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Pregame notes: “There is no exact formula”

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The Yankees opened the season with Phil Hughes on the disabled list, then they put Ivan Nova on the DL. Their infield has been an injured mess from the beginning, they have yet to see Curtis Granderson, and Francisco Cervelli was hurt just as he was taking control of the catching position.

But their bullpen had been fairly healthy until two days ago.

“You really have to see where you’re at each day and how much we’ve had to use each guy each day to decide (what to do in the late innings),” Joe Girardi said. “Is there an exact formula? There is no exact formula. Shawn (Kelley) has more experience, and more experience in that situation, so he’s a guy that I would definitely probably use back there.”

Joba Chamberlain is on the disabled list with a strained oblique. Dave Robertson isn’t expected to be available until next week because of soreness in his left hamstring near the knee. The Yankees still have Mariano Rivera, but the setup options are now Kelley, lefty Boone Logan and the inexperienced trio of Adam Warren, Vidal Nuno and Preston Claiborne.

“When you look at our bullpen, three guys probably aren’t going to have many matchups (to look at) so I’m trying to evaluate their stuff against the strength and weaknesses of the hitters that we’re facing,” Girardi said. “That’s how I’m going to mix and match, in a sense. Nuno has never faced anyone. Warren has probably never faced anyone. And Kelley has probably (faced) a little bit against this club. And Claiborne obviously we know he hasn’t faced anyone. So in your mind you have to evaluate their stuff against the hitters’ strengths and weaknesses.”

Girardi said he’ll still stay away from using Rivera for more than three outs. The video above is Girardi talking a little more about Robertson’s injury, Claiborne’s arrival and his plans for the seventh and eighth innings.

David Robertson• Robertson has been through a series of tests that have shown nothing seriously wrong with his left knee/hamstring, but Girardi said he doesn’t expect Robertson to be available until Tuesday at the earliest. “I’ll do whatever they let me do,” Robertson said. “That’s pretty much all I can do, wait a couple of days and see what happens. I was hoping I’d be able to throw today if they’d let me but, not gonna happen.”

• If you missed it Wednesday, Robertson felt some discomfort when coming off the mound toward first base (he was moving quickly just in case he had to cover the bag). The problem is in his hamstring right at the knee, and Robertson said he’s never had any problems there before. “It’s a stupid little, I don’t know what to call it,” he said. “It’s just irritating.”

• Mark Teixeira believes he’s only a few days away from taking full batting practice on the field. He’s doing tee and toss again today. “Toss feels really good,” he said. “I’m building up to full speed toss and then I’ll go outside and hit real batting practice. That’s the next couple of days depending on how it feels.”

• Whether he’s taken batting practice or not, Teixeira will travel to Tampa on Sunday. “Play it by ear (down there,” he said. “It’s the steps. Take BP outside for a few days, if that feels good, then probably like simulated games for a couple days. Then extended spring training and maybe Double-A, Triple-A, depending on the scheduling. That could take anywhere from a week to three weeks depending on how things go and my timing and that kind of stuff.”

• Claiborne and new infielder Chris Nelson have lockers right next to one another. Nelson was friendly but fairly soft spoken — “Just happy to be here in New York,” he said — while Claiborne was predictably pumped for his first big league call-up. He said he had not yet talked to Girardi about how he might be used.

• Claiborne on whether his spring success gives him confidence: “Absolutely. It’s always a different animal coming from Triple-A and pitching against guys up here. Obviously I don’t have the extended experience pitching at this level, but pitching in spring training and getting a little taste of what it’s like and what veteran hitters are like, having that limited experience is definitely beneficial.”

• As expected, Cody Eppley was designated for assignment to open a 40-man spot for Claiborne.

• Why bat Ichiro fifth today? As you might expect, it has a lot to do with avoiding batting three lefties in a row. “He’s been really swinging the bat great for us if you go back the last couple of weeks,” Girardi said. “You try not to stack your left-handers, but the five guys that have been swinging it the best we kind of have in the top five spots. I didn’t really want to put three left-handers in a row, so if you decided to go Gardy, Ich, Cano you’re going to end up with three left-handers in a row. The natural spot kind of came fifth for him.”

• On this date one year ago, Rivera tore his ACL, but on this date eight years ago, Robinson Cano made his big league debut.

• This will be the 1,000th game managed by Girardi. “I’m old,” he said, shaking his head.

