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Video: Girardi discusses Jeter’s rehab

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Derek Jeter ran on the field yesterday, but his return to the Yankees lineup is still weeks away.

“I don’t really have a date in my head when he’s going to be back,” Joe Girardi said. “I am happy to see that he’s on the field. That’s pleasing to all of us. … (When he comes back) probably depends on how he can do back-to-back, how his body responds. It’s not like it’s going to be a two- or three-game rehab. It’s not. It’s going to have to be more, and you’re going to have to see him maybe four out of five days and that sort of thing.”

Girardi said Jeter doesn’t necessarily need to play a bunch of nine-inning games — seven innings at a time is enough, Girardi said — the real key is being able to play, then being able to play again the next day. And the next day. Jeter will come back to be the Yankees regular shortstop, so there won’t be any shortcuts.

Above is video of Girardi discussing Jeter’s rehab, and how long it might take to get Jeter in the lineup.

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96 Responses to “Video: Girardi discusses Jeter’s rehab”

  1. Shame Spencer April 10th, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Shame Spencer April 10th, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Tar April 10th, 2013 at 7:13 am

    “Some of you guys really seem to choose only the option(s) that make something “NOT” Cashman’s fault. ”

    Fixed that sentence for you.

    All of the going home stuff about Andy is true. But what also is true is that none of that would have ever came up if Cashman would have actively and aggressively pursued Andy. That is not my picking an option to suit my narrative, that is fact that came right from Andy’s mouth.

    —————–

    Tar – This one is on Andy, not Cash. For those of use that follow Page Six closely, that much was clear :twisted:

    “We were pretty upset when this professional sports player decided to leave New York. We thought it was for more money, but we were wrong.

    For years this guy professed to have a “special relationship with God.” But it turns out he had a special relationship with a woman who was not his wife. When the wife found out, she went ballistic. The player had two choices: stay in New York with his mistress, or return home and play with a new team.

    Wisely, he chose the latter, which was why you didn’t hear the thunder that usually accompanies such transactions. His New York employer knew the score, and had to acquiesce. Sometimes being a sport is more important than playing one. “

  2. MG April 10th, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Shame, I don’t read page 6 but am not surprised by those revelations about Andy during that period given his friendship with Clemens, a notorious skirt chaser (and catcher).

    That would explain signing for less money with Houston as well as him coming back to New York later in his career.

  3. Shame Spencer April 10th, 2013 at 9:08 am

    MG – Upon reflection, it really never made sense that the Yankees would spend money on Jared Wright and not Andy. In this case, I’m a fierce defender of Cash and the FO. They’ve always taken the publicity hit for that one and it was never on them. FWIW, when Andy did return, Page 6 ran another blind item on him. It was pretty funny.

    (Full disclosure: I didn’t 100% believe this story until I started doing this sports broadcasting summer camp at MSU. We were told a LOT of interesting stuff by the broadcasters about the things they choose to keep quiet. Great story about Brian Leetch breaking his leg drunk one night.. as a Devils fan, that was my personal favorite!)

  4. Shame Spencer April 10th, 2013 at 9:10 am

    And for the record, I still love Andy and would never root against him as a player or as a member of the org. I just love media politics as well.

  5. Hassey April 10th, 2013 at 9:11 am

    The highest scoring team in the AL without Swish, Grandy, Tex, A-Rod and Jete? Surely some of these hot streaks can’t last, but the fact that it CAN be done at all should mean we rethink giving ABs back to Grandy…I’m not saying to make him a bazillion dollar back-up, but there must be some hitting starved team that would give us somethign in return

  6. Tackelberry April 10th, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Rough Charleston debut for Camarena last night. Hopefully, he can shake it off and rebound in 5 days. A 2 homer game for Culver. Guess the decision to abandon switch hitting is paying off so far. And I see Angelini is off to a good start. Maybe, just maybe he can revive his career here.

  7. blake April 10th, 2013 at 9:14 am

    I think Culver could develop into a plus defender at SS just seeing him play and the way he moves…..and he’s got a good approach at the plate so if he can just hit some then maybe he’ll make it.

  8. Shame Spencer April 10th, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Hassey April 10th, 2013 at 9:11 am

    The highest scoring team in the AL without Swish, Grandy, Tex, A-Rod and Jete? Surely some of these hot streaks can’t last, but the fact that it CAN be done at all should mean we rethink giving ABs back to Grandy…I’m not saying to make him a bazillion dollar back-up, but there must be some hitting starved team that would give us somethign in return

    ——————

    Absolutely. I would loath to trade Granderson just because I love the D we’d have with he, Gardner, and Ichiro out there but since they won’t trade anyone else they need to pursue it. Look at what the Mets got for half a year of Beltran!

