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Pregame notes: Teixeira hits; A-Rod fields

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 20, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Mark Teixeira

Mark Teixeira first at-bats since March came in a simulated game at the Yankees minor league complex. It’s likely he’ll continued to play in simulated games for a while so that the Yankees can guarantee at-bats from both sides of the plate. It’s kind of like his own little simulated Grapefruit League down there.

“I guess you could look at it that way,” Joe Girardi said. “Or you can look at it as like a couple days before games where you’re facing some live BP. It’s definite progress for him. We want to see him have a lot of at-bats and see how the wrist responds to that. Today was the first step, so I’m really curious to see how he feels tomorrow.”

Teixeira wasn’t the only injured Yankee making progress in Tampa…

ALEX RODRIGUEZ
Although he fielded ground balls today — which seems like a significant step forward — Girardi cautioned that the timetable for Rodriguez hasn’t changed. His progress is going to have to be slow and step-by-step. “There’s a lot that has to happen,” Girardi said. “There’s a lot of hurdles. Two months from the All-Star break – less than that – so he’s going to have to go through basically a full spring training.”

KEVIN YOUKILIS
Took batting practice and fielded ground balls, but he’s almost certainly a week away at best. “Is it possible we see him on this road trip? Maybe,” Girardi said. “But I would expect to see him maybe a little bit the following week if everything goes OK.”

IVAN NOVA
Limited to roughly 60 pitches, Nova pitched 3.2 innings today. Girardi said the Yankees intentionally kept his pitch count limited. It’s clear they aren’t trying to rush him back, and Girardi said he’s not sure what’s next on the schedule. “We’ll talk about it,” Girardi said. “Whatever it is we know he needs a couple days off.”

EDUARDO NUNEZ
Took dry swings and fielded grounders today, but Brian Cashman told the New York Post that it will be another 10 days before the Yankees can even consider activating Nunez.

Chris Stewart• Here in Baltimore, Chris Stewart said he no longer feels pain in his groin, but he can also tell it’s not 100 percent healed. Stewart doesn’t expect to play until Tampa, but Girardi said he would be willing to use Stewart as his emergency catcher tonight. “He felt no pain (doing tee and toss),” Girardi said. “But I think he’s aware that it’s there so I don’t think that it’s quite ready.”

• Derek Jeter is out of his walking boot but still not doing much, according to Girardi.

• Girardi said he liked the idea of giving Vernon Wells two consecutive days off, and this seemed like a good time to do it facing Freddy Garcia after last night’s rain out. “Left-handers have had a lot more success off of Freddy than right-handers, so let’s just do it today,” Girardi said.

• Phil Hughes gets the ball tomorrow, trying to rebound from last week’s two-out, seven-run debacle. Hughes said that video showed he was getting on the side of the ball, something that happens to him when he overthrows. No drastic change, just has to keep himself under control tomorrow.

• Speaking of starting pitchers, tonight CC Sabathia gets the ball on extra rest, which isn’t always great for him. “If you get two or three extra days, you worry a little bit,” Girardi said. “He’s had extra days before. Hopefully it makes him a little bit stronger. These guys have been going at it pretty hard and we’re going to have another long stretch after this. It’s not such a bad thing.”

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40 Responses to “Pregame notes: Teixeira hits; A-Rod fields”

  1. fantasygame101 May 20th, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    tex hits and arod fields. hopefully their replacements hit and field.

  2. igotid88 May 20th, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    R. I. P. Ray Manzarek

  3. luis May 20th, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Let’s design a program for Tex that keeps him rehabbing for the next 6 months at least

  4. Nick in SF May 20th, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    I think Tex had trouble with the simulated shift. :neutral:

  5. RMS May 20th, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Out of all the players that are injured, Alex doesn’t interest me at all. Hardly ever think about him.

  6. randy l. May 20th, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    “If I could turn back time……if I could find a way…..I take back that comment about Montero I made….and Id say……”

    blake-

    yes , it was all your fault. i’m glad you finally admitted it :)

    but think if you would have said it on twitter and we had the same conversation there back and forth.
    same discussion without the peanut gallery. i doubt very much you’d have the conversations with joe on here that you have on twitter.

    the funny thing is i’m the one who first showed how close a call it was here. it was also a sliding off the plate into a position an inch off the plate. only the unintelligent or the purposefully obtuse would say it was an easy play.

    and yeah, i was talking to you specifically. this blog functions in a way that would be like having a conversation in a restaurant and the people in the next table butt in with their two cents worth.

    this blog is a crude way to discuss ideas.
    there was a time when i said why fix what ain’t broke,but this blog needs a technical ,makeover to raise the quality of it.

