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Pregame notes: No Mo Zone

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

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There’s a temporary addition to the outfield here at Kauffman STadium. In left-center field, there’s a chalk outline on the warning track underneath a brown sign with the words, “No Mo Zone” written in bright yellow.

There are unconfirmed reports that bullpen coach Mike Harkey has something to do with the new decoration.

Of course, Rivera is out there shagging fly balls as I type this. He’s in center field, shaded slightly to left, and he just made a running catch on a ball hit pretty deep (he was fine). Before batting practice, when the Yankees finished stretching, Rivera ran out to the scene of the crime to pose for pictures with the sign and the white chalk.

“I’m sure the guys will have a little fun with it today, then try to put it behind us,” Joe Girardi said.

The picture above comes from MLB’s twitter feed.

Robinson Cano• There was some misunderstanding yesterday when a reporter thought Robinson Cano said he had an X-ray after last night’s game. He didn’t. He had an X-ray in New York last weekend after he fouled a ball off the big toe of his right foot. That injury got a little sore after a defensive play last night, but Cano’s alright. “It probably was just right on the corner of my toe,” Cano said. “Every time I try to stop you just feel it a little bit, but it’s nothing bad. I can work good. I’m good.”

• When Cano got his 1,500th hit yesterday — an infield single — he, of course, kept the ball. But only after the Yankees played a trick on him. The Yankees gave him a different ball with a fake inscription. “It said, ‘1,500-hopper to the infield,’” Cano said. “That was funny. I was laughing, and then he gave me the real one.” MLB.com has video of the prank.

• Eduardo Nunez took indoor batting practice today and felt fine. Nunez hopes to play tomorrow, and Girardi said he expects Nunez to play tomorrow. If necessary, Nunez could play today.

• Joba Chamberlain threw a bullpen today and will throw another on Sunday. “We can talk about maybe a rehab assignment after that,” Girardi said. “I wouldn’t imagine that he would need much.”

• Girardi wasn’t sure whether Mark Teixeira had a scheduled day off today or yesterday, but either way, Teixeira is scheduled to take batting practice on the field the day after the off day (in other words, Teixeira’s either doing that today or tomorrow). It’s the first time he’s hit on the field since the wrist injury. His other BP sessions have happened in a cage.

• Dave Robertson and Preston Claiborne are not available today. Rivera is probably not available. The Yankees could use some length out of Phil Hughes. “Distance would be important,” Girardi said.

• Still no plan in place for Monday’s doubleheader. Ivan Nova is scheduled to throw a bullpen today, and how he looks and feels could determine whether he starts one of those games. The Yankees also have both Adam Warren and Vidal Nuno as internal options. If the Yankees wanted to have Brett Marshall available  — in theory — he could come up for a day.  “Monday’s really up in the air, that’s the best I can tell you,” Girardi said. “I might not know until Sunday night.”

• Girardi also said he talked to Larry Rothschild about the possibility of using CC Sabathia to start one of those games. Girardi dismissed the idea last night, but today said it’s at least an option.

• Kevin Youkilis did some rotational workouts in Tampa. It’s the first time he’s done that since going on the DL. He’s obviously nowhere near getting back on the active roster. “I don’t have an expectation of when we’re going to see him,” Girardi said.

• The Yankees have decided to move Triple-A starter Dellin Betances into the bullpen. He’s been pretty much as usual this season: Not hit very hard (19 hits, one homer, 25 strikeouts through 24 innings) but he’s been wild (16 walks, two hit batters, four wild pitches). My thought has always been that Betances will either throw enough strikes to be a good starter, or he won’t throw enough strikes to be useful anywhere, but at this point I can’t blame the Yankees for deciding they’ve got to try something to see if he can get on track.

• No surprise, the Yankees-Red Sox game on Sunday, June 2 has been picked up by ESPN, which means an 8:06 p.m. first pitch.

Associated Press photo of Cano

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123 Responses to “Pregame notes: No Mo Zone”

  1. MTU May 10th, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Enjoy the game Amigos.

    Thanks for the responses in the previous thread.

    :)

  2. jmills May 10th, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Hi Yankee fans, everything looking mighty fine in my garden; the reds, the yellows, even the orange tulips nestled against that Irish flag. Beautiful!

    Go Jays! :)

  3. Yankee Trader May 10th, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    SWB down 3-0 after first inning. Had 4 hits in bottom first but Grandy grounded into DP to 2nd baseman, and Almonte thrown out at home.

    They had a total 7 hits their last two games- both losses.

    At least Musty had a hit.

    Until later.

    Need a gem from Hughes tonight

  4. luis May 10th, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Take care MTU, hopefully see you on the other side ;)

  5. jmills May 10th, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Hey, MTU, you oughta’ make it up here, no snakes! :D

  6. SoS May 10th, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    2 things.
    Where did they get a caution tape that also has it translated to cuidado?
    How does pedroia feel about them outlining his body for this prank?

  7. jmills May 10th, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Luis, I’m sure Jim Morrison will give MTU, a warm hello I love you.

  8. jmills May 10th, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    YT, bye, hope all is well in your camp.