  9. blake April 10th, 2013 at 9:17 am

    I don’t know how long it’ll last….these last 3 games might be simply a mirage…..but I do like the approaches some of these guys are taking at the plate. I really don’t like the swing for the fences offense….it’s extremely boring and it’s really easy for good pitchers to exploit.

    That said…..the last two games the Yanks have faced just horrible pitching….Ubaldo should be in the minors.

  10. Doreen April 10th, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Shame -

    What this says to me is take everything – EVERYTHING – with a grain of salt.

    There is story A, story B, Page 6, and somewhere in there the absolute truth. ;)

  11. Shame Spencer April 10th, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Warren and Phelps are still in our pen, right? Are they both going to stay there?

  12. Cashmoney April 10th, 2013 at 9:21 am

    blake, the angels have a very good hitting and balance lineup… I get most attention on focus and Trout, hamilton and Pujols… but Kendrick, Aybar, Trumbo,Callaspo are all very good hitters relative to their position. Their lineup are 8 deeps. if Innaetta can hit with power again, it’s a cyclical lineup. The problem is their pitching is very thin and the big guys haven’t rake so far.

    prospective here is 7 games, just as we watch the Yanks.

    On Cashman, he needs to STFU.

  13. Doreen April 10th, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Even if it’s been awful pitching, it’d be pretty darn depressing if they had lost, right?

    And they didn’t get just enough runs to win. They kept scoring.

    Definitely euphoric.

    But no team scores that many runs every single night, so I’m expecting they’ll come back d own to earth.

    I was extremely impressed with beating Verlander, but even happier with the tack on runs at the end of the game!

  14. Cashmoney April 10th, 2013 at 9:23 am

    *are focus on

  15. MTU April 10th, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Blake-

    There are some hopeful signs but I’m w you. Time will tell. Actually more concerned abut durability.

    Wells has been an eye opener so far.

  16. Shame Spencer April 10th, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Doreen April 10th, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Shame -

    What this says to me is take everything – EVERYTHING – with a grain of salt.

    There is story A, story B, Page 6, and somewhere in there the absolute truth. ;)

    ———————

    True story. Personally, I’m not a big believer in the ‘absolute truth,’ I think more often than not people’s truths are different for good reason. But what was made very clear to me by the writers was this: the media protects certain players, the players that they like. And I’m always VERY aware of that when I’m reading sports coverage. I think they called Leetch’s injury a freak accident…..

  17. Shame Spencer April 10th, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Doreen April 10th, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Even if it’s been awful pitching, it’d be pretty darn depressing if they had lost, right?

    And they didn’t get just enough runs to win. They kept scoring.

    Definitely euphoric.

    ————————-

    Absolutely. I was going to come here last night to ask blake if he’s still gunning for a split ;)

    A win tonight would be perfection. Get above .500 and go for the jugular tomorrow.

  18. MTU April 10th, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Got to run.

    Have yourselves a good day.

    :)

  19. MG April 10th, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Shame Spencer April 10th, 2013 at 9:08 am
    MG – Upon reflection, it really never made sense that the Yankees would spend money on Jared Wright and not Andy. In this case, I’m a fierce defender of Cash and the FO. They’ve always taken the publicity hit for that one and it was never on them. FWIW, when Andy did return, Page 6 ran another blind item on him. It was pretty funny.

    (Full disclosure: I didn’t 100% believe this story until I started doing this sports broadcasting summer camp at MSU. We were told a LOT of interesting stuff by the broadcasters about the things they choose to keep quiet. Great story about Brian Leetch breaking his leg drunk one night.. as a Devils fan, that was my personal favorite!)
    ———————————————–
    shame, it’s funny what kind of stories you hear about athletes when you talk to people who are insiders.

    I’ve known about Clemens’ cheating since way before the stories came out because of an ex-girlfriend who knew someone he cheated with.

    I’ve also heard stories from pro golf insiders that all turned out to be true about players you wouldn’t think would ever do something like that, you just never know (and who really cares)…

  20. blake April 10th, 2013 at 9:28 am

    “blake, the angels have a very good hitting and balance lineup… I get most attention on focus and Trout, hamilton and Pujols… but Kendrick, Aybar, Trumbo,Callaspo are all very good hitters relative to their position. Their lineup are 8 deeps.”

    I think it’s highly overrated….they scored 767 runs last year and that was with Trout having an all time awesome season. Now Pujols got a slow start and they didn’t have Hamilton….but I don’t think they are some juggernaut offense like you here…..I’d much rather have the Tigers offense and they have WAY better pitching.

