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Pregame notes: “The process has been too long”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 22, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Derek Jeter

As I type this, Derek Jeter is on the field, taking batting practice against Tony Pena, and making small talk with Robinson Cano and Jayson Nix. He’s only here for a couple of days, and it’s a sort of vacation.

“I wanted to come up,” he said. “You’ve got to break it up. … If I tell you (rehab) is boring then they’ll just come up with something else for me to do. It’s tedious. It’s difficult. It’s not fun. But I wouldn’t use boring. It’s a long process. I’ve been doing this since pretty much November, December. I’m over it now. It’s just too long. The process has been too long.”

Jeter said he’s doing “pretty much everything” except running outside. He’s taking batting practice and fielding ground balls with side-to-side movement. He said he feels good, the ankle feels strong, and he’s just going through the process.

“Our plan is to get him back as a shortstop, and that’s what he’s working toward,” Joe Girardi said.

It would seem that a broken ankle would rob Jeter’s ability to maintain lower-body strength, but Jeter said that’s not actually an issue.

“I was able to do things,” he said. “There’s exercises you can do without bearing weight. There’s lying on the ground and using one of those big balls. There’s things I’ve been able to do in order to keep the strength, so I don’t think I’m behind in that. … As long as it feels good, I don’t think it really makes a difference. Before I couldn’t play because it didn’t feel good. If I don’t feel anything, then I’m not concerned.”

Jeter said he doesn’t try to find out his schedule ahead of time. He prefers to go through the process day-by-day, so he’s not sure when he’ll start running. He assumes it will be within a few days, “but that’s an assumption,” he said. “So write down ‘assumption.’

“… I feel good. Everything has been going as good as it can go up to this point.”

Ivan Nova• Ivan Nova will be here tomorrow to make a spot start. As for a long-term plan for Nova — whether he stays in the rotation, moves to the bullpen or goes back to Triple-A — Girardi said that’s still up in the air. “Don’t really have one,” Girardi said. “Let’s see what happens.”

• This is one of those cases when I actually believe Girardi when he says there’s no definite plan in place. Could depend on any number of factors, including how well Nova pitches tomorrow. Speaking of which, the Yankees have not announced a move to open a roster spot for Nova. That seems to depend on what happens today.

• Alex Rodriguez had five simulated at-bats yesterday. He walked twice and had a hit. “He’s facing a pitcher and it’s an at-bat,” Girardi said. “He doesn’t know what’s coming, so it’s an at-bat.”

• Francisco Cervelli has started taking dry swings. Girardi said he’ll start doing tee and toss “shortly.”

• Nothing really new on any of the other guys down in Tampa. “They all seem to be progressing,” Girardi said.

• Has Girardi spoken to Vernon Wells about possibly taking a smaller role going forward? “If I did, I wouldn’t tell you,” Girardi said.

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57 Responses to “Pregame notes: “The process has been too long””

  1. Bo knows June 22nd, 2013 at 11:35 am

    • Has Girardi spoken to Vernon Wells about possibly taking a smaller role going forward? “If I did, I wouldn’t tell you,” Girardi said.
    ———–
    I like Joe Girardi. Tells it like it is. Das it.

  2. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Is the Cavalry truly coming in time to save the Fort ?

  3. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 11:40 am

    And will they be enough ?

  4. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Jeter, A-Rod, Cervelli, and Grandy.

    That’s potentially a lot of firepower.

    Should definitely boost the production.

    That’s if they all stay healthy from thereon out.

  5. Bo knows June 22nd, 2013 at 11:47 am

    6 Are our guys taught the value of stretching and flexibility ?
    ——————
    I’ve yipped about it for years. They’re all out there, pumping iron. All that does is put you in line for muscle tears. But if you’re not pumping, peer pressure comes into the picture. You’re different.

    For years I’ve run jocks into the ground. Great at short bursts but no stamina. We’d get these jocks to work on rigs. After an hour, they’d be bagged, looking to replenish their electrolytes.

    It’s the Jag that should come equipped with a fine tune mechanic.

    They only look good as ball players. Only now, are there some noises about bad training. Cone and Leiter talked about it recently.

  6. hardwired7 June 22nd, 2013 at 11:54 am

    If ever there was a cliché that rings true, it’s this one: You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.

    Get back soon, Derek.

