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Pregame notes: “I feel like I’m going to help the team win”

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The video above is Mark Teixeira talking about the current state of his wrist injury. Teixeira said he feels strong, feels healthy and can’t really tell there was ever a problem. Kevin Youkilis said a lot of the same things; said he feels strong, feels healthy and has the added comfort of knowing he’s returned from back injuries before.

For several weeks — or months in Teixeira’s case — those details have been the ones that mattered. Were they getting stronger? Were they getting healthy? How soon would they be able to play? Now the only details that matter are the results on the field.

“I don’t think there’s any pressure on me,” Youkilis said. “I’m just one person. For me, I’m an individual of nine that are going to go in the batting order, and collectively we’ve got to get it done. Some days you’re going to do great, some days other guys are going to do great. That’s just the game of baseball. There are a lot of ups and downs. You hope your guys can click. Usually it’s a few guys clicking at the same time that always helps out.”

As expected, Teixeira and Youkilis moved immediately into prominent spots in the batting order. They’ll be asked to contribute right away. There is no easing in process. They’re here to play.

“Am I going to go 4-for-4 tonight?” Teixeira said. “I hope so, but probably not. But over the next four months I feel like I’m going to help the team win. And that’s the same with Derek, the same with Curtis, the same with Kevin or Alex. All the guys we have hurt, they make us better whenever we’re in the lineup.”

That’s the idea anyway.

It was pointed out during Teixeira’s press conference that just one week ago, the return of Teixeira and Youkilis might have been a pair of veteran additions to a team that was playing well. Now, with the Red Sox in town and the Yankees having lost five in a row, there’s a real sense of this lineup needing a boost. Maybe these two can provide it. For now, we only know they’re healthy. Time to move on to what’s next, and that’s actual production.

“The players in the locker room, they don’t worry, ‘Oh, where’s Tex?’” Teixeira said. “There’s not anybody in there who’s saying, ‘When’s Tex coming back? When’s Youk coming back? But I think what it is is, it’s nice when we come in. We walk in the door, and it’s like, we have one more of our guys back; we have two more of our guys back. Those five-game losing streaks, maybe they don’t happen if we have our whole team. Maybe we can pick it up a little bit quicker, and turn it around a little bit quicker. We’re just happy to be back with the guys trying to win games.”

Ivan Nova• Both Vidal Nuno and Ivan Nova will move into the Triple-A rotation. The move is hardly a surprise for Nuno — and Nuno didn’t seem surprised — but there’s something a little surprising about Nova. He was one of the obvious candidates, but he’d also pitched well last time out. “(He’s going down) to be a starter, because that’s what we envision him as,” Joe Girardi said. “I think he threw 60 something pitches the other day. We need to get him stretched out, doing what he’s capable of doing.”

• Obviously the Yankees are postponing their more difficult decision. For now they’re carrying an extra position player and only four starters, but that will change when Andy Pettitte is activated on Monday. Girardi has basically made it clear that he plans to keep both shortstops, and Brian Cashman has made it clear that David Adams isn’t going anywhere. It doesn’t seem to be shaping up as good news for Lyle Overbay. “We’ll talk about different scenarios and different ideas,” Girardi said. “Who knows? Things could change by then. We’ll just continue to discuss it. We’ve got plenty of time.”

• If you’re wondering, Girardi made it clear that Adams is not an option at shortstop.

• Why put Youkilis at DH? “He’s probably more accustomed to do it than a guy like David Adams,” Girardi said. “I figured we would do it that way.” Girardi also mentioned the fact that both Youkilis and Teixeira have already played two days in a row. I wouldn’t be stunned to see Teixeira at DH tomorrow.

• Youkilis and Teixeira are pretty patient hitters, and the Yankees haven’t walked in three games. “That’s unusual for our club,” Girardi said. “I don’t think we’re a club that maybe walks as much as some of the other clubs have been here. I think the Mets threw a lot of strikes against us. Hopefully that changes tonight and we get back to doing some of those things.”

