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Pregame notes: “I’ll make a decision every day”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 14, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Thomas Neal

Thomas Neal said he found out about his call up yesterday around 2:15 p.m. ET. That means the Yankees had not yet started their 18-inning marathon, and Kevin Youkilis had not yet awoken with soreness running from his back to his foot. The decision to add Neal was a reaction to nothing more or less than the Yankees slumping offense.

“We’re going to see a lot of lefties in the next 10 days, so we thought we would get Thomas up here,” Joe Girardi said. “He’s been playing well in Triple-A and swinging the bat good, so we thought we’d get him up here.”

For now, the infield is thin, and Girardi said both David Adams and Reid Brignac will likely see increased playing time in the wake of this latest Youkilis setback. The more curious situation might be in the outfield, where Brett Gardner is clearly entrenched as the everyday center fielder, but Girardi now has Neal, Vernon Wells, Ichiro Suzuki and Lyle Overbay to sort through in the corners. For once, Girardi indicated that none of those four is necessarily an everyday player.

“I’m going to go day by day,” Girardi said. “Ich has hit lefties, that’s the bottom line. But he also played 18 innings yesterday, so I’m giving him a day off. Righties have had more success off of Wilson, so I decided to give Ich a day, but I’ll make a decision (about the outfield) every day.”

This is not Neal’s first big league call-up — he spent some time with the Indians last year — but it seems safe to say he was pretty far off the radar when spring training started. Hitting ..339/.426/.446 for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre certainly got him back to the majors, but hitting .289/.373/.444 in spring training surely put him on the map.

“I think they were a little surprised,” Neal said. “I can probably say they were a little surprised, but I knew what I was capable of doing. I took a huge step forward mentally over a mental hurdle from the past season, and just tried to carry that into spring training and I was able to do that and the results were there.”

Kevin Youkilis• Youkilis said he’s had some numbness in his big toe for a while, but he woke up this morning and felt a kind of numbness throughout his foot and calf. He compared it to the feeling of falling asleep in an awkward position that leaves your arm or hand feeling strange for a few minutes. Only this morning’s discomfort didn’t go away. Youkilis called the Yankees, told them what was going on, and they decided to put him on the disabled list.

• What does a sore calf have to do with a back injury? “This is more something hitting a nerve,” Youkilis explained. “The lumbar is the area. It’s in the same area. They call it a lumbar sprain. There’s all kinds of different ways of saying it, but it’s in the same area, and there’s something there that’s probably causing this stuff down below.”

• Youkilis will see a back specialist in California on Monday. “I think you’re always worried when you have that feeling,” he said. “You can be worried and think about it all day, and the next thing they tell you an epidural will get this over with and you’ll be fine. Hopefully that’s it. Usually that’s the case.”

• It was pretty easy to do the math and realize that Adam Warren was probably going to be optioned to Triple-A today. Even Warren said he knew it was coming, but still, that’s a brutal pill to swallow. “You understand the logic behind it,” Warren said. Because Warren won’t be available for several days, the Yankees needed a fresh long man, and that’s where Chris Bootcheck comes into the picture. He had a 3.32 ERA for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Adam Warren• Jose Ramirez went from Double-A to Triple-A to essentially fill Bootcheck’s spot in the rotation. Not sure whether that’s a one-turn thing or a long-term promotion. Ramirez had been pitching very well in Double-A.

• Warren, by the way, is allowed to take three days before reporting to Triple-A but said he’ll fly out tomorrow. He said there’s been talk of him starting on Wednesday, but that’s not set in stone.

• With Travis Hafner struggling, is there any chance Lyle Overbay begins to get some turns at DH against right-handers? “It’s not something that we’ve talked about,” Girardi said. “We really believe that Haf is going to hit. It’s not something we’ve really considered to this point. We’ve considered him to be our DH.”

• Preston Claiborne is absolutely not available tonight (pitched three days in a row), and Girardi said he’ll have to check with Shawn Kelley and Boone Logan before deciding whether he would use them. Everyone else is fine.

• Cesar Cabral has been outrighted to Double-A. Brian Cashman confirmed that means he’s fully under Yankees control, no longer under the restrictions of the Rule 5 draft.

• Girardi denied that the Yankees were ever planning to send David Adams to Triple-A today.

• Derek Jeter did more tee and toss and more ground balls. … More dry swings and grounders for Eduardo Nunez. … More playing catch for Curtis Granderson. … Alex Rodriguez continues to intensify his workouts. “He’s moving more,” Girardi said. “It seems that now, each day the discussion we hear is that he’s moving better and his lower half is freer.”

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28 Responses to “Pregame notes: “I’ll make a decision every day””

  1. ac1 June 14th, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Joe is so stubborn. Hafner is not hitting. Overbay was hitting. How do you not give the suggested scenario a chance?

  2. ac1 June 14th, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    If you arent going to play overbay for a guy hitting as poorly as hafner and tex seems to be holding up physically, just free overbay.