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75 Responses to “Pregame notes: “There is no exact formula””

  1. tomingeorgia May 3rd, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Maine,
    Mrs tom’s daughter is getting married next Saturday. No way I could weasel out! Besides, I love her, too.

  2. fantasygame101 May 3rd, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    the formula is pitching and lucky hitting.

  3. comet May 3rd, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Hey Tom enjoy Poconos.

    Maine long time no see!

  4. tomingeorgia May 3rd, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    It’s a full boat Poconos wedding, black tie, all that stuff. I may be the only man in East Nowhere who has a serviceable tuxedo in reserve, with studs and shoes. Had to get a new bowtie and cummerbund, though. $13.99 on Ebay, free shipping! Small blessings, with 1600 miles, round trip. My truck likes it though. New tires and brakes, NOT $13.99. Priced LT 265 75R 16 10-plies latley?

  5. MaineYankee May 3rd, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    tomingeorgia May 3rd, 2013 at 5:30 pm
    Maine,
    Mrs tom’s daughter is getting married next Saturday. No way I could weasel out! Besides, I love her, too.

    ———————————————

    Where in PA?

  6. MaineYankee May 3rd, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Hi comet

    How’s things north of the border?

    Tom

    Got to go pick up take-out. I’ll look for your answer when I return.

  7. tomingeorgia May 3rd, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Maine,
    East Stroudsburg. Beautiful resort, don’t remember the name of it. I will just drive where I’m told, stand where I’m supposed to, raise a toast when I’m supposed to, and drink Mrs. tom’s ex’s husband’s booze, dance with the bride, etc. Wait, that’s not too bad, is it?

  8. comnsnse May 3rd, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    “Mickey Mantle may have used a corked bat”!

    An authenticator for a site selling a Mantle bat found corking. While unlikely the provenance can be proven where does it stop?

    Babe are you listening!

  9. Bo knows May 3rd, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Blake, the erudite redneck. Okaay. That’a like a sophisticated farmer.

    I can do sophisticated and I can do farmer but not together. That’s walking and chewing gum.
    Stumble and you’ve bitten your tongue.

  10. Rich in NJ May 3rd, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    I had a camp counselor back in the day that went to East Stroudsburg State or something. It was big time wrestling country.

    Congrats to you and all concerned, tom.

  11. tomingeorgia May 3rd, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Bo,
    We chew hay straw, not gum.

  12. tomingeorgia May 3rd, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Rich,
    E. PA and W. NJ are still wrestling hotbeds. Don’t know how much longer, if they’re dumped from the Olympics.

  13. 4 NYY May 3rd, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Pregame trivia :

    How many hits did J. Dimaggio get in his debut ?

  14. 4 NYY May 3rd, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    What Yank rookie drove in 6 runs { to tie a record } in a single inning in 1951?

  15. MaineYankee May 3rd, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    tomingeorgia

    It sounds like a good time.

    Where my wifes friends are from is north of there. Near Honesdale. Real rural.

    Bo knows

    Be carefull what you say about farmers. :mad:

  16. Bo knows May 3rd, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    We chew hay straw, not gum
    ——–
    Hayseed! Never clued. It was there all along. Too obvious.

    Us’ns up north have moved with the times. Even have power in the outhouses. Mind you I’m a traditionalist. Insist, on a Sears catalogue.

  17. tomingeorgia May 3rd, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Maine,
    I know that town. Farther north you get in the Poconos, the better. Too close to NYC and Philadelphia, too much traffic in the summer. I’ll do my duty, though!

  18. tomingeorgia May 3rd, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Bo knows May 3rd, 2013 at 6:15 pm
    We chew hay straw, not gum
    ——–
    Hayseed! Never clued. It was there all along. Too obvious.

    Us’ns up north have moved with the times. Even have power in the outhouses. Mind you I’m a traditionalist. Insist, on a Sears catalogue.
    ========
    I have one coming that’s heated, flushes when it feels like it, washes, blows dry, and god knows what else. I’ll have to try it out. Clever people, those Japanese.

  19. austinmac May 3rd, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    I’d guess McDougal.

  20. 4 NYY May 3rd, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    austinmac May 3rd, 2013 at 6:24 pm
    I’d guess McDougal.

    Gil be right !