  7. Nick in SF May 20th, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Could you please pass the mustard?

  8. Doreen May 20th, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Guffaw!

  9. exiledintampa May 20th, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    R. I. P. Ray

    “When the musics over, turn out the light. turn out the light.”

  10. Doreen May 20th, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    The blog is a series of monologues.

    Twitter isn’t so much a conversation as repartee, quick spurts of thought.

  11. luis May 20th, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    luis May 20th, 2013 at 6:34 pm
    Tom,

    I don’t want to clog the blog with this stuff, but thank you… But I have never risked so much as you did… So I am hardly on your league in that respect

  12. Doreen May 20th, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Scott Proctor is retiring from baseball.

    I thought he had done that already!

  13. Nick in SF May 20th, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    A better restaurant analogy for the blog’s comment section would be an enormous round table but with perfect acoustics, so everyone sitting at the table can hear everyone else but pay attention to or ignore others as they wish — and join in the conversations or just listen as they wish as well. People sitting at the table can direct comments to a specific person if they wish but everyone else can listen in and reply if they want to. People come and go from the table all the time and you don’t ever know how many people are sitting there listening to what you’re saying.

    The biggest problem with this restaurant is that the food stinks and the portions are too small.*

    *see “Annie Hall”

  14. comnsnse May 20th, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Blake, you are correct in that a sport’s blog is not the place to seriously discuss ideas particularly those deemed off topic for most.

    There is no real solution other than to suggest an exchange of personal emails but this requires a level of faith in a stranger.

    Generally not a good idea, but what is this technical upgrade you suggest for this blog?

  15. Rich in NJ May 20th, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Given the faux dramatics at times, “When Harry Met Sally” might be a better restaurant analogy.

  16. MG May 20th, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    It’s hard for me to believe the Montero stuff is still being discussed, particularly when the facts have become so distorted.

    Here is the string of posts that started when blake mentioned that Montero had made a bad play (he did) that allowed a walk off winning run on Saturday:
    randy l. May 18th, 2013 at 5:06 pm
    ‘blake May 18th, 2013 at 4:22 pm
    “blake, Montero raised his average today. Please don’t be a hater.”
    Cost them the game defensively though”
    blake-
    how so?
    randy l. May 18th, 2013 at 5:26 pm
    “Couldn’t keep his foot on the plate on a play at the plate…..mostly because he couldn’t stretch looked like”
    blake-
    i just watched the play about ten times and stopped it as the ball was a few feet from plate. montero’s foot was clearly on the front of the plate. tow things happened in the time it took for the ball to get there. one was the throw was on the first base side and montero had to reach in that direction to get it. because of camera angle it’s hard to tell how far he had to go to get it.
    the second thing is the runners foot may have knocked montero’s foot off. the runners foot was on the front part of plater where montero’s foot was a split second earlier. now was montero’s foot knocked off. if it was the runner was out because the ball beat him by a split second.
    now is it possible montero lost where the plate was and simply didn’t leave his foot on it ? yes, but he had it on it when the ball was literally a few feet from hitting his mitt.
    whatever happened, not a clear cut blunder. you have to watch the video and stop it to see what i’m saying. it’s available on mlb.com

  17. luis May 20th, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    The poster Willkamm brought Wells numbers against in the previous thread ( 7-16 (.438/.526/.625 )…. Impressive and I agree, he should be on the lineup

  18. tomingeorgia May 20th, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    luis, you would if you had to. I know it.