• It gets a little overshadowed, but CC Sabathia is actually pitching this game. And he’s been pretty bad lately. “A lot of times we look for reasons why things happen,” Girardi said. “Sometimes things just happen and as players you have to learn to deal with things and make adjustments. I couldn’t tell you it’s from his elbow.”

• Anything Teixeira can do to avoid his typical slow start? “If anyone has any tips that they can give me, I’m up for tips,” Teixeira said. “But you just have to go out and play. There’s a rhythm you have to get into. Hopefully that rhythm doesn’t take long at all. A lot of work in Tampa, a lot of at-bats in Tampa, and once you get into that game rhythm of playing every day in the big leagues, hopefully I’ll be back to being myself pretty soon here.”

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33 Responses to “Pregame notes: “I feel like I’m going to help the team win””

  1. luis May 31st, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    champ809 May 31st, 2013 at 5:44 pm
    Ian Kennedy has already accomplished more than either Westbrook or Lilly. He won 21 games and finished 3rd in the CY young voting 2yrs ago.

    They traded Zach McCallister for 2 months of Austin Kearns…McCallister right now is easily the #2 on Cleveland’s staff right now not that he’s atop tier pitcher by any stretch but he’s developing into a very nice mid rotation arm.

    They traded Tyler Clippard for Johnathan Albaladejo…Clipp blossomed into top 2 or 3 late RP in baseball the last 3-4 years.

    Someone mentioned Clay Bucholtz but failed to mention how up and down his career has been up until this point. Nova has had about just as good as start to his career as Laptop but he struggles for 15-20 games and “fans” want him banished. Bucholtz is in his 7th season and he’s only had 1 really good year before this current season….but now he’s an example of how great a job the RedSox do developing their SP. What they and other teams do that most “fans” on here don’t have the patience to do is stick with the kids through the inevitable ups and downs that come with raising kid pitchers.

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

    Good post… I would only add that Nova is probably better than Buckholtz in the end, if they have the patience to let him figure things out… And yes guys, two seasons is nothing… If we don’t start to show some patience with our young players we will never rip the benefits of a home grown core… Not everybody is Trout or Jeter

  2. luis May 31st, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    yankeefeminista May 31st, 2013 at 5:45 pm
    Good news on international draft likely not being implemented in 2014. I liked our last Group of IFA signings actually, and I’m hoping some of those signings work out.

    ==================================
    Hi YF!,

    That’s good news… Is the pool still in force?

  3. luis May 31st, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    The money pool I mean

  4. luis May 31st, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    :\o/:

  5. Jerkface May 31st, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Yes, money pool and the penalties regarding it still exist.

  6. UnKnown May 31st, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Ha, Joe West sat through a 4hr 32min rain delay last night in St. Louis to finish that game. Funny that he was umping the game.

  7. Jerkface May 31st, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    If a draft will not occur in 2013 and/or 2014 either because
    the conditions set forth in paragraph I.E above were not
    satisfied, or the MLBPA exercised its veto rights under
    paragraphs I.F or I.G above, Clubs that exceed their Sign-ing Bonus Pool in the 2012-2013 signing period and/or
    2013-2014 signing period will be subject to the following
    penalties:
    a. 0-5% in excess of Pool—75% tax on all of the Pool
    overage.
    b. 5-10% in excess of Pool—75% tax on all of the Pool
    overage and loss of right to provide more than one
    player in the next succeeding signing period with a
    bonus in excess of $500,000.
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    c. 10-15% in excess of Pool—100% tax on all of the Pool
    overage and loss of right to provide any player in the
    next succeeding signing period with a bonus in excess
    of $500,000.
    d. 15% or greater in excess of Pool—100% tax on all of
    the Pool overage and loss of right to provide any player
    in the next succeeding signing period with a bonus in
    excess of $250,000.

