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Granderson possible for tomorrow (plus a Nova update)

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 13, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Curtis GrandersonJoe Girardi acknowledged tonight that it’s entirely possible the Yankees will activate Curtis Granderson for tomorrow’s game. Granderson is going to play another Triple-A rehab game, and then he’ll make the final call.

“I’ve always said that when Grandy feels that he’s ready, then come on,” Girardi said. “We want him back in our lineup, so if he feels that he’s ready to go, then he’s ready to go. … Whenever (that conversation) takes place, we’re open arms.”

The Yankees decision to option Brennan Boesch to Triple-A was a direct reaction to how far along Granderson has come.

“That means he’s getting closer,” Girardi said. “We had to get a pitcher on somehow, and with Curtis coming back, we thought it would be best for Boesch to go get some at-bats and prepare to help us, because I think he’s going to help us.”

NOVA UPDATE
Turns out, Ivan Nova’s latest setback wasn’t in his side. He felt some discomfort in his upper back. away from the spin and closer to the shoulder (but, apparently, not in the actual shoulder). The setback doesn’t seem serious, in fact, Girardi said Nova could pitch in another minor league game soon. The discomfort was on the left side of Nova’s back.

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60 Responses to “Granderson possible for tomorrow (plus a Nova update)”

  1. Niblick May 13th, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    “[we] thought it would be best for Boesch to go get some at-bats and prepare to help us, because I think he’s going to hurt us.”

    What on earth does that gibberish mean?

  2. Jetrer May 13th, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    I believe Girardi actually said “because I think he’s going to help us”

  3. Doreen May 13th, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Girardi said help us not hurt us with respect to Boesch. It’s a typo.

  4. 86w183 May 13th, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Great to see youth served this afternoon. Nuno, Warren and Romine all stepped up. Amazing to get through a DH with so few pitchers needed. Kudos to everyone who took to the mound.

    With Marshall up who goes down for Granderson? I’m guessing Claiborne

  5. luis May 13th, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    86,

    Nuno is the one going down…

  6. Bo knows May 13th, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Re Post

    Personally I’m lukewarm on both Hughes and Joba. I keep waiting on the talent that is there but they’re both marking time, including the fat boy thing. Hughes insists on staying FB and the latest flavor of off speed. Joba’s his own worst enemy. Pulling fat this year would tax anyone’s patience. The guy looks like sausage man in his uni. Seams a poppin.

  7. luis May 13th, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    I think

  8. Bo knows May 13th, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    If they would rotate, Warren, Nuno and Nova through the Majors and AAA, I would be totally on board with that. Mind you Warren looks pretty comfy in his role. Shades of Phelps ’12.

  9. comnsnse May 13th, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    I’m guessing Joseph goes down with Gonzo here.

    Gonzo is the better defender a SS and Nix has filled in pretty well at third.

    Joseph needs reps defensively at any position but I like his bat.

  10. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 13th, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    “I thought Francisco was going to get cut but Boesch has options so the move makes sense.”

    Against, not a question that it made sense. But listening to Boesch being interviewed just made me feel sad for him. He did indicate that he’d rather be playing all the time and working on his hitting, and Girardi did indicate that Boesch would be back up.

    I think it’s very possible that he could ultimately – whenever that is – be one of our outfielders.

  11. luis May 13th, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Joseph being the 26th roster man, he is going down after today

  12. Jesus Bustero May 13th, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    My obsession list:

    Chase Headley
    Erick Aybar

    Honorable mention – Michael Young

  13. luis May 13th, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Bo Knows,

    I think YF thinks that Warren is the best of the Phelps/Mitchell/Warren trio… Last season Warren wasn’t ready… He is now and it shows… I wish there were more starting spots… But there isn’t

  14. tbone1570 May 13th, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    comnsnse May 13th, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    I’m guessing Joseph goes down with Gonzo here.

    ———————————————————–
    Joseph was called up as the 26th man for the double header. By rule,he has to go back down after today. To activate Grandy, they need to send down/dfa someone in addition to returning Joseph to Triple A.

  15. luis May 13th, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    It should be Francisco… They don’t need him

  16. Bo knows May 13th, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    This calls for a stakan of horilka, then a good supper, a glass or two and mellow out.

