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Postgame notes: “I don’t know that it’s been right since he’s been here”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 16, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Mark Teixeira

Long before tonight, the Yankees were well aware that Mark Teixeira’s right wrist was not 100 percent. Tonight’s game was not necessarily a physical breaking point, more of a personal breaking point. Teixeira finally acknowledged that he was not able to hit well enough to help the team.

“I don’t know that it’s been right since he’s been here, honestly,” hitting coach Kevin Long. “A big part of his routine is doing tee work, and he hasn’t been able to do that. It definitely affects him from the left side, not the right side. The right side is fine, but the left-handed part where you kind of go like that (bending at the wrist) in the last minute, he’s not able to execute.

“At this point, he’s going to play and do what he thinks he’s capable of doing to help the team. When he feels like that part of it doesn’t get him far enough and doesn’t get him to where he’s able to help the team, he’s going to say something. He did today. … He had a couple pitches where he was like, ‘I should crush those balls, but I’m not able to take my A-swing.’ He said at that point he should probably come out of the game and reevaluate what’s happening.”

It was just a few days ago that Teixeira said he felt good and thought his at-bats were getting better, but his switch-hitting numbers told a worrisome story: Teixeira was hitting .278 from the right side – the swing that primarily uses his uninjured left wrist – but only .086 as a left-handed hitter. Long acknowledged that, from the left side, Teixeira has been a “shell of who he is.”

“It’s the first time he’s came to us really and said (anything),” Joe Girardi said. “I think he just doesn’t feel that he has the whip that he normal has hitting left handed.”

It struck me — and everyone, I think — as fairly surprising that Teixeira has been playing this long without being able to go through his normal pregame tee work. Long said Teixeira tried to do left-handed tee work a few times, “but that’s when he feels it the most.”

“These guys are used to their routines, and he’s been doing the same thing for years,” Long said. “When he’s not able to execute that and swing the bat the way he’s capable of, it’s going to affect him. It’s going to affect him mentally, it’s going to affect him physically. … Tex is tough. He’ll play through a lot. At this point, it’s better that he gets it checked out and kind of see if there’s a better solution. I don’t know, maybe there’s not. Maybe this is where he’s at with it. That’s up to the doctors’ evaluations, so we’ll see what they say and move forward from there.”

The line of the night might have come from Lyle Overbay, and he was technically misspeaking when he said it.

“I hope it’s not as bad as it is,” Overbay said.

David Adams• The Yankees struck out 14 times. That’s the second-most strikeouts for the Angels in a nine-inning game against the Yankees (15 on May 23, 1995). Angels starter Tommy Hanson had eight strikeouts, a season high. He’s the third pitcher in the last 20 years to get a win in each of his first three career games against the Yankees (Max Scherzer, Ervin Santana).

• This is the Yankees second five-game losing streak in three weeks. It’s only the second time since 2000 that they’ve had two five-game losing streaks in the same season. It also happened in 2007.

• Tonight’s low point probably came in the seventh when Ichiro Suzuki and stole second and third. With a runner at third, no outs and trailing by only one run, the Yankees failed to score. The bottom of the order struck out in order.

• Girardi said he didn’t consider squeezing with Reid Brignac in that situation. “We’ve had one bunt with him and…” Girardi didn’t finish that thought. Didn’t really have to.

• The Yankees had five hits, and it’s little surprise that they came from Ichiro (2), Brett Gardner, Chris Stewart and Jayson Nix. In fact, Long took great exception when someone began a question with the premise that the “whole lineup” is struggling. “Stop with the whole lineup,” Long said. “Brett Gardner? No. Ichiro? No. When you say the whole lineup, that’s not fair. That’s not fair to the Gardners; it’s not fair to the Ichiros; it’s not fair to the Stewarts. It’s not fair to guys that are going out there and competing on a daily basis. When you say stuff like that, that’s not right. When you say, ‘OK, there are some guys in the middle of the order that have struggled,’ sure, I would say you’re right. We need those guys to get better. We need them to do better and we’re going to do better.”

