tommy John did you folks proud.

  48. randy l. February 24th, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    “I adore Dave Stieb.”

    didn’t most people dislike him?

    “Stieb used to wear his emotions on his sleeve, something that made him unpopular in both dugouts”
    http://www.sportsnet.ca/baseba.....rson_jays/

  49. comet February 24th, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    I liked Tommy John as a Yankee. I never warmed to Dave Stieb as I always felt he warmed to himself way too much.

    Blake you really think Warren wouldn’t be enough to get Soriano? We’d still be paying ten or more million of his salary.

  50. yanks 27 February 24th, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    I don’t know why people want Almonte to replace Grandy – why put that kind of pressure on a 23 yr old kid? We’re much better off going to a guy that won’t be overwhelmed like Diaz or Ruben Rivera who have a lot of experience and won’t be overwhelmed by the moment and could fill in nicely for a few weeks.

  51. jmills February 24th, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Yhf, thanks for the input, hope you’re having a fun time on the blog! :)

  52. Felix Unger February 24th, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Hoping they don’t give up good prospects yet again for more over the hill players on the downside of their careers.

    Give one of the young guys a shot

  53. jmills February 24th, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Dave Stieb is topps over Morris anytime. Way before Henke, the guy had to try and finish everything he started. At one point , the Jays had a 4 man rotation, and Sir David was up for it. Halladay was nice, and Clemens was overwhelming, but Stieb is it. HOF

  54. Ghostwriter February 24th, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    yanks 27 February 24th, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    I don’t know why people want Almonte to replace Grandy – why put that kind of pressure on a 23 yr old kid? We’re much better off going to a guy that won’t be overwhelmed like Diaz or Ruben Rivera who have a lot of experience and won’t be overwhelmed by the moment and could fill in nicely for a few weeks.
    ==========

    Mustelier is a little older, and he had a nice year in Triple-A last year, as I recall. He might be up for it, assuming that he can earn the job.

  55. randy l. February 24th, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    jmills-

    i do have a garth iorg story or two i’ll tell you sometime when there’s no one around.
    he was the shortstop on a team i was the bullpen catcher one year.
    real nice guy.
    he had a crazy knack of either pulling the ball or totally going the other way that year. in a whole season he almost never hit the ball back up the middle.

    i remember one game he hit a double over third base and then hit a double over first base. that was garth iorg that year.

  56. jmills February 24th, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Randy, I’ll tell you a story. I was at old Exhibition stadium ( the disaster by the lake ). I saw Springsteen there, but I do digress. It was the first of 2 against your Yanks. Game tied, ninth, Gart Iorg at second. There’s a passed ball and our man Garth trucks it all the way home for the win. Jays won the second as well. It was ’83 for them Orioles!

  57. randy l. February 24th, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    “but Stieb is it. HOF”

    he only won 170 games, but his career era+ was 132 to mussina’s 133 era+

    so pretty damn good.

  58. yankeehotelfoxtrot February 24th, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Thanks jmills…I definitely am. I would love to see one of the young guys play left (Zoilo went yard in his first spring at bat) with Rivera on the bench…Brett would likely have to shade a bit to his right. I LOVED Soriano in his first few years and wouldn’t mind having him back, but not at the expense of prospect(s) who may end up being future starters, or even stars (of course, that’s all hypothetical). Bottom line: winning games is obviously the most important thing!! That said, who knows what the best course of action is. we don’t usually fare that well in April anyway lol.

  59. austinmac February 24th, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Why have a minor league if not for times like this? Diaz and Rivera will certainly be average at our best hope. Almonte could do what Melky did a few years back.

  60. jacksquat February 24th, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Not that it matters, but the Yanks aren’t going to have much of a lineup for some of spring training while guys are gone for the WBC.

