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Postgame notes: “I’m going to make that start”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 22, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Hiroki Kuroda

Here’s something unusual for this season: The Yankees seem to have avoided a serious injury tonight.

When Manny Machado sent a comebacker off Hiroki Kuroda’s lower leg, the scene was similar to the line drive that broke Andy Pettitte’s leg a year ago. There was never a sense that Kuroda was hurt that badly, but there were certainly some recent perspective on how bad it might have been.

“You get concerned,” Joe Girardi said. “But it’s all muscular. That should heal. It’ll be sore a little bit tomorrow and the next day, but that’ll go away.”

Girardi said he would be “shocked” if Kuroda had to miss a start because of this injury, and Kuroda left little doubt that he expects to pitch again in five or six days.

“It will depend on how I feel tomorrow,” Kuroda said. “But for me, I’m going to make that start.”

Kuroda said the ball hit in the lower half of his calf, toward the side of his leg. When Girardi and Steve Donohue went to check on Kuroda immediately afterward, Kuroda said he was fine, and a few warmup pitches proved to be no trouble. When Kuroda went out for the next inning and allowed back-to-back hits, the Yankees became concerned — they though Kuroda was stretching his back, but he was just trying to twist around to stretch his calf — and Kuroda told Girardi that he was having trouble pushing off the mound. That’s when Girardi made the decision to go to the bullpen.

“I guess it was more of a precaution,” Kuroda said. “If I had to push myself, I might have continued to pitch.”

Brett Gardner• In case you were concerned based on Kuroda’s stretching movements on the mound, Kuroda made it clear that there’s no problem with his back.

• Even before the calf injury, this was a pretty bad night for Kuroda. He’d previously allowed just three home runs this season, but he allowed two in the first inning. “The home run I gave up to the third hitter, that sort of changed my rhythm,” Kuroda said. “After getting two quick outs, with a 1-1 count, I left a ball in the middle. That was something I was disappointed with.”

• Last time Kuroda pitched against the Orioles, he pitched a complete game shutout at Yankee Stadium on April 14. Tonight he allowed season highs in hits (eight) and runs (five) despite pitching just two-plus innings. Weird.

• Pretty unusual situation for Preston Claiborne, who hadn’t allowed a run before rushing into the game, replacing Kuroda, and allowing a three-run homer two pitches later. “I had plenty of time to get ready,” Claiborne said. “I took the appropriate time to get ready on the mound. … I didn’t execute the pitch, and if I had put it where I wanted it, then I would have more than likely got a good result out of it, just like I did the night before.”

Reid Brignac, Manny Machado• Looking for a pitching bright side, that’s easy. Adam Warren went four scoreless innings. He allowed five singles, but didn’t walk anyone and got two double plays. He has a 1.14 ERA this season. He’s in a kind of unusual role, but he’s pitched very well.

• Another highlight: Curtis Granderson. His power had yet to reveal itself this season, but tonight he was 3-for-3 with a double and a home run. “I liked how he was swinging the bat (before this),” Girardi said. “I just felt it was a matter of time until he started getting some hits. He swung the bat great tonight.”

• Granderson on his big night: “That’s just baseball. It’s a matter of a game, a pitch, a swing. All the stuff like that. It doesn’t necessarily mean anything is resolved by any means, it’s just one game. Take that, tomorrow’s an off day, and try to come back and be in the best position to be successful on Friday.”

• David Adams hit his second home run in three days.

• We’ll give the final word to Granderson, talking about whether hitting for the cycle ever crossed his mind tonight: “The fans were telling me about it. I was just trying to hopefully get up there, the fourth hand the fifth time, with an opportunity to continue to cut into the lead a little bit, especially in the end. When we got that home run by Adams, now we’re down three, and if we can get a couple of things going, maybe we can get the meat of the lineup up and make this thing interesting.”

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72 Responses to “Postgame notes: “I’m going to make that start””

  1. Nilsson May 22nd, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    It’s funny, when Yanks are winning this season, there’s always a group that’s frightened at the thought of the DL’d players returning; maybe out of fear of disrupting the “chemistry” or the notion of hero swingers recreating the dreaded 2012 karma, you know, the team that won 95 games.