    And bring us a lot of horilka, but not of that fancy kind with raisins, or with any other such things — bring us horilka of the purest kind, give us that demon drink that makes us merry, playful and wild!
    —Taras Bulba, by Nikolai Gogol[1]

  17. J. Alfred Prufrock May 13th, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Hey primo, a good day for the system. We were probably not even the oldest team in baseball, at least for one day :)

    I had to rely on Sterling for much of the Nuno game, so I guess I can say that I neither saw nor heard it, but Phelps nearly crafted us a win in Game 1 and I thought Cojo did a brave job on 1B.

    Gary Sanchez with a HR today, Feliz with a 3B, and Adams has a hit and is batting .319. Hope he’s on his way to the Bronx shortly. Turley getting a bonus start today AAA because of Marshall call up. Mustelier playing 3B and had a scare, getting hit on the foot, but he’s apparently back out there.

  18. blake May 13th, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    blake says:
    May 13, 2013 at 7:28 pm
    I think Hughes has turned a corner regardless of his last start….he’s finally got a breaking pitch he can miss bats with and I think his arm strength is finally back to where it was before the shoulder thing in 2011…..he’s always gonna be homer prone and therefore clunker prone…..but he also pitches a lot of good games between the clunkers too

    I also think they could probably package nova and Joba at the deadline for something and not miss a beat ….though I don’t really expect them to do this

  19. blake May 13th, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Sanchez is hitting a lot of homers

  20. blake May 13th, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    @jnorris427: Ronnier Mustelier comes to the plate to Justin Timberlake’s “Suit and Tie.” This brings me endless joy. #mustymania

  21. blake May 13th, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Felix wouldn’t be my ideal choice to come off the DL and face

  22. J. Alfred Prufrock May 13th, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Mesa with a HR. ho-hum.

  23. Jesus Bustero May 13th, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Blake,

    Nova’s value is down so the Yankees would be trading him just for the sake of trading him off the roster and opening up space for someone else.

    And Phelps hasn’t been around long enough to warrant a fair return reflective of his value.

    I’ll say it again, if we trade Hughes for something we really need (3B or SS) then we would not only not feel the loss in the rotation being 9 deep without him but we would gain a useful player in return. Nova’s not going to bring that and probably not Phelps either.

    It makes the most sense to sell Hughes before he leaves via free agency. With all this pitching depth there is no way the Yankees outbid other teams for Hughes.

    HE’S LEAVING BLAKE

  24. blake May 13th, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    “HE’S LEAVING BLAKE”

    I think Cashman will fight to keep him and he should if the price is right…..actually Id explore extending him now but that’s just me. If he makes it to free agency though I agree he’s probably gone…..probably will go home to one of those big parks in Cali.

  25. blake May 13th, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    And I don’t think they’ll trade Hughes in season because 1) he’s a solid starter for them and they want to win 2) because they likely wouldn’t get enough back given he’s be a rental to make it worthwhile

  26. CountryClub May 13th, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    The yanks will never give a relatively soft tossing lefty (excluding Andy) a real opportunity as a starter. They should trade Nuno to the NL now that he’s proven he can get MLers out. He’s basically backed up what he’s done in the minors over the past couple of years. I don’t think he’s a fluke. They might be able to get something worth while. I wouldn’t trade him just to trade him, but they should put his name out there to see the interest level.

  27. luis May 13th, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock May 13th, 2013 at 7:43 pm
    Hey primo, a good day for the system. We were probably not even the oldest team in baseball, at least for one day

    I had to rely on Sterling for much of the Nuno game, so I guess I can say that I neither saw nor heard it, but Phelps nearly crafted us a win in Game 1 and I thought Cojo did a brave job on 1B.

    Gary Sanchez with a HR today, Feliz with a 3B, and Adams has a hit and is batting .319. Hope he’s on his way to the Bronx shortly. Turley getting a bonus start today AAA because of Marshall call up. Mustelier playing 3B and had a scare, getting hit on the foot, but he’s apparently back out there
    =========================

    :D Amazing… 16 and 2/3 of one run ball by our own youngsters… Phelps deserved a better fate, especially by the way he started and then adjusted along the way… Claiborne is a keeper and should stay up with the club… Nuno was impressive as well, the command of the corners is what stood out the most from him… And Warren, what can I say about him, Good FB ( 94 ) with a nasty CB and a good CU to go along with it.