    Here are the penalties for next year:

    Penalties Beginning in the 2014-2015 Signing Period if
    there is not an international draft.
    If an international draft does not occur by July 2014, Clubs
    that exceed their Signing Bonus Pools beginning in the
    2014-2015 signing period will be subject to the following
    penalties:
    a. 0-5% in excess of Pool—100% tax on all of the Pool
    overage.
    b. 5-10% in excess of Pool—100% tax on all of the Pool
    overage and loss of right to provide any player in the
    next signing period with a bonus in excess of $500,000.
    c. 10-15% in excess of Pool—100% tax on all of the Pool
    overage and loss of right to provide any player in the
    next succeeding signing period with a bonus in excess
    of $300,000.
    d. 15% or greater in excess of Pool—100% tax on all of
    the Pool overage and loss of right to provide any player
    in the next two succeeding signing periods with a bonus
    in excess of $300,000.
    Note: If a Club exceeds its Signing Bonus Pool, and it had
    already lost the right to sign players in the signing period
    in which the Club is to be penalized, it will be assessed the
    designated penalty in the first signing period in which it is
    not subject to any penalties under this provision.

  8. luis May 31st, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    JF,

    Those penalties are pretty steep… I think they won’t be able to put an International draft for the forseeable future… And if they do, there will be lots of opportunities out there for the taking… I mean, we got Mo forabout 10k if I am not mistaken… They key will be to have a better scouting infraestructure than your competition

  9. blake May 31st, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Zack Mcallister? Come on…. He wouldn’t make their current rotation and isn’t a difference maker. Kennedy is the best one they have traded away and really the only one you could even consister even close to a frontline guy.

    Developing starting pitching is really hard…..there are like 5 teams that are good at it and even those teams have guys in their rotations that the Yankees could never draft…..the Giants are a good standard….well their 3 best pitchers over their championship years were all drafted before th Yankees picked in that draft

  10. Pat M. May 31st, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Just finished up securing my seats for when The Bombers hit Chavez Ravine. Word is that they really want to move Joba and at the same time trying to be coy about it….Directive from upstairs is the belief.

  11. UnKnown May 31st, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Ellsbury scratched and JBJ in his place. I really hope we can get him out this series.

  12. UnKnown May 31st, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Pat M. do you think it has anything to do with his spat with MO or just more a combination of things?

  13. luis May 31st, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Blake I left a post on previous thread… Got to go…later

  14. blake May 31st, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    I’m not making excuses for the Yankees…..but there is this idea out there that they need to start developing all these ace starters…..but again the problem with that is that a large percentage of the best pitchers in baseball were high draft picks.

    That doesn’t make it impossible…..there are James Shields and Matt Moores out there…..it just takes some luck to find them

  15. luis May 31st, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Or good scouting

  16. Pat M. May 31st, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Unknown…..Not a clue but they’ve been quietly wanting to move him since spring but the asking price is high. Cashman is promoting him as a closer type guy,which he could be if he’d listen to people

  17. blake May 31st, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    luis says:
    May 31, 2013 at 6:20 pm
    Or good scouting

    Sure….again they need to get better but so do most teams. The Yankees have actually done a pretty good job of developing back end type starters to provide depth…..they just haven’t had that many elite talents to actually try with. We don’t know what they’d do with a David Proce because they really have never had one

  18. Rich in NJ May 31st, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Now would be a good time for Tex to be the $23m man.

  19. MG May 31st, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Pat M. May 31st, 2013 at 6:28 pm
    Unknown…..Not a clue but they’ve been quietly wanting to move him since spring but the asking price is high. Cashman is promoting him as a closer type guy,which he could be if he’d listen to people
    ——————————–
    I don’t think ‘listening’ is in Chamberlain’s vocabulary and can’t imagine why a team would want him as a closer now with him becoming a free agent at the end of the season.

    Sometimes you just have to add by subtracting in sports-if he isn’t on the staff last night they probably use Claiborne and that insurance run probably doesn’t score.

  20. MG May 31st, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    if the Yankees can develop starting pitching for the backend of the rotation then they can develop pitching for the top of the rotation-they just need guys with better stuff and ability.

    Maybe the problem was that the ones who have been highly touted through the system haven’t really been all that talented.