    I don’t know what’s wrong with Hamilton but something isn’t right with him…..I know he had his eyes checked and they are like 20/15 or something but he acts like he can’t see the ball.

  21. blake April 10th, 2013 at 9:29 am

    and we don’t know really what Trumbo is…..is he the guy that looked like a middle of the order bat in the first half of 2012 or is he the guy that probably should have been benched in the 2nd half?

  22. MG April 10th, 2013 at 9:32 am

    blake, how pleased are you that the Yankees didn’t go after Hamilton at this point in time (I didn’t want him, way too risky for me given his background)?

  23. Shame Spencer April 10th, 2013 at 9:34 am

    I’ve also heard stories from pro golf insiders that all turned out to be true about players you wouldn’t think would ever do something like that, you just never know (and who really cares)…

    ———————

    To be a fly on the wall, MG.. but to be fair that’s true of almost any industry.

    I’ve heard from a fairly reliable source that all those reports about Tiger were very tame, if you can imagine that. There was so much more, but the media stood off it. And as you say, who cares, so good for them in that regard. The issues, for me, occur when they report on guys like Arod like it’s open season, know what I mean?

  24. Shame Spencer April 10th, 2013 at 9:36 am

    The thing about the Tigers is that’s a team that had to claw it’s way into the playoffs.. it’s hard to believe with basically the same team last year they only won 85 games.

  25. blake April 10th, 2013 at 9:37 am

    “blake, how pleased are you that the Yankees didn’t go after Hamilton at this point in time (I didn’t want him, way too risky for me given his background)?”

    I actually did want him on a short term deal…..I didn’t worry so much about his background as his injury history and his approach at the plate. I don’t know what’s wrong with him right now…..he’s not letting the ball travel at all….it’s like he’s swinging as soon as the pitcher releases the ball and like he never even saw it. He can be so good….but when he’s like this he just has totally non competitive ABs……and the thing is that he’s been like this for months now going back to last year so it is concerning and I’d be very concerned if I were the Angels…..

  26. Tackelberry April 10th, 2013 at 9:37 am

    I nver saw Hamilton as a good fit here despite how the short porch in RF would have translated with his lefty swing. NY would have ate him alive, especially getting off to a slow start the way he is now. Like I said, the only ones that got away that bother me are Pierzynski and Soler. AJ and Cervy would have been a really good platoon at catcher, and Soler is already showing the approach and power the scouts were drooling over.

  27. Cashmoney April 10th, 2013 at 9:39 am

    blake, you got to dumb not to take Tigers overall team over Angels. What the Tigers have is a guy who is impossible to get out in Cabrera and very good hitters surrounding him. Pujol was that guy in the NL, I haven’t watch any of the angel games so I don’t know what’s going on. If he starts to hit along with Hamilton that team could score 800 runs easily which makes it a good hitting team.

  28. Shame Spencer April 10th, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Hamilton is probably just squeezing the bat too tight at this point, similar to Pujols last year. He may have been distracted by a couple factors in the second half of last season.. I think he gets it together, mostly because with that line up he shouldn’t feel as much pressure (as long as those other guys are hitting, that is!).

  29. 4TrainNorth April 10th, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Crap, I knew this would happen: Youkilis is already a True Yankee. Now we absolutely must get rid of Joba for ever having thrown at him.

  30. PacoDooley April 10th, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Amazing thing is that Culver still appears to be relatively young for his level of competition (sorted players based on age and he still appears quite low on the league list). I suppose this is what getting drafted at 17 does for you – he is still younger than 5 of the 10 top picks in last year’s draft, so he is closer in age (and perhaps younger on average) to guys in the last draft than he is to the league average.

  31. Cashmoney April 10th, 2013 at 9:44 am

    AJ is a tough out, always have been. His stat is never overwhelming but not bad for a catcher. He and Cervy would have made a good tandem. I see Buck is hitting for power again, could be very solid pick up by the Mets. my hope is that Romine is ready by mid season, he can thus replace the immortal stewy.

    Bean has put together a good lineup with the additions of Jaso, Young and Lowrie. I am a big fan Jed but he never stays healthy,

  32. Cashmoney April 10th, 2013 at 9:47 am

    I thought Youk and Hefner would hit when healthy and am surprised by Wells so far.

  33. Shame Spencer April 10th, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Bean has put together a good lineup with the additions of Jaso, Young and Lowrie. I am a big fan Jed but he never stays healthy,

    ——————

    Jaso, for what it cost them, was an amazing acquisition.

  34. blake April 10th, 2013 at 9:49 am

    “If he starts to hit along with Hamilton that team could score 800 runs easily which makes it a good hitting team”

    kinda doubt they’ll make the playoffs with that rotation unless their offense is really really good.