  9. luis May 10th, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Hey Jmills… FTR I was referring to the other side as fter the game… MTU never posts on the game thread… I don’t want him on that side you mentioned…

  10. J. Alfred Prufrock May 10th, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    jmills, for your Jays, Jim might sing “Been down so GD long, that it looks like up to me…” ;)

  11. mick May 10th, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    hey luis you here in america yet we oughtta get together…

  12. luis May 10th, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    SoS May 10th, 2013 at 7:36 pm
    2 things.
    Where did they get a caution tape that also has it translated to cuidado?
    How does pedroia feel about them outlining his body for this prank?

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

    You are one crazy poster!!! ;)

  13. J. Alfred Prufrock May 10th, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Sure, I’d trade Trenton for Machado, but I hold back Jo-Ram. I love JR, but Sanchez allows me to make that move.
    A team with Machado and Sanchez on it, and with our young arms … I’d even buy seasons again.
    ///

    Part of Joe Girardi’s managing record is him punting Game 2 in the 2011 ALDS. One of the worst managing jobs ever – both from a bullpen standpoint and failure to pinch hit/move people around.

    Unlike last year, that 2011 ALDS was winnable.

  14. J. Alfred Prufrock May 10th, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    primo, june is better for milb multiples :D

  15. yankeefeminista May 10th, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Charleston RiverDogs ?@ChasRiverDogs 13m
    Rafael DePaula w/ a dominating 1st inning. 6 pitches, 2 flyballs, 1 strikeout. Bottom of the 1st no score, #RiverDogs coming to bat!

    Hi jmills, break on through!!!

  16. jmills May 10th, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Luis, don’t worry, Jim has a big heart. Alfred, arguably, ” L.A. Woman ” is the Door’s best, and to think Morrison was at a certan end,…oh well :)

  17. yankeefeminista May 10th, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    jmills, I am watching your Bruins-Leafs game until Yankee first pitch. Pretty good first period by your boys.

  18. J. Alfred Prufrock May 10th, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    now yankeefem, don’t hog the blog with, y’know – baseball talk :D

    DePaula is spinning his wheels in the SALLY. Let him work on command in the FSL.

  19. yankeefeminista May 10th, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Enjoy the game yourselves, MTU and YT!

  20. luis May 10th, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Primo,

    It will have to do… Got to stay put down here…. So June sounds just fine for minor leaguing!

    Mick,

    Sure… Would love too

  21. blake May 10th, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Depaula is too good for the Sally

  22. mick May 10th, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Jim Morrison=Mr Mojo Risin

  23. J. Alfred Prufrock May 10th, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    primo, good deal.

  24. yankeefeminista May 10th, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Yanks say they are going to leave De Paula in Charleston all year, regardless. Kind of hard to believe that he won’t move up to Tampa after the ASB.

  25. mick May 10th, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    louie we can go to a big time yankee game not that minor league crap

  26. mick May 10th, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Mr Mojo Risin – YouTube
    ? 6:05? 6:05
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZx-2YHKQNU

  27. jmills May 10th, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    YF, I like that Gardner kid,…..as long as he doesn’t play for you guys next year. On top of that Canada has goalie problems which is why Eddie the Eagle is on the other line as we speak. The guy can catch and drink.

  28. Shame Spencer May 10th, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    trisha – I did NOT see that, but I went on a detox once the verdict came in. I’m not surprised.

    Mo still shagging fly balls lol, I love it (as long as he never gets hurt again!).

    DePaula = Insanity.

  29. Shame Spencer May 10th, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Also… that doesn’t look quite like a body…

  30. J. Alfred Prufrock May 10th, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    YF, if he keeps this up, they kind of have to.

  31. blake May 10th, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    yankeefeminista says:
    May 10, 2013 at 7:50 pm
    Yanks say they are going to leave De Paula in Charleston all year, regardless. Kind of hard to believe that he won’t move up to Tampa after the ASB.

    Yea I think they’ll end up moving him at some point….he’s not 18

  32. yankeefeminista May 10th, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Pruf, hoping that Dellin follow Bootcheck.

    Luis, will miss you at the JRam game, but June sched should work. Stick around until the 17th for Staten Island Opening Day. :)

    Tuesday at the Stadium should be fun too, but it is going to be ccccold. Brrr.

  33. J. Alfred Prufrock May 10th, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    We don’t even know if he’s really 22 ;)

  34. Shame Spencer May 10th, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Need length from Hughes tonight.. I’m not sure if they’d want to use Warren tonight either..

  35. J. Alfred Prufrock May 10th, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    I’ll be at Jo-Ram game as long as there’s no Game 7 in Pitt.

  36. yankeefeminista May 10th, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    *follows Booty :)

  37. Shame Spencer May 10th, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Nancy has had some weird thinification thing going on… poor Nancy.

  38. luis May 10th, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Yankee games are great Mick… Would love to go… But Minor leaguing is my thing to be honest.