Ichiro Suzuki• Once again, a Yankees pitcher blamed himself for a loss. “It’s one of the worst jobs that I’ve done all year at managing a baseball game,” David Phelps said. “You look back at the seven innings I pitched and I had five leadoff hits or walks. I just didn’t pitch well today. I was fortunate they made some plays behind me, got some big double plays. They gave me a lead and I gave it right back. I had a chance to go out and pitch the seventh, two pitches and I give up a hit. That’s just not going to get the job done.”

• Nine hits were a career-high for Phelps. He held the Angels to only three hits in 25 at-bats last season. … Mike Trout became the first player to steal a base off Phelps this season (opponents were 0-for-3).

• Phelps explaining the play when he looked to third before throwing to second on a comebacker. The Yankees ultimately weren’t able to turn two and the lead runner eventually scored. “Ball back to you on the mound, runners at first and second, you go to second 100 percent of the time,” Phelps said. “We never work on going to third. I don’t know why I looked at third. That’s the play we’re trying to make is to second base to get the double play.”

• Girardi stopped well short of blaming the pitching for this one. “I thought (Phelps) was pretty good,” he said. “They scored some single runs on him. He didn’t give up the big inning. Pitched out of some jams. But we’re not scoring a lot of runs right now, so it’s tough.”

What did third-base umpire Manny Gonzalez say about Ichiro being called out on a stolen base attempt in the fourth? “He said he got the tag down quick enough,” Girardi said. Was Gonzalez yelling at Girardi as he walked off the field? “Maybe,” Girardi said. “I yelled at him. All’s fair.”

• Final word goes to Girardi, who acknowledged he had been worried about Teixeira ever since he came off the DL. Was Girardi holding his breath with every swing? “No. I don’t know if I’m doing that,” he said. “But I just know what (Jose) Bautista went through where he was able to rehab and get back. Then he took that one swing and he went back to, really, square one in a sense. I don’t think Tex is there. I don’t think he (went) back to when he hurt it in March, but he’ll see Dr. Ahmad and evaluate it.”

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90 Responses to “Postgame notes: “I don’t know that it’s been right since he’s been here””

  1. Shame Spencer June 16th, 2013 at 12:24 am

    I mean… what is there to even say?

  2. Ed Whitson June 16th, 2013 at 12:26 am

    Teixeira needs to join the Greek God of Lame on the DL. I know injuries are unavoidable but the backup plan(s) Ca$hman has prepared is horrible. He should be fired. The Boss would be ashamed of this lineup.

  3. Against All Odds June 16th, 2013 at 12:30 am

    I just have a hard time envisioning them making up a core like Posada, Bernie and Jeter …

    ——————————

    They probably won’t be because those guys pretty much lived up to the hype and in many cases exceeded it. They do need some of the new core to be starts but hopefully they open up the purse strings at some point.

  4. tucker June 16th, 2013 at 12:35 am

    So who do they bring up when they DL Tex? I’d like to see Musty, but they’ll probably bring up Boesch. Heck, give Almonte a chance.

  5. jlyanks85 June 16th, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Maybe tex should just be a full time right handed hitter. Yeah he’ll lose some homeruns but he’ll probably be a better overall hitter if he hits exclusively as a right handed hitter. Plus he says he feels no pain on the right side. He can’t do any worse against RH pitchers as a RH hitter then he does as a left handed hitter.

    If he doesn’t want to do that, then get the surgery already and call it a day so maybe the Yankees can make some kind of trade to maybe save this season from being a complete cluster—–

  6. tucker June 16th, 2013 at 12:40 am

    I don’t blame Cash for this mess. He was told to leave the checkbook in NY when he went to the winter meetings. Then when Tex and Grandy were injured in the spring and the season ticket renewals were weak, Hal blinked and agreed to take on the Wells salary …

  7. jacksquat June 16th, 2013 at 12:41 am

    @McCulloughSL

    K. Long said Teixeira hasn’t been able to do tee work. Wrist caused “discomfort.” “I don’t think that it’s been right since he’s been here.”