  35. blake April 10th, 2013 at 9:50 am

    “Amazing thing is that Culver still appears to be relatively young for his level of competition (sorted players based on age and he still appears quite low on the league list). I suppose this is what getting drafted at 17 does for you – he is still younger than 5 of the 10 top picks in last year’s draft, so he is closer in age (and perhaps younger on average) to guys in the last draft than he is to the league average.”

    yea maybe he will improve now that’s he’s dropped the switch hitting…..he doesn’t have to be Derek Jeter with the bat….he has big potential defensivley and he walks a lot….he just has to hit some

  36. Cashmoney April 10th, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Jaso, for what it cost them, was an amazing acquisition.
    ——
    This is his third team, Shame, Ms acquired him with a fringe reliever. I think Friedman looked at his pitching staff and want a defensive matrix team. I get why Seattle traded him in hope that Montero will turn into a full time catcher with Zunino progressing. But yeah, both team acquire jaso at an amazing bargain cost.

  37. RadioKev April 10th, 2013 at 10:01 am

    I think we should keep expectations for Culver nice and low for now ;)

  38. austinmac April 10th, 2013 at 10:04 am

    The weather for the next two days in Cleveland looks awful with very high chances of thunderstorms both days. I hate rain outs. Do they return to Cleveland? Two games are hard to make up.

  39. ac1 April 10th, 2013 at 10:12 am

    I thought Youk and Hefner would hit when healthy and am surprised by Wells so far.
    ___

    Hefner’s been hittin for 86 years….. Some are better than others.

  40. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 10th, 2013 at 10:17 am

    “Truly talented players can turn things around in a hurry. Wow.”

    True dat!

    I’m not missing the regulars at all. I wish them all a speedy enough rehab, but at this point in time anyway, there’s no need for the Yanks to rush their rehab or try to get them back before they are really really healed!

    **********

    luis, I will post the predictions chart. I just saw your post this morning. If you see this, you can always do a cut and paste and use it when Vince is around – it appeared you wanted it posted for Vince to see.

    PREDICTIONS FOR 2013

    Trisha – 97
    Jacksquat – 96
    Poetkiosk – 96
    Newyorkfanforever – 95
    Jmills – 95
    Doc Iac – 95*
    rm – 94
    Tomingeorgia – 94
    Nilsson – 94
    r115 – 94
    BBfan - 94
    Munson – 93
    Ghostwriter – 93
    Big Al – 93
    The Straw – 93
    Warning Track Power - 93
    Carly – 93
    Tabbert – 93
    CountryClub – 93
    Shame Spencer - 92
    Mike_Boston - 92
    Utility Man – 92
    Chip – 92
    Jmv – 92
    Nick in SF – 92
    Mike Ri – 92
    joecembrale – 92
    pyankfan – 92
    Tackleberry – 91
    RMS – 91
    RadioKev – 91
    ac1 – 91
    massjake – 91
    Yankeefeminista – 91
    Noreaster – 91
    Joeman – 90
    GregD – 90
    Bronx Jeers – 90
    4 NYY – 89
    Blake – 89
    Yankee21 – 89
    Luis – 89
    Astrocityfan – 89
    Austinmac – 88
    David in Cal – 88
    Yankee Trader – 88
    Cashmoney – 87
    Charlestonchew – 87
    Jackson – 87
    PacoDooley – 87
    Bruceb – 86
    Vineyard Yankee – 86
    Bobby Murcer – 86
    Don – 86
    Mike in Harrisburg – 86
    Baby Ruth – 85
    Sammiejohnson – 85
    Joeman – 85
    Felix Unger – 84
    bardos – 83
    Your Worst Nightmare – 83
    Deal With It – 82
    Oscar Madison – 82
    Niblick – 81
    MaineYankee – 80
    Cujo – 80
    Comet – 79
    Blutarsky – 78

  41. DONNYBROOK April 10th, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Girardi addressing Jeet’s being back on the field says, “That’s PLEASING to all of us”. Who the hell inna baseball uniform uses the word “PLEASING”. Once upon a time, Girardi was a ballplayer. He has since morphed into a “Suit”, attempting to spout whatever is politically correct to his Bosses, and the Joe 6 Pack public in general. YUCH

  42. Tackelberry April 10th, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Austinmac:

    THis is their only visit to Cleveland all season so they will try very hard to get these games in, at least one of them. I agree about rainouts. ANyone remember back in the late 60s and early 70s when there was “Rainout Theatre”on WPIX 11? THey would show the worst old movies in place of a rainout. Got better in the late 70s and 80s when they would show some old shows like FTroop and The Odd Couple. NOw we get a heavy dose of Yankees Magazine, Yankeeography and Yankees Classics ON YES when there is a rainout