    But as soon as the club goes on a 2-game losing streak, the complaints about the lack of offense begin.

    Instead of picking and choosing who returns from the DL and who doesn’t, how about this novel idea: let’s wish for ALL of them to come back. The likelihood isn’t high, but that’s the better mindset. And for Adams to keep doing what he’s doing. Make Girardi’s job a bit harder with all those regular players.

  2. cs in la May 22nd, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    I have a huge man crush on Adams. Let’s hope Arod’s hip just gets chronic.

  3. Rich in NJ May 22nd, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    I think it’s funny that some people are so concerned about what others post.

  4. Nilsson May 22nd, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    Hey it cheese and whine time!

  5. Rich in NJ May 22nd, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    Project much, dude?

  6. Nilsson May 22nd, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    There’s some good posters here. But I gotta say I never encountered a crybaby like you.

  7. Rich in NJ May 23rd, 2013 at 12:04 am

    “There’s some good posters here. But I gotta say I never encountered a crybaby like you.”

    You’re the one who complained. So there you go projecting again and making stuff up.

    Too funny.

  8. Jesus Bustero May 23rd, 2013 at 12:43 am

    He didn’t complain. He prefaced his post “It’s funny”. He was commenting on the complainers which is an observation, not a complaint.

  9. Rich in NJ May 23rd, 2013 at 12:50 am

    So if one holds any opinion but the one advanced by Yankee Pravda, it’s a complaint?

    Got it.

  10. NYYanksFan May 23rd, 2013 at 2:00 am

    Wishing career ending injuries on people is sick.

  11. mick May 23rd, 2013 at 6:30 am

    Mark Teixeira ? @teixeiramark25

    What a day, @GT_Baseball wins in dramatic fashion and I get 6 AB’s in Tampa. No homers for me,cuz thats how I make my money, well that and juicepress …2-4 with two walks.

  12. mick May 23rd, 2013 at 6:34 am

    ….well he made his money being an all-around hitter but has since become a 1 dimensional , all or nothing HR hitter , who can’t hit RH pitching but can sell and self promote and tweet, so I guess that money was made under false pretenses and what we are now seeing are hungry vets and rookies that are the antithesis of this.

  13. randy l. May 23rd, 2013 at 6:43 am

    good morning mick

    how’s life in yankeeland ?

    adams is a breath of fresh air so far.

    so are the yankees to be applauded for having him ready to play in the major leagues or are they to be criticized for signing so many veterans that he’s buried down there?

  14. blake May 23rd, 2013 at 6:52 am

    Tex needs to stop twitter…..

  15. blake May 23rd, 2013 at 6:57 am

    @jnorris427: Among others, David Adams now has as many HRs as: Heyward, Kemp, Freeman, Giambi, V. Martinez, Mauer, Morneau, Youkilis and … Gallardo.

  16. blake May 23rd, 2013 at 7:12 am

    I can’t wait to hear G loves take on Tex’s excitement at GTs win and going 2-4 in an intersquad game

  17. randy l. May 23rd, 2013 at 7:17 am

    blake-

    i really enjoyed that old cano scouting report by dave cameron you posted.

    he’s bashing montero equally right now.

    the really strange thing with montero is that despite all negative stats like being last in pitch framing, last in throwing out runners, etc. his CERA is two runs a game better than shoppach .

    now immediately people are going to say CERA is a junk stat. i’d say maybe, but it is the actual record of runs given up while a catcher is catching. so if the guy is really bad , you’d think the CERA would be really high.

    yes montero catches king felix, but shoppach has caught iwakuma a lot.

    the other related odd thing is seattle’s record with montero catching . they are like 15-9 or something like that. shoppach’s record is way under .500.

    i have no idea why the mariners tend to win with montero catching or why they tend to lose with shoppach catching, but that’s the record so far.

  18. blake May 23rd, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Randy,

    Yea I thought it was funny….Cameron is good at what he does but he shouldn’t be writing scouting reports because he’s not a scout and has no real idea how to evaluate players observationally.

    Re: Montero. I don’t think his defense at catcher is ever gonna be good….however it perhaps could be good enough if he hits like he was supposed to. It’s all tied to his bat IMO…..if he hits like buster Posey then you can live with his defense….. If he hits like Cheis Stewart then not so much.

