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Updates on Teixeira, Youkilis, Pettitte, Pineda and Granderson

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 29, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

As you might expect, my old friend Mike Ashmore has a ton of video from today’s Double-A rehab appearance by Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis. Among the details from Brian Cashman…

• The Yankees are planning to have both Teixeira and Youkilis activated on Friday. Both went 0-for-2 with a walk today and will play another Double-A game tomorrow.

• Despite the presence of Lyle Overbay, Cashman left no doubt about how Teixeira will be used. “Mark is our first baseman, so there’s no working Mark back in,” Cashman said. “Mark is going to return right back to where he belongs. Like we’ve been doing all year, we’ll make this up as we go along. … Let’s get these guys back, first and foremost, then we’ll figure out our roster moves.”

• On David Adams’ performance filling in for Youkilis: “He’s kind of the prodigal son that’s returned because he’s been out with the injury for so long.”

• Nothing new on Francisco Cervelli, who’s doing only hand work with a physical therapist.

• Yesterday was supposed to be Michael Pineda’s final extended spring training start before beginning a rehab assignment. The cracked fingernail doesn’t sound like a significant issue. Just slows him down a little bit.

• Cashman told Meredith Marakovits that Andy Pettitte is scheduled to return to the Yankees rotation during the upcoming Cleveland series (that’s Monday through Wednesday at Yankee Stadium).

• Cashman also said that Curtis Granderson had relatively minor surgery to fix his broken hand, but it doesn’t change his timetable for return.

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40 Responses to “Updates on Teixeira, Youkilis, Pettitte, Pineda and Granderson”

  1. Run it Out May 29th, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    I don’t understand the rush to get Tex back. I would prefer he get his early season “cold spell” out of the way at Trenton or SWB. I think we all know what to expect from him when he returns if his past Aprils and Mays are any indication. Be ready for the “back of the baseball card” argument. I hope I’m proven wrong.

  2. Doreen May 29th, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    I’m kinda glad Pineda got a slowed down a bit, with the nail crack.

  3. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 29th, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    repost:

    mick – technology can indeed be a double-edged sword. It used to drive my dad crazy. I remember him saying that someday people would be able to just sit on their couches and push buttons and never have to move.

    Obesity is on the uprise, and it’s become a major problem with children and adolescents. And let’s be honest about it not try to sugarcoat it. Kids spend their lives behind computer screens, texting on cell phones, and in front of television.

    And how about people talking on the cell phones as they drive? I swear that if I see someone driving without being on the cell phone, it’s the exception.

    Then there’s the question of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields being possibly carcinogenic to people. I stopped using an electric blanket when I read that – and that was quite a few years ago. I know there are also questions about high cell-phone useage and brain tumors/brain can*er. I know the studies aren’t definitive, but I like to err on the side of caution. :)

    The world is a very different place. Human interaction has taken second place to communication by electronic device and social media. Some people may see this as progress but I believe there are a host of secondary problems (social, psychosocial, and physical) that we will see as a result. Just the way it is.

  4. Duh Innings II May 29th, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Why don’t the Yanks trade Stewart for a new catcher, send Romine back to AAA to be the everyday catcher, and call up Bobby Wilson or whoever the hell the everyday catcher for the AAA is to share catching duties with the new catcher?

    Under this scenario the Yanks would hopefully get an offensive upgrade at catcher who doesn’t kill them defensively like Stewart has done on the last two losses alone he was DIRECTLY involved with with his putrid defense, have Romine further develop, and still have three catcher combinations when Cervelli returns: Cervelli/Wilson, Cervelli/new catcher, Wilson/new catcher.

    Stewart is making only $515,100 this season, so he’d cost even less since almost a third of the season is gone. If he was traded after Game 54, he would cost his taker only $343,400 – PEANUTS.

    There has to be value in a veteran catcher who is not only making an amount far less than the rookie minimum for the final two-thirds of the season, but under control through 2016. Stewart is arbitration eligible in 2014 but he won’t win an arbitration case with his numbers. Even if he cost a team double his 2013 salary I doubt he’d be awarded in arbitration, that’s only $1.03M. My guess is he’d be offered and accept $600-650K as it’s guaranteed money and a job.

    Could a new catcher combination suck worse than Stewart-Romine? It’s not even that they suck as in they’re bad players. Stewart is a backup catcher and Romine isn’t MLB ready yet, it’s that simple. For purposes of the Yanks offense they suck.

