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Pregame notes: Teixeira hopes to swing a bat tomorrow

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 11, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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The video above is Joe Girardi giving some injury updates today. For the time being, the most significant news is that Curtis Granderson is out of the brace and free to play catch. Another key piece of news should come tomorrow when Mark Teixeira’s wrist will be reevaluated. He fully expects to be cleared to swing a bat.

Teixeira believes he could be taking batting practice on the field next weekend, and he thinks he could be ready for extended spring training games in roughly two weeks.

“I really could not be happier with the progress,” Teixeira said. “When you look at, OK, what’s eight weeks (since the injury)? And you look that it’s around May 1st. Then you back it up and say, ‘OK, well I need X amount of days doing this and X amount of days doing this.’ You need to be at a certain level, and right now I’m at that level where it feels good, I’m confident the doctor will let me swing tomorrow and hopefully every day it keeps getting better. That’s what has happened so far.”

Assuming a positive evaluation tomorrow, Teixeira expects to start taking dry swings with a light fungo bat on Friday. Within a few days he’ll do some soft toss in the cage and track pitches when starters throw their bullpens. Teixeira thinks he could be on the field for batting practice next week in Toronto, keep doing that when the team travels to Tampa Bay, then stay behind in Tampa to play in some extended spring games beginning sometime around April 25.

“I can get five, seven, nine at-bats if I want every day,” Teixeira said. “If that goes well for a few days, as well as playing defense, then I can play real games and a couple of real games under my belt just to get that normal routine and then hopefully be with the team after that. … This was an overuse injury. Everyone I’ve talked to has kind of said the same. I take so many swings being a switch-hitter, I just need to back off a little bit. I’m going to look at it, especially this year while I’m coming back, as quality vs. quantity.”

• Teixeira has not starting throwing, which means he’ll swing before he throws (or begin doing both at the same time). The opposite is true for Granderson. “I guess they want him to throw first before he starts swinging, so I think he threw today and then he’ll go from there,” Girardi said. “The bone has healed and now it’s just the rehab process and getting him to where he can play in some games and then getting him back here, so that’s real encouraging.”

• Today was an off day for Derek Jeter.

• Phil Hughes is scheduled to start today. Girardi said it seems Hughes is feeling better, so he’ll pitch as planned. If there’s a long rain delay, Girardi said he could go to Ivan Nova afterward. “My feeling is, though, once the rain starts it’s probably not going to stop,” Girardi said.

• Speaking of rain, right now it looks like there’s a chance of this game at least getting started. There’s a possible window around 7 p.m., but the forecast isn’t great. It’s far from a sure thing that the Yankees will play.

• Girardi was going to play Brennan Boesch in right field yesterday, but that plan changed after the rain out. All of the regulars got a day off, and that was enough. “I don’t want to sit Ich two days,” Girardi said. “That’s not something I want to do. We anticipate him being our everyday right fielder, so I’ll get Boesch in there sometime this weekend.”

• Hiroki Kuroda, CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte each flew back to New York already. The Yankees didn’t see any point in keeping them here when this could be a long, long time. “We might be getting home when they’re getting up,” Girardi said. “They came in early and did all their work, bullpens and everything. It’s not like I could have used them anyway.”

• Dave Robertson was awfully sick yesterday, but he said he actually feels good today. He was in rough shape yesterday.

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43 Responses to “Pregame notes: Teixeira hopes to swing a bat tomorrow”

  1. theREALkevin April 11th, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Lol Wells will not put up swisher type numbers this year

  2. mick April 11th, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    You can say you have never seen a player fail as much, but baseball statistics are literally a record of what happens in games and Swisher is 1. a very good player 2. has had lots of success in pressure situations.

    Just last year he was our best hitter: 1. with RISP 2. RISP 2 outs 3. Close and Late
    ===================================================
    What were the scores at the time? RISP if you’re down or up big don’t matter.

  3. Jerkface April 11th, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Swisher hit .300 and OPS’d .900 CLOSE AND LATE which is the 7th inning on, tied, ahead by 1, or tying run on deck.

    Thats the definition of clutch.

  4. mick April 11th, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Joe Girardi watched Youkilis get drilled in the shoulder Tuesday by Carlos Carrasco and then saw him homer in the next at-bat off Brett Myers. To Girardi, it looked like another day at the office for his third baseman. His former manager agrees.