  19. MG May 20th, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    It continues:
    randy l. May 18th, 2013 at 5:45 pm
    blake-
    i have a screen shot that shows montero had foot on bag with two feet of ball flight to go. i’m pretty sure runner was out and foot came off after runner’s foot hit the plate. i’ll post it if i can convert screen shot to image that will send.
    randy l. May 18th, 2013 at 5:53 pm
    blake-
    the runner was out.
    foot came off afterward as runners foot came in and knocked it off.
    randy l. May 18th, 2013 at 6:14 pm
    “I watched it a couple of times and it looked like this to me…..hard to say for sure but I guess the point is that his lack of athletism may have cost them there”
    come on blake, that’s just plain unfair. the screen shot shows the foot was on the bag with what .001 second to go. the throw was down the first base line. the runners foot was hitting exactly where montero’s foot is in the screen shot.
    the umpire’s view is blocked by the runner as the runner hits the plate. bang . bang.
    i’m not blaming the ump. tough call. but the runner was out when that ball in .001 second hit montero’s mitt. when the foot hits in .009 seconds and knocks montero ‘s foot off he’s still out.
    it’s a force. montero just need to be touching the plate when he receives ball. he was as the screen shot shows.
    ump made the call based on where montero’s foot was after the play.
    but that doesn’t matter.
    he was OUT.
    randy l. May 18th, 2013 at 8:08 pm
    tomingeorgia-
    with how weak you are, you probably shouldn’t interact with me. the stress might be bad for your health.you mind your business and i’ll mind mine.
    randy l. May 19th, 2013 at 7:30 am
    yanks61
    photos don’t lie.
    look at the foot. look at home plate.
    but since you’re pro management and a montero hater don’t bother. ignorance suits you better anyway.
    randy l. May 19th, 2013 at 7:42 am
    for anyone else who’s interested in the play here’s the video
    stop the video to see where the throw was . it was about 4-5 feet up the first base line because of the angle. you can tell that because of where montero was pointed after the play. shortstop threw from towards third base.
    also check the runners foot when it hit the plate. it was right on the front where montero’s foot was a split second earlier.
    if wedge came down on montero on this play , he didn’t take time to stop the video.
    to be continued.work to do.

  20. mick May 20th, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    RIP Ray Manzarek

  21. MaineYankee May 20th, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Doreen May 20th, 2013 at 6:42 pm
    Scott Proctor is retiring from baseball.

    I thought he had done that already!

    ————————————————–

    He got tired of waiting for Bernie.

    He wanted to go into the HOF together.

  22. MG May 20th, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    All I said about this until posting the real photo was:
    MG May 19th, 2013 at 8:27 am
    I looked at the video and it is inconclusive whether he was on or off the base from that angle.
    What is conclusive is that he received the throw with his left foot on the base instead of his right foot. That made it impossible for him to reach out and receive the throw. If I learned that in little league why does a major leaguer not know it?
    His manager, who is a combative guy, not only didn’t argue the call he made comments about the catcher not doing his job, that says it all for me.

    MG May 19th, 2013 at 8:36 am
    blake May 19th, 2013 at 8:32 am
    Yea he did block himself off by using his left foot….
    ————-
    the runner would have been out by a full step if he made that shift and reached out, he had plenty of time to get set for the throw.

  23. luis May 20th, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    comnsnse May 20th, 2013 at 6:46 pm
    Blake, you are correct in that a sport’s blog is not the place to seriously discuss ideas particularly those deemed off topic for most.

    There is no real solution other than to suggest an exchange of personal emails but this requires a level of faith in a stranger.

    Generally not a good idea, but what is this technical upgrade you suggest for this blog?

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

    I asked Chad to give you my e-mail

  24. MG May 20th, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    randy continues:
    randy l. May 19th, 2013 at 11:05 am
    “It would SEEM that Montero himself agrees that he didn’t have his foot on the plate. But don’t let that get in your way of your own special view of things, Randi.”
    yanks61-
    if you can’t see a photo and use some intelligence , i can’t help you.
    here it is again :
    (link omitted)
    try describing out loud to yourself what you see.
    notice the part when you say” montero’s foot is on the plate.”
    randy l. May 19th, 2013 at 11:40 am
    “If you look at video of the Montero play when the ball reaches his mitt (not before the ball gets there like what Randy posted), you can see Montero lifts his heel off the plate”
    jacksquat-
    you can’t see the ball reach his mitt because the camera is behind him. if you have a view i don’t have, please post it. the view i gave is the only one i’ve seen. rather that call names why not do some work and post some video or photos.
    randy l. May 19th, 2013 at 11:45 am
    “That picture is inconclusive.”
    mick-
    is his foot on the base or isn’t it?
    the throw was about 4-5 feet up the first base line. montero’s momentum having to go get it took him off the plate as the runners foot also hit. the runners foot may have knocked it off also.
    montero’s foot only had to be touching when the ball hit his mitt. i think it very likely was. it doesn’t matter that he came off afterward.