  7. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Bo-

    Too bad. Those questions have been on my mind for a long time.

    The other one I forgot is, “Do they give them an OS training regimen specifcally designed for baseball ?”

    Unfortunately, that part is not mandatory.

    Going to a place like API would help maintain proper fitness and hopefully cut down on in-season injuries.

    Takes dedication. Not all guys have it.

  8. Bo knows June 22nd, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    The problem is that it’s the shiny new toy, the latest and greatest. Mike Marshall has sat on the sidelines for years, to where he’s become the crazy old man. Now this guy has all brownie points in the world. Nobody listens.

    Boardroom decisions, all afraid to make mistakes and hide behind the group grope. Myopic people don’t do good on vision. If you’re focused on the here, you can’t go there.

  9. Giuseppe Franco June 22nd, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Athletes can continue to train hard in the weight room and add flexibility as well.

    Hitting one area hard doesn’t necessarily mean they ignore the other.

    Now most athletes don’t go that extra mile with that Japanese flexibility pretzel machine that Ichiro uses religiously but plenty of athletes do yoga and more of them are adding it to their conditioning programs every year.

  10. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Bo-

    I think we are attuned to a somewhat similar frequency in that regard.

    ;)

  11. Bo knows June 22nd, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Myopic people don’t do good on vision. If you’re focused on the here, you can’t go there.

    ———-
    Damned, that sounded good. I’ll have to put it in the “heavy torpedo” stock.

  12. Bo knows June 22nd, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    GF

    I realize that you have a better understanding of training as you’ve been into it more recently. I’m from the old school, where the mantra was loose muscles. Baseball is technique and body strength is secondary. It’s all in the wrists.

  13. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    GF-

    I have been hiking for quite some time as you know.

    I am one of the few of my peers who stretches pretty religiously before each and every hike.

    Most are too lazy, or just poo poo it.

    Knock on wood I have never had an injury. Certainly not a serious one.

    Most of my fellow hikers have.

    Coincidence ? Luck ?

    Maybe. But I don’t think so.

    I believe there is something to it.

    ;)

  14. BIG AL June 22nd, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Is it just me, or do you notice when folks talk about players coming back that will help this team, seldom is Tex mentioned, and I believe for good reason.

  15. BIG AL June 22nd, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    MTU -

    Pro athletes should be encourged to swim more than do weights. Swimming lenghtens muscle, therefore a less chance of muscle pulls.

  16. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Al-

    Maybe I am too pessimistic on this one but I don’t think Texeira will be able to avoid the knife.

    Especially if continues to try and hit from the left side.

    If we knew he could stay healthy for the rest of the season I’d think he could help in a number of ways.

  17. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Al-

    I believe in the rule of the golden mean.

    If you do any activity in moderation I don’t think it will hurt you.

    Going to extremes is what usually causes problems.

    Back to that famous word “balance”.

    ;)

  18. pat June 22nd, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    API uses endorsements from Longoria and Crawford on their website. Durability may not be what they best teach.

  19. BIG AL June 22nd, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Mike -

    I appreciate your optimism on Tex, but me, I think he’s already on the down side of his career, and he’ll continue to be nothing more than a .250 hitter with some power, much like Hafner has become, perhaps a bit better.

  20. Frankg June 22nd, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Re MTU;

    The Yankees are loaded w pitching. They should move some of it.

    I am concerned about next year when they might not have Kuroda, Pettitte, and Hughes. Nova has not found himself. Might want to stay strong with pitching for now.

  21. pkyankfan69 June 22nd, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Swimming is the best, I started swimming when my feet were real beat up from skiing… Next to no stress at all on your legs/knees/ankles and your whole body feels like a million bucks after.

  22. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Pat-

    I get no commssions from API.

    Their programs seem wel-designed and specifically targeted for individuals and their needs.

    The fact that Longoria and cc are used to advertize for them might be a marketing mistake but it holds no sway with me on their program’s potential effectiveness.

  23. BIG AL June 22nd, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Mike -

    The Yankees have, or will, lose Tex for much of this season, and perhaps part of next, because they tried to avoid what I believe is necessary, surgery to repair Tex’s wrist. JMHO :)

  24. Chip June 22nd, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Swimming and Yoga – it improves strength and flexibility

  25. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Frank-

    Even w that in mind I still think they have more than enough.

