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Between game notes: Heathcott sent down

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 16, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

I’ll make this quick so I can get on the road.

• Derek Jeter played only four innings in the field, but that was according to plan. He played five innings yesterday. “Next time I’ll try to maybe go six and five, and just keep trying to increase it,” Joe Girardi said. “We’ll see. I’ve got to see how he’s doing. We’ve got to be somewhat still cautious even though he has that 100 percent (medical clearance).”

• Slade Heathcott was sent to minor league camp today. Zoilo Almonte was also officially sent across the street (he’d been technically optioned but hadn’t left camp). Heathcott is still dealing with that patellar tendonitis. “He needs to go down there and get healthy and play,” Girardi said.

• The Yankees won’t say that Brennan Boesch is locked into a roster spot, but assuming he does make the team — which seems like a safe assumption — Girardi said he plans to use Boesch in right field with Ichiro in left.

• Brian Cashman made it clear that Boesch signed to a split contract. He’ll earn a rate of $1.5 million while he’s on the major league roster, and only $500,000 if he’s optioned to the minors. “I see him competing for as many at-bats and a position on this 25-man roster just like these other guys,” Cashman said. “But nothing’s been promised to him at all, hence the split that was negotiated in the contract.”

• Why was Brett Gardner batting seventh today? “Don’t read into anything,” Girardi said.

• After throwing a sim game this morning, Boone Logan said he hopes his next appearance will be in an actual game. Girardi wasn’t quite ready to commit to that, but he didn’t dismiss it either. “Let’s just see how he feels tomorrow,” Girardi said.

• For the first time this spring, Mariano Rivera pitched with a runner on base. He walked a guy today, then got a double play and a strikeout. “You need to get work in,” Rivera said. “Most of the time, it’s not going to be like that (with the bases always empty).”

• What caught Girardi’s eye about Rivera’s outing? “He got in a couple of three-ball counts and actually threw a ball in the dirt,” Girardi said. “He’s a little rusty. Me and Jorge (Posada) were commenting on it, you never see him throw a ball in the dirt. He was just a little rusty.” Rivera blamed it on rushing his mechanics.

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21 Responses to “Between game notes: Heathcott sent down”

  1. tomingeorgia March 16th, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Duke and Kentucky both lose. How did our betting men far on those matchups?

  2. tomingeorgia March 16th, 2013 at 3:24 pm


  3. Bo knows March 16th, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Ideally, Mustelier makes the team, Youk at first, Boesch in RF. I could live with that, considering the outage in offense. Boesch is not very good but then neither was Ibanez. Come the evolution – everybody changes shorts. Youk with Teix, etc.

  4. Tar March 16th, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    “Duke and Kentucky both lose.”

    How sad. :D

    Go Heels!!!

  5. tomingeorgia March 16th, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Harvard’s already in the Dance. Everybody else, beware!

  6. Oscar Madison March 16th, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Heathcott sent down…………………WOW !

    No surprise as he is injured yet AGAIN !

  7. blake March 16th, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Go heels!

  8. luis March 16th, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Good luck Tar and Blake with the heels!

    Hey Bo, long time no see…. I didn’t see Jeter playing the field, does he still has some lateral mobility?

  9. tomingeorgia March 16th, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Not talking to me any more? My team’s already in!

  10. luis March 16th, 2013 at 4:44 pm


    I would never stop talking my friend! and I am glad that your team made it too

  11. luis March 16th, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Talking to you I meant ;)

  12. tomingeorgia March 16th, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Ivy League teams are always trouble, at least to their first round opponents, and Tommy Amaker is a good coach. At least, they’ll keep it close as a 14th or 15th seed.

  13. luis March 16th, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    How many k did Boesch had? If he had two or more with a homer he would fit right in :D

  14. tomingeorgia March 16th, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Hope all is well with you in parlous times. Come here more often!

  15. luis March 16th, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Good luck to your team too Tom, I hope they go a long way too

  16. luis March 16th, 2013 at 4:57 pm


    It has been hectic… I have been working almost 7 days a week for the past two months trying to prepare for what’s coming…. I figure that I will start to have more time to be around, since there isn’t much more that I could do to be ready. So yeah, I will be around more often my friend. And thanks for everything, it’s good to be around

  17. luis March 16th, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    I haven’t watched most of the games, but it seems that Mustelier has nothing else to proof on the minors… And what about Nunez, has he been given enough playing time?

  18. jmills March 16th, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Stomach drop time. I drove to a strip in Hamilton noted for antique junk and pawn shops. After winding my way back, I noticed the car wasn’t where I thought it should be. I went into the nearest shop and started babbling my concerns ( nobody had seen a tow truck but that didn’t rule out theft ) and began tracking the vehicle on my blackberry. The damn thing was properly parked a block south and was probably properly wondering why I was so messed up. Stupid Canadian!

  19. jmills March 16th, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Yeah, luis, come around more often and help me make sure I don’t lose sight of things :)

  20. comnsnse March 16th, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    When will we read a candid review of the Yankee hierarchy and minor league organization?

    It is abundantly clear that with all the dumpster diving for other team’s castoffs there is little to be had from our own organization.

    So the question becomes when does Yankee ownership decide it’s time for Cashman and company to take up sky diving permanently?

    Without the millions spent in 09 this organization is zero for 12 and counting!

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