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Pregame notes: Youkilis feeling good on a slow day in Toronto

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 21, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

I honestly hope none of you have planned your days around reading through all the Yankees pregame news coming out of Toronto. Typical of Sunday road games, there’s just not much going on here today. There was a fairly late report for the team, and the players are now out taking batting practice.

A few updates…

• As expected, Kevin Youkilis is out of the lineup after being pulled from yesterday’s game with a tight lower back. “I feel good,” he said. Sounds like there’s no plan to use him today, but Youkilis said he’s available to pinch hit or even play the field if necessary. Joe Girardi didn’t completely rule out the idea. “I’ll have to see as the day goes on,” Girardi said. “I just want to try to clear it up if we can. It’s good that he feels a lot better. That’s a positive thing for us.”

• The priority seems to be having Youkilis available when the Yankees face left-handed starters on Monday and Tuesday. “I’m hoping he’ll be available,” Girardi said. Against a lefty, this lineup badly needs Youkilis. Without him, the only right-handed hitters would be Vernon Wells, Ben Francisco, Eduardo Nunez, Jayson Nix and one of the catchers.

• Mark Teixeira continues to take dry swings with a light fungo bat. Girardi said he’s still on the same rehab schedule, it’s just a long process. Girardi also said it’s likely Teixeira will come back to New York with the Yankees after the Tampa trip. There was initially a plan to keep him in Tampa to get closer to game action.

• Speaking of Tampa, the Yankees expect to see Curtis Granderson at some point in the next three days. “I’m sure we’ll see him, but he’ll continue to work out at the minor league facility,” Girardi said.

• Girardi on Ivan Nova’s previous start: “I thought he had a pretty good sinker. I thought he had a pretty good curveball that day. Those are probably the two main pitches for him, and he needs to continue to do that. And he was able to throw his curveball for strikes. And sometimes, when you’re searching for other things – a little bit of command here and there – that helps because that gets you back in the count.”

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63 Responses to “Pregame notes: Youkilis feeling good on a slow day in Toronto”

  1. Tar April 21st, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Nova had a really good CB last time out. If he can continue that and command his FB, he will do good.

  2. jmills April 21st, 2013 at 11:50 am

    http://www.youtube.com/embed/7.....#038;rel=0

    Cheap trick.

  3. itsgonnabealongseason April 21st, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Nova should be able to relax a bit. Phelpsie’s horrific performance the other night showed him his spot is not in jeopardy.

  4. mick April 21st, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Nova has to pitch his inning like his life depends on it, at least his livelihood.
    You’d think he would have picked this up from Andy by now.

  5. Yankee Trader April 21st, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Is there a right handed bat, currently on the Yankees that can drive the ball the other way?

    There are two but both are in Tampa. Jeter nursing a ?stress re-fracture and Mustelier nursing something, which can’t be just a bruised knee!

    Chad-

    Any updates on Mustelier and why he’s not with the SWB AAA team?

  6. MTU April 21st, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Wanting to do something badly and being able to do it are different things.

    Don’t think there is any shortage of desire on Ivan’s part.

    He has always had difficulty consistently commanding his FB.

    In some ways that’s his achilles heel.

  7. Yankee Trader April 21st, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    MTU-

    One other problem Nova has had since the second half of last season, is, when given a lead, he often seems to relinquish it the next inning.

    However others, like Hughes, who will test FA, has often had trouble holding on to a lead.

  8. mick April 21st, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    so this “suspect” can’t talk yet?
    maybe some electroshock to his melon will make him give a shout out…

  9. Ghostwriter April 21st, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Nova just has to build on the success that he had last time, and not worry too much about the outcome. Toronto is a horrible match-up for Nova. Fortunately, Toronto is the one that’s in trouble, and they might be pressing a bit. If I’m Nova, I don’t want to get beat by Bautista or Encarnacion. Hopefully, the guys can get Nova some runs.

  10. jmills April 21st, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    MTU, despite all your fastball pitcher problems/troubles, I sincerely think ( as do all of my fellow Jays ),….u R a great artist!

  11. Frankg April 21st, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Repeat:

    Chad,

    Any updates on Mustelier and why he’s not with the SWB AAA team?

  12. Ghostwriter April 21st, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Any updates on Mustelier and why he’s not with the SWB AAA team?

    ———

    Good question.

  13. Frankg April 21st, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Hopefully the Yankees will be able to sign Alberto Gonzales, recently of the Cubs, to replace Nix or Valazques in Scranton.

  14. MTU April 21st, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    YT-

    Developing players takes patience and a consistent approach.

    If that turns out to be in short supply around Yankeeland they’ll never get it done with any regularity.

    And I thought they needed to do that.