    I honestly think it’s getting close to a point where he’s gonna need to be traded to have a chance to find his way…..Seattle isn’t playing him much and he’s just not gonna find it in that park playing a couple of times a week

  19. blake May 23rd, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Fake trade alert.

    Braves get: Joba and Boonie
    Yanks get : Peraza

    Now of course either Rapada or Cabral would have to be ready to take over for Logan but the braves need pen help badly and the yanks need a future SS badly. Some risk on both sides but yanks woukd be trading 2 soon to be FA relievers for a really talented young SS who BA says has perhaps more upside than Simmons.

  20. MTU May 23rd, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Buenos Dias.

    I hope Romine shows more at the plate.

    Last night I saw some awful swings from him.

    That’s if you could even call them that.

    :(

  21. MTU May 23rd, 2013 at 7:38 am

    And Brignac doesn’t look much better.

    I think it’s K Long time for those two boys.

    ;)

  22. Yankee Trader May 23rd, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Good morning.

    Blake-

    Wasn’t Tyler Pastornicky thought to be the Braves SS of the future.. I don’t remember anything that was printed about Simmons that projected him as a star.

    Attaching a nice article about Manny Machado:

    http://www.rgj.com/usatoday/article/2159999

  23. MTU May 23rd, 2013 at 7:41 am

    Yankee pitching has been so good.

    It was due for a correction.

    Nuno had his.

    Claiborne’s got his behind him.

    Hughes is over the hump.

    And Hiroki-san removed a clunker from his list.

  24. MTU May 23rd, 2013 at 7:43 am

    YT-

    Machado looks like he should have a paper route.

    But what a talent.

  25. blake May 23rd, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Id trade the entire minor leagues for Machado

  26. blake May 23rd, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Pastornicky stinks…..sadly the yanks could have drafted Simmons instead of Culver

  27. Yankee Trader May 23rd, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Orioles’ Manny Machado is not A-Rod (and that’s a good thing)
    May 22, 2013 8:54 pm ET
    Danny Knobler

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/b.....good-thing

  28. Yankee Trader May 23rd, 2013 at 7:50 am

    MTU and Blake-

    The Yankees don’t need Machado. They already have Daniel Craig at third. :)

  29. MTU May 23rd, 2013 at 7:51 am

    What’s the latest on the Pineda Colada.

    Anybody hear anything ?

    Is he getting closer ?

  30. MTU May 23rd, 2013 at 7:52 am

    YT-

    Yup. We have Skyfall over there.

    And the Cuban Missile awaits a chance.

  31. MTU May 23rd, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Or is that a “launch date” ?

    :)

  32. blake May 23rd, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Yankee Trader says:
    May 23, 2013 at 7:50 am
    MTU and Blake-

    The Yankees don’t need Machado. They already have Daniel Craig at third.

    Machado is a SS playing 3B

  33. MTU May 23rd, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Why are Ben Francisco and Joba Chamberlain still w the Yankees ?

  34. Yankee Trader May 23rd, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Guess I missed the rankings of Braves SS Andrelton Simmons::

    Ranked Atlanta Braves #15 prospect after the 2010 season

    Ranked Atlanta Braves #4 prospect after the 2011 season

    Top 100 Rankings

    Ranked Baseball America #92 prospect after the 2011 season

  35. randy l. May 23rd, 2013 at 8:01 am

    “Re: Montero. I don’t think his defense at catcher is ever gonna be good….however it perhaps could be good enough if he hits like he was supposed to. It’s all tied to his bat IMO…..if he hits like buster Posey then you can live with his defense….. If he hits like Cheis Stewart then not so much.”

    blake-

    now this is a scouting report i’d agree with.
    i’d add to this if he hits as advertized that his ideal situation would be to be paired with a really good defensive catcher who can hit a little so a manager can use montero in a teamed up catching dh situation.

    seatte may be in a difficult spot because i think king felix is really good friends with montero. now usually this wouldn’t matter , but felix is a different kind of player. he’ll be around long after wedge is.
    what he thinks does have a play in things.

  36. MTU May 23rd, 2013 at 8:02 am

    The Little Island of Curacao has mastered 2 things :

    Tourism.

