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Postgame notes: “It’s heartbreaking”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 24, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Curtis Granderson

This is the part that seemed familiar: Curtis Granderson clearly thought he wasn’t really hurt. Same thing happened when he broke his forearm in spring training. This time, Granderson was hit by a fifth inning fastball, went to first base and waved off any medical attention. He said his hand didn’t really start to throb until he got to third base.

That’s when it became clear the Yankees might have a problem.

“I thought I was going to be OK, very similar to the last time,” Granderson said. “Once I got to third, it started hurting a little bit and I was thinking to myself, I’m going to have to make sure I can go ahead and squeeze a bat before I can go back out there. And as the inning continued to prolong a little bit, it started to throb a little bit more and they said, ‘We’ll go ahead and get you out of here at this time, take a look at it.’ And that’s when we found the news out.”

Granderson will see a specialist in New York on Monday, and the Yankees should have a more reliable timetable at that point. For the time being, Granderson has been diagnosed with a fractured fifth metacarpal near the knuckle of his left pinky. Granderson said doctors here told him he probably won’t need surgery.

Joe Girardi said it will be at least four weeks before Granderson is back, but it’s worth remembering that Alex Rodriguez missed six weeks with a similar injury last season.

“It’s heartbreaking,” David Phelps said. “He puts in all the hard work to get back and now he’s got to do it all over again.”

The Yankees dodged another serious injury when Phelps left with nothing more than a bruised forearm after a sharp line drive that left Phelps shaken, but not seriously hurt. Instead, it’s Granderson who can’t catch a break. He broke his right forearm when he was hit by a pitch in his first spring training at-bat. He broke his hand only 10 days after returning to the lineup.

“I bounced back from this (earlier) one, I’ll bounce back from this,” Granderson said. “The hand is still on. It didn’t fall off. You can take a look at all the positives from everything. It’s a better break than the previous one, that’s a good thing. It should be back sooner than the last time, so that’s a good thing. The team is playing well. Hopefully we come back and the team is right where we need it to be and continue to help this team move forward until the end.”

Jayson Nix, Rob Thomson• Up in Scranton, Donnie Collins reports that Brennan Boesch was packing his bags postgame. Seems likely that he’ll be the call-up tomorrow, but it also seems all but certain that Ichiro Suzuki will once again become an everyday player, no longer on the verge of falling into fourth outfielder status.

• Discussing a possible call-up postgame, Girardi actually forgot that Ben Francisco is on the roster (hard to blame him). Girardi mentioned having only three outfielders and being willing to use Jayson Nix in the outfield if necessary. Reminded of Francisco, Girardi reversed course. “Oh yeah, Francisco,” he said. “Four (outfielders). So disregard what I said. I don’t know what we’ll do. We have so many roster issues, I’m not sure what we’re going to do.”

• As you can imagine, the Yankees clubhouse was really stunned. This seemed to be such a positive day just a few hours ago, now Granderson is gone. Again. “No matter how many games we win, he’s the kind of guy that you need,” Robinson Cano said. “He’s one of those guys that we’re going to miss.”

David Phelps• Speaking of guys the Yankees would miss, Phelps was outstanding tonight. He had that bad stretch in the sixth inning, which makes the final pitching line look much worse than his actual performance. “I was getting ahead of guys, getting strike one, and I was really hitting my spots early on,” Phelps said. “The inning where they scored the three runs, I just got a little too much of the middle of the plate and I paid for it, but all in all, we got off to a big lead and I really didn’t want to walk anyone. I probably should have been a little more fine there, but it’s a win. It’s a win here, which is always hard to come by, and I’ll take it.”

• When he was hit by the comebacker, Phelps came off the mound and then threw his glove to the ground. He said that was in pure frustration, sparked by the realization that he’d just been smacked by a line drive to his pitching hand. “I was just mad,” Phelps said. “It’s the first time I’ve ever been hit in the upper body. I’ve taken a couple off the legs. … If it’s an inch to the right or a couple of inches down or it hits me either in the bone or right on the elbow, it’s serious. It’s one of those things that could have been a lot worse and I’m very fortunate that my guardian angel’s looking out for me somewhere.”

• Phelps said he fully expects to make his next start. Girardi said he’s more worried about Phelps being able to throw his next bullpen rather than being worried about any sort of long-term injury. “A little sore (after the game),” Phelps said. “We’ll see how that feels tomorrow morning is the bigger thing, though. As soon as they brought me in and the doc tested the bone. It wasn’t sore at all. I felt like it was all muscle when I was out there. It’s just frustrating when it happens.”