    ;)

  15. 86w183 April 21st, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    They said Mustelier is still in Tampa, working out and going thru re-hab — I assume for that bruised knee — and will go to Scranton when he’s pain-free.

  16. MTU April 21st, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Mills-

    I’m no better than you as a racecar driver.

    ;)

  17. jmills April 21st, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Mick, believe me, if he did that, then, that means he’s nothing shorter than a puke; make him talk! I have no time for someone who puts others in the way, not the least of which are kids!

  18. mick April 21st, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    When it comes to drama , Boston is a close second to NY. They put on a great presentation yesterday with their pre-game and come from behind victory.

    Don’t know what it is about the east coast that brings out the drama?

  19. mick April 21st, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    They said Mustelier is still in Tampa, working out and going thru re-hab — I assume for that bruised knee — and will go to Scranton when he’s pain-free.
    ===================
    They are just trying to keep him quiet.
    He and they know he should be up here.

  20. jmills April 21st, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    MTU, I’m a crappy driver, but with Dale senior and Gilles Villeneuve by your side, you can’t go wrong.

  21. Yankee Trader April 21st, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Time to go.

    Everyone have a great day, and go Nova!!

  22. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 21st, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    The “f” word is a mainstay in Ortiz’s vocabulary. I guess my only surprise is that he only used it once yesterday. I would think that there were some parents who wished he hadn’t said it at all, but they could easily explain to their children that he got caught up in the emotion of all the terrible things that had happened and it just slipped out. In other words, there are ways that any concerned parents could cover that.

    I find him to be classless, arrogant and rude by nature. He doesn’t seem to have any sense of decorum. It’s just who he is.

    ***********

    Criticism of DRob is a perfect example of why you should never put any one game under a microscope and fall apart over it. The guy is amazing.

  23. 4 NYY April 21st, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    There’s no way, IMO, that Musty is still suffering from a bruise.

    Something else has to be going on.

  24. Ghostwriter April 21st, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    86w183 April 21st, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    They said Mustelier is still in Tampa, working out and going thru re-hab — I assume for that bruised knee — and will go to Scranton when he’s pain-free.
    ————-

    I still don’t get it.

  25. Ghostwriter April 21st, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    4 NYY April 21st, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    There’s no way, IMO, that Musty is still suffering from a bruise.

    Something else has to be going on.
    —————

    It certainly is puzzling. I would just like a little more information, because the official line leaves something to be desired.

  26. mick April 21st, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    If Musty plays and keeps hitting like he can , there would be cries for him to be brought up.
    They are waiting for someone to get hurt before they bring him up.
    Either that or waiting for Francisco or Boesch to stop their torrid hitting before cutting them.

  27. Rich in NJ April 21st, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Nova 6 IP 3 ER. Anything less, he starts to become a problem.

  28. 4 NYY April 21st, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    mick April 21st, 2013 at 12:21 pm
    If Musty plays and keeps hitting like he can , there would be cries for him to be brought up.
    They are waiting for someone to get hurt before they bring him up.
    Either that or waiting for Francisco or Boesch to stop their torrid hitting before cutting them.

    ================

    You meant horrid, I’m sure ! Lol

  29. mick April 21st, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    In fact, the only other team I can watch for any extended period of time is the Red Sox.
    Maybe it’s the natural rivalry, I don’t know…

  30. 86w183 April 21st, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Oliver Stone would love you guys.

  31. mick April 21st, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    You meant horrid, I’m sure ! Lol
    ====================
    one letter off …

  32. Shame Spencer April 21st, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    I knew we were going to roll over this club…. let’s get the brooms ready.

  33. jmills April 21st, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Trish, here, here, class comments.

  34. J. Alfred Prufrock April 21st, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    YT, thanks for linking that NYPost piece on JR.

    He’s been solid down here behind the plate when I’ve seen him – drastically improved from that disaster day in Lakewood two years ago, when I first laid eyes on him. The bat was for real even then, though.

  35. jmills April 21st, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    86, Oliver Stone can’t even begin to film our dear, Jim Morrison.

  36. MTU April 21st, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Got to run.

    Everyone have a pleasant Sunday.

    Enjoy the game.

  37. J. Alfred Prufrock April 21st, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Even in Detroit, though not the most economical of starts, Nova was in bends-but-doesn’t-break mode. He’s coming along and he was dazzling at times in his last outing.

    This is what young pitching in development usually looks like. It doesn’t happen overnight in most cases.