  43. ron April 10th, 2013 at 10:23 am

    The thing that might be better about youk,wells is that,their ba might be better than grandersons,and tex,with potentially similar power,or a little less.
    It is early,and we can’t just ignore the recent declining years of youk,and wells,but there is hope.
    It is about balance,starting with great pitching,.300 hitters,or close to it,even split stats,or a nice platoon to compensate.
    Haffner against rh pitching is perfectly fine,as long as he is healthy.Wels can dh against lh pitching when gardner comes back,and play the outfield against lh pitching because gardner,and ichiro are both lh,and struggle against lh pitching.
    I don’t see a problem getting wells ab.
    The problem will come,if wells,ypok struggle for long periods,and granderson,tex are batting .240,and hr,or nothing.
    The pitching is there.
    But we need to develop an ace/number 2 pitcher very soon,and at least one infielder,and one outfielder from our own system.A new core if you will.
    We are talking about only 3 players here,not a whole team.

    I love tho opposite field hitting,even if it is to keed the defense honest.Cano is just crushing the ball.When he is on,you simply can’t pitch to him.He hits hr’s off of his toes.
    I like the team,and always thought that haffner is going to replace a lot of the lost power,and because he is lh,he will get a lot of ab.I can see gardner,and ichiro sitting an awfull lot if wells keeps hitting,especially if they struggle against lh pitching.
    I’d like to see romine replace stewart very soon though.

  44. ron April 10th, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Meant wells can dh against lh pitching when granderson comes back,not gardner.

  45. bruceb April 10th, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Watching the last three days makes me feel as though the Yankees are 8-0. I have to remind myself that they are, in fact, 4-4. With Nova and Hughes to come in Cleveland, I’ll be more than happy with 5-5.

    What I can’t actually believe is that in those 8 games the Yanks have hit a league-leading 15 HRs…15!!! And that’s without players swinging for the fences in every at bat. Surely it’s too good to be true?

  46. DONNYBROOK April 10th, 2013 at 10:31 am

    The Yankee HR numbers say More about the Cleveland Chuckers, than they do about the Yankee bats.

  47. blake April 10th, 2013 at 10:33 am

    we have spent a lot of time discussing the Yanks operation lately and their lack of plan and vision and I do think they have made some mistakes in passing on certain players…..

    however lets take a different view and look at it through another perspective….lets look optimistically.

    What if the Yankees do somehow get enough out of these re-treads to hold the fort and their pitching stays healthy and they do go on to win the division or make the playoffs? what if the farm system has a good season and they are looking at a top 5 ranking going into the 2014 season with Tyler Austin and Slade Heathcott etc ready for the big leagues and a bigger group (Mason Wiliams, Sanchez, Depaula, J Ram, Gumbs etc) progressing to Trenton and positioning for 2015?

    What if they can make this budget work? They extend Cano and get enough from the farm system to compete in 2014 and set themselves up to run more efficiently?

    There are a lot of ifs and there is a long way to go…..but what if it all works?

  48. blake April 10th, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Andrew Marchand ?@AndrewMarchand 1m
    Scout on Montero: He’s catching better, but not hitting in the first week. His game-calling has improved.

  49. Carly April 10th, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Nice job with Culver’s two homers last night :)

    I mentioned it before, with that 2010 draft, give me Culver, Williams, Gumbs, Austin, Kahnle, Gamel, Claiborne, Encinas, Segedin, Montgomery over what the Detroit Tigers took that same year

  50. Shame Spencer April 10th, 2013 at 10:45 am

    blake – They’re going to need an OFer, C, and some pitching from the minors. Can be done.. but they need to plan well and they need these guys to hit. They can’t waste a guy like Phelps this year, for example.

  51. PacoDooley April 10th, 2013 at 10:46 am

    RadioKev April 10th, 2013 at 10:01 am
    I think we should keep expectations for Culver nice and low for now
    ——————————————-

    My expectations were rock bottom – I had given up on him as a prospect entirely. But his early season success combined with him dropping switch hitting, and me reminding myself that he is still quite young for his level of competition, makes me think that I shouldn’t count him out just yet.

    But that said, i still think that he and Bichette are not the future of the left side of the infield – need better 1st round selections moving forward.

  52. Shame Spencer April 10th, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Austin, Gardner and Ichi in the OF for next year with someone from AA or AAA as your 4th OFer and Wells as the DH?