    Only 1/3 of an inning thrown by a hired gun ( Logan )… Imagine if we could do the same with our position players

  28. mick May 13th, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Rick Ankiel has gotten #16 (Doc Gooden) on the Mets.

  29. Jesus Bustero May 13th, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Spend 50 million on a flyball pitcher in Yankees Stadium when you are 9 deep and have a need for a 3B and/or SS?

    Horrible, despicable asset management Blake.

    He is gone.

    You’re talking to the one guy who saw Montero getting traded. The team is not as attached to him as fans are and especially apparently you. I dunno, since I’m not attached to Hughes at all, it’s easier for me to conceive.

  30. Jesus Bustero May 13th, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Out of Hughes, Nova and Phelps it is Hughes who is going to bring back the most in return because if teams don’t offer more than the value of a first round pick then the Yankees can just keep him and offer the 13 M.

  31. luis May 13th, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    OMG… A lefty with pinpoint control and a good repertoire is not what the Yankees need?… Ok

  32. luis May 13th, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    I know, maybe we should trade Hughes head to head for Ubaldo Jimenez!

  33. Jesus Bustero May 13th, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Luis, do you think Nuno’s velocity could ever become an issue in the AL East?

  34. luis May 13th, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Jesus Bustero May 13th, 2013 at 8:05 pm
    Luis, do you think Nuno’s velocity could ever become an issue in the AL East?

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

    Has Pettitte’s?

  35. Jesus Bustero May 13th, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Or for Chase Headley, my original suggestion before Headley broke out.

  36. Jesus Bustero May 13th, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Luis, surely you’re not comparing Andy and Nuno’s velocity without considering other factors are you?

  37. Chad Jennings May 13th, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Well, that’s one helluva typo!

    Yes, Girardi said “help us.”

    An idiot reporter typed the word “hurt” instead. Good thing those words aren’t opposites or anything…

  38. comnsnse May 13th, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    It’s very early to be thinking of trading young pitching.

    Having said that we must find a 3B and a SS somewhere. There are options and looking at our assets I believe that Joba and Phil might bring the best return. BTW,notice how Nuno works quickly, not overpowering but just slightly out of the strike zone. A lot like Wandy Rodriguez or Chris Capuano.

    We have more prospects pitching wise in the system so I would be very cautious about trading most position players. Players like Joseph, Romine,Mesa and Almonte come to mind as marginal and could be included in any deals.

    Anyone think the Mets could be trading partners, they do have some assets in the system.

  39. blake May 13th, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    “Horrible, despicable asset management Blake.”

    Your entitled to your opinion but personally I don’t think they are 9 deep in Phil Hugheses…..

    It’s hard for me to talk about tradin him without knowing a couple of things 1) has he turned down a reasonable extension or have they discussed it. 2) who are you trading him for?

    If you’re using him as a piece to get Headley then that’s one thing…..but if you’re just dealing him for a guy then that’s another…..it’s hard to have these debates without knowing these things

  40. blake May 13th, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    I could see trading Hughes under certain circumstances……1) if he’s turned down an extension 2) if Pineda is on track and Phelps is still pitching well 3) and if you can get enough back for Hughes……I just think it’s unlikely that the scenario will aria webers it makes sense to trade him

  41. blake May 13th, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Mike Olt is struggling…..so is Castellanos….if I could use some extra pitching and buy low on either then Id try that

  42. J. Alfred Prufrock May 13th, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Only 1/3 of an inning thrown by a hired gun ( Logan )… Imagine if we could do the same with our position players
    ///

    I don’t even trust them to do it with the pitching, since once the rose comes off the bloom a little they either BP them or replace them. But maybe in these hard times (lol) necessity will become the mother of invention. They need to show me a longer attention span for rearing young pitching up here, before I even think about them really giving position players an even chance. But it was nice for a day to actually see young players figure so prominently in Yankee matters.

    Turley’s done, only gave up one run. Stoneburner – the real one, that is – coming in in relief.