• Phelps set a career-high with 7.2 innings. … He threw 98 pitches. … He retired the first 13 Rays. … He has a 3.27 ERA since joining the rotation. … This is the first time he’s earned a win in back-to-back appearances.

• One other bright spot today: The bottom of the order combined for eight hits, six runs and five RBI. “They were really good,” Girardi said. “It was really good to get Stewy back out there, to know that we have two healthy catchers is nice.”

• The Yankees intentionally walked Cano with two outs and runners at first and second in the second inning. It was the 20th time since 2008 that Joe Maddon ordered an intentional walk with first base occupied, eight more than any other team during that span. The move worked because Vernon Wells popped out to end the inning.

• This game doesn’t need much of a final word, but here’s Granderson anyway: “It’s just crazy. You can’t really get too frustrated about it one way or the other, hang your head down on it. You keep your head up. It’s done. You can’t turn back the clock, any way you want to. That’s part of it. You just go ahead and continue to move forward and be ready for whenever it heals back up and get a chance to be back on the field.”

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71 Responses to “Postgame notes: “It’s heartbreaking””

  1. Pat M. May 24th, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    Texeria’s return is vital now

  2. Nick in SF May 24th, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    So they haven’t cut Francisco because they forgot he was there?

  3. rm May 25th, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Maybe we will get to see if Adams can play the outfield

  4. Tyler May 25th, 2013 at 12:03 am

    It really is hilarious that Girardi forgot about Francisco… I think we all have, haha. Cashman trolling the whole team.

  5. G. Love May 25th, 2013 at 12:03 am

    I felt sick for Grandy when I saw it. I feel worse now. The guy’s playing for a contract on another team most likely and he’s not jerk off the field.

    I doubt the Yankees even make him the qualifying offer after the season because if they’re serious about the budget they’d be terrified he’d take the 1 yr 13 million qualifier in the hopes of rebuilding value.

    The Francisco quotes take the cake though. Girardi’s response tells you his days are numbered and that the only reason he’s on the roster is because Cashman is keeping him there.

    It was a great win, but this Grandy news takes the wind out of the sails.

  6. ObviousMan May 25th, 2013 at 12:03 am

    Better Francisco rot on the bench than a valuable young player. Keeping Francisco on the roster until tex/youk return is a better move than raising a young guy and blocking the 40 man roster.

    But it’s Nick in SF, so I’m sure he’s pissed regardless and wants somebody fired :)

  7. Tyler May 25th, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Also, it’s time for Ichiro to step up. He’s got to provide more production out of a corner outfield spot.

  8. blake May 25th, 2013 at 12:04 am

    I feel really bad for Grandy….all that rehab then right back to the same junk again.

    Hilarious that Girardi forgot Francisco was even on the roster….. Hint Cash

  9. blake May 25th, 2013 at 12:06 am

    If there is a chance Grandy would take a qualifying offer then they should do that…..of course then budget might prevent it but Grandy back for 1/13 would be nice

  10. G. Love May 25th, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Boesch is certainly getting a chance to show what he can do here but I think you run Ichiro out there in the hopes of getting him going.

    At least we have Gardner to hit HR’s. He smashed that one tonight.

  11. G. Love May 25th, 2013 at 12:09 am

    blake,

    If 189 isn’t a smokescreen they won’t have the money to let Grandy take that offer and that trade will turn out to be even worse when they don’t even have the sandwich pick to crow about.

    What I’m most concerned with is using Arod as a comp. He was just heating up last season when Felix broke his pinky and was never the same when he came back.

  12. jacksquat May 25th, 2013 at 12:11 am

    joeman May 24th, 2013 at 11:16 pm
    jacksquat May 24th, 2013 at 11:11 pm
    Man, I go out for a steak dinner and two more guys get hurt, wtf.

    No more steak!

    ———————————
    not good for you anyways

    —–

    I hardly ever eat steak, but someone took me out and they wanted to go to a steakhouse.

  13. Nick in SF May 25th, 2013 at 12:12 am

    Do you get the idea that ObviousMan has highly limited reading and comprehension skills?

  14. Pat M. May 25th, 2013 at 12:13 am

    Nick in SF…..Good luck my man ….

  15. Jerkface May 25th, 2013 at 12:14 am

    They have to cut Francisco just to save him the embarrassment.

  16. Nick in SF May 25th, 2013 at 12:15 am

    “What I’m most concerned with is using Arod as a comp. He was just heating up last season when Felix broke his pinky and was never the same when he came back.”