  5. blake May 29th, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    I would much rather see video of Heathcott and Austin’s homers than Tex and Youk

  6. yankeehotelfoxtrot May 29th, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Run, like I said yesterday, I’ll be shocked if Tex is batting .250+ at the all-star break. I don’t understand the rush either.

    I also don’t understand the “prodigal son” thing. Does he simply mean that Adams is mature for a rookie?

  7. mick May 29th, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    I don’t know why it bothers me it just does.
    The studious looks on their faces , the intensity and seriousness.
    It’s not akin to your father yelling to turn down the rock n roll, it’s deeper than that.
    I don’t do it maybe I am jealous?
    It seems like people don’t pay any attention to their surroundings anymore…
    Take the crowds at the Stadium. Instead of blaming the stadium , try blaming the people for
    the lack of noise and game awareness.
    I mean, there used to be a time where fans interacted with each other and it produced a better crowd.
    Now they are all tuned into their phones, not their surroundings.
    Everything seems secondary to whatever is going on in their own little cyberworld.
    It’s just a turnoff, what can I say, to each his/her own…I listened to Thoreau.

  8. CountryClub May 29th, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    sounds like Pettitte will just take Nuno’s turn in the rotation. So that should be Tuesday.

  9. blake May 29th, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    The thing with Tex is that they do need him pretty badly against LHP…..but given that he’s been hurt and that he’s a slow starter (and that he’s basically a .750ish OPS bat vs RHP anyways)…..I think there is a very real possibility that we are gonna get less production from 1B in 2/3 of the games. Yes he should be better the other 1/3…..but how much of a net gain it’ll be I’m not sure….

  10. Jerkface May 29th, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    If they platooned tex and overbay they may actually have a .900 OPS 1B overall. Playing either of them full time means you’re getting a .750-.800 OPS 1B instead

  11. bruceb May 29th, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    And how about people talking on the cell phones as they drive? I swear that if I see someone driving without being on the cell phone, it’s the exception.

    The talking is bad enough but it’s the texting that kills. How many times have you been sat behind a car that fails to move off when the traffic light turns green? Nine times out of ten it’s because the driver is texting.

  12. CountryClub May 29th, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    I have no idea what Teix will do when he first comes back, but you have to remember that he’s seen a lot of pitches and taken a lot of swings (especially in the extended ST games). Way more than he would have in a nornal spring training. So that should help.

  13. yankeehotelfoxtrot May 29th, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    The big question is this: who gets cut so that Overbay can stay?

  14. mick May 29th, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    blake-
    we have to look back to the past for our future. the team we have now is a mirage, remember we were looking for a 500 record when these guys got back, well we are about 10 games over that and the guys are coming back. what happens, happens. i am looking forward to their return now as their older replacements seem to be as they appear to be wearing down.
    it would be a shame to see adams go but he can come back again and most likely will if youk can’t hold up.

  15. blake May 29th, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Jerkface May 29th, 2013 at 3:00 pm
    If they platooned tex and overbay they may actually have a .900 OPS 1B overall. Playing either of them full time means you’re getting a .750-.800 OPS 1B instead

    yup….

  16. yankeefeminista May 29th, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    http://www.baseballamerica.com.....nal-draft/

    Out and about but just saw this from BA on my phone.

  17. blake May 29th, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    this is also of course if we get the 2012 model of Tex…..given he’s a year older and has had a wrist injury it’s possible that he’ll be worse. Not trying to be a Debbie Downer or anything….I hope he’s better and helps the club.

  18. mick May 29th, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    i said it before but they are rushing tex back for no apparent reason other than well maybe to see what he’s got and where they are going with overbay and if it fails, which they don’t seem to be worrying about, as they are rushing him back, then the insurance will still be paid.
    maybe there is some disclaimer they are testing, i really don’t know.

  19. Hassey May 29th, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Tex will not be anything other than a one year older and creakier version of himself. I just hope he can keep up with the standard set by Overbay. It’s Jete and Youk that we need back.

  20. tbone1570 May 29th, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Duh Innings II May 29th, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Why don’t the Yanks trade Stewart for a new catcher, send Romine back to AAA to be the everyday catcher, and call up Bobby Wilson or whoever the hell the everyday catcher for the AAA is to share catching duties with the new catcher?