    ————–

    If he couldn’t hit off a tee, wtf is he doing in games?

  8. jacksquat June 16th, 2013 at 12:49 am

    Three options:

    1. platoon Overbay/Tex

    2. Tex hits rhp righthanded

    3. surgery

  9. UpState June 16th, 2013 at 12:57 am

    jacksquat:

    Excellent on all 4 counts above.

  10. fantasygame101 June 16th, 2013 at 12:58 am

    girardi is shaking right now. this could be the second time they will miss the playoff in his watch.

  11. theREALkevin June 16th, 2013 at 1:00 am

    Long is a joke. Desperately pointing to Chris Stewart as proof the whole team isn’t struggling on offense. He has to be feeling the heat at this point.

  12. theREALkevin June 16th, 2013 at 1:03 am

    “I don’t blame Cash for this mess.”

    I do, because a GM’s job is more than just spending money wisely. It’s also drafting well and building up your farm system, an area in which Cashman has proven to be inept. If they had drafted better over te years they’d have more young talent to fill in right now. It’s the team’s own fault. They have no one to blame but themselves.

  13. fantasygame101 June 16th, 2013 at 1:07 am

    Cashman stays bec. no GM will take this team. 189M with so many of it on players that are overpaid and under performing. Not to mention uncertainties in the minor league players.

  14. UnKnown June 16th, 2013 at 1:07 am

    All that needs to happen is CC throws a Perfect Game tomorrow. I think that should be good enough to get us a win. Go get’em #52.

  15. jacksquat June 16th, 2013 at 1:22 am

    Chad Jennings June 15th, 2013 at 6:44 pm
    cogen777 June 15th, 2013 at 6:04 pm e
    Good team news. Apparently none of those “reporters” even wondered why Nix or Adams?

    Nix is hitting .297 in his past 18 games. He’s one of the few Yankees who’s actually done something offensively these past few weeks. I don’t think any of the “reporters” were surprised to see his name in the lineup.

    Chad, Nix is bad vs rhp.

    career: .204 .270 .332

    season: .230 .266 .303

    June: .250 .276 .286

    So yes, I and others are wondering why he is playing, or at least hitting 2nd vs rhp.

    Nix hit .260/.332 in the minors, Adams .296/.380, .316/.407 in AAA.

    I think Adams certainly has the potential to hit better than Nix, and certainly better than Brignac has been hitting.

    Take your pick at SS, but Adams should be playing 3B.

  16. jacksquat June 16th, 2013 at 1:28 am

    This is what I would do tomorrow:

    Gardner CF
    Ichiro RF
    Cano 2B
    Hafner DH
    Overbay 1B
    Neal LF
    Adams 3B
    Brignac SS
    Stewart C

    This is probably what Girardi will do:

    Gardner CF
    Nix 3B
    Cano 2B
    Hafner DH
    Overbay 1B
    Wells LF
    Ichiro RF
    Brignac SS
    Stewart C

  17. Chad Jennings June 16th, 2013 at 3:06 am

    jacksquat June 16th, 2013 at 1:22 am e

    So yes, I and others are wondering why he is playing, or at least hitting 2nd vs rhp.

    I hear ya. But to me there’s a difference between disagreeing with the decision and not understanding it. I understand why Girardi is batting Nix second. It’s because Nix has hit lately, and he splits up the lefties. Adams hasn’t really hit since his first week in the big leagues. To me there’s logic behind both — logic in playing Adams today, and logic in playing Nix instead — and the reason I didn’t question Joe about that specific decision is that I could see where he was coming from and didn’t really have any questions about it. He’d said the day before that Brignac was going to play more often, so I wasn’t surprised to see him in the lineup either.

