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Pregame notes: Let’s play one (or maybe not)

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 10, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

I’m going to try to make these notes fairly quick because I’m worried that, by the time I finish typing them, the “pregame notes” title will be completely inaccurate. It’s already raining here in Cleveland, the forecast is a mess — listed as a 100 percent chance of rain until 8 p.m., and anywhere from 80 to 60 percent throughout the night — so it may be a matter of time before this game is rained out and the Yankees try to play two with a similar forecast tomorrow.

• Speaking of tomorrow, Phil Hughes is sick. He’s scheduled to start tomorrow, but he has some sort of stomach bug. He look rough in the clubhouse where he was trying to eat applesauce because he hadn’t been able to each anything else all day. He said he could still start, but Girardi acknowledged it’s at least possible Hughes will have to skip tomorrow’s scheduled start.

• David Phelps would seem to the natural spot starter if Hughes can’t pitch tomorrow, but Girardi said he won’t go out of his way to avoid using Phelps tonight. “I’ll worry about today, today,” Girardi said. “And if we have to do something and I had to use Phelps, and I couldn’t use Hughsey tomorrow, maybe go to Warren.”

• Derek Jeter ran again today. He also took ground balls and, as scheduled, took batting practice on the field. Girardi said Jeter has a scheduled day off tomorrow. “The fact he didn’t have to back off of the running I think is a good sign,” Girardi said.

• Curtis Granderson did not swing underwater today, and he won’t swing underwater tomorrow. There’s no setback, though. I was told that having Granderson hit underwater was simply an idea that was floated — something for him to do before he’s supposed to take swings in the cage — but doctors shot it down. So, Granderson will stay on his same old schedule except without the pool swings. Nothing to see here.

• Ichiro Suzuki has the day off, and it sounds like one of the other regular outfielder will be out of the lineup tomorrow. “We’re going to try to rotate and give each one of them a day off every once in a while,” Girardi said. “Boesch can maybe get a couple of days in a row to get some at-bats, too.”

• Clay Rapada is going to report to Tampa and throw some down there before being moved up to Triple-A.

• The Indians called up RHP Corey Kluber from Triple-A to spot start tonight. If, you know, there’s actually a game.

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36 Responses to “Pregame notes: Let’s play one (or maybe not)”

  1. Nick in SF April 10th, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    “Curtis Granderson did not swing underwater today”

    Come to Cleveland, Curtis!

  2. jacksquat April 10th, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    The idea was floated, eh?

  3. Rich in NJ April 10th, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    blake April 10th, 2013 at 5:36 pm
    Rich in NJ says:
    April 10, 2013 at 5:34 pm
    They reportedly made a pretty decent offer on Soler.

    I haven’t heard specifics…..it wasn’t a closed bid though and the deal the Cubs have him will be extremely team friendly if he makes it

    Olney is usually pretty clued-in, but who knows, maybe they had an absolute ceiling?

    http://riveraveblues.com/2012/.....ler-70026/

    Via Buster Olney, the Yankees are one of the four teams most aggressively pursuing 20-year-old Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler. The Cubs, Dodgers, and Braves are also in the mix. The first round of bids were due this past Thursday and the second round is due this weekend. This isn’t a posting process similar to Japanese players, it’s just a straight submission of contract offers and counteroffers.

  4. blake April 10th, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    blake says:
    April 10, 2013 at 5:36 pm
    Rich in NJ says:
    April 10, 2013 at 5:34 pm
    They reportedly made a pretty decent offer on Soler.

    I haven’t heard specifics…..it wasn’t a closed bid though and the deal the Cubs have him will be extremely team friendly if he makes it

  5. blake April 10th, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    JF said the whole time that the Cubs had an agreement with and turned out that’s where he went

  6. Rich in NJ April 10th, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Either way, they had those last few chances to sign young, top talent what would have circumvented the new CBA provisions, and they chose not to. Penny-wise…

  7. Rich in NJ April 10th, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    what would have?

    I sound like a hockey broadcaster.

  8. MTU April 10th, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Rich-

    The fact that they passed on those money-only opportunities is why I think they are going to sell at some point.

    They passed on Chapman too. How do they let an arm like that get away from them ?

  9. Doreen April 10th, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    You cannot pitch if all you can eat is applesauce!!!!!