  25. GregD May 20th, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    good evening everyone….hope you had a good day……mine was a lot of catchup as I was out of work for 7 days and today was the first day back

  26. MG May 20th, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    In response to the challenge to find a better photo, I found and posted the one from the Seattle Times that shows he was off the base, here are the comments that followed:
    Against All Odds May 19th, 2013 at 12:28 pm
    MG May 19th, 2013 at 12:26 pm
    Against All Odds May 19th, 2013 at 12:24 pm
    MG May 19th, 2013 at 12:20 pm
    (seattle times photo link omitted)
    ———————–
    Can’t get any clearer than that.
    ———————-
    you really can’t and the umpire is standing right there in good position, there is no way he can miss that call.
    PS Randy won’t admit this, he will just change the subject
    —————-
    The umpire made the right call and Blake was right originally. Once I saw the play and the various screen shots even before this latest one it was clear Jesus didn’t have his foot on the base.
    randy l. May 19th, 2013 at 1:30 pm
    “Once I saw the play and the various screen shots even before this latest one it was clear Jesus didn’t have his foot on the base.”
    you eez blind as the proverbial bat.
    (link omitted)
    the ball is thousandth of a second away from his mitt. the runner came between the ump and montero and the ball being caught was blocked by montero and the runner. bang bang play.
    tough call for the ump.he made the call based on what he saw afterward which was when montero’s foot was off the plate.it was like a pitch that was a strike and the momentum of catching the strike took it out of the strike zone.
    all the momentum was down the first baseline. had montero planted a foot on the plate and left it there he may not have reached the ball. i think people aren’t looking at where that ball was. it was not to the plate but off to the side much like when a first baseman has to backhand a ball towards right field.

    randy l. May 19th, 2013 at 3:07 pm
    “PS Randy won’t admit this, he will just change the subject”
    f$5#k you asshole.

  27. mick May 20th, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Randy wants to show us how he is the blog MVB, Most Valuable Blogger.
    This will happen after he leaves and blog posts go down.
    Using Montero to raise his blog hits will give him a better resume heading into Twitter immortality.

  28. GregD May 20th, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    disappointed we won’t see Nuno this rotation but I understand why not

  29. MG May 20th, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    During this time he not only insulted me but two other posters and ignored the photo posted that disproved his point, exactly what I predicted based on his blog history.

    Maybe Chad will delete my account, he would be doing me a favor at this point in time.

  30. MaineYankee May 20th, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Nick

    The biggest problem with this restaurant is that the food stinks

    ————————————————————–

    Bret says the sardines don’t do that.

  31. randy l. May 20th, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    “now is it possible montero lost where the plate was and simply didn’t leave his foot on it ? yes, “- randy l

    case closed :)

  32. mick May 20th, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Maybe Randy is leaving due to the loss of 2 of his crew?
    Nobody in the “peanut gallery” can stroke his ego like they did.

  33. mick May 20th, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Maybe Chad will delete my account, he would be doing me a favor at this point in time.
    ==================
    Why would he do that?

  34. Rich in NJ May 20th, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Jeez, it’s just baseball. Can we all just take a step back and move on to the next faux controversy?

  35. luis May 20th, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    I hope neither of you leave the blog

  36. MG May 20th, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    randy l. May 20th, 2013 at 6:55 pm
    “now is it possible montero lost where the plate was and simply didn’t leave his foot on it ? yes, “- randy l

    case closed
    —————–
    except the only time you said that was before you ‘found’ the screen shot that you claim shows he was on the plate.

    Except he was off the plate, as the Seattle Times photo definitely showed

    you lose, chump…

  37. Nick in SF May 20th, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    On Twitter you can delete your embarrassing statements after the fact.

    Aha!

    :arrow:

  38. randy l. May 20th, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    mg-
    i realize you have a vested interest namely your ego that montero sucks, but here was my real point. and i made it well:

    “But I’m not going to crush him for failing to make that play. I don’t believe that play was as simple as some people think and anything but routine.”-ryan divish

    his is the best detailed article i’ve seen on the play.

    Read more here: http://blog.thenewstribune.com.....rylink=cpy

  39. champ809 May 20th, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    I for 1 hopes Randy doesn’t leave this forum as I bith appreciate his knowledge of the game but also enjoy his stories.

    Stick around brother!

  40. MG May 20th, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    randy l. May 20th, 2013 at 7:11 pm
    mg-
    i realize you have a vested interest namely your ego that montero sucks, but here was my real point. and i made it well:
    ———
    that is such complete bs it isn’t even worth debating with you except to say you have significant self esteem issues given the way you twist everything around…


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