    Felix broke his cell phone dialing finger. :neutral:

  17. blake May 25th, 2013 at 12:15 am

    “If 189 isn’t a smokescreen they won’t have the money to let Grandy take that offer and that trade will turn out to be even worse when they don’t even have the sandwich pick to crow about.”

    I don’t think it is either….

  18. jacksquat May 25th, 2013 at 12:17 am

    Nick in SF May 25th, 2013 at 12:12 am
    Do you get the idea that ObviousMan has highly limited reading and comprehension skills?

    —–

    More like ObliviousMan

  19. Tyler May 25th, 2013 at 12:30 am

    Little Dante is heating up in Charleston.. season numbers still aren’t great but he’s OPSing 1.211 the last 10 games. It would be fantastic if (and Culver) didn’t bust.

  20. ObviousMan May 25th, 2013 at 12:38 am

    I call a spade a spade. A lot of nonsense raised here. There’s this idea that constant negativity about the team is ” Realistic!” The truth says otherwise however.

  21. ObviousMan May 25th, 2013 at 12:41 am

    G Love,

    You hate pretty much every trade the yankees make, just because they make it. If you think Jackson Kennedy and coke would have started on this team, keep dreaming. I know you want Cashman fired, but fact is, he traded three average to above average guys for four years of a guy who’s considered a star everywhere except the lohud blog. That wasn’t a bad trade. Your analysis of that trade is what’s bad.

  22. ObviousMan May 25th, 2013 at 12:43 am

    Folks,

    Neither Cashman nor Girardi is getting fired. Nothing you say on a worthless message board can change the fact that this team has been Successful as of late. You’re wrong, and the hated manager and GM were right. Deal with it.

  23. Nick in SF May 25th, 2013 at 12:44 am

    Dealing with your lack of intelligence is a more local concern.

  24. Tyler May 25th, 2013 at 12:47 am

    More importantly, any soccer fans have any analysis of the Champions League Final tomorrow? Dortmund or Munich?

  25. tucker May 25th, 2013 at 12:51 am

    You have to give Grandy the QO, I think. As long as he’s back, healthy and producing by late July, he’ll get some multiyear offers. These are freak injuries and no indicator that he’s injury prone.

  26. Nick in SF May 25th, 2013 at 12:52 am

    Um, not much analysis, but I’m going with Munich. They completely dominated the Bundesliga this season, their goal differential was +80. Dortmund’s was +39. So Munich has a +41 goal differential over Dormund’s differential.

  27. Tyler May 25th, 2013 at 12:56 am

    Yeah I guess I was looking for more prediction than analysis. Goetze (sp?) being out for Dortmund also seems big. I want Dortmund to win but I’m thinking Munich comes out on top.

    Went to Man City-Chelsea at Busch last night. First game I’ve seen between European clubs… fantastic atmosphere.

  28. Duh Innings II May 25th, 2013 at 1:01 am

    Wow re: Girardi’s comment about Francisco who I hope doesn’t read that. If I was him I’d call for a closed door meeting with Girardi and have it out.

    Cut Francisco already and bring back Boesch.

    Tucker – Granderson will not get multi-year offers. Bad BA and OBP and an atrocious SO total in 2012, two major injuries this season, and him turning 34 in 2014 spring training means he’ll have to settle for a “let’s see what you can do” one year deal.

    I’d be surprised if someone gave him two years.

  29. Nick in SF May 25th, 2013 at 1:02 am

    Munich is on form as well (that’s football talk for playing well). Four wins and a draw in their last five matches, while Dortmund has one win, two draws, and two losses.

    And Munich just dominated Barcelona in their home and away, 7-0 on the aggregate. That’s just incredible.

    In fact, they seem so likely to dominate this match that the -140 on the win seems too low, so perhaps the whole thing is a big trap and Dortmund is going to pull an upset. You just can’t predict soccer, Suzyn.

  30. Tyler May 25th, 2013 at 1:06 am

    The Barcelona players looked like midgets compared to Munich.. watched the 1st leg of that and every corner kick and set piece was almost unfair.

    Had my first Vegas sports book experience a few months ago. Ended up +20 (huge money) but I didn’t quite understand the point of playing a parlay. Isn’t it only good if games are going on at once? Why not just reinvest winnings which should leave you more if you do hit all of them?

  31. tucker May 25th, 2013 at 1:07 am

    Duh, Grandyman will get paid. He may choose to take a one year deal to better establish his value following a full year. But teams will offer him lucrative, multiyear deals.

