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Saturday morning notes: Jeter leading off on Rivera’s day

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 09, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

There was no lineup posted in the Yankees clubhouse this morning. When Joe Girardi was asked whether Derek Jeter would be playing, he declined to answer. He said he wanted this morning to be all about Mariano Rivera.

As expected, Rivera was classy and humble during this morning’s press conference. He said he simply doesn’t have the desire to keep doing all the travel and the hotels. He’s ready to be home. He would have retired at the end of last season if not for the injury.

“The thing that I have, the little gas I have left, is everything for this year,” he said. “After that, I’ll empty everything. There’s nothing left. I did everything and I’m proud of it. That’s why it’s time.”

Rivera said he came to the decision before he arrived in spring training, and he personally informed the Steinbrenner familiy, Joe Girardi, Brian Cashman and a few teammates.

“The best thing for me that happened on a baseball field — actually the best thing that happened — was the Lord blessing me with this uniform,” Rivera said. “He put the New York Yankees uniform on me. I’ve been thankful for every minute that I’ve worn this uniform, until the day that I retire. The last day that I throw my last pitch, I will be more proud than anything not because of what we accomplished, but what the Lord allowed me to wear, a New York Yankees uniform.”

• The lineup was posted as I was writing this. Jeter is leading off and starting at DH.

Derek Jeter DH
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Juan Rivera 1B
Jayson Nix 3B
Matt Diaz LF
Chris Stewart C
Melky Mesa CF
Corbin Joseph 2B

• There’s actually good news on the injury front today. Dave Robertson, Phil Hughes and David Aardsma each threw bullpens this morning. All three said they felt fine. Robertson laughed at the fact that his shoulder was getting any attention at all.

• For Hughes, a 10-pitch bullpen wasn’t much, but it was a significant step back from his bulging disc. “Good, no issues,” he said. He’ll throw 25-30 pitches in the bullpen on Monday. He’s obviously getting closer. No setbacks so far.

• Aardsma had a slight groin injury but said today’s bullpen was perfectly fine. “Went well,” he said. “I don’t know what the next step is, but it went well.”

• Matt Tracy, Brett Marshall and Ivan Nova also threw sides today. Nik Turley threw a sim game facing Ramon Flores and Luke Murton.

• CC Sabathia has a sim game tomorrow. He’ll face Zoilo Almonte and Corbin Joseph.

• Haven’t seen a set of backups. With Girardi not posting the lineup while the clubhouse was open, some of the details weren’t available today. I do know Rivera is scheduled to pitch out of the bullpen.

Tomorrow’s travel squad
Pitchers: Dellin Betances, Preson Claiborne, Tom Kahnle, Mark Montgomery, Vidal Nuno, Kelvin Perez, David Phelps, Branden Pinder, Francisco Rondon, Josh Spence, Chase Whitley
Catchers: Francisco Cervelli, J.R. Murphy, Austin Romine
Infielders: Dan Johnson, Corbin Joseph, Addison Maruszak, Luke Murton, Jayson Nix, Jose Pirela, Kevin Youkilis
Outfielders: Zoilo Almonte, Matt Diaz, Ramon Flores, Brett Gardner, Slade Heathcott, Melky Mesa, Ronnier Mustelier, Thomas Neal, Juan Rivera

Associated Press photo

 
 

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29 Responses to “Saturday morning notes: Jeter leading off on Rivera’s day”

  1. blake March 9th, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Having a Jeter signing in the lineup is wonderful

  2. jmv March 9th, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Go Jeter!

    Gotta go. Catch you all at night!

  3. jacksquat March 9th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    blake March 9th, 2013 at 11:54 am
    @NYDNHarper: Girardi is working out mustelier as third baseman on back field. Could be an option if yanks decide to move youkilis to 1B.

    What does “working out” mean, exactly?

    He just made 6 plays at 3B in a live game the day before yesterday. Was Girardi watching?

  4. RadioKev March 9th, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Jacksquat,

    Drills, I assume.

  5. mick March 9th, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Mustelier is a better hitter than Nix and a better fielder than Nunez at 3B.
    Youk will not be the everyday 3B.
    Mustelier can also play every corner.
    If you put the pieces together, he MUST come north.

  6. RadioKev March 9th, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    mick March 9th, 2013 at 12:26 pm
    Mustelier is a better hitter than Nix and a better fielder than Nunez at 3B.
    Youk will not be the everyday 3B.
    Mustelier can also play every corner.
    If you put the pieces together, he MUST come north.
    ——–

    Better fielder than Nunez? Says who?

  7. tucker March 9th, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Thought Mustelier would be. Nice fit at third. He has the potential to provide some offensive pop that thie lineup sorely needs. Dan Johnson, etc. could doom this season before we reach mid-May. All we are saying is give Musty a chance.

