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Pregame notes: Rivera to throw out first pitch at Citi Field

Posted by: Josh Thomson - Posted in Notes on May 28, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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With Citi Field being the latest stop on his farewell tour, the Mets honored Mariano Rivera in the stadium’s press conference room this afternoon.

Because of his history as a “fireman,” COO Jeff Wilpon and FDNY Commissioner Sal Cassano presented Rivera with an authentic FDNY hose nozzle and call box.

Wilpon also asked Rivera to throw out the first pitch tonight and Rivera accepted.

“I know you usually throw the last pitch, but we’re asking you to throw the first,” Wilpon said.

In a moment of honesty, Wilpon told Rivera “I wish we could see you in the World Series, but I’m not sure that’s going to happen this year.” Rivera told him “you never know,” but, yeah, we know. Apparently so does Wilpon.

Rivera said he has some good games and also blown some saves in Queens, but considered it a place where he experienced many great moments. He told Wilpon the hose nozzle and call box will be on display in his house.

• Joe Girardi sang a different tune today than he did on Monday. The manager sounded optimistic that Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis could return as soon as Friday against Boston.

“It’s a possibility for both them,” Girardi said.

Teixeria (wrist) and Youkilis (back) will play rehab games at Double-A Trenton Wednesday and Thursday. They both took five at-bats apiece today at extended spring training in Tampa.

Girardi said the team has had internal discussions about roster machinations if and when Teixeira and/or Youkilis return but said he would keep that information private.

“Things can change real quick around here,” he said. Translation: We’ll probably have another injury before Friday. And can you blame him for being pessimistic at this point?

• Here’s full audio of Girardi’s pregame presser:

• Francisco Cervelli had the pins removed from his hand last Friday and believes he is one week away from beginning a throwing program. Right now, he’s spending the majority of his time in therapy and rehabbing the hand.

He plans to leave for Tampa later this week and will need to make one more visit to the doctor before he is cleared to throw. When cleared, Cervelli thinks it will take him two weeks until he is ready to return, although, as a few of you have pointed out, he’s not eligible to come off the 60-day DL until late June.

“If I throw a ball, I’m only going to need two weeks to get my arm strength. Then I’ll be ready to go,” Cervelli said. “That’s my opinion. If I’m able to (make a fist) next week, that means I’ll be able to throw and grab a bat.”

Hearing Cervelli, it sounded like progress has been slow and frustrating, but it has been progress nonetheless.

“It’s better today than yesterday so I have to keep doing therapy here, in my house,” he said. “Don’t let the fingers fall asleep — just keep moving, moving. It depends on me. Nobody wants to play more than me, so I will be good in one week, I believe.”

• Curtis Granderson (hand) visited the doctor today. Girardi didn’t know the exact diagnosis, but said the timetable remains the same. Granderson will need four weeks before he can resume any activity.

• Joba Chamberlain (oblique) will be activated from the DL tonight. David Huff was designated for assignment to make room for Chamberlain. He pitched two innings Saturday and has just thrown off flat ground since. Girardi expects Chamberlain to return to his regular seventh-inning role fairly quickly.

• Andy Pettitte (back) threw 75 pitches today in a simulated game. Michael Pineda (shoulder) threw as well, but his outing was cut short. His arm was sound, but he cracked a nail and couldn’t continue. (Pineda had been scheduled to throw 60-70 pitches. I’m not sure how many he threw, but he fell short of that number.)

• Still no activity for Eduardo Nunez (rib) since his injury.

• Obviously, the bullpen is crowded now and then bench is thin, but Girardi wanted Ivan Nova here and not starting in Scranton. The Yankees have to worry about how rain will impact the schedule, Hiroki Kuroda’s bruised calf, David Phelps’ forearm and somewhat of an unknown in Vidal Nuno.

“We want all the pitching here,” Girardi said.

 
 

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17 Responses to “Pregame notes: Rivera to throw out first pitch at Citi Field”

  1. luis May 28th, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    • Obviously, the bullpen is crowded now and then bench is thin, but Girardi wanted Ivan Nova here and not starting in Scranton.

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    Is his SP career over?… Or the win now is taking precedence ( especially when you don’t really need him ) … Either way, bad move

  2. Josh Thomson May 28th, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    luis… He was saying they might need him.