  3. bigdan22 June 14th, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Nothing on Musty. So maybe he is hurt. Or maybe he’s part of a trade. Joe wouldn’t announce that. But I’d say it’s more likely he’s hurt now. Too bad for him. No luck this year.

  4. Yankee Trader June 14th, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Any word why Mustelier was removed early in the game tonight?

  5. bigdan22 June 14th, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    I wonder if Arod comes back before Grandy.

  6. Brian June 14th, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    “We’re going to see a lot of lefties in the next 10 days, so we thought we would get Thomas up here,” Joe Girardi said. “He’s been playing well in Triple-A and swinging the bat good, so we thought we’d get him up here.”

    Someone should put a note into the binder that Neal has hit righties for a higher average this year than lefties.

  7. ac1 June 14th, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Neal s overb.340 vs. rhp this year so of course wells will face all the righties.

  8. ac1 June 14th, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Neal is over 340. Sorry ipad issues

  9. ac1 June 14th, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Ichi hits like 350 vs lefties this year so sit him for 1-150 wells…

  10. fantasygame101 June 14th, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    neal stay farrrrrrr awaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy from long

  11. astrocityfan June 14th, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    At the very least Neal may get a chance to play for a week or so. He just needs to keep hitting. I also can’t see why they can’t use overbay as the DH and to give tex a break. I guess that’s just too far out of the box

  12. Yankee Trader June 14th, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Mustelier removed for reasons unknown, per SWB radio announcers.

  13. cogen777 June 14th, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    someone should put a note into the binder that Neal has hit righties for a higher average this year than lefties.

    It took him the better part of two months to notice Suzuki Q was hitting better Vs. lefties.
    Takes a guy like Francona to figure out stuff like that. When Kevin Useless was in his prime with a .400 plus OBP Tito had enough balls and sense to lead him off even though he was a speedy CF.

  14. cogen777 June 14th, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Yankee Trader June 14th, 2013 at 9:32 pm
    Mustelier removed for reasons unknown, per SWB radio announcers

    Good work!

  15. Joe from Long Island June 14th, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    1. You guys should check in on Donnie collins in Scranton. See what he has to say about boot check, Neal, and betances tonight.

    2. Learn to recognize the obvious. The reason overlay isn’t seeing more pt is that they think he’s pulling a Vernon wells, and turning back into a pumpkin. My guess is that once borsch comes off the dl, he comes up and overbay is cut. Tex has shown his wrist is ok.

    3. Neal is going to play. They were calling him up even before yesterday’s game.

    4. Adams will get every chance to show he belongs. Youkilus is making it clear they can’t depend on him. They will need to figure out whether Adams can play, if not they need to acquire a 3b. The league made adjustments to him. He needs to make his own adjustments. It’s all up to him.

    5. Girardi will have his work cut out for him to put a line up together every day.

  16. cogen777 June 14th, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    ac1 June 14th, 2013 at 9:29 pm
    Neal s overb.340 vs. rhp this year so of course wells will face all the righties.

    They are just so unaware. Like someone said, you cannot have any faith in their decision making. This is a good time to eat some of the 13 meg Wells is owed over the next two years.

  17. Joe from Long Island June 14th, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Mustelier for ……? It’s an intriguing thought

  18. Yankee Trader June 14th, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    SWB in last inning
    Betances dominant 2 innings no walks six strikeouts
    Still awaiting word from announcers on Mustelier

  19. mick June 14th, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    This looks like a trade for Musty went through at the last minute but why then would they start him?

  20. Tabbert June 14th, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Thomas Neal: .401 wOBA, 144wRC+. Sure will be nice to have a bat with a little bit of life in this lineup. This was way overdue.

  21. Pat M. June 14th, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    hmmm, 4 rows behind scotty boras. maybe i’ll bump into him on the buffet line and ask him about cano.

  22. Giuseppe Franco June 14th, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    I woke up one morning in October of 2009 with tingling and numbness in both hands and feet.

    And my life completely changed forever.

    That’s not to suggest Youkilis has some horrific disease now but that tingling sensation (like a limb falling asleep) is something I will never forget.

    I’m no doctor but numbness or tingling is often associated with a nerve issue.

  23. Captain Clutch June 14th, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    The AAA beat writer said that Musty was in the dugout talking to the trainer. So it’s obviously an injury of some sort.

  24. Yankee Trader June 14th, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Game over SWB loses 4-1.

    Awaiting post game show.

    Loaded TuneIn Radio App tonight.

    Still no reason why Mustelier was pulled after one at bat.

    Turning off radio.

  25. Tar June 14th, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Wow how desperate we all have become. Musty coming out of a game and it’s a hot topic.

    Times have changed for the New York Yankees.

  26. Yankee Trader June 14th, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Meant to say Betances four strikeouts in two innings, not six

  27. Yankee Trader June 14th, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Looking for big things tonight from Adams and Neal, because the only healthy righty with the highest career BA vs Wilson is Wells at .211.

  28. cogen777 June 14th, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Isn’t the thread for the game posted by now? Its right at 1st pitch.


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