    “He plays every inning like it’s his last,” Francona said.

    The Yankees hope Youkilis has a few more left in him.
    ===================================
    Just admit it, you are prejudiced against Youkilis. You hate him and it is clouding your thinking.
    Your life on the line, who would you want up Youk or Swish?

    You avoided that question when I asked you before also…

  5. Jerkface April 11th, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    No I didnt, I answered you.

  6. mick April 11th, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Life on the line you want Swisher up over Youkilis?

  7. Jerkface April 11th, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Are they current versions or prime versions. Youkilis was a better hitter in his short lived prime. Swisher has had a nice consistent career.

  8. blake April 11th, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Please play….I have about a 3 hour drive and a baseball makes it go by much faster

  9. astrocityfan April 11th, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    From rob neyer http://www.baseballnation.com/.....ench-award
    Looks like Montero may be on a short leash.

  10. mick April 11th, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Are they current versions or prime versions. Youkilis was a better hitter in his short lived prime. Swisher has had a nice consistent career.
    =============================
    Today.

  11. astrocityfan April 11th, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Blake enjoy the masters! Just bring plenty of allergy meds. If the pollen here in NC is any indication , you’ll be covered in yellow this weekend :)

  12. astrocityfan April 11th, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Also am I horrible fan for having mixed emotions about Tex getting better? I mean he’s better than Overbay but ….

  13. MTU April 11th, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Safe trip to the Masters Blake.

    Enjoy.

    :)

  14. G. Love April 11th, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Jerkface,

    The stats may say Swisher did well 3 out of 10 times last season in those situations, but I think (for me) that’s an instance where stats vs. reality butt heads.

    If the opposing pitcher threw off speed or outside to Swisher in those at bats, he wouldn’t succeed unless he laid off pitches and earned a walk. I know you watch the games and I know you can see where the holes in his at bats are/were. He doesn’t go opposite field with an outside pitch. He tries to pull it or he lets it go in the hopes it’s a ball. He’s easy to pitch to if you can execute a scouting report with relative success.

    To me, the fact that he had those close/late stats say a few things numbers don’t articulate. A)it was a contract a year. B)pitchers 3 out of 10 times had to throw him fastballs over the middle/in of the plate for him to hit.

    And then on top of it, he’s an abysmal post season performer. Probably one of the worst historically I can imagine.

    I’d still rather have him than Tex vs RHP though, but I’ll take this version of Youkilis over last 3-4 years version of Swisher if I had to choose between the two.

  15. blake April 11th, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    astrocityfan says:
    April 11, 2013 at 6:27 pm
    Blake enjoy the masters! Just bring plenty of allergy meds. If the pollen here in NC is any indication , you’ll be covered in yellow this weekend

    Zyrtec D is

  16. blake April 11th, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    astrocityfan says:
    April 11, 2013 at 6:27 pm
    Blake enjoy the masters! Just bring plenty of allergy meds. If the pollen here in NC is any indication , you’ll be covered in yellow this weekend

    Zyrtec D is packed !

    Thanks MTU

  17. blake April 11th, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Astro,
    Where are you in NC?

  18. Jerkface April 11th, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Today.

    They’re equal. I’ll take Swisher, just to see him smile.

  19. mick April 11th, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    I’d still rather have him than Tex vs RHP though, but I’ll take this version of Youkilis over last 3-4 years version of Swisher if I had to choose between the two.
    =============================
    G. Love-
    Then you will continue to live , my friend.
    JF , by taking his time, has answered my question, and will also live…

  20. PacoDooley April 11th, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    I hope that they take their patience and then some with Teixeria – that wrist injury sounds like something that could come back and be a season ending thing if they don’t go slow (well, could end his season either way, but a fast return and an unstable tendon sheath could mean a complete tear and that would end his season).

  21. blake April 11th, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    @DanBarbarisi: Yankees/Indians are not starting on time. Game start TBD. Not raining here now.

    Ugh

  22. mick April 11th, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Then , unfortunately , you will die.

  23. Jerkface April 11th, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Youkilis hasn’t had a sterling postseason career either. He made pretty much all his hay in the ALCS in 2007.

