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Pregame notes: “You have to learn to just manage that game”

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Mark Teixeira

We have one of the most exciting pitching matchups that you’ll see all season on tap for tonight, but once again, Joe Girardi’s pregame press conference was overshadowed by more injury talk.

Hiroki Kuroda will take the ball for tonight’s series opener with the Texas Rangers and will be opposed by the flame-throwing Yu Darvish in just the 11th matchup between Japanese-born pitchers in MLB history, but with Brian Cashman stating yesterday that Mark Teixeira’s injured right wrist is “still experiencing soreness,” that topic received most of the focus.

“He’s seeing the doctors today, and we’ll go from there,” Girardi said. “I’m concerned. I’ve said before that it’s tricky, what he had was a tricky injury, and I’m concerned about it.”

Teixeira is starring down the possibility of season-ending surgery if his wrist doesn’t make a turn for the better soon, which means that Girardi is looking at the possibility losing yet another key bat for an extended period of time.

“I’ve always said that as long as I know who I have in the room, it’s not a whole lot different than what it is if you have other certain guys in the room,” he said. “It’s when you get surprises. When a guy like Grandy gets hit in the hand again and goes back down. Then you’ve got to start thinking how are you going to use your outfielders now that Grandy is gone? It’s when you get the surprises, but on an everyday basis, it doesn’t change a whole lot. You know what you have and you just go to work with it.”

• Teixeira received a cortisone shot in the wrist over a week ago now and it sounds like he still has not felt much relief. Usually, a cortisone shot will take effect within a week, which has the Yankees fearing for the worst. It’s been acknowledged that Tex may end up needing surgery, but Girardi was asked if there may be any alternative options. “If there is, I’m not sure,” he said. “I have not been told that. I think we’ll probably find out more today, at some point.”

• With Teixeira’s return in doubt, Girardi did express some optimism that they will be getting some injured players back in the near future. The need for a right-handed bat has become even more glaring (I heard on the radio today that the Yankees have hit one right-handed home run since May 22), and while Yankees fans may not want to hear it, the best internal option is a healthy Alex Rodriguez. “He’s in sim games until they decide that he’s ready to go out on a rehab,” Girardi said. “It’s not yet, and I’m sure as soon as it is, we’ll let you know. He’s not ready to do that, but he is making progress, which is good.”

David Adams• One guy who looked like he could provide a lift as a right-handed bat is David Adams, but as Brian Heyman wrote today, his production has tailed off dramatically. Girardi was asked if he’s concerned about his rookie third baseman. “I think you do,” he said. “Anytime that it’s a young kid, you get a little bit concerned. Our job is to show that we have confidence in him and he is capable of doing this. As a young kid, you have to make adjustments, because it’s amazing how quick they find ways to make adjustments to you. And he’s trying to do that.”

• More injury updates from Girardi: “Nunie had some sim at-bats again today, Jeet had another good day of work, Cervi is doing tee and toss, so the list is going on and on. We’re getting to where these guys are doing more every day.”

• Will all of the injury problems change how the Yankees approach the trading deadline? “I don’t think so,” Girardi said. “Not for me. Maybe it does upstairs a little bit, but my focus is always on the guys that you have in the room. There’s so many rumors that go around during a trade deadline anyway that I’ve always just concentrated on what’s in the room.”

• While Jeter, Nunez, Cervelli, Granderson and A-Rod are all expected to return at some point this season, Girardi said that he isn’t expecting to see any of them with the big league club before the all-star break. That means the lineup that you see today — a lineup that features five straight lefties at the top — is pretty much what you’ll be seeing everyday until late July. Girardi’s preference is usually to separate his lefties with right-handed bats, but he seems to have ditched that philosophy for the sake of getting his most productive hitters more at-bats. “For me, you get used to it; just worrying about today,” Girardi said. “When you manage a game, you can’t really worry a whole lot about tomorrow or the next day or the next day. You have to learn to just manage that game, and a lot of times that really comes into play with your bullpen, in a sense. I think you’re trained to just worry about today, because worrying about tomorrow doesn’t do me any good. A whole new set of circumstances could come up and change.”