  18. theREALkevin June 16th, 2013 at 5:27 am

    “Cashman stays bec. no GM will take this team. ”

    GM of the New York Yankees? Sounds pretty good to me. Sign me up……………

  19. Jerkface June 16th, 2013 at 5:29 am

    I’ll do it for a tenth of Cashman’s salary!

  20. theREALkevin June 16th, 2013 at 5:33 am

    Brignac has basically zero offensive upside. Literally almost zero. When you make a decision to get as much offense into the lineup as you can- like playing Overbay in the outfield- you continue that trend of thinking across the board, and that trend would include playing Adams over Brignac, even against righties. Because Adams has more offensive upside than Brignac.

    I don’t understand adopting a philosophy in one case and than abandoning it in another. RF defense less important than SS? How about Nix at SS, Adams at 3B, Cano at 2B? Horrible? I’ve complained about Adams’ defense at 3B but I’d rather have his bat in the lineup over Briganc’s any day of the week. Lefty, righty, I don’t care.

  21. theREALkevin June 16th, 2013 at 5:35 am

    “I’ll do it for a tenth of Cashman’s salary!”

    Yeah you and me both…. I think the Yankees could use both of us to be honest…

  22. theREALkevin June 16th, 2013 at 6:14 am

    So, “YankeeSource” said this on Twitter- “Honestly, do you think the Yankees would be any better if they had the Cuban players and Darvish on this current team?”

    Um, are you serious? Do you think the Yankees would be better if they had Darvish, Cespedes, and Puig? Yeah maybe just a little LOL. I don’t think this guy can be taken seriously anymore. As a matter of fact I seriously question after this if he he even affiliated with professional baseball in any matter.

    Also, “YankeeSource” has his profile picture on Twitter of a guy named Frédéric de Narp. He’s like an ex CEO or something. I think everybody needs to stop following this guy like right now. Seems like he might be a giant fraud.

  23. mick June 16th, 2013 at 6:24 am

    Wasn’t YankeeSource rumored to be Cashman?

  24. theREALkevin June 16th, 2013 at 6:28 am

    mick, in this crazy baseball world, I guess you never know…. Would I say it’s Cashman’s? Of course not, but who knows who it might belong to… But man…. to say this team wouldn’t be better with Darvish, Cespedes, and Puig… that’s flat out nuts. And it’s extremely apologistic (not a word) to the Yankees. As have a lot of that YankeeSource’s tweets. So, who knows……

  25. mick June 16th, 2013 at 6:38 am

    mick June 16th, 2013 at 6:37 am REPOST

    cogen777 June 16th, 2013 at 12:16 am

    mick June 15th, 2013 at 11:58 pm
    Does anybody really think Adams has a future here?

    I have to ask this. Do you drink heavily or take medication? I’ve been on the board today most of the day and in the last 3 to 4 hour time frame, from the start of the game until now you have done a 180. It’s like someone who is bi polar. Let me know and I’ll stop responding to your posts if that’s the case.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Do you think Adams has a future here?
    You tell me where I have contradicted myself, if you can.
    Yes, I am conflicted, is there something wrong with that?
    With all the time and passion I have put into this team over the course of my life, I find it all too complex to say this team is black or it is white.
    Not yet, at least.
    And why position yourself on one side or the other anyway?
    Call it a love-hate relationship, something a lot of people suffer through and I call it normal.

    So unless you can show me where I have contradicted myself, anyone here, then please feel free to ignore me.

  26. mick June 16th, 2013 at 6:41 am

    mick, in this crazy baseball world, I guess you never know…. Would I say it’s Cashman’s? Of course not, but who knows who it might belong to… But man…. to say this team wouldn’t be better with Darvish, Cespedes, and Puig… that’s flat out nuts. And it’s extremely apologistic (not a word) to the Yankees. As have a lot of that YankeeSource’s tweets. So, who knows……
    =================
    kEVIN-
    Then I ask you, why bother?
    Being a follower turns me off anyway…
    …and wanting to be followed seems a bit egotistical, yathink?
    But if it were Cashman and he felt the desire to vent, it would be healthy on his part.