    Producing high quality ML SS’s.

    They must have listened to Henry Ford.

    Produce one thing extremely well and make it affordable to the common Man.

    :)

  37. MTU May 23rd, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Time for the breakfast of Champions.

  38. Yankee Trader May 23rd, 2013 at 8:05 am

    MTU-

    The real Cuban missile is known as Aroldis Chapman.

    Blake-

    I agree that going forward the area of positional need is SS. Who knows how many days playing SS, Jeter has left. Is there anyone down on the farm that can be counted on to be the Yankees SS in 2015?

  39. MTU May 23rd, 2013 at 8:10 am

    YT-

    We shoulda had him too.

  40. MTU May 23rd, 2013 at 8:12 am

    YT-

    I was hoping that w Jeter out we’d get a better look at Nunez.

    Hoping we still can.

  41. blake May 23rd, 2013 at 8:13 am

    MTU says:
    May 23, 2013 at 7:57 am
    Why are Ben Francisco and Joba Chamberlain still w the Yankees ?

    Joba because he is a decent reliever when healthy and he probably doesn’t have much trade value and I have no idea on Francisco…..

  42. blake May 23rd, 2013 at 8:15 am

    “now this is a scouting report i’d agree with.
    i’d add to this if he hits as advertized that his ideal situation would be to be paired with a really good defensive catcher who can hit a little so a manager can use montero in a teamed up catching dh situation.”

    Agreed….maybe even a little 1b too….and also there might be something to him and Felix….if Felix likes him then he stays most likely

  43. MTU May 23rd, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Blake-

    We have Kelley and Clairborne plus. They are both just as good if not better.

    Joba has no place on this Team any longer.

    He should be packaged and sent packing before he disappears for absolutely nothing.

  44. Yankee Trader May 23rd, 2013 at 8:17 am

    On the topic of personal catchers, look at some of these pitchers, some of them HOF’ers and future HOF’ers that had there own personal catchers. Smoltz had Javier Lopez catch him. Maddux never wanted Lopez catching him.

    http://bb_catchers.tripod.com/.....scatch.htm

    Runs thru 2003

  45. blake May 23rd, 2013 at 8:18 am

    MTU,

    He might be….but they aren’t gonna give Joba away and I’m not sure what they could get for him. If I were the yanks Id target a team that really needs bullpen help like the braves and try to pry away a high upside guy like Peraza from their lower levels

  46. Yankee Trader May 23rd, 2013 at 8:20 am

    *their* own personal catchers

  47. MTU May 23rd, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Blake-

    I’m opposed to just letting guys walk w/o getting something of value in return for them.

    Feel the same way about Hughes.

    If they are not going to re-sign him why not trade him instead of just getting a draft pick.

    He has to be worth more than that.

    Perhaps at the TD when they see if Pineda can fill a spot.

  48. 86w183 May 23rd, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Good morning gang !!

    Still amazing to me how much time it takes some of these guys to get back. Hardly anyone on the Yanks is ready to return when his 15 days on the DL are over with.

    Machado sure looks like a special talent, but I think trading the entire system for him might be a bit much. Still a long term answer at SS does need to be found before much longer.

  49. MTU May 23rd, 2013 at 8:25 am

    I’m all for upgrades whenever and wherever they present themselves.

    :)

  50. blake May 23rd, 2013 at 8:27 am

    MTu,

    It’s possible though that they couldn’t get enough for Joba to make it worthwhile

  51. Yankee Trader May 23rd, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Could this be the 2014 starting rotation?

    One more year of Kuroda
    Sabathia
    Phelps
    Pineda
    Nova/Warren/Nuno

    I agree-if you are not intending to resign a player, at least field offers to see what you can get by the trading deadline.

  52. randy l. May 23rd, 2013 at 8:28 am

    it strikes me now that the yankees have a lot of moving parts right now.

    a lot of choices to make .

    i will say it makes interesting blog topics because there are so many different ways to go.

  53. 86w183 May 23rd, 2013 at 8:32 am

    The Yanks are always contenders and contenders rarely trade guys off the MLB roster to avoid losing them for nothing at the end of the year. The Yanks won’t deal Joba until/unless they think they aree better without him on the roster. Similarly they won’t move Hughes until/unless they believe that they have five starters who are better.