Hiroki Kuroda• Getting back to the pitching matchup for tonight: Not only is it big because it’s two Japanese pitchers, but they are also two of the best in the American League. Both Kuroda and Darvish are sporting sub-3.00 ERAs and both should be members of the AL all-star team. Darvish has shown why he was so highly-touted before he came to the states with a complete arsenal of plus pitches. He’s simply dominating at times. Kuroda, on the other hand, has gotten better with age, and pitches with discipline and precision to earn his keep. He certainly doesn’t have the stuff that Darvish has at this point in his career, but Kuroda has been equally as effective this season. “It’s become more global and attracted more fans for American baseball is what you’ve seen,” Girardi said of the increasing number of Japanese pitchers in MLB. “I think about Hiroki’s last start in the matchup against (Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin) Ryu. It’s very interesting, and I think it makes our game better, because we’re getting the best players from all over the world.”

• Another pitcher who Girardi discussed today was Ivan Nova. He’s here and will throw a bullpen today, but Girardi said that there is “no exact plan” after that. It sounds like he will be used out of the bullpen and as an occasional spot starter. “He’s going to obviously throw a bullpen today, and we’re just going to kind of go day-by-day here to see,” Girardi said. “It’s possible that he could get another start here at some point. I’m not taking anyone out of the rotation, but we’re in a long stretch here of 20 games, so it’s possible we might put him in there just to give the guys an extra day that way. He threw the ball very well, and we were very pleased with what he did.”

• The last question of the day was about the increasingly competitive AL East. Since the Toronto Blue Jays have won 11 of their last 12 games, all five teams in the division are now above .500. The Yankees are sitting two and a half games out of first place behind the Boston Red Sox. “It is pretty amazing that you have five teams in one division this late all over .500,” Girardi said. “It just shows you how competitive this division is. We’ve said the last couple of years that it’s probably not going to be easy, and it’s going to be a very tough division. And that’s exactly what it is.”

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71 Responses to “Pregame notes: “You have to learn to just manage that game””

  1. Warning Track Power June 25th, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    I have faith Cashman is lining up some potential trades right now and is just waiting
    until July to pull the trigger on these trades.
    This process is in the GM 101 handbook

  2. CountryClub June 25th, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    My concern about upton was always that he seemed to inconsistent for the yanks to give up the type of package that he would require. Only time will tell who’s right….

    @Ken_Rosenthal: Justin Upton’s last 200 plate appearances, starting May 1: .208 BA, .619 OPS, 54 Ks, 29 BB, 3 HRs. #Braves

  3. Yankee Trader June 25th, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    WTP

    I too agree that one would hope so.

    However he might be waiting to see what contributions he can get after the AS break, if any from ARod, Granderson, Jeter, and Cervelli. I’m not including Tex, because My gut feeling is he will soon be done for the rest of this season.

  4. MTU June 25th, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    CC-

    That’s absolutely correct.

    I was in favor.

    I still am.

    My guess is that he’ll finish the season w at least 30 dingers, and hit somewhere from .275 on up.

    His D is great.

    And he brings speed on the basepaths.

    We would have been lucky to get him IMO.

    We’ll see.

  5. Niblick June 25th, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    So we stick with 13 pitchers? I guess that’s to be expected when there’s nobody else in the system who can hit and is healthy.

  6. Rich in NJ June 25th, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    They’ve lived with Wells and Hafner being awful for long periods with almost no possibility of any upside, especially with Wells, so I don’t see the problem with sticking it out with Adams, who is likely to get better.

  7. MTU June 25th, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    YT-

    I agreed with your POV on Tex because a survey of guy’s w the problem supported it.

    I always expected Texeira to need the surgery. The odds always favored it.

    ;)

  8. Mike in Harrisburg June 25th, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    @BryanHoch Mark Teixeira’s salary is the responsibility of the Yankees, not the WBC, since he came off the DL. But Yanks will recoup some insurance $.

    They could not have handled the Tex situation more poorly. What a debacle.

  9. Yankee Trader June 25th, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    June 23, 2013 1:02 pm
    Justin Upton dealing with sore hand
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said outfielder Justin Upton was held out of the starting lineup Sunday against the Brewers because of a sore right hand. Gonzalez is hoping Upton, who also sat out Saturday, will be ready to go Tuesday at Kansas City following Monday’s off-day.

    Upton is mired in a 4-for-30 slump in his last nine games, dropping his season average from .254 to .240

  10. Mike in Harrisburg June 25th, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    This is an organization with no idea whatsoever of how to deal with a real budget.

  11. MTU June 25th, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Yes they could have.

    They could have DFA’ed Overbay.

    ;)

  12. Yankee Trader June 25th, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Mike

    I’m not sure Hoch is correct.