  27. mick June 16th, 2013 at 6:53 am

    Oh Yeah…

    Happy Fathers Day to all you Dads and Dads to be out there.

    Treat your children well….

  28. austinmac June 16th, 2013 at 7:49 am

    The Daily News article says the poor Yankees couldn’t get the Cuban players because of luxury tax. Poor, poor cheap Yankees. That couple million a year in tax for Puig is way too much to pay. It is better to lose a huge share of your TV audience and have the stadium empty in a month.

    Yankees, we would love to have a good young player to watch. Too bad the others teams can afford them and Hal cannot.

  29. jmills June 16th, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Thanks Mick, I’ve got a kid, and she’s the best!

  30. GregD June 16th, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Gonna be with two of my three kids today

  31. Tidrow June 16th, 2013 at 7:57 am

    This has been a frustrating season. Like many fans i’ve looked to put a lot of the blame on Cashman and others in management. With that being said could this current streak of bad baseball just be the law of averages catching up with the Yankees? This team hasn’t had a losing record since 1992. They’ve won 5 championships and 14 division titles with 5 2nd place finishes and 1 3rd place finish( where they won 89 games!) in that 20 yr span. Is it realistic to believe that a team can sustain that successful a winning stretch without eventually being humbled by the baseball gods? Sooner or later they are bound to come back down to earth. I’m not giving up on this year but this maybe the time where this team needs to take a step back and reload before they can run off another great run of winning seasons.

  32. jmills June 16th, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Dick Tidrow said a lot there! :D

  33. jmills June 16th, 2013 at 8:07 am

    How pissed off was Sparkey when the Goose came to town? Do any of you recall Toronto beating the Orioles in ’78, 24-10 or something like it.? Baltimore’s pinch hitter, Terry Crowley, had to come out and pitch.

  34. blake June 16th, 2013 at 8:10 am

    This would be hilarious if it wasn’t so sad and frustrating

  35. cigator June 16th, 2013 at 8:11 am

    The Yanks have crappy older players that have zero upside. Absolutely nothing to get excited about. Give me a break with Tex, is his wrist sore, maybe, but he has been stinking for a while, now he just has that excuse to stink up the rest of his contract while screwing the Yanks ability to sign decent players for the future. I have never seen a team with so many excuses for losing.

  36. jmills June 16th, 2013 at 8:11 am

    GregD, have a great day!

  37. Jesus Bustero June 16th, 2013 at 8:15 am

    I don’t celebrate until next Sunday which is “almost-Father’s Day”. I’ve dodged a few bullets.

  38. MTU June 16th, 2013 at 8:15 am

    The Yankees are will need to make some choices at the TD.

  39. MTU June 16th, 2013 at 8:17 am

    edit: will need to. sorry.

  40. Jesus Bustero June 16th, 2013 at 8:20 am

    MTU,

    When healthy move Granderson in a 3-way that brings Alex Rios.

    Then trade Phelps + Jose Ramirez + JR Murphy + Adams for Headley

    Then get Jeter back, due to suspensions no Arod nor Cervelli. Tex gets surgery.

    Brett Gardner-CF
    Derek Jeter-SS
    Robinson Cano-2B
    Chase Headley-3B
    Alex Rios-RF
    Hafner/Wells-DH
    Kevin Youkilis-1B
    Ichiro Suzuki-LF
    Chris Stewart-C

  41. jmills June 16th, 2013 at 8:20 am

    MTU, I need to make some choices at the TD! :)

  42. blake June 16th, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Why on earth would you bring Tex back anything less than 100% and why would you only give him 2 rehab games? It’s inexplicable and this was entirely predictable and was predicted by many here

  43. jmills June 16th, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Personally, if the Jays get some arms back, we, ” can raise a little hell “.