  53. J. Alfred Prufrock April 10th, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Tar April 10th, 2013 at 7:13 am
    “Some of you guys really seem to choose only the option(s) that make something “NOT” Cashman’s fault. ”

    Fixed that sentence for you.

    All of the going home stuff about Andy is true. But what also is true is that none of that would have ever came up if Cashman would have actively and aggressively pursued Andy. That is not my picking an option to suit my narrative, that is fact that came right from Andy’s mouth.

    “Sounding wistful at times, the 31-year-old left-hander said the Yankees’ failure to pursue him aggressively allowed him to turn his attention to Houston, which wound up signing him for $7.5 million less than New York offered.

    “When I left there after (World Series) Game 6, I never really envisioned myself in a different uniform,” Pettitte said. “I thought that they would try to make a serious push to sign me then.”

    ///

    I remember Torre being pissed that the Yanks let Pettitte go. One big reason we couldn’t close the deal in ’04 is that we had no left-hander to throw at Boston’s lefty hitters.

    Didn’t see last night’s game, but sounds like the kind of lopsided wins we had against Boston down the stretch last year, vs. crummy pitching. Nevertheless, I was encouraged seeing Cano and Gardner’s having had big games, since they’re the “young” players (relatively speaking) who must come through if this team is to make it to the postseason.

    Cano I don’t worry about, and hopefully all the nonsense about him not being “a leader” and worthy “face of the franchise’ will die with his hitting .303 now (he was hitting like .180 a few days ago, which was about as likely to last as Cervelli’s .353 average is). Cervelli doesn’t need to hit .300 though for them to take advantage of his decent approach.

    Having Andy Pettitte, well, like I said, had we had him in ’04, it’s quite likely there would be no “historic collapse” in the annals.

    As for all this other stuff about Posada, he called it right about Cashman when he said something like “this is how he operates, now.” I’ve said this before: Rivera only made those fake threats that he may decide to sign elsewhere because he was incensed at how Bernie Williams was treated; he wasn’t trying to “leverage” the Yankees. He had said, on many occasions when asked his salary: “I make enough money.” Anyone who thinks he was playing politics with the Yankees just might as well admit they don’t get Who Rivera is.

    I understand that the middle management types that flood the board trying to turn Cashman into some misunderstood folk hero – or get this: misunderstood genius (because the older guys are hitting – need to feel that the GM is not the cheap shot artist he’s grown to be, but I’m going to trust Posada and Rivera on that one.

  54. Shame Spencer April 10th, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Any expectations for Culver will result in him getting injured!

  55. blake April 10th, 2013 at 10:52 am

    “Austin, Gardner and Ichi in the OF for next year with someone from AA or AAA as your 4th OFer and Wells as the DH?”

    I’m kinda hoping it’s Heathcott, Gardner, and Austin with Ichiro and Wells as 4th outfielders and DH’s……we’ll see….I hightly doubt the Yanks will do that though.

  56. Cashmoney April 10th, 2013 at 10:58 am

    http://riveraveblues.com/2013/.....win-84854/

  57. bruceb April 10th, 2013 at 10:59 am

    As is oft posted on this board, winning cures everything. When you’re 1-4, the winter was a disaster and you’re general manager is a schmuck.

    When you’re 4-4 and have scored 32 runs in your last three games – a lot of them coming from the three cast-offs the GM picked up in the off season – Cashman is hailed as the Greg Louganis of dumpster diving.

    Those sage old heads among Lo Hudders (and I certainly don’t include myself in that number as my opinions change on a daily basis) know the truth lies somewhere between the two.

  58. Bronx Jeers April 10th, 2013 at 11:07 am

    The questions about Robbie’s “leadership abilities” remind me of what Jeter went through 10 years ago.

  59. Shame Spencer April 10th, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Heathcott or Austin, I’m not picky ;)

    They should both be there, though, if all goes well for them this year.

    And I’d love to see Murphy leap frog into the bigs next year.

  60. J. Alfred Prufrock April 10th, 2013 at 11:11 am

    bruceb,

    I have no problem admitting that I don’t like Cashman, and on two counts: the direction the team has taken since 2010 and the adolescent and deliberately provocative quotes from him about iconic Yankee players, and players he has traded (see Ian Kennedy, Melky Cabrera).

    I’ll mention it in this space when I see the over-ardent efforts here to rationalize his shabby treatment of players and to impart to him qualities he does not possess, like class.

    The same people, interestingly, are the most judgmental about so-called “character” issues that show as ambiguous at best from players they don’t like; but actual quotes from Cashman that show his “character” – or lack or it – are somehow “frank” assessments (“Kennedy’s an NL pitcher” “Cabrera’s a fourth OF,” etc.