  32. ObviousMan May 25th, 2013 at 1:07 am

    Duh innings, being blindly negative about every player on the yankees doesn’t make you smarter. Your comment about grandersob’s contract, however, is dumb even for you. Nobody outside if blindly negative, stupid Yankee “fans” like yourself think granderson is that bad. You’re full of hate. Go back to the red siox fan board where you belong

  33. Nick in SF May 25th, 2013 at 1:10 am

    Parlays pay off more than the individual components of a bet because of the multiplier.

  34. jacksquat May 25th, 2013 at 1:14 am

    We’ve been hoping Girardi would “forget about” Francisco for a while now. Why is he still on the team? Oh yeah, Cashman is f&@#ing with us. (had to laugh at that, but really, cut him loose)

  35. Tyler May 25th, 2013 at 1:15 am

    Hmm, what I read before must have been wrong. The multiplier being the odds attributed to the parlay? (stayed at the Orleans and a 4 team was 13 to 1 I believe..)

  36. Nick in SF May 25th, 2013 at 1:25 am

    Bigger payout because there are more possible outcome combinations. On a straight even money bet there are only two combinations, win or loss. On a two-team parlay, there are multiple combinations of outcomes and only one of them pays out, so the reward is higher.

  37. Tyler May 25th, 2013 at 1:30 am

    That makes sense.

  38. Rich in NJ May 25th, 2013 at 1:31 am

    Feel better, Curt.

  39. Nick in SF May 25th, 2013 at 1:32 am

    I could illustrate with some numbers but my pretentious Asian noodle soup meal has just arrived.

  40. Rich in NJ May 25th, 2013 at 1:39 am

    I had guac that they make at the table. I’ll spare people the resultant numbers…

  41. slayr36 May 25th, 2013 at 1:55 am

    I know Boesch has the experience but why not give Thomas Neal a try? Dude is raking in Scranton.

  42. Pat M. May 25th, 2013 at 3:10 am

    Goodnight from the coast and good morning to the breakfast club

  43. 4TrainNorth May 25th, 2013 at 4:09 am

    Booney quietly having a very solid year, perhaps owing some to how Joe has used him. But still.

    Meanwhile, if Cano could heat up a bit and put up his usual numbers (maybe a career high for HRs), you’d have to think he’d be getting serious MVP consideration for his role on this decimated team–despite the fact that Miggy is going to end the year with some insane numbers.

  44. GregD May 25th, 2013 at 7:12 am

    always better to wake up to a win

  45. pkyankfan69 May 25th, 2013 at 7:17 am

    Who else is excited to watch Francisco try to hit Matt Moore today???? I know I am!!!!

  46. pkyankfan69 May 25th, 2013 at 7:19 am

    On a more serious note , it’s a really good bing they won yesterday, today is going to be a really rough game to come out with a W, and Cobb is certainly no picnic tomorrow.

  47. 86w183 May 25th, 2013 at 7:22 am

    Morning all —-

    Last night is a perfect example of why analysis by box score is so flawed. Phelps’ line looks pretty ordinary, but he really pitched well. It was kind of a Jack Morris appearance. Give up some meaningless runs by pounding the strike zone with a big lead. Well done.

    I hope Boesch gets to play some and isn’t just called up to keep Fran-WHIFF-sco company. Wish they could find a RH bat with which to replace that guy. When the manager forgets you’re still on the team that’s pretty embarrassing.

  48. blake May 25th, 2013 at 7:25 am

    You guys need to stop letting ObviousStone troll you

  49. blake May 25th, 2013 at 7:26 am

    pkyankfan69 says:
    May 25, 2013 at 7:17 am
    Who else is excited to watch Francisco try to hit Matt Moore today???? I know I am!!!!

    It’ll be even more funny to watch after Joe forgot he was on the team last night

  50. 86w183 May 25th, 2013 at 7:33 am

    At this point Thomas Neal would be an upgrade. Fran-WHIFF-sco might be the only guy in MLB who has more k (11) than hits (5) plus walks (5).

    It’s a shame neither Mesa nor Mustelier is hitting much down in Scranton….. So why not give Tyler Austin a cup of coffee?

  51. blake May 25th, 2013 at 7:38 am

    “It’s a shame neither Mesa nor Mustelier is hitting much down in Scranton….. So why not give Tyler Austin a cup of coffee?”

    Austin is hitting .244 at Trenton….he’s not really started hitting there yet so he’s probably not ready just yet….