  13. Mike in Harrisburg June 25th, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    I was under the assumption, and I thought it was generally assumed, that WBC would take care of his expenses until fully healed from the injury. I would have thought Hoch wouldn’t post that unless he learned something different… Of course yes, he could just be flat wrong.

  14. CountryClub June 25th, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Don’t take that Hoch tweet about Teix as gospel. There are numerous reports that the opposite is true. Nobody has a clue.

  15. Yankee Trader June 25th, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Source: WBC to cover salaries
    Updated: March 25, 2013, 4:12 AM ET
    By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine

    Players injured during the World Baseball Classic will have their salaries paid by the WBC organization while they are unable to play for their major league teams, according to an MLB source.

    That would mean that players such as Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira and Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez will be paid by the WBC during their respective absences.

    Since Tex iis still dealing with the same injury the WBC should be on the hook for all days on the DL during the regular season

  16. MTU June 25th, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Pineda on the bump for Trenton tonight.

    Cashman might be in attendance.

    Along w some of the LoHud faithful.

    Should be interesting. Would have loved to be there.

  17. Captain Clutch June 25th, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    I wish Cashman or someone from the organization could explain this. The other day Cashman said that Arod will probably need 70 at bats in the minors before he comes off the DL. Tex on the other hand played in 2 minor league games and then was brought back to the majors. The way they handled Tex or allowed him to handle when he came off the DL doesn’t make any sense.

  18. MTU June 25th, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Clutch-

    Yes it does. They were desperate for O.

    Expediency my Man.

    That how it works in Yankeeland.

    ;)

  19. Nick in SF June 25th, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Those 70 at-bats for Arod might include sim games or whatever. They clearly counted that in regards to Tex’s rehab before he came back up. It wasn’t just the two games.

  20. Captain Clutch June 25th, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Nova should be in AAA starting every 5 days. Unless Cashman has a trade lined up for Hughes it doesn’t make any sense to keep them both on the roster. It wastes a roster spot and Nova won’t stay stretched up. But I guess with everyone hurt they don’t have anyone decent to fill the roster spot but it doesn’t help him.

  21. Yankee Trader June 25th, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Plus that agreement with the WBC was a major selling point to allow their players to compete in the WBC. Maybe allow is too strong? To feel better ? :)

  22. MTU June 25th, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    I think Cashman should buy everyone at the game from LoHud a beverage of their choice.

    In fact, more than one.

    ;)

  23. Captain Clutch June 25th, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    MTU,

    They know he is a VERY slow starter and had a very serious injury. You would think that they would want him to get his timing back in the minors and make sure he is 100%. They are desperate for offense now and they aren’t rushing Arod so it doesn’t make sense.

  24. MTU June 25th, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Clutch-

    Different types of injury is all.

  25. Captain Clutch June 25th, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    LOL
    ……..

    @therealarieber

    Prexy Randy Levine on Yankee aggressiveness in pursuit of a title: “We’re the Yankees . . . We’ve been acting the same way for decades.”

  26. Mike in Harrisburg June 25th, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    More from Hoch – “Randy Levine clears up Tex/WBC/$ confusion: “The salary reverts to us at the time that he came back. Obviously we have our own insurance.””

  27. Nick in SF June 25th, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    ‘I think Cashman should buy everyone at the game from LoHud a beverage of their choice.’

    I agree, but he also has a restraining order against some LoHudders, so there might be a conflict.

  28. Yankee Trader June 25th, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Thanks Mike

    However it still makes no sense why MLB agreed to those terms with the WBC.

  29. CountryClub June 25th, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Well, maybe now you can trust the Teix tweet (maybe):

    @BryanHoch: Yep. Just asked Randy Levine.

  30. Rich in NJ June 25th, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    @therealarieber

    Prexy Randy Levine on Yankee aggressiveness in pursuit of a title: “We’re the Yankees . . . We’ve been acting the same way for decades.”
    _

    If you pursue a title every single year, you are going to win less titles given what it takes to acquire top talent.

    Recently, they ignored the offered shortcuts, by passing on Cespedes, Puig, Darvish, and Chapman, or at least, not going all out to ensure that they would sign them.

    So really, he should just stop the nonsense.

  31. tbone1570 June 25th, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Nick in SF says:
    June 25, 2013 at 5:52 pm
    Those 70 at-bats for Arod might include sim games or whatever. They clearly counted that in regards to Tex’s rehab before he came back up. It wasn’t just the two games.
    ———————

    I think Cashmsn specifically said he needed 70 AB’s in the minors. But I could be wrong :)

  32. Yankee Trader June 25th, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Maybe will get the truth from Snowden who is at a Moscow airport now?