    The Yankees aren’t Levine and Cashman to me; they’re Jeter, Pettitte, Rivera, Posada, Cano, etc.

  61. J. Alfred Prufrock April 10th, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Bronx Jeers April 10th, 2013 at 11:07 am
    The questions about Robbie’s “leadership abilities” remind me of what Jeter went through 10 years ago.
    ///

    Jeers,

    It’s people thinking in the cliches sportswriters tend to offer up as analysis.

  62. J. Alfred Prufrock April 10th, 2013 at 11:19 am

    JR Murphy when through last year what Montero’s likely experiencing. He’s back to hitting again, now that what was more unnatural and needed more attention has become more natural.

  63. ron April 10th, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Youk’s poduction,as long as it is decent is fine a 3b because arod has not done much there in years.
    We did fine with brosius,hayes there in the past.
    You don’t need wells to hit 30 hr/100 rbi in the o.f. either,or haffner to hit 40 hr.
    As long as wells hits around .270 with 20-25 hr,haffner to hit 25 hr,we can b fine.

    I’ll take a balanced team anyday of the week,and twice on sunday,just like the 90′s teams that were so tough.
    Good pitching,and a nice team ba/obp/splits.

    If wells ends up hitting .240 with 20 hr/80 rbi/.340 obp,not good against rh pitching,it will be tough,unless some other player steps up.
    Also,i’d like to see us score runs when needed,instead of a blowout game.
    When did wells,youk,etc… get their runs?In a blowout,or when we are losing?
    Also,run differential.

  64. 4TrainNorth April 10th, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Just found out Sterling’s HR call for Youk is “Youk sends a nuke!” Now I can sleep at night.

  65. Frankg April 10th, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Does anybody know Mustelier’s health status?

  66. tucker April 10th, 2013 at 11:29 am

    The Angels sort of remind me of the Yanks circa 2004, only the Angels do not have the gravity of players like Jeter and Posada to pull it all together. The Angels have added free agent after free agent, but the results (so far) are just not there.

  67. G. Love April 10th, 2013 at 11:32 am

    J.AP,

    Last night during the game I queried if Cashman should thank all of “us” who he blamed wanted less HR’s and how we’ll all rue the day for wanting that.

    The arrogance of him claiming fans wanted less HR’s without saying we wanted better batting approaches and not mindless pull hitters is akin to the arrogance of people who parse words with what we say in our posts to try to prove some ridiculous counterpoint.

    Oddly enough, the people who do that the most are staunch Cashman defenders.

    If their boy had his druthers, Martin would be spinning around in the batters box at every pitch, Swisher would be swinging for Europe on every pitch & Grandy and Tex would be healthy right now possibly providing the low IQ at bats from last season where all the did was try to pull every pitch regardless of location/situation.

    While Cashman didn’t get us the new young blood with smart well thought out moves, the budget issue and the injuries forced him to put some warm bodies into spots where guys he preferred were sinking this offense on regular.

    I’m not declaring it all a major success yet, but this is a better team to watch than last seasons offense thus far.

    Youk & Wells’ short compact stroke are something to get excited about if they keep it up. I kind of want Nunez to fully adopt that stroke as I think it would be the final piece for him at the plate.

    And Robbie hitting opposite field bombs has my blood pumping. He had fallen into that Swisher hero swing nonsense for awhile and seeing him destroy the ball to all fields is a very welcome sight again.

  68. tucker April 10th, 2013 at 11:32 am

    “Frankg April 10th, 2013 at 11:29 am
    Does anybody know Mustelier’s health status?”

    A case of acute prospect-a-phobia, with a contributing factor of non-veteran-itis diagnosed by Mr. Cashman and Mr. Girardi

  69. Triple Short of a Cycle April 10th, 2013 at 11:39 am

    People are declaring victory after 7 games? Most of the games the offense has looked elite was against pretty bad pitching

  70. G. Love April 10th, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Triple,

    Please. I do’t see anyone declaring victory. Every post people say “if they keep this up”. The posters in here aren’t so stupid to think they’re going to score 10 runs a game the rest of the way.

    That being said, I like watching some of these players better than the players we had in their roles last year. I needed a change in the faces of the usual suspects who just went up to the plate as if they were in HR derby contests.

  71. tucker April 10th, 2013 at 11:46 am

    I believe that this offensive explosion of the past three games is a byproduct of bad pitching, but G. love makes some good points. No more pull happy hero swinging.

    Wells is an extreme pull hitter, particularly when he is going bad, so hopefully he continues this approach of going oppo. Even the likes Ichiro and the combo of Stewart/Cervelli will make contact at a higher rate than Russell Martin did last year.