    Kelly is as good or better than Joba, but I dont think Claiborne is.

  54. MTU May 23rd, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Blake-

    I see him as part of a Package.

    Not as a standalone item.

    ;)

  55. blake May 23rd, 2013 at 8:34 am

    MTu,

    Perhaps

  56. MTU May 23rd, 2013 at 8:35 am

    In the Brave New World of 189 the Yankees might need to rethink the way they used do some things.

    As examples :

    Their policy of not extending players.

    Their policy of not trading guys who they can’t or will not sign.

  57. 86w183 May 23rd, 2013 at 8:36 am

    I wouldn’t be shocked to see Kuroda return, but I would be if Pettitte tries to pitch after two injury interrupted seasons.

    Hughes is likely to pitch thru the season and hit the market. Yanks would likely make him a qualifying offer, but I’m advising the kid I’m trying to get him into as big a yard as possible — Seattle & San Diego would top my wish list. Dodgers, Giants and maybe Colorado too.

  58. MTU May 23rd, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Blake-

    Not perhaps. Definitely.

    Getting something of value is better than getting nothing.

    ;)

  59. MTU May 23rd, 2013 at 8:39 am

    It’s also possible the Yankees will make a serious run at keeping Hughes.

    In which case trading him would make little sense.

  60. Yankee Trader May 23rd, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Most likely choices they will make:

    When Youkilis comes back, unfortunately Adams, who has options, is back to AAA
    If Tex, really does make it back by June 1st, Francisco is finally gone, or would they really cut Overbay. Overbay stays because Tex might very well land again on DL
    Nunez comes back and say goodbye to Brignac
    Joba comes back and Miothell back to AAA. He’s still on the 25, correct?
    Pettitte puts Nuno back at SWB
    Nova goes to SWB or Trenton

  61. Yankee Trader May 23rd, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Mitchell

  62. 86w183 May 23rd, 2013 at 8:41 am

    MTU —

    One aspect of Yankees policy that I don’t think will change is that IN season moves are about trying to reach the post season and advance. OFF season moves are about next year and beyond.

    I don’t want to see the Yanks become one of those teams that weakens its MLB roster for the final two months of the season in order to extract something of value for a player on the verge of free agency. The only way that would be acceptable to me is if they were 10+ games out in July.

  63. 86w183 May 23rd, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Mitchell is not on the 25-man roster. Dellin Betances is.

  64. MTU May 23rd, 2013 at 8:44 am

    YT-

    That’s just the here and now.

    I refer to the future as well.

    As Randy said, interesting times because so many choices to be made. Very strategic ones.

    Just as a general principle I hope we get max. value for all our departing players one way or another.

  65. MTU May 23rd, 2013 at 8:46 am

    86-

    I hear you. Not interested in trades for trades sake.

    Only to strenghten, upgrade, or increase overall value.

  66. MTU May 23rd, 2013 at 8:48 am

    And IMO Joba has little value w Kelley, Claiborne, and Montgomery around.

  67. MTU May 23rd, 2013 at 8:48 am

    And Rapada is a better LOOGY than Logan.

    :)

  68. 86w183 May 23rd, 2013 at 8:50 am

    To me getting “max value” is getting that player to get us into the post-season. The Yanks do not have five starters better than Hughes, so they should keep him. Unless they have seven relievers better than Joba he should stay too.

  69. Yankee Trader May 23rd, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Have to go.

    Until later

  70. MTU May 23rd, 2013 at 8:53 am

    86-

    At this point Chamberlain is completely fungible IMO.

    If he can bring back something useful in a trade either singly or in combination he should go now.

    Hughes can only be moved if the starting rotation is properly filled.

    At the moment it isn’t but by July or so it could be.

    ;)

  71. MTU May 23rd, 2013 at 8:53 am

    New one —->

  72. 86w183 May 23rd, 2013 at 8:53 am

    You are higher on Claiborne and Montgomery than I am in terms of current value and ability.

    I do admit a deal for an elite SS prospect would very tempting because it’s the only position on the field I don’t see anyone in the organization filling long term.

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