    When fruit gets too ripe it just falls to ground and rots to be eaten by the birds and the worms.

    That’s a waste of produce.

    ;)

  26. blake June 22nd, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    “I appreciate your optimism on Tex, but me, I think he’s already on the down side of his career”

    It’s essentially fact at this point ….he can still have value but he hasn’t been the guy they signed in almost 4 years

  27. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    I can’t swim to save my kester.

    I’m strictly a terrestrial animal.

    :(

  28. Bo knows June 22nd, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Pro athletes should be encourged to swim more than do weights. Swimming lenghtens muscle, therefore a less chance of muscle pulls.
    —–
    Yep

    That and fingertip pushups. I hated them and all my kids hated them too.

    You want workouts – go unload a drywall truck into a walkup apartment. Two sheets of 1/2″ drywall weigh just over a hundred pounds. Now take them up a couple of sets of stairs and repeat.

  29. BIG AL June 22nd, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    I tried Yoga once, and someone sprinkled salt on me because I looked so much like a pretzel.

  30. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    I suggest mountaineering training.

    The Eiger Sanction.

    :)

  31. jmills June 22nd, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Gilles’ boy, Jacques Villeneuve races at Sonoma tomorrow. Seems he isn’t making friends with Danica Patrick anytime soon and vice versa. I have a hard time believing he is completey lacking in respect for his fellow drivers given the love racers had for his father’s level of side by side nobility.

  32. BIG AL June 22nd, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    MTU -

    So, it’s a good thing you live in a desert. :)

  33. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Al-

    Doesn’t yoga come in small plastic containers w fruit in it ?

    :)

  34. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Al-

    True.

    :)

  35. BIG AL June 22nd, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Mike, I think that’s yogurt, lol.

  36. Giuseppe Franco June 22nd, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Bo and MTU,

    I’m far from a well conditioned or finely tuned athlete like the pros (or college kids for that matter) but I’m a huge believer in stretching regularly but also hit the weight room hard.

    I would estimate that I’m spending about 3-4 hrs a week stretching but that can change depending on how many ballgames I have during the week. More games = more time on the mat.

    If I have enough time for it, I have my own pre-game routine in which I stretch everything from head to toe which takes a good 45 min to complete. It can be a bit tedious but my justification for doing it anyways is simply because I feel so much better and ready to play afterwards.

    However, in my own experience, that increased flexibility I’ve gained since adding stretching to my routine does not necessarily prevent injuries.

    Right now, I’m dealing with plantar fasciits in my left foot (happened during a ballgame when a ligament on the bottom of my foot popped), torn rotator cuff, tennis elbow, and a bum lower back after I strained it doing dead lifts early this week.

    Again, I’m not exactly the best example of an athlete (especially since I don’t make my living on athletic performance) but while an increase in flexibility can only improve your overall performance it is not the perfect antidote for preventing injuries in the first place.

    When you’re ultra active as ballplayers are – injuries are just part of the gig – especially as you continue to age.

    Just my 2 cents.

  37. Duh Innings II June 22nd, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    See what happens when you start Almonte. Several days ago I said why is he pinch-hitting when he should be starting and look what happened.

    2014 Yankees Starting Nine (ALL HOMEGROWN):

    C – Cervelli under control through 2017
    1B – Adams under control through 2018
    2B – Joseph under control through 2019
    3B – Eric Jagielo under control through 2019
    SS – Nunez under control through 2018
    LF – Melky Cabrera reacquired and making $8M in his walk year
    CF – Gardner in his walk year
    RF – Almonte under control through 2019
    DH – Jeter exercising his $8M player’s option for 2014 / in his walk year

    3/4ths Homegrown Bench:

    Romine (backup C)
    Mustelier (backup 1B/3B)
    Ramiro Pena reacquired (2B/SS)
    Melky Mesa (backup LF/RF as Cabrera can back up in CF)

    Let go of Granderson, Youkilis, Stewart, Nix, Overbay, Hafner, Neal, and Brignac ($31.615M plus the cost of Neal and Brignac cleared.)

    Trade Suzuki and Wells ($6.5M and $2.4M cleared respectively – pay half of Suzuki’s salary if necessary.)

    Trade Teixiera and 60% of his contract. The Yanks pay and eat $13.5M a year but clear $9M a year 2014-16.