  24. mick April 11th, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    I used to love Magic Johnson. He would always be smiling.
    The difference was he would always win…

  25. Jerkface April 11th, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Swisher is an all fields hitter vs righties believe it or not. He isn’t a pure pull hitter. Once K Long worked with him you saw him go up the middle with RISP situations for solid singles, NOT taking the ‘hero swing’ as you all call it.

  26. mick April 11th, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Again you avoid the question> You hate Youkilis.
    He is a member of this team. The team you want to win.
    If you don’t root for him, it effects the karma, and could cause them to lose.
    Better change your prejudiced ways…

  27. Jerkface April 11th, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    I used to love Magic Johnson. He would always be smiling.
    The difference was he would always win…

    Yea Mick, of course you like smilers when they’re winning, then you’re smiling too! So when you’re happy you want to share the happiness. When you’re sad you want to share the sadness. And of course, you are ignoring all the times Swisher frowns and curses. He has dropped more F Bombs on YES field mic than anyone.

    Its tough for die hards to accept a guy that is at odds with their feelings, especially in a game that is mostly failure.

  28. astrocityfan April 11th, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Blake I’m about 30 miles or so east of Raleigh near a town called Wilson. Not a bad location. I grew up here and I still am not used to these springs and neither are my allergies.

  29. Jerkface April 11th, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Correcting your misguided definitions of Youkilis’ hitting ability is not rooting against Youk. I hate Youkilis’ stupid face and his whiny temperament, but he was a solid ballplayer for the Red Sox and I hope he continues to hit the cover off the ball. I would dare say that I prefer Youkilis style batters, who see lots of pitches and have a plan. Swisher was one of them though :)

  30. Jerkface April 11th, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    I would say your hate of Nick Swisher is coloring your own bias more than my dislike of Youkilis’ face.

  31. G. Love April 11th, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Jerkface,

    Then why didn’t he hit in the post season? Ever. If his stats were so special, why couldn’t function as a hitter when the team needed him to put together good at bats?

    For him to get ice cold the same time every year was indicative of something.

  32. blake April 11th, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Astro,
    I went to UNC …I know right where that is….I’m from up near Asheville and its bad there too

  33. blake April 11th, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    New one

  34. mick April 11th, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    The people spoke: they wanted situational hitting.
    The FO listened and let them go. They picked up hitters not just known for hero swings.
    3 more got hurt.
    The Yanks still lead the majors in HR’s but their BA avgs and risp have gone up and
    we haven’t heard one complaint about lack of clutch hitting yet.

    Give them some credit, even if it hurts, as , for now, they have answered your cries.

    All we have is now…tomorrow is not promised.

  35. mick April 11th, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    I would say your hate of Nick Swisher is coloring your own bias more than my dislike of Youkilis’ face.
    ==================
    But you would be wrong.
    Have never used the word hate in re: to Swish.
    But you have in re: to Youk.
    Get over yourself already…

  36. mick April 11th, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Yea Mick, of course you like smilers when they’re winning, then you’re smiling too!
    ==================================
    Wrong again.
    I am a Knick fan.
    Could care less if the Lakers won.

  37. mick April 11th, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Then why didn’t he hit in the post season? Ever. If his stats were so special, why couldn’t function as a hitter when the team needed him to put together good at bats?
    ===============================
    I won’t use the word “choke.”
    But lets say he got nervous in big spots.
    Maybe his smile was a nervous one.
    I never got the feeling Magic was nervous.
    Can you say coverup?

  38. astrocityfan April 11th, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Blake I didn’t realize you went to Chapel Hill. I grew up a Duke fan which was a much bigger deal to me when I was younger. Back then I prolly would have made a semi crude joke about your attendance there. :) Now that I have a little perspective and age , I can make much cruder jokes :)

  39. mick April 11th, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Correcting your misguided definitions of Youkilis’ hitting ability is not rooting against Youk.
    ===========================================
    I don’t dwell on numbers. I don’t know what O’Neills numbers were or Youks or even Swisher.
    I go by what I see, like most people. You may think we are uninformed but I bet you if we chose up sides and you took Swisher and I had Youk and O’Neill, you would lose.

    Any takers?

  40. Jerkface April 11th, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    I would take Swisher over O’Neil today. O’Neil is like 50

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