  38. jmills April 21st, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Hi Shame! Don’t go saying you’re going to roll in Roadhouse Blues over me :D

  39. Ghostwriter April 21st, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Shame Spencer April 21st, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    I knew we were going to roll over this club…. let’s get the brooms ready.
    ———-

    Encarnacion and Bautista are time bombs, ready to go off. I just hope the Yanks get out of town, before they do. Bautista’s homer yesterday might be an indication that he’s coming out of his slump.

  40. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 21st, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    I still believe in Nova’s ability. I also believe that he likely thinks too much and it can overtake his game. There are pitchers who end up psyching themselves out by thinking too much. I think he’s become one. If he can find a way past that, I believe he’ll be a really good pitcher. Can he find a way past it? Hughes seems to have done it. Remember, for the longest time he had big problems once men got on base.

    Some teams have sports psychologists on the payroll. No idea whether or not the Yankees do.

  41. comnsnse April 21st, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Late post re: Lawrie.

    He has ability but frankly if he needs to play in the hyped state he appears to be in?

    I would prescribe Zoloft, meditation and long sleeved shirts!

  42. J. Alfred Prufrock April 21st, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    jmills,

    the future’s uncertain and the end is always near ;)

  43. J. Alfred Prufrock April 21st, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    but….in my beginning is my end :D (and vice versa)

  44. jmills April 21st, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Alfred, I’m understandably upset my Jays aren’t winning, but,…. I love u anyways!

  45. Shame Spencer April 21st, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Ghost – I don’t think the Jays O will be this bad forever but we should clean up on all their pitching.

  46. Ghostwriter April 21st, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock April 21st, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Even in Detroit, though not the most economical of starts, Nova was in bends-but-doesn’t-break mode. He’s coming along and he was dazzling at times in his last outing…

    —————————–

    Bends but don’t break mode is a huge first step for a struggling pitcher–it’s like a slumping hitter making hard-hit outs. I found his last start to be very encouraging, and I imagine that Nova thought so as well.

  47. mick April 21st, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    let the lovefest begin, i’m out….

  48. J. Alfred Prufrock April 21st, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    jmills April 21st, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Alfred, I’m understandably upset my Jays aren’t winning, but,…. I love u anyways!
    ///

    :D

    We know you’re unconditional, even when someone’s throwing dishes at you. In fact, you love it! ;)

    jmills, what goes down must eventually rise… Law of Tao

  49. J. Alfred Prufrock April 21st, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    I found his last start to be very encouraging, and I imagine that Nova thought so as well.
    ///

    Girardi wronged him by not letting him finish the fifth in Detroit, but he gave a good account of himself last time out – yep, I’d call it encouraging, too.

  50. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 21st, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Hi jmills! Good things can come out of losses. I hope you take heart in the fact that your guys were able to come back, even though they lost in extras.

    I still believe your team is far too good to be defined by this stretch. You have SO many different components now that the entire team is still in the gelling stage. I truly believe that, especially with the new members of the pitching staff.

    Never lose heart. I know you won’t!

    :)

  51. J. Alfred Prufrock April 21st, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Jets letting Revis negotiate with the Bucs…. this is the lowest I’ve felt as a Jets fan since ’94 – but this is worse, because that was an entirely hopeless situation and this, well, you don’t allow this to happen…

  52. 86w183 April 21st, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Have a day all!

  53. jmills April 21st, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/embed/m.....#038;rel=0

    Go look up, Jim Morrison, he’s my friend ( as is, Sylvia, of course ), Alfred, even when he deserved to get dishes conspired our way.

  54. jmills April 21st, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Trish, Alfred, you both can be my Bobby Orr fourth sister, any day, thanks!

  55. J. Alfred Prufrock April 21st, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    jmills, that “Erik” site has an “interview” with modern-day Jim (allegedly) ;). You might enjoy.

    Any murmurs up your way that your boy Josh Johnson is not physically right?

  56. J. Alfred Prufrock April 21st, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    jmills, you know how I fee about Orr, and even if I had anything but icy respect for him, I wouldn’t go to Geneva for him ;)

  57. jmills April 21st, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Alfred, as Carly Simon sings as well as Tina Turner, Orr is, simply the best.

  58. jmills April 21st, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Alfred, I’ve heard no rumblings about my man, Josh.

  59. J. Alfred Prufrock April 21st, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    jmills, “the best” is the guy who’s name means “the best” in french ;)

    ///

    Natural grass would be a better condition for Vato’s sinking fastball, but I hope he keeps the infield busy nonetheless.

    jmills, how’s the wind up there today?

  60. jmills April 21st, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Alfed, thers no wind, we’re inside if we give la choose.

  61. J. Alfred Prufrock April 21st, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    jmills, I was wondering if the ball will stall or encourage power in your park today :D

  62. jmills April 21st, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Alfed, we’ll just have to wait and see, I ain’t paying for it! :)

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