    Barry,

    No developing players will come back to haunt us…. this Dynasty is the direct result of developing a homegrown core…Like all the previous dynasties we have enjoyed

  39. blake May 10th, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    @MiLB: #Yankees top prospect @ElGarySanchez hits his sixth homer of the season for @TampaYankees. http://t.co/rSk69Ax0T0

  40. yankeefeminista May 10th, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Pruf, JRam works regardless. Pens if nec. will be a 7PM.

  41. yankeefeminista May 10th, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    RE: Sanchez. Bring that boy up to Trenton please.

  42. J. Alfred Prufrock May 10th, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    @MiLB: #Yankees top prospect @ElGarySanchez hits his sixth homer of the season for @TampaYankees.
    ///

    To me, he’s untouchable, to them, he’s trade bait.

  43. mick May 10th, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    this Dynasty is the direct result of developing a homegrown core…Like all the previous dynasties we have enjoyed
    ==============
    this is a dynasty, that was a Dynasty

  44. mick May 10th, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Sanchez is not trade bait.

  45. J. Alfred Prufrock May 10th, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    YF, I know the start times. I don’t know if I can stomach much of anything if they fool around and get themselves into a 7. Hopefully, they take care of business tomorrow. I’m expecting that.

  46. jmills May 10th, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Mo, you keep on doing what you’ve been doing as I can’t argue :)

    Mick, Jim is an erudite mind.

  47. luis May 10th, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    yankeefeminista May 10th, 2013 at 7:55 pm
    Pruf, hoping that Dellin follow Bootcheck.

    Luis, will miss you at the JRam game, but June sched should work. Stick around until the 17th for Staten Island Opening Day.

    Tuesday at the Stadium should be fun too, but it is going to be ccccold. Brrr.

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

    Tell me about it ;) I am a warm weather guy… Had my share of winters (plowing snow and all )… So anything below 70 is cold for me ;)

  48. SoS May 10th, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Hey venesolano,
    This place was always my wanna getaway place. Accept for the time I took a bathroom break and caught my pedroia in my zipper. Then it was wanna gettaway from the place you wentaway.
    Miss the laughs I had with gb nick and all you guys. Glad to see doreen back. Miss talking closet size w you. Wife has complete ownership of mine now.

  49. blake May 10th, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Depaula gave up a run in the 2nd…..he’s thrown 20 of 24 pitches for strikes though and hickory supposedly has a really good lineup

  50. luis May 10th, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    SoS May 10th, 2013 at 8:04 pm
    Hey venesolano,
    This place was always my wanna getaway place. Accept for the time I took a bathroom break and caught my pedroia in my zipper. Then it was wanna gettaway from the place you wentaway.
    Miss the laughs I had with gb nick and all you guys. Glad to see doreen back. Miss talking closet size w you. Wife has complete ownership of mine now.

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

    Como estas Sultan!!… The sooner you realize that the wife is the boss, the happier you’ll be… Remember: ” yes darling. whatever you say darling” and you’ll do just fine my friend. You need to come more often :D

  51. luis May 10th, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    YF,

    Also, I’ll probably stay two weeks, so I will make to opening day

  52. jmills May 10th, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    SOS, being owned, has its rock in the cradle benefits.

  53. Doreen May 10th, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    SoS, I was gonna ask! Lol.

    I am the only female I know who hasn’t taken over the closet. But heaven help,Hun if I ever get a job outside the home!

    Good to see you around.

  54. J. Alfred Prufrock May 10th, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    he’s thrown 20 of 24 pitches for strikes though and hickory supposedly has a really good lineup
    ///

    point!

  55. jmills May 10th, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Luis,…you’re insatiable! LMAO!!!

  56. J. Alfred Prufrock May 10th, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    glad I got to see him with Charleston, though. Won’t see him again for some time.

  57. J. Alfred Prufrock May 10th, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Gardner had a great AB a couple nights ago after being behind 0-2. Grind it.

  58. jmills May 10th, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Alfred, now I don’t know what you’re talking about!

  59. J. Alfred Prufrock May 10th, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    crap

  60. J. Alfred Prufrock May 10th, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    The guy at the plate right now is really good at baseball :D

  61. J. Alfred Prufrock May 10th, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Lo-Cain, the great hope of Missouri.

  62. J. Alfred Prufrock May 10th, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Mr. Mills, just make sure you put up that fence to keep Gladys from giving Abner a coronary ;)

  63. jmills May 10th, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Alfred, I suggest you take a pill, lie down, listen to some , Radiohead, it’ll all be over soon :D

  64. J. Alfred Prufrock May 10th, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    …and get your man Kesler on the case to stretch out that series, will ya

  65. jmills May 10th, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Yes, Alfred, we have to keep Gladys Kravitz away from my yard!

  66. J. Alfred Prufrock May 10th, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    jmills, love “Creep”. Got a great deal of mileage out of that for several months as inspiration for “the Nunnery Scene” ;)

    OK, I’m going to go watch Hughes without my fingers dancing over the keyboard, here

    Later.

  67. jmills May 10th, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Alfred, later, I hope my Leafs do you oh so well.

    Sincerely ’67;
    jmills

  68. J. Alfred Prufrock May 10th, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Nice Philip.

    Doreen, as I recall, that closet is your rubber room when things get tight ;)

    Enjoy the game, guys

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