    Bill James was on the MLB Network this offseason discussing the undervalued skills of today’s game. He mentioned that hitters who can put the bat on the ball without striking out 150-plus times per year as the new undervalued asset. This Yanks lineup should have fewer strikeouts than last year’s version.

  72. DONNYBROOK April 10th, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Let’s see, the AL West has The Astros, and the AL Central has The Indians. Now, who is the “punching bag” in the AL East? No way, either of the 2 Wild Cards comes outta the AL East.

  73. CountryClub April 10th, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Erika Leigh ?@_ErikaLeigh 10m More news you won’t like: Lackey will miss his next start. Doubront will move to 5-spot, and Alfredo Aceves will pitch tomorrow. #RedSox

  74. Triple Short of a Cycle April 10th, 2013 at 11:48 am

    That being said, I like watching some of these players better than the players we had in their roles last year. I needed a change in the faces of the usual suspects who just went up to the plate as if they were in HR derby contests.

    ——————————————————-

    Agreed

  75. Shame Spencer April 10th, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Things will get interesting as the season moves along.. last year Chavez had an incredible streak going for about a month, where it looked like he should be playing every game in some form or another. By the end of the year, he looked terrible. Could have been from accumulated playing time.. but there will be lots of ups and downs this year. I just want Girardi to play the hot hand, day in and day out.

  76. njsketch April 10th, 2013 at 11:51 am

    who gets the start for cleveland tonight?

  77. Crawdaddy April 10th, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Masterson

  78. CountryClub April 10th, 2013 at 11:52 am

    No way, either of the 2 Wild Cards comes outta the AL East.

    ———————–

    You’re saying that the East is going to have 1 playoff team? I’d be shocked if they dont get at least 1 WC.

  79. J. Alfred Prufrock April 10th, 2013 at 11:54 am

    GLove,

    I missed yesterday’s game, as I was “sitting shiva” for the first time in my life ( for the father of a friend’s untimely passing).

    I’m going to hit the DVR later today. Yeah, Youk is looking like circa 2007 Youk, and Wells has had some good ABs as well. This is the antithesis of the approach of guys like Martin/Swish/Tex last year, and I think Robi was feeling the heat and trying to overcompensate last year. I know he can be less than selective, but I just don’t worry about Cano’s bat and if he continues to get protection, they’ll have to pitch to him, won’t they?

    Not ready to declare this middle of the order as being good enough to make this lineup one that can contend, but I agree the approach is night and day better.

    I said this earlier: I have no issue with Youkilis having been signed as a complementary type bat, nor any one else – but not as the main guys. We’ll see how it plays out; they need to keep it going for another 150-plus games, or at least enough to take the telephone out of Cashman’s hands. :D

    Yeah, it’s amazing no one has reined him in over there. But then again, Lonn Trust told fans they should be grateful to have obstructed view seats, when they had purchased them without the Yankees informing them of that minor detail.

  80. CountryClub April 10th, 2013 at 11:57 am

    playing tonight’s game is going to be iffy. Good chance of rain/storms from 6pm on.

  81. njsketch April 10th, 2013 at 11:59 am

    masterson just pitched on sunday…no way he comes back to pitch tonight.

  82. J. Alfred Prufrock April 10th, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Watch out Rog! Cano’s on a 69-homer pace ;)

  83. pat April 10th, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    DavidWaldstein10m
    Absolutely pouring in Cleveland. Not supposed to get much better tonight, Yankee fans.

  84. J. Alfred Prufrock April 10th, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    *the father passed, not the friend: my bad syntax :)

  85. J. Alfred Prufrock April 10th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    If their boy had his druthers, Martin would be spinning around in the batters box at every pitch, Swisher would be swinging for Europe on every pitch & Grandy and Tex would be healthy right now possibly providing the low IQ at bats from last season where all the did was try to pull every pitch regardless of location/situation.
    ///

    LOL (although not funny at all, particularly in 2011 postseason when we actually had a chance; unlike 2012)

  86. Against All Odds April 10th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    pat April 10th, 2013 at 12:05 pm
    DavidWaldstein10m
    Absolutely pouring in Cleveland. Not supposed to get much better tonight, Yankee fans.

    ——————-

    Crap

  87. Mike Ri April 10th, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    ugghhhh . .Hate rainouts …

  88. bruceb April 10th, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    If the weather forecast is correct, we might not actually see any Yankees baseball until Saturday. The forecast for tomorrow in Cleveland is 100% precipitation and it’s supposed to have moved to New York by Friday!

  89. Frankg April 10th, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Thanks, Tucker! My diagnosis, too. Probably trying to keep him healthy for a trade.

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