  44. MTU June 16th, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Buster-

    I mean’t choices in a more overarching sense.

    Like. Are they buyers or sellers ? Do they begin the rebuild now or just continue along the same path ? etc.

    How far out of contention will they be at the TD ?

    Good morning Mills.

  45. MTU June 16th, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Blake-

    It was a desperation move IMO.

    “All hands on deck.”

    ;)

  46. Yankee Trader June 16th, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Good morning and Happy Father’s Day:

    ‘“I don’t know that it’s been right since he’s been here, honestly,” hitting coach Kevin Long. “A big part of his routine is doing tee work, and he hasn’t been able to do that. It definitely affects him from the left side, not the right side. The right side is fine, but the left-handed part where you kind of go like that (bending at the wrist) in the last minute, he’s not able to execute.”

    So the Yankees knew about this and Tex was given the green light to continue hitting from the left side.

  47. pkyankfan69 June 16th, 2013 at 8:26 am

    If the Yankees continue on this downward trajectory they should sell anything of value on an expiring contract (not AP or Mo though, obvious reasons) at the trade deadline… Cano, Grandy, Kuroda, Hughes, Logan, etc should all be dealt unless the Yankees feel they can’t get more than the pick they would get from the QO if that player would bring back one.

    I’d like to believe that if this team does tank the Yankees will sell but they won’t… The will go down with the ship, take their QO picks, and miss a valuable chance to start rebuilding the team.

  48. jmills June 16th, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Its all about arms in my books. Dave Stieb isn’t here and I’m going to have to get someone else to do the job,…….Jack Morris, do you hear me?

  49. MTU June 16th, 2013 at 8:28 am

    I would like to see the Yankees deviate from their normal pattern of behavior.

    As these are not normal times.

    I guess they’ll make the call at the TD.

    They need to get a functional A-rod, Jeter, and Granderson back.

    What else they do depends on how they assess their chances going forward.

  50. MTU June 16th, 2013 at 8:31 am

    69-

    Unfortunately I have to agree with your assesment.

    That’s why I said above that I would like to see a devaition from the normal routine.

    What you suggested would be one.

    Of course we are all hoping we can find an offense.

  51. blake June 16th, 2013 at 8:32 am

    MTU ,
    Wasn’t all wrists on deck though

  52. Yankee Trader June 16th, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Blake-

    Last night in the top of the second Tex flew out to Hamilton in RF, with what looked like a homerun swing, but ened up being a short, routine flyball.

    Of course some of the scrutiny has to fall on the player. Remember Tex saying he’d be back before June?

  53. austinmac June 16th, 2013 at 8:33 am

    The Yankees rushed Teixiera back for the same reason they wasted tens of millions on Youkilis, Wells and the like. Desperation. They wanted another competitive year before going into the $189M dumpster.

    As predicted over the winter, Hal is going to lose far more in income than he will save. It is not complicated. When the winter discussion is all about saving money instead of building a team, the fans will go do something else. If it is clear money trumps winning to the rich owners, are fans going to spend their hard earned money and free time on the team?

    At this point they have one practical option. Tell the fans they are going to do everything in their power to re-build the team and that means trading for young players by trading all the impending free agents for youth. It is a couple years late, but it must be done. If they do not, I see at lest five years of mediocrity or worse.

  54. pkyankfan69 June 16th, 2013 at 8:33 am

    What else they do depends on how they assess their chances going forward.
    ————-
    This is this small silver lining… At least this is starting now and there is plenty of time to evaluate whether this is even a playoff caliber team. They would be in a much more adverse position to make these decisions had a collapse taken place a month from now.

  55. jmills June 16th, 2013 at 8:34 am

    MTU, what are normal times? :)

    Inclusive of dire cacti, of course.