  8. mick March 9th, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Who will get cut?

    We have 4 IF’s, 3 OF’s 2 C’s, 2 DH’s=11

    Figure the bench from from Mesa, Rivera, Almonte, Diaz, Johnson, Nunez, Nix and Mustelier.

    Tough choice.

    One is the RH DH, call it Nunez + a BUIF, call it Nix. I say Musty at 3rd.

    Let go of Rivera, Diaz and Johnson.

    It has to be Mesa in CF. We need another LH OF, call it Almonte.

    Call it a fresh start.

    Unless there’s a trade…

  9. yankee21 March 9th, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Mariano Rivera, what a class act all the way to the end. I am incredibly fortunate to see this guy pitch. Baseball is so much better with him having played the game.

    Glad to see the Captain back on the field.

    Hopefully Musty will continue to impress and force Girardi’s hand, as no rookie has a snow ball in hell chance of making this team unless they blow away the competition and/or the competition gets hurt.

    This organization is mind-numbingly risk averse and close-minded and it needs to change that mentality if it wants to remain competitive, much less regularly compete for championships.

  10. blake March 9th, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    That news about them working him out at 3B at least suggests they are seriously considering taking him north

  11. mick March 9th, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    It is the perfect opportunity to get younger and see what these prospects have to offer.
    Nothing to lose.

  12. RadioKev March 9th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Yeah yankee21, but they’ve made the post season 17/18 times… I think they’re competing OK.

    Rookies will get their chances. Younger players will get their chances. Mustelier has to prove his reputation wrong and show he can at least fake it at 3B.

    Even then, it’s not like Mustelier is the team’s savior. They’re really going to have to gut out the first two months if they want to make the post season this year.

  13. Northy March 9th, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Give the young players a chance instead of old rubbish players like Diaz and Rivera…

  14. mick March 9th, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    1B is a more valuable defensive position than 3B and Youk is a better 1B than a 3B.

  15. blake March 9th, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    mick says:
    March 9, 2013 at 12:48 pm
    1B is a more valuable defensive position than 3B and Youk is a better 1B than a 3B.

    He’s better at 1b than 3b but 3B is much more valuable cause players that can play there are much harder to find …..

  16. upstate kate March 9th, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Oh no the dreaded “Musty” nickname is already being used!
    I saw him at a AAA game last year…had to dig out my scorecard…he was 0-3 that particular game, not that a SSS means anything.

  17. mick March 9th, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Give me a slick fielding 1b over a wizard at 3rd anytime.
    More chances at 1st than 3rd.

  18. blake March 9th, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    mick says:
    March 9, 2013 at 12:51 pm
    Give me a slick fielding 1b over a wizard at 3rd anytime.
    More chances at 1st than 3rd.

    Yes but 1B is much easier to play…..pretty much anybody that can play 3B can play 1B…..not the other way around

  19. blake March 9th, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    @DanBarbarisi: Huge cheers for Jeter as he is announced as leadoff hitter and DH

  20. mick March 9th, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    ..pretty much anybody that can play 3B can play 1B
    =================================
    but not play it well.

  21. austinmac March 9th, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Nix, Diaz and Rivera are all going to make the team, I bet. Along with Johnson. Could they make the team any less interesting?

  22. mick March 9th, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Diaz Rivera and johnson are the same player…makes no sense…only 1 can make it if at all.

  23. blake March 9th, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Any big league caliber 3B could play 1B well enough ….I really can’t think of any exceptions

  24. mick March 9th, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    ok when arod gets back put him at 1st…

  25. mick March 9th, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    wonder who kelly replaces in the pen? he looks good.

  26. Doreen March 9th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    It has to mean they are giving Mustelier serious consideration.

  27. mick March 9th, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Mo, robo, logan, joba, aardsma, eppley rapada, phelps
    kelley, cabral, nuno

  28. mick March 9th, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    rondon

  29. yankee21 March 9th, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    radiokev; who on this board said Mustelier is the team’s savior?

    He is a guy who can hit and can run a little. If he can be at least be adequate defensively then the Yankees need to find a place for him. You want Rivera and Diaz flailing away at the plate and running around the OF pretending they are still ML ball-players?

    In the IF, would you go with Jayson Nix who is a nice safe guy who will hit .240 and not be a butcher on the IF vs. Mustelier who has some upside to ignite an offense that is middling at best?

    You can say all you want about being in the PS 17/18 years, that is outstanding.
    It is also the past. And this past represented an age in which the Yankees more often than not went with the Vet vs. the rookie and if their decision was bad they simply covered their their tracks with money. Since they are no longer covering their tracks with $ they need to take some risks. Musty represents the kind of risk they need to start taking in order to be competitive.


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