  33. Rich in NJ June 25th, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    YT

    Grrrrrrrrrr.

    I’m out.

  34. MTU June 25th, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Rich-

    You really expect Levine to stop the nonsense ?

    That’s his frickin’ specialty. Bullcrpap.

    ;)

  35. MTU June 25th, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    sp: bullcrap.

  36. G. Love June 25th, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    We’re lucky I’m not in attendance in Trenton. I would introduce myself to Cash and try to work in the words “Mean Well” as often as possible. For example, “Brian, nice to meet you. You’re a great GM. I always know you mean well when you talk to the fans through the press.” or “Look Cash, I know the Yankees mean well and all, but you need to get some offense.”

  37. Yankee Trader June 25th, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Rich

    Snowden needs to be absconded and returned to US.

  38. MTU June 25th, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    G. Love-

    Too bad you won’t be there with a video camera to capture his reaction.

    :)

  39. austinmac June 25th, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    With respect to Teixiera, there is no question surgery can reveal things an MRI cannot. Inflammation has a cause. I presume surgery is to look for and repair that cause. Heck, Gardner came back with power.

  40. Nick in SF June 25th, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    What exactly is the nonsense or bullcrap in what Levine said? He said they’d been aggressive for decades; he didn’t say they’d always been smart.

  41. MTU June 25th, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Nick-

    As you can tell I’m not a Levine fan.

    ;)

  42. joeman June 25th, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    this team has needed offense since last Sept,,,remember last years hitting with RISP it was bad and what saved them was the HRS

  43. Hankflorida June 25th, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Almonte reminds me of Roy White who was a switch hitter with a lifetime .271 BA and averaging out 15 home runs a year. From the right side, he could not reach the the right field porch and from the left side sprayed the ball around. White was a good piece that complimented a clutch team more like a team that resembled the 1990′s Yankees, and in a similar way, Almonte is not the power hitter we need on a team that cannot manufacture runs.

  44. MTU June 25th, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Then again I’m not exactly a Hal or Cashman fan either.

    :(

  45. austinmac June 25th, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Rich,

    Extremely well said about the wisdom of competing every year versus the wisdom of building a talented team. You are closer than me. Please tell the Yankees. Thank you.

  46. Yankee Trader June 25th, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Back to baseball, from SB Nation:

    “The first thing you might notice about this lineup is that it’s entirely lefty stacked; it’s not until you go all the way down to Jayson Nix, the seventh batter in the lineup, do you reach a right-handed hitter. After that it’s David Adams and Chris Stewart to round out the right-handed hitters at the bottom of the order. The strategy is obviously to overwhelm the right-handed Yu Darvish with lefties, but, unfortunately for Girardi, he has a 2.96 FIP against them, which is actually better than he is against right-handers (3.35 FIP). I’m not sure if this makes them any less likely to be no-hit tonight, or if it just hurts them even more. We’ll see.”

    Kuroda beat the Rangers on a two hit shutout, the last time he faced them at YS.

    Go Yankees!

  47. austinmac June 25th, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Hankflorida,

    I hit with my hands at my waist one year like Roy. When I was a kid the only real instruction as watching TV. Not my best year, unfortunately.

  48. Nick in SF June 25th, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    I’m not a Levine fan either, but is there a critique of what he said or is it just that people don’t like to be reminded that he exists?

  49. RhapsodyInBlue June 25th, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    We would be lucky if Almonte had a Yankee career like Roy White.

  50. MTU June 25th, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Nick-

    The latter.

    :)

  51. MTU June 25th, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    That, and he should stick to finance and stay out of baseball ops.

    ;)

  52. MTU June 25th, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Make Darvish do a Yu-turn tonight.

    As early as possible.

    ;)

  53. Warning Track Power June 25th, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Red Sox demote struggling 3B Middlebrooks
    ————————————————————–
    So much for all the experts that jumped the gun and crowned
    this kid as the next great Sox 3rd baseman for the next decade.

  54. Warning Track Power June 25th, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Hankflorida June 25th, 2013 at 6:10 pm
    Almonte reminds me of Roy White who was a switch hitter
    ————————————————————————————–
    The other day I thought his swing reminded me of “DeWayne Wise”.
    Now that you inserted Roy White, I would like to do with your view instead.