  56. blake June 16th, 2013 at 8:36 am

    What’s the MLB record for scoring 2 runs in a game?

  57. MTU June 16th, 2013 at 8:36 am

    YT-

    You predicted all along the Tex would need surgery.

    The odds favored your POV.

    It seems like he will only be effective when hitting from the right side.

    So the question is do they wish him to get the surgery now, or just use him in a limited role and wait till the OS ?

  58. Yankee Trader June 16th, 2013 at 8:37 am

    I wouldn’t be so sure that the Yankees will make players like Granderson or Hughes the QO, which is projected to be in the 14-15M range, up from 13.3M.

  59. austinmac June 16th, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Happy Father’s Day. Remember that job likely has far more lasting impact than anything else we do. Plus, I have always enjoyed it(well, maybe not a couple days).

  60. MTU June 16th, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Hike day today.

    Got to start getting ready soon.

  61. blake June 16th, 2013 at 8:39 am

    “Of course some of the scrutiny has to fall on the player. Remember Tex saying he’d be back before June?”

    It’s gonna end in surgery …he might as well do it

  62. jmills June 16th, 2013 at 8:39 am

    blake,…..1 time my Jays evened 2 runs in one game.

  63. mick June 16th, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Randy-want to give you a shout out and hope your Dad is doing well on Father’s Day!

  64. jmills June 16th, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Mick, I’m sure Randy receives it! Best to you as well.

  65. austinmac June 16th, 2013 at 8:44 am

    YT,

    I agree on the QOs. The Yankees may very well not take the risk of $30M on next year’s budget with Granderson and Hughes. Neither is exactly building long term value. I see no way to get under the magical cap if they accepted. The Yankees would fear they would. They tell us they don’t offer it unless they are willing to have the player come back for the money.

  66. MTU June 16th, 2013 at 8:45 am

    How do you see the state of the Yankees Mick ?

    Are they players going forward IYO ?

    What do you think they should do ?

  67. mick June 16th, 2013 at 8:46 am

    jmills-Thank you and enjoy your daughter.

  68. MTU June 16th, 2013 at 8:46 am

    I see little risk in giving Hughes a QO.

    He will easily get a multi-year deal elsewhere.

    I think the same is probably true of Grandy.

  69. mick June 16th, 2013 at 8:48 am

    MTU-
    That is a loaded question.
    They are unpredictable for sure.
    They are so intriguing, I still have to watch them win or lose.
    Today could be the beginning of Act 3 of this season, then home for the Dodgers and Donnie Baseball.

  70. mick June 16th, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Would like to see Brian proactive but it might be too late for that.
    This might be a reactive stage we are in and that could be fearful.

  71. austinmac June 16th, 2013 at 8:50 am

    MTU,

    The Yankees are not in the money risking business anymore. Granderson may have 200 ABs this year. He may need to build value after last year’s K fest and this year’s broken bones fest. Hughes is pitching like a guy who barely deserves to be in a rotation with one good game and one awful one.

    We shall see. If Hughes has the value to others you project, use it in a trade.

  72. Jesus Bustero June 16th, 2013 at 8:51 am

    The playoffs are within reach with Jeter back in the lineup, Nunez on the bench and a trade for a couple bats like Alex Rios and Chase Headley. They could do something similar to what the Red Sox did by trading guys who will not be back – Granderson, Hughes, Joba, Logan. But a full-scale fire sale is probably not going to happen because unlike the Red Sox bad contracts last year, the Yankees’ are unmovable. You can’t go into tank mode when you’re stuck with 50 million owed to two players who are not producing. You have to build a team around them to carry them into the playoffs.

    The pitching is too good, too deep and holds too much promise for the future to abandon the plan to simultaneously compete during a rebuild.

    I see the Yankees as long term buyers and short term sellers at the deadline.

  73. 86w183 June 16th, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Good morning and Happy Father’s Day all —–

    Another putrid performance at the plate, another injury…. should be another long day of lamentations here.