  43. Jesus Bustero May 13th, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    comnsnse May 13th, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    I believe that Joba and Phil might bring the best return

    _________________

    I have arrived at this same conclusion. I think a package can be formed around the expendable players that bring the best return from the rotation (Phil), the bullpen (Joba) and the OF (Gardner).

  44. GregD May 13th, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    The Yankees aren’t 9 deep in starting pitching …….two of those pitchers are on the DL and two have pitched a total of 20 innings between them

  45. luis May 13th, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Jesus Bustero May 13th, 2013 at 8:07 pm
    Luis, surely you’re not comparing Andy and Nuno’s velocity without considering other factors are you?

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

    No… But the kid has very good command on all his pitches, he can throw them on any pitch count and he paints the corners with them… A lefty with pinpoint control is very a rare thing to find… I don’t know at this point what Nuno may turned out to be, but from what I saw today, I would keep him a while longer and see what happens.

    Yes, we need a 3B or a SS right now… But at this point in time, I would rather keep all the prospects… If I am dealing, I am dealing current roster players for future…

  46. blake May 13th, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    All this said…..I do think Headley could get dealt this summer and I do think he’s the type player who had the potential to put the yanks over the top if they can get everyone healthy and continue to pitch well……I wouldn’t gut the system for him but if becomes available and cash get get him without it hurting too bad then he needs to pull that trigger

  47. luis May 13th, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Primo,

    Romine actually played a whole game and had an RBI double

  48. luis May 13th, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Greg D,,

    CC, Kuroda, Pettitte, Hughes, Phelps is a very strong 5 add Nova, Nuno, Marshall and Ramirez and we have 9 deep… Not counting Pineda

  49. J. Alfred Prufrock May 13th, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    luis May 13th, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Primo,

    Romine actually played a whole game and had an RBI double
    ///

    Yes, I heard, good for him :D Sounded like Bauer sucked? I want to watch the replay, but I don’t know when I’ll get the chance, with the hockey playoffs going on.

  50. Pat M. May 13th, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    People here seem to be moving off Phelps a little due to the performance that Mr. Warren has shown thus far…….Phelps is only going to get better folks and is a keeper. This is not to diminish Warren by any means, but Phelps is going to be a solid starting pitcher in the big leagues.

  51. CountryClub May 13th, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Luis,

    You can only store so many pitchers in AAA. Nuno is not the type of pitcher the Yanks generally like. They believe in velocity (starters and pen). You and I can disagree with their philosophy, but it doesn’t matter what we think. I’d rather they get something useful for him than him wasting away in the minors.

    The real problem is that other teams would probably want to see him pitch a few more times before they truly considered trading for him and I doubt he’ll get those opportunities (unless something goes very wrong health wise in the rotation).

  52. J. Alfred Prufrock May 13th, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Mustelier from 3B to LF, Adams from 2B to third.

  53. mick May 13th, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Warren is next in line taking over Phelps role from last year.
    He could start next year.

  54. CountryClub May 13th, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Yeah, the yanks aren’t trading Phelps. He’s proven useful in multiple ways.

  55. blake May 13th, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Pat M,

    Yea I still like Phelps better as a starter…. More weapons and more ways to get guys out. If Phelps had a little more velocity with his repertoire then he’d be real real good…..he manipulates the ball and keeps guys off balance pretty well now though

  56. RadioKev May 13th, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    I’m sure it’s been said a ton of times today, but when was the last time the Yanks swept a double header? I honestly don’t remember.

  57. Pat M. May 13th, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    blake……Phelps just looks to me like a tough guy to hit against…..

  58. mick May 13th, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    why would we get rid of nuno?
    he might be needed in the next year or 2.
    more often than not the unsung unhyped type like nuno and phelps
    are more likely to succeed than the hype like betances and banuelos.

  59. luis May 13th, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Pat M,

    If you are referring by the way I am talking about the other pitchers… Not by a long shot… Phelps is a keeper… I have been saying it since last season…. But Warren and Nuno made an impression on me, especially the latter.

    Country Club,

    Good post… Maybe not this season, but next?… I don’t know, I don’t think this is the moment to move potential future talent

  60. mick May 13th, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Next ==>>

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