    As an example, I really like Banuelos’ stuff but he has done virtually nothing to show he can be a rotation guy in the majors-has he ever gone deep in a single game in his career? Compare that to Nuno who gets everything (and more) out of his ability and has run right through the organization without any issues.

  21. Pat M. May 31st, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    MG….I think the Yanks will be sellers when it comes to Joba by the trade deadline…..There’s many teams that’ll be in the hunt for October who will take a flyer on him for the stretch run. For Joba it’s a great chance to up his stock for this winter but the word around the industry is that he’s a wild child…..This is nothing new

  22. Jerkface May 31st, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    has he ever gone deep in a single game in his career?

    The problem with asking this question of yankees prospects is that the Yankees pitching coordinators/coaches in the minors do not allow the players to go deep even if it would be possible given inning/PC.

    Its something that might be changing with the new management brought in this year, but while Manny was active they still had Nardi etal.

  23. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 31st, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Oh good. None of the “core from before” was moved.

    :)

  24. Rich in NJ May 31st, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    “if the Yankees can develop starting pitching for the backend of the rotation then they can develop pitching for the top of the rotation-they just need guys with better stuff and ability.”

    The back end guys have been in and out of the rotation, at times even in and out of the majors.

    Being a front end type requires a much greater level of consistency, but the road to get there may involve inconsistency.

    So a team has to have the stomach to stick with them during tough times.

    That’s what the Yankees have been reluctant to do, both with position players and non-reliever pitchers, at least since Cano.

    The difference is that back then, they had a strong core of in their prime vets so Cano wasn’t relied on to do too much too soon.

    They could have continued to use that period of grace to keep transitioning young players, but they chose not to do that.

    They are paying the price now, and without vet core, it will be a lot harder and require more patience.

  25. austinmac May 31st, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Joba is throwing harder than he has in a long time. I can’t remember when I last saw a 98. This team has to win the bullpen battles. I think his value likely exceeds his trade value.

  26. yankee21 May 31st, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    I really could care less what TEX says. I really do care what TEX does.

    He is the 23 mil dollar man and he needs to begin playing like that premium paid player starting tonight. I do not want to hear any BS about adjusting, and overcoming rust etc.. as both he and the team said he was ready so after just two games in re-hab he gets zero slack.

    OTOH if he produces like 2009 and before TEX he will be valued big time.

    Welcome to 2013 TEX!

  27. yankee21 May 31st, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Joba will close somewhere next year. Unfortunately, not for the Yankees.

    I can’t imagine him sticking around.

  28. MG May 31st, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Jerkface May 31st, 2013 at 6:40 pm
    has he ever gone deep in a single game in his career?

    The problem with asking this question of yankees prospects is that the Yankees pitching coordinators/coaches in the minors do not allow the players to go deep even if it would be possible given inning/PC.

    Its something that might be changing with the new management brought in this year, but while Manny was active they still had Nardi etal.
    —————-
    while I understand those limitations if you look at Banuelos’ stats he’s always been very inefficient with his pitch count, throwing 80-90 pitches in 4-5 innings does nothing to help him get ready to pitch deep in games.

    You would think that the Yankees would want these guys to challenge hitters with their good stuff consistently and go deeper in games-if they don’t, it has to be a reluctance on the part of the pitcher because they do have guys like Phelps and Nuno (also Hughes) who consistently do challenge hitters with their good stuff.

  29. GregD May 31st, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Austinmac——-take it to the bank…..they’re are trading Joba

  30. GregD May 31st, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Austinmac—-oops…. Are not!!!

  31. Shame Spencer May 31st, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Develop #3-5 guys and BUY YOUR ACES!!

  32. Rich in NJ May 31st, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    It’s hard to buy aces with the new CBA, Shame, and it’s risky to invest that much in something so fragile.

    But there are even less top position players coming on to the market, so they pretty much have to develop everything.

  33. MG May 31st, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    for those of us outside NY, we get Costas-Kitty on MLB tonight, can’t do any better than that…

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