    “floated” the idea of hitting under water???? ;)

  10. MTU April 10th, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Phil needs to take more vitamins.

    :)

  11. Doreen April 10th, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    What if crisped es also had an under the table deal in place???

  12. Doreen April 10th, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Oh, gotta love autocorrect.

    Cespedes.

  13. Rich in NJ April 10th, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    MTU

    Possibly, or it may just be that Levine/Hal believed that they had spent enough at the time, or insufficiently understood the unique market opporunity and/or didn’t receive a compelling enough case from their baseball people.

  14. Nick in SF April 10th, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Tulo flubs a high pop up, lets in Giants’ 10th run. #thisislivebaseball

  15. MTU April 10th, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Doreen-

    And they call them “smartphones”.

    :)

    Rich-

    I don’t find that POV compelling.

  16. Nick in SF April 10th, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    And then Zito slaps a single to left field for his 2nd hit of the game, leads the Giants in hitting at .750. Gets a standing ovation. It’s been quite a ride for Mr. Zito.

  17. Rich in NJ April 10th, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    MTU

    Do you mean plausible or excusable?

  18. Doreen April 10th, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Didn’t they meet with Chapman and give him the VIp tour? And then they cooled on him. So I guess it was not a good experience?

    I can understand not loving the Japanese posting experience. Unless you hav very of infomaion on what the posting fees will go for, you know?

  19. MTU April 10th, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Rich-

    Plausible. Not convincing. But who knows ?

  20. Doreen April 10th, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Very good information about

    Sigh

  21. MTU April 10th, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Doreen-

    Then they misjudged it badly. He’s a stud.

  22. Abe Peterham April 10th, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    So granderson was swinging under water, then Drs found out and said no?

    U ever try swinging something under water? It ain’t easy… Who’s idea was this?

  23. Nick in SF April 10th, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    I think it was the lifeguard who found out and said no.

  24. MTU April 10th, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Next year we’ll find out if the Yankees are a development Team.

    ;)

  25. MTU April 10th, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Maybe Curtis was just swinging his hips.

    :)

  26. MTU April 10th, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    And I got to say that JF was 1000% correct about the U-Man.

    He was on him like white on rice.

    ;)

  27. Doreen April 10th, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    MTU -

    http://riveraveblues.com/2011/.....54m-44409/

    They wined and dined Chapman. They wanted him. Reports were they made an offer, which of course they denied.

    It’s conceivable they made an offer he shopped it, or whatever, and then Yankees deny making the offer.

    But something did go awry. They wanted him. they don’t give everyone the treatment they gave Chapman. Even I remembered it!!

  28. Doreen April 10th, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    You know, and maybe they’ve gotten burned in ways we don’t know about, which makes them leery of these situations.

    Players who use the Yankees’ interest to get a better deal (not necessarily better than the Yankees, but better than they might have gotten) from a team they wanted to go to for whatever reason. Promises made? A friend of a friend of a friend? A handshake agreement on some island in the Caribbean? Who knows how these things work?

  29. MTU April 10th, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Doreen-

    They should have found a way. They probably did not have the top offer (no excuse for that IMO).

    Sounds like they blew it to me. Reports at the time indicated that he would only be a reliever.

    Yeah. A top closer. He might even wind up starting.

    Can’t believe , all else equal, a Cuban player would prefer the Reds to the Yankees.

    The Yankees are God-like in Cuba. Can’t come up empty on that type of talent.

  30. Nick in SF April 10th, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    “Can’t believe , all else equal, a Cuban player would prefer the Reds to the Yankees.”

    So what might not have been equal?

  31. MTU April 10th, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Nick-

    The green the Yankees did not pony up.

    ;)

  32. Nick in SF April 10th, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    What did the Yankees offer vs. what he took from the Reds?

  33. MTU April 10th, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    New one —->

  34. Nick in SF April 10th, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    No Chapman here either :arrow:

  35. MTU April 10th, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Don’t know that Nick but IMO they should have outbid the Reds.

    I’ll leave it at that.

    ;)

  36. Doreen April 10th, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Interesting.

    The Mets were in on Chapman too, at the time, but also dropped out. The concern was he profiled more as a relief pitcher than a starter, and the number was already at $20 million or something.

    An article I read that was written right after Chapman signed with Cincinnati talked about how the first thing they needed to do was to change some things in his delivery, and also that he had to work on a curve and changeup. This was from the Reds, not from NY.


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