  21. MaineYankee May 3rd, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    tomingeorgia

    Priced LT 265 75R 16 10-plies latley?

    —————————————————–

    Last ones I bought I paid less than six for. It was about 2 yrs ago.

    You mean you aren’t just wearing overhauls to the wedding?

  22. Bo knows May 3rd, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Maine
    Milking cows, I know enough to pin the tail between your knee and the pail.

    That’s proof right there.

  23. MaineYankee May 3rd, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Bo knows

    I’m not that old.

    We used new fangled thing called a milking machine. :D:

  24. tomingeorgia May 3rd, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Hell, Maine,
    You mean those of us out in the boonies can’t be stylish? I’m even going to wash the pine pollen off the truck when I get to a place that has a full-service carwash! Used to have a pair of satin dancing slippers, complete with bows, when I was on the debutante escort tours. Don’t miss those days, except for the debutantes.

  25. MaineYankee May 3rd, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    tomingeorgia

    I’m going to test you further.

    Ever here of Tyler Hill?

    If you blink you’ll miss it.

    That’s where my wife’s friends are from.

  26. tomingeorgia May 3rd, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Maine,
    I must have blinked.

  27. MaineYankee May 3rd, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Maine,
    I must have blinked

    :lol:

  28. tomingeorgia May 3rd, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Looked it up, though,
    I’ve been by there, though. Never noticed it.

  29. Bo knows May 3rd, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    We used new fangled thing called a milking machine
    ——–
    Sure, but you knew what I was talking about. And if I’d said Farmall M, bouncing around in Road Gear, you’d know as well.

  30. tomingeorgia May 3rd, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Cochectin Turnpike? Who’d have known?

  31. tomingeorgia May 3rd, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    “Cochecton”

  32. MaineYankee May 3rd, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Bo knows May 3rd, 2013 at 6:41 pm
    We used new fangled thing called a milking machine
    ——–
    Sure, but you knew what I was talking about. And if I’d said Farmall M, bouncing around in Road Gear, you’d know as well.

    ————————————————

    Farmal M. I know it well. Learned how to drive on one. :lol:

  33. tomingeorgia May 3rd, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    There aren’t too many ridges over the Delaware around there, and I’ve been over all of them, back in the day.

  34. MaineYankee May 3rd, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    tomingeorgia May 3rd, 2013 at 6:45 pm
    Cochectin Turnpike? Who’d have known?

    ——————————————————–

    I spose anything not dirt would be considered a turnpike.

  35. tomingeorgia May 3rd, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Maine,
    I’m sure it was dirt when it was named.

  36. tomingeorgia May 3rd, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    It;s beautiful in the upper Delaware Valley. Good small eye fishing, too.

    it’s beautifu

  37. Doreen May 3rd, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    If the Yankees come through this season above .500, playoffs or not, Joe Girardi will deserve Manager of the Year.

    I cannot imagine having to deal with what he’s dealing with. It has almost seemed, from day to day, that he does not even know who his team is composed of. So far, so good. And it could all still fall apart. But I am impressed with the manager, and with the players who take the field each night. \

    That said, did I reallyl see Ichiro batting 5th?? LOL

  38. Bo knows May 3rd, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    We had a Farmall M and an Oliver, the latter was amazingly powerful and didn’t put you to sleep like the John Deere.

    Interesting what you can find on the internet.

    Little by little, the Hart-Parrs began to gather defenders. Some of the first tractors delivered were gaining a reputation of usefulness that far surpassed that of the steamers.
    W.H. Williams, Sales Manager in 1906, decided the words “traction engine” were vague and too long to be used in press releases, so he coined the word “Tractor”, a combination of the words traction and power, instead. For this reason, and because the Charles City plant was the first to be continuously and exclusively used for tractor production, Hart-Parr has been given the title of “Founders of the Tractor Industry”.[citation needed]

  39. luis May 3rd, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Congrats on your Daughter’s wedding Tom…Hopefully they stick together

  40. Doreen May 3rd, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    tomingeorgia

    Forgive me for being so pre-occupied – best wishes to the bride (and groom) and her parents.

    I have a friend in East Stroudsberg, and family-in-law. :)

  41. luis May 3rd, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    No game thread yet….

  42. Doreen May 3rd, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Hmmm.. odd, luis,isn’t it?

    :)

  43. luis May 3rd, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    It is Doreen ;)

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