    Under this scenario the Yanks would hopefully get an offensive upgrade at catcher who doesn’t kill them defensively like Stewart has done on the last two losses alone he was DIRECTLY involved with with his putrid defense, have Romine further develop, and still have three catcher combinations when Cervelli returns: Cervelli/Wilson, Cervelli/new catcher, Wilson/new catcher.
    ========================================

    In theory I agree with a trade like this but I din’t thinj it’s practical. Willing to suggest any names for who we should target to acquire?

  21. tbone1570 May 29th, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Duh Innings II May 29th, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Why don’t the Yanks trade Stewart for a new catcher, send Romine back to AAA to be the everyday catcher, and call up Bobby Wilson or whoever the hell the everyday catcher for the AAA is to share catching duties with the new catcher?

    Under this scenario the Yanks would hopefully get an offensive upgrade at catcher who doesn’t kill them defensively like Stewart has done on the last two losses alone he was DIRECTLY involved with with his putrid defense, have Romine further develop, and still have three catcher combinations when Cervelli returns: Cervelli/Wilson, Cervelli/new catcher, Wilson/new catcher.
    ========================================

    In theory I agree with a trade like this but I don’t think it’s practical. Willing to suggest any names for who we should target to acquire?

  22. Hassey May 29th, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    me

  23. fantasygame101 May 29th, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    if you do not consider overbay’s production and contribution, he is the logical shoice to be cut. There is no room for him. But he somehow save the early season of this team so there is sentiment there.

  24. Russell Munson May 29th, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Overbay has not had an OPS over .800 against right handers since 2009.

  25. Hassey May 29th, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    O’s will pick up Overbay if they can, put Davis at full time DH and start printing ALCS tickets

  26. Russell Munson May 29th, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    I’m sure teams are lining up to trade a better catcher for a worse one.

  27. tbone1570 May 29th, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Hassey

    I hope you work cheap, we still need to think about $189 million. :)

  28. Jerkface May 29th, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Overbay has not had an OPS over .800 against right handers since 2009.

    Gotta ride him out while he is performing.

  29. Jerkface May 29th, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Overbay has not had an OPS over .800 against right handers since 2009.

    Neither has Tex for that matter. Gotta ride him out while he is performing.

  30. CountryClub May 29th, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    now this is an ugly lineup…

    Andy McCullough ?@McCulloughSL 2m What A Day (For A Night) Lineup: Gardner 8, Cano 4, Hafner DH, Overbay 3, Boesch 9, Suzuki 7, Nix 5, Brignac 6, Stewart 2, Phelps 1.

  31. Hassey May 29th, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Rangers fired Torts?

  32. pat May 29th, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Andrew Marchand
    Cashman from @jcrasnick’s story: “We appreciate what the ‘B’ bombers have done, but we’re looking forward to getting the ‘A’ team back.”

  33. fantasygame101 May 29th, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    adams rest day means he is not leaving on Friday. that is the only good news with it. Wells needs to take a rest bec. he is not performing like before.

  34. Hassey May 29th, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    More like the “K” team

  35. UpState May 29th, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    “…Yankees GM Brian Cashman…said… that he will continue to pursue stopgap options at shortstop rather than look to trade for an established player at the position…”

    Could Nick Green be back in Pinstripes ?

  36. NYYROC May 29th, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    If Cashman is going to continue to play guys who can’t hit until 39 year old Jeter comes back to save the day, he might as well play Brignac. At least he can play D.

  37. mick May 29th, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    so adams needs a day off?
    i see this as a precursor.

  38. fantasygame101 May 29th, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    the problem with stop gap ss and catcher is that girardi definition of stop gap for them are nix and stewart. so cashman can bring in a player each week and those players have no chance bec. they will not be given a chance to go into a rhythm.

  39. Ys Guy May 29th, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    im ok with the ‘tex is our first baseman’ part, but im concerned about the ‘ so there’s no working Mark back in’ part and even more concerned about the part where he’s supposed to be better than overbay by friday night.

    the yankees need tex (and youk and andy and granderson and jeter but not centaur) back, but i dont think he’ll be ready to contribute every day starting this weekend.

  40. yankeehotelfoxtrot May 29th, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Hassey May 29th, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    “Rangers fired Torts?”

    Apparently they did. D’aaang!! I was expecting it until yesterday when Francesa said that despite his unpopularity, he’d not be fired. If Torts and Overbay both lose their jobs this week, I might cry.

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