  52. 86w183 May 25th, 2013 at 7:42 am

    One man’s Saturday lineup:

    Gardner CF
    Adams. 3B
    Cano. 2B
    Wells. LF
    Hafner. DH
    Stewart. C
    Austin. RF
    Overlay. 1B
    Nix. SS

    That’s what I’d like to see with Austin replacing Francisco on 40-man. If they are too scared to do that I’d settle for the Thomas Neal swap…. At least that dude is hitting in Scranton.

  53. 86w183 May 25th, 2013 at 7:43 am

    I know Austin isn’t exactly raking,must he did hit a HR last night. ThenThomas Neal move probably makes more sense.

  54. GregD May 25th, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Austin clearly isn’t ready….still adjusting to AA pitching

  55. pkyankfan69 May 25th, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Plus you want Austin to get regular AB’s which he would not be getting on the big league roster.

  56. 86w183 May 25th, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Neal has no HR, but he is hitting .340 with an .857 OPS. He has to be better than the worst offensive player in all of baseball, doesn’t he?

    Would love to see five innings from Nuno today and four from Nova. Not too optimistic about a win, but if they replace Fran-Whiff-sco with Neal and get solid pitching from those two guys it’ll be a good day.

  57. randy l. May 25th, 2013 at 8:08 am

    blake-

    i’ve watched montero make one play at first base. i making my first scouting report. the shortstop threw the ball . montero caught it.
    he can catch the ball at first base. :)

  58. 86w183 May 25th, 2013 at 8:16 am

    OK, Montero for Fran-WHIFF-sco.

    Deal.

  59. blake May 25th, 2013 at 8:17 am

    “i’ve watched montero make one play at first base. i making my first scouting report. the shortstop threw the ball . montero caught it.
    he can catch the ball at first base. ”

    Yea….if you can play catcher at all in tr big leagues (even below average) then you can play 1B…..now will he be a plus defender there probably not ….but he can play there I’m almost positive. He will have to hit more there though …..

  60. blake May 25th, 2013 at 8:22 am

    I think the Yanks should begin the search for an outfield upgrade at this point…..Granderson should be back around the all star break Id think but still even then the outfield isn’t a great one.

    Hard to say what’ll be available but they can redo playing with back up catcher offense in RF

  61. Jesus Bustero May 25th, 2013 at 8:24 am

    If the Yankees can somehow trade surplus pitching and Gardner for Jon Jay, they lower payroll in 2014 by 5-7 million. Wells in LF will earn 2. Jon Jay earns 500K. That leaves RF. Shin Soo Choo please.

  62. randy l. May 25th, 2013 at 8:25 am

    one thing you have to wonder is how the yankees had montero in their hands for five years at least and while catching 346 games it never occurred to them that they weren’t going to like him at catcher, and maybe they might want him to play first base even once.

    let’s just assume the yankees were right when they traded montero that they thought he couldn’t catch. how did this take five years to decide? why wasn’t he learning first base?why wasn’t he correctly assessed and developed as a player?

    watching montero play first is odd. he mostly does a lot of jogging around there. he doesn’t run real fast after anything. he actually looks like he’s having fun in a kind of free willy kind of way. weird how with no practice he just goes there and has an errorless game. i guess the yankees figured teixeira had first locked up for the next indefinite future.

    whatever it was, at the least,you have to wonder about their own self evaluation skills.

  63. blake May 25th, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Why would St Louis do that?

  64. Jesus Bustero May 25th, 2013 at 8:29 am

    I dunno, do they need pitching?

  65. 86w183 May 25th, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Randy —-

    I agree and have written that here many times the last three years. Even with the presence of Mark Teixeira long term it would have been wise to play Montero there once or twice a week as he was coming up.

    I still think the biggest need on this team is RH bat for the OF.

  66. Earwig May 25th, 2013 at 8:38 am

    I dunno, do they need pitching?

    —————————–

    Wainwright,Miller,Lynn,Martinez,Wacha and whoever else I’m forgetting. They are an embarrassment of riches at pitching

  67. 86w183 May 25th, 2013 at 8:55 am

    On an unrelated topic, why are today’s hitters not taught to turn their front shoulder into an inside pitch, thus protecting their hands and the bat? Pretty basic stuff that could have Granderson, A-Rod, Jeter and others a lot of pain and time on the DL over the years.

    Better to take one on the shoulder or back than the hands.

  68. blake May 25th, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Jesus Bustero says:
    May 25, 2013 at 8:29 am
    I dunno, do they need pitching?

    Not especially no.. X

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