  3. Jackie Bradley Jr. May 28th, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Very classy of the Mets.

    When will the Yankees realize that their cautious approach with players’ injuries never works out. They’ll keep holding Youkilis out for extra time despite him being fine, and all that does is keep him out of the lineup for longer.

  4. luis May 28th, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Josh,

    They have 13 pitchers on the roster… Including Warren that is already rested… Then you have Mo, Drob, Claiborne, Kelly, Logan and Joba… Chances are that they won’t need him… He is more valuable as an SP either for the team or as a trade chip

  5. Bo knows May 28th, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Girardi doesn’t know what he’s got in starting pitching between the bruises, rookies, etc. Both Kuroda and Phelps were hit by baseballs and it could affect their pitching, Pettitte has a sore back, CC is struggling. The whole pitching staff is in a state of flux. Girardi has to be prepared to cobble together a game or two. Until things stabilize they need various options. So, I would consider it a good move.

  6. luis May 28th, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Bo knows May 28th, 2013 at 6:43 pm
    Girardi doesn’t know what he’s got in starting pitching between the bruises, rookies, etc. Both Kuroda and Phelps were hit by baseballs and it could affect their pitching, Pettitte has a sore back, CC is struggling. The whole pitching staff is in a state of flux. Girardi has to be prepared to cobble together a game or two. Until things stabilize they need various options. So, I would consider it a good move.

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    I don’t have an inside source on the team, so what you say could be true ( potential injuries to Kuroda and Phelps )… If this is the case, then it makes sense… But if Phelps and Kuroda are healthy, it makes little sense not to have Nova working on his mechanics down in triple A… Perhaps they won’t know until they actually take the mound, but I don’t think so..

    In the case of CC, sure he is struggling, but there is zero chance that he doesn’t take the mound unless he is injured ( not the case as far as we know )… And he has always given us length, so the need of another LRP is somewhat redundant

  7. Doreen May 28th, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    They. A t assume Kuroda and Phelps are going to be able to pitch as well as normal after getting hit by comebacker. But to. E too heavy pitching right now than too light.

  8. luis May 28th, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Bo,

    And it seems Kuroda is fine since he is starting tonight

  9. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 28th, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Jackie Bradley, agree about the Mets. Especially about Mo throwing out the first pitch. But I have to tell you that this is becoming a double-edge sword for me because when I read about the ways different teams find to honor Mo, it always brings tears to my eyes. Initially the tears are tears of appreciation for everything Mo is and for the respect he’s receiving from other teams, but they’re also starting to be more and more tears of sadness. Major sadness for what it represents on the bigger level.

    :(

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    Cliff Lee, all will be forgiven if tonight you pitch like the pitcher the Yankees wanted on their team. I know you can do it. So just do it.

  10. Doreen May 28th, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Oh my gosh. Better to be pitching heavy right now than too light if Kuroda and phelps have lingering problems from being hit by those comebackers.

  11. astrocityfan May 28th, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    I agree that keeping Nova is a cautious but smart move. Who knows how rain will impact the game tonight. I don’t think Tex should be rushed back. There is no way Mr Slow Start is ready after five abats. It would be so much better for them to get him right and let youk and overbay platoon at first. I know I’m preaching to the choir here but I get frustrated thinking about him hitting into the shift constantly :)

  12. Doreen May 28th, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Thy really won’t know that he is fine until he pitches in a game. same with Phelps.

  13. luis May 28th, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Doreen May 28th, 2013 at 6:57 pm
    Thy really won’t know that he is fine until he pitches in a game. same with Phelps.

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    They should… That’s what side sessions and warm ups are for

  14. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 28th, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Bo – thinking beyond personal desires is typically not the order of the day here. It’s more to make negative pronouncements about what Girardi’s doing, hardly ever taking the time to give thought to different scenarios that actually could make sense in terms of what he’s doing – such as what you just mentioned. And no offense, but what you came up with isn’t rocket science. A little less self interest and little more objective thinking could actually bring others to figure those things out.

  15. Nick in SF May 28th, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    The Ayes have it. Smart move. Better safe than sorry.

    Nova’s future won’t be ruined by stewing in the bullpen in the short term.

  16. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 28th, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    “Oh my gosh. Better to be pitching heavy right now than too light if Kuroda and phelps have lingering problems from being hit by those comebackers.”

    No question Doreen. SMH

  17. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 28th, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Michael Kay is saying 8, 8:30 for start time.


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