  55. G. Love June 25th, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Warning Track Power,

    Fake Peter Gammons still has Middlebrooks in his top 5 for the AL MVP race. He wrote that list on a stone tablet in March.

  56. mick June 25th, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    So much for all the experts that jumped the gun and crowned
    this kid as the next great Sox 3rd baseman for the next decade.
    ===============================
    Don’t some LoHud experts do this all the time?
    Just today someone crowned Pineda the next Bob Gibson, albeit sarcastically to get a rise.
    Guess he/she was making fun of him/herself.
    Don’t you wish you can “see” Piineda “live” with your own eyes.
    Would that make your day?

  57. Warning Track Power June 25th, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    mick June 25th, 2013 at 6:23 pm
    So much for all the experts that jumped the gun and crowned
    this kid as the next great Sox 3rd baseman for the next decade.
    ===============================
    Don’t some LoHud experts do this all the time?
    Just today someone crowned Pineda the next Bob Gibson, albeit sarcastically to get a rise.
    Guess he/she was making fun of him/herself.
    Don’t you wish you can “see” Piineda “live” with your own eyes.
    Would that make your day?
    ————————————————
    Someone should check the news wire for Rick Sutcliffe right about now. He seemed to
    be the biggest Middlebrooks fan at ESPN. Rick went on and on about this kid and now
    that Will has been sent down, Rick might resort to a drink or two.

  58. mick June 25th, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    So if Nova is here to stay we are playing with a 3 man bench of Romine, Gonzalez and Wells.
    It’s amazing we are where we are.
    Maybe the rest of the division is just overrated?

  59. joeman June 25th, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    didn’t know Middlebrooks was all done,so now he’s being written off

  60. Warning Track Power June 25th, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    mick June 25th, 2013 at 6:26 pm
    So if Nova is here to stay we are playing with a 3 man bench of Romine, Gonzalez and Wells.
    It’s amazing we are where we are.
    Maybe the rest of the division is just overrated?
    —————————————————–
    Take it easy.
    There are playing in the minors who would be called up but those players are also
    on the DL
    C’mon Mick, this very topic was covered by either Chad or his replacement for the day
    sometime last week.
    Impossible for Cashman to call up a player that is on the minor league DL.
    Give the man a break already

  61. mick June 25th, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    some reporter said the yanks were done if tex is out for the season.
    of course they are paid to argue with each other…
    many here think just the opposite.
    who cares at this point? we have done well without him and have many others who are more important making progress.

  62. mick June 25th, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    never said a thing about calling anyone up.
    just said it is amazing we are where we are.
    that if anything is a pat on the back for cash and girardi and , of course, the pitching staff.

  63. MTU June 25th, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Enjoy the game folks.

  64. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 25th, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Started to peruse the posts and then stopped as quickly. I figured I’d treat myself to a nice evening and not read any pregame tales of woe.

    Pre-emptory strike as I won’t be here for the beginning of the game:

    GO YANKS!!! GO HIROKI!!! GO ROCKS!!!

    I like the way Joe has the lineup stacked, and I also like the fact that 1-7 all have the potential to come through at any time.

    I predict a Yankee win.

    :)

  65. yankeefeminista June 25th, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Thought I just overheard something… Was it announced that Teix is having season ending surgery? Or did I mishear?

  66. Nick in SF June 25th, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Such a thing has not been reported on LoHud, but Girardi is concerned.

  67. Nick in SF June 25th, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Please tap Mr. Prufrock on the shoulder* and remind him that there’s a round of beers on me if he joins Ys Guy for it.

    *If he’s in attendance. Not assuming anything. ;)

  68. yankeefeminista June 25th, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    I think that Cash isn’t attending Pineda start b/c of Teix’s surgery.

    Spiderman just threw out the first pitch here in Trenton.

  69. yankeefeminista June 25th, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Will do if Pruf shows up.

  70. Hankflorida June 25th, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Roy White struggled with the Yankees for many years, but became an important cog in the Yankees championship seasons in the seventies. Having Reggie in the outfield made a big difference. If Almonte is a Roy White type of player, having Ishiro and Gardener in the outfield and Nix, Overbay and Adams in the infield with Stewart catching takes us back to those frightening times known as”The Horace Clark Era.”

  71. Ys Guy June 25th, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Greetings from section 13 at arm and hammer park. Spider-Man threw out the first pitch, spectacular delivery but just a little high!

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