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Pregame notes: “It will probably be the only simulated game he throws”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 12, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Michael Pineda

Nothing to see here. That was basically Joe Girardi’s story regarding the decision to have Michael Pineda pitch a simulated game on Friday. Pineda has officially started a rehab assignment, yet the Yankees have decided to have him not pitch in a real game next time out.

“If (High-A) Tampa was home, he would have pitched with Tampa,” Girardi said. “It’s one start. It’s not a big deal. It will probably be the only simulated game he throws. It just works out better.”

There’s also this…

“This way, we can control it,” Girardi said. “The other day he had one long inning, and sometimes you worry about a guy that’s rehabbing. This way you can build him up easier. He doesn’t have to travel. Physically he’s fine. Tuesday he threw his bullpen and he’s ready to go.”

It’s unusual, obviously, but if there were any sort of serious problem or concern, it’s hard to imagine Pineda would be pitching at all. Although Girardi repeatedly referred to Tampa being on the road on Friday, it seems that they’re actually off that day for the All-Star break.

“It has nothing to do with an injury,” Girardi said. “If Tampa would have been at home, he would have pitched in that game.”

Robinson Cano, Mark Teixeira• Girardi said Lyle Overbay’s stint as an outfielder is not over, but tonight’s combination of a fly ball pitcher in a stadium with a large outfield did not seem like a good match. “I did it with the lefty on the mound (last night),” Girardi said. “Hughes, you’ve got a fly ball pitcher so you want your (experienced) outfielders out there. … (Overbay) will make another start out there.”

• Last night Robinson Cano broke a streak of 10 straight games without multiple hits. He also broke a streak of 10 games without an extra-base hit. “It’s good to see,” Girardi said. “I don’t ever worry too much about Robbie, but it’s good to see him get a couple hits. Hopefully it will get him going because we know how hot he can get. He can carry a team.”

• Mark Teixeira had three RBI last night. He has not gotten off to a particularly strong start, but he’s already tied with Ichiro Suzuki for the seventh-most RBI on the team. “I thought it would probably take him a little while, him and Youk,” Girardi said. “He’s been productive in his at-bats. … He’s been very good in RBI situations. I think he’s been patient, I haven’t seen him swing at a lot of bad pitches, and that leads you to believe that he’s seeing the ball good. If you’re seeing the ball good, you’re usually going to start to get hits.”

• There was actually quite a bit of pregame talk about last night’s CC Sabathia start, and the home runs Sabathia has allowed this season. “We’re aware of it,” Girardi said.”We understand the fastball velocity is not what it used to be, but my thought is, he can still really pitch at a high level. Will he give up more home runs this year than last year? Probably. It would be great if he didn’t. It would mean he’s pitching really well. But it’s part of it. You have to deal with it, and you have to try to learn from it.”

• Mariano Rivera did his Oakland meet-and-greet today. Not sure the details, but I think there was a surprise involved. It was different from the Q&A discussions he’s done in other cities. This one wasn’t open to the beat writers.

• Pregame talk is always a little light during these late West Coast games, and today was a perfect example. There just wasn’t much news going on today. Some draft picks signed, Pineda is pitching on Friday and there were some typical lineup questions. Otherwise, it’s a pretty light day so far.

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23 Responses to “Pregame notes: “It will probably be the only simulated game he throws””

  1. bigdan22 June 12th, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    De Paula having a perfectly miserable day today. 5 runs, 3 wild pitches and 2 balks. I keep telling myself not to get high or low on any prospect below AA. It’s really just a waste of time and energy. There’s really only two types of prospects to be concerned about. Guys crushing it in AA and guys doing well in AAA. Talk about draft picks can be interesting but ultimately it’s pretty irrelevant. Only players in AA and AAA factor at all in any type of strategic decision making over the next 12 months. While there’s nothing going on in AA for the Yanks, there’s actually a number of players in AAA who can be a factor.

    Oh, and BTW, that Peter O’Brien guy sure can rake.

  2. blake June 12th, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Depaula is human I guess….first real rough start since coming over. Lets see how he responds next time

  3. OldSchoolYankeeFan June 12th, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Watching bp at the game.

  4. tbone1570 June 12th, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Oh, and BTW, that Peter O’Brien guy sure can rake.


    Until he starts to rake in AA, it’s just a waste of time and energy. :)

  5. blake June 12th, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Most of the umpires are ok…..they need to send a few out to pasture for the good of the game though

  6. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 12th, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Okay I have a question. This may not be answerable, but because I don’t follow hockey at all, I am going to ask it.

    But before I do – GO BLACKHAWKS!!!

    Is there any score that’s considered nerve wracking in hockey, or specifically, is 1-0 a score after the first period that puts fear into anyone?


  7. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 12th, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    “Watching bp at the game.”

    You are our good luck charm out there, Old School. And I hope you wore your hat with the Japanese symbols because I’m going to be looking for you!


    How does BP look? What are the weather conditions?

  8. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 12th, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Jack, are the Blackhawks any good? I believe the game is in Chicago. If I’m right, does that mean the Blackhawks have HFA? or HIA?

    Do you know who the oddsmakers favor in this showdown?

    Just curious.

    I have the hockey game on even though hockey really means nothing to me. I just want to scowl at the television and hope I send bad vibes on through to the Bruins!


  9. bruceb June 12th, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Is there any score that’s considered nerve wracking in hockey.

    0-1 if you’re the Rangers :)

  10. Jesus Bustero June 12th, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Carlos Gomez has a .964 OPS from the CF position.

    For those of you keeping score at home, he’s the guy the Mets traded for Johan Santana. He’s 27 now.

  11. bruceb June 12th, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Lucky the Mets don’t need an outfield player who can hit then :) :) :)

  12. bruceb June 12th, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    I’m not a hockey expert JLRA but I was amazed how easily the Bruins brushed aside Crosby, Malkin and the rest of the Penguins. They stopped the best scoring team in the NHL from…scoring.

  13. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 12th, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Just got in from shopping or I would have been scowling from the start of the game.

    This is an approximation of my game face –

    Waiting for AAA to come and switch my donut and good tire.

    GO BLACKHAWKS!!! (for when I have to stand in my driveway and observe a tire being changed.)

  14. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 12th, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    My game face worked!!!!!


  15. OldSchoolYankeeFan June 12th, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    BP looked good, Wells hit some good shots

    Yes I’m wearing my Yankee hat with the Japanese characters. Nick should be here too

  16. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 12th, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    “i’ll be honest and tell you what the bruins do and who theyre like. theyre like the 90s knicks that “ruined basketball” by fouling on nearly every possession. the knicks actually got called for the fouls, the bruins commit about 10 penalties a game, get called for maybe 2 penalties a game.”

    Ah, another case of stats not reflecting reality.


    Be back. AAA here.

  17. OldSchoolYankeeFan June 12th, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    If they win I’ll wear it for all the games. If they lose its history! Not that I’m suspicious or anything. Ha ha

  18. OldSchoolYankeeFan June 12th, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Superstitious. Damn iphone

  19. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 12th, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Boy is that a rough sport!

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