    As for the QO debate… Granderson will have to have a strong second half to warrant taking that chance. Ditto Hughes. the safe ones are Cano and Kuroda should he elect to look around.

    Jeter’s decision will have an impact, but its hard to see him walking away after a year like this.

    If Tex is shot they need to take the $$$ risk on the best bat they can find.

  74. Yankee Trader June 16th, 2013 at 8:53 am

    MTU-

    Bautista injured his left [bottom hand on the bat]wrist 7/16/12, returned to the lineup 8/24/12 and was on the DL the next day, had the surgery. I believe the recovery time after surgery is 3-4 months.

    I suppose he could still play, hitting only right handed, if it’s determined that the tendon is only inflamed and not ruptured, but I don’t think that would be a wise move because he throws right handed and could reinjure his wrist in the field.

    Youkilis is another one. I suppose he had an epidural steroid injection, after another MRI, but the dead feeling in his lower leg is concerning. If that hasn’t improved, based on my stays at a HIE, he’ll have surgery.

  75. mick June 16th, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Act 2 starred Youk and Tex but that act appears to have ended prematurely.
    We go directly to Act 3 without an intermission.
    Great theater.
    Nothing they do surprises me.
    No other team ever had as much drama….

  76. blake June 16th, 2013 at 8:55 am

    I hope lefty can pull it off at the open today

  77. mick June 16th, 2013 at 8:56 am

    I hope lefty can pull it off at the open today
    ================
    I hope our lefty pulls it off today…

  78. RadioKev June 16th, 2013 at 8:57 am

    MTU June 16th, 2013 at 8:46 am
    I see little risk in giving Hughes a QO.

    He will easily get a multi-year deal elsewhere.

    I think the same is probably true of Grandy.
    ————–

    It would be a pretty good deal if they both took QOs. Doubt they would.

  79. MTU June 16th, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Interesting diversity of opinion.

  80. blake June 16th, 2013 at 9:00 am

    My frustration with the yankees is slowly turning to apathy…..

  81. RadioKev June 16th, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Did you guys see this with Clint Frazier and the Indians?

    http://nextimpulsesports.com/2.....-in-style/

  82. mick June 16th, 2013 at 9:01 am

    MTU
    Opinions are useless in a way.
    We have no real input into what will happen so why conjecture?

  83. mick June 16th, 2013 at 9:02 am

    The B Squad…I like it!

  84. blake June 16th, 2013 at 9:03 am

    I think if healthy you offer both Hughes and Granderson the QO …..don’t think either will take it….Grandy would be more likely to

  85. MTU June 16th, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Mick-

    Because conjecture is what we do around here.

    ;)

  86. MTU June 16th, 2013 at 9:05 am

    There’s a new one ——->

  87. RadioKev June 16th, 2013 at 9:06 am

    blake June 16th, 2013 at 9:00 am
    My frustration with the yankees is slowly turning to apathy…..
    ———-

    Definitely apathy. This could all just be a bad month in another year where we make the postseason, but it’s hard to see how things get better from here. We really don’t know what we’ll get from Jeter, A-Rod or Grandy when they come back. We don’t know if Pineda will be a difference maker.

  88. Yankee Trader June 16th, 2013 at 9:07 am

    There was an article in NOMAAS.org:

    It’s time for the Yankees to stop ignoring the trade market
    June 14, 2013 Rupert Pupkin

    http://nomaas.org/2013/06/its-.....de-market/

    Not another David DeJesus trade!! Of course he injured his shoulder last night.

    The author mentioned the Cubs as having outfielders to spare.

    What bats are out there with teams that are not likely to get one of the 12 playoff spots?

  89. mick June 16th, 2013 at 9:07 am

    So you don’t care what they do if losing is part of it?

  90. Batsman June 17th, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    If Tex was never right when he came off the DL, then basically the Yankee first base situation was downgraded from Overbay to Tex.


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