    Rodriguez bought out for $71M where $28M in insurance money collected from not playing him in 2013 is used. The Yanks eat $43M but clear that.

  38. BIG AL June 22nd, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Mike -

    Ever been to the great Salt Lake? I heard that even if you can’t swim, you will not sink.

  39. pkyankfan69 June 22nd, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Mtu,

    I’ve spent a good amount of time in your neck of the woods, mostly in Winter though… Managed to make it down to see Bryce and Zion though in the May(ish) time of year… Utah is a beautiful state.

  40. jmills June 22nd, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    I remember Fergie Jenkins commenting to the extent he never picked up weights, and I think George Bell fit in the same category.

  41. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Al-

    That’s probably true even for a stone like me.

    69-

    thanks. I have tried to present as much of it as I can here.

    Obviously, I’m biased but I feel the same way.

    :)

  42. BIG AL June 22nd, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Duh Innings II June 22nd, 2013 at 12:34 pm
    See what happens when you start Almonte. Several days ago I said why is he pinch-hitting when he should be starting and look what happened.

    2014 Yankees Starting Nine (ALL HOMEGROWN): ………………………

    **********************************************************

    And who do you think will pay to watch that last place team play?

  43. Bo knows June 22nd, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    See what happens when you start Almonte. Several days ago I said why is he pinch-hitting when he should be starting and look what happened.
    ————–
    Boy, you’re so smart!

    Don’t pull a muscle in your arm.

  44. pkyankfan69 June 22nd, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    You ever do any hiking in the cottonwood canyons? I spent most of my time out there up in big cottonwood.

  45. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    69-

    I haven’t had much of chance to explore up North.

    The reputations of those places, along w Mt. Timpanogos, precede themselves.

    I’ve been meaning to get up to the Uintas for years. I still hope to get there soon.

    I’m kept very busy exploring the bottom half of the State. It’s vast. I will wear out before it does.

    Let me know if you are ever out this way again and I’ll try to show you round.

    Where do you reside ?

  46. BD (Boston Dave) June 22nd, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    “but plenty of athletes do yoga and more of them are adding it to their conditioning programs every year.”

    ——–
    GF

    My chiquita is a yoga instructor and she says more athletes should be doing it every freakin chance she gets. And every time she hears me talking about another Yankee injury or muscle pull she says it twice. I’m sure thre is some truth to it.

  47. blake June 22nd, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    I vote Bo knows as hitting coach

  48. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Blake-

    Nah. 2nd poet laurete, and # 1 wisecracker.

    :)

  49. Nick in SF June 22nd, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    “Even Pete was screaming that they were rushing him early in the season for no reason.
    In an interview years later, Hughes corroborated this.”

    I never knew Hughes could hear Pete screaming. Must’ve been pretty loud.

  50. pkyankfan69 June 22nd, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    I’m back in NJ now, all friends, fam, gf here and I had a good work opportunity, I’ve been back on the EC for a few years now.

    I spent a few Jan to May periods out in Utah, I stayed in ski bum territory in slc right at the base of big cottonwood. Didn’t get to do a ton of exploring in Utah, mostly just skiing, hard to do a ton of exploiting while you are not really working at all. Slc is the quintessential ski bum city, not many places where you can live for less than $300 a month rent and be like 20 minutes from great skiing.

    The times I did make it down to souther UT it was awesome… Some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever had the opportunity to see.

  51. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Nick-

    In the jet engine category. Well over 100 decibels.

    Ear protection required.

    ;)

  52. Nick in SF June 22nd, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    I just wanted to give an example of the kind of stuff I’d say if I didn’t drink coffee.

    *leaves to get coffee*

  53. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    69-

    yeah. We have more than our fair share of ski bums.

    Anyway. The offer stands. If you are ever out this way again and want see some more of Southern Utah I know a pretty good guide who works cheap.

    ;)

  54. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Enjoy the game folks.

    Later.

  55. jmills June 22nd, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    How does that Rupert Hines song go? – ” if you’re not into yoga and you’ve got half a brain ” :) the song is called I believe, Escape, but I recall it as the Pina Coloda song. Yoga would probably be good for me, but I haven’t entered the Serendipity site down the street.

  56. pkyankfan69 June 22nd, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    haha, Sounds good MTU!

  57. Nick in SF June 25th, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Who are the three True Yankee Fans™ going to Trenton to see Pineda on Tuesday?


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