    - Cano
    - Tex
    - Arod
    - Granderson
    - Jeter

  61. jmills February 24th, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Yhf, the important thing is that we have a good time :) You have a good friend over there in, Tar ( he seems to like Rush and all :) )

  62. ac1 February 24th, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    I have a hope that they move Ichiro to LF for the month and let Zoilo Almonte start in RF for the first month. He is always impressive in ST. Then just let Rivera be the 4th OF, Nix be the OF/IF and Nunez BU SS and RH DH., Stewie as BU C.

  63. ac1 February 24th, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    I don’t know why people want Almonte to replace Grandy – why put that kind of pressure on a 23 yr old kid? We’re much better off going to a guy that won’t be overwhelmed like Diaz or Ruben Rivera who have a lot of experience and won’t be overwhelmed by the moment and could fill in nicely for a few weeks.
    ____

    Juan Rivera…..
    And its not about pressure.
    They aren’t handing it to him, but they should make it clear for once the person that EARNS it WILL get it and then let them fight for it.
    It’s hard when you know there is no hope for you to win the spot.

  64. randy l. February 24th, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    jmills-

    ok no one is around for five minutes, so here’s my garth iorg story.

    i had snuck into a mlb players only tryout for a winter ball team where the gm let me catch live BP for just that day because they were short on catchers. when the last batter hit after i had been catching for like two hours in the florida heat, the gm came up and said that was great, you want to hit?
    he figured it was my one and only day there so he was being nice.
    bruce kison was pitching and about 30 mlb players were out in the field looking in. omar moreno flipped me his bat , and i jumped in and hit 5-6 straight line drives to left field. i’m a lefty , but there was a 30 mph wind blowing in so i went the other way. kison threw a kind of tailing away screwball so opposite way was easy.
    i was obviously nervous as heck and my right leg started twitching up and down from the get go from sheer fear . it looked like it was a front foot toe tapping timing mechanism. it had never happened before, but what was i going to do, so i went with it. it lasted the whole time i was hitting.
    garth iorg walked straight up to me after i finished and said,” nice hitting, but what was that foot tapping . i’ve never quite seen that before”.
    i stuck around that whole winter as the bullpen catcher and garth was a class act. really good clubhouse guy and a good player.

  65. blake February 24th, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    “Blake you really think Warren wouldn’t be enough to get Soriano? We’d still be paying ten or more million of his salary.”

    Kinda doubt it yea

  66. jmills February 24th, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/embed/K.....#038;rel=0

    Randy, for you! Garth iorg and Rance Mullineks were right up there for me prior to Gruber who was clutch in ’90 by the way.

  67. UnKnown February 24th, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Maybe there is a chance that it is more 6 weeks than 10. That would be nice.

  68. MTU February 24th, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    mac-

    I’m w. you. I’d like to see a youngster get a chance.

  69. blake February 24th, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    @pgammo: Fun to experience the reverence the young Yankee players hold for Robinson Cano

  70. blake February 24th, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    @ScottMCBS: Suggestion in aftermath of Granderson injury from @JonHeymanCBS: #Yankees should go for Soriano http://t.co/hUgapCxEbS

  71. Hassey February 24th, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Never like seeing a nice guy get hurt but this will be a blessing in deep, deep disguise. It’ll be good to see how the lineup will work with a bit fewer K’s for a while. Maybe the combo of replacements can hit .250 with a few liners

  72. yankeehotelfoxtrot February 24th, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    @jmills – totally agree! I am as “serious” a Yanks fan as there is but have to occasionally remind myself that it’s “just a game.” A lot of the season’s weight is upon the shoulders of the pitching (and coaching) staff. All baseball seasons have variables (mainly injuries) but this season is like none that a Yankees team has faced for quite a while. It’s certainly going to be interesting to see how the next few weeks pan out.

    If a few youngsters step up, the top 3 starters stay healthy, and the team has good chemistry, anything is possible, especially since it’ll be the last chance the remaining members of the Core Four have at a championship. They could (of course) win 90+ games or could end up around (or even below) .500, just like the ’12 Phillies did (81-81). Much more will be revealed.

  73. comnsnse February 24th, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Power hitter in the leadoff spot?

    Bobby Bonds!

    Brady Anderson 50+ hrs.

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