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Pregame notes: “My swing is definitely getting back to form”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 29, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Alex Rodriguez

Nothing particularly newsy happening here in Baltimore pregame, so I’m going to let the AP down in Tampa get us started…

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Rodriguez says he feels great and his relationship with the New York Yankees is fine.

Rodriguez didn’t indicate when he will start a minor league injury rehabilitation assignment or rejoin the big league team, saying Saturday he “can’t wait to get back.”

“So far, no issues,” Rodriguez said. “I’m just working really hard. I’m having fun. It’s exciting to be back on the field.”

The All-Star third baseman is taking at-bats at the Yankees’ minor league complex as he comes back from hip surgery in January. He also is fielding grounders, running the bases and doing sliding drills.

“I feel like my swing is definitely getting back to form,” Rodriguez said. “(Defensively) moving better the last few days. Everything is coming along.”

His rehabilitation became a point of contention in the past week.

Rodriguez posted Tuesday evening on Twitter that his hip surgeon had cleared him to play in rehab games, an announcement that angered general manager Brian Cashman because Rodriguez has not been given the go-ahead by team doctors.

When asked if everything is OK with the Yankees, Rodriguez said “absolutely.”

“Ready to get back on the field,” Rodriguez said. “All good.”

Thomas Neal• Don’t expect the Yankees to add someone like Ronnier Mustelier or Brennan Boesch any time soon. Girardi said the guys on the Triple-A disabled list are not close to being activated, and thus nowhere near playing a role in New York. “I don’t think they’re doing much,” Girardi said. “When you look down there – and I’m not saying he would be the guy we would call up – but the only guys really that you could foresee calling up is Thomas Neal possibly again. The position players that we have down there on the roster are all hurt too.”

• Derek Jeter took five more simulated at-bats, and the AP reports that he ran four times first to third and four times from third to first, all on the grass just behind the infield dirt. “The next progression is the bases,” Joe Girardi said.

• Girardi said he thinks the next significant step for Jeter would be getting into a game. He’s not sure when that would happen, but there’s really not other massive landmark before a rehab assignment begins. “With the simulated at-bats, I think the next step would be a game,” Girardi said. “Like a rehab game.”

• The AP says Nunez will play his next rehab game on Sunday. I guess that means he’s getting a day off today. … Francisco Cervelli caught another bullpen today. … Curtis Granderson is able to play catch, but he’s still not hitting.

• Still no word on when Ivan Nova will make his next start. Actually, Nova didn’t even know that the Yankees were planning to have him make a start. “Part of it depends on what we need here,” Girardi said. “Our plan is to kind of throw him against Minnesota somewhere depending on what we need.”

• Lyle Overbay is back in the lineup. Girardi said this will be the norm. He’s not planning to regularly play David Adams at first base against left-handers. The position belongs to Overbay. “I just gave him one day off,” Girardi said. “We’re going to see another lefty on Monday and there’s a good chance he’s going to play on Monday too. Just gave him one day. We’re in a stretch of 20, and if I’m going to give a guy a day off, it’s usually going to be on a day against a lefty.”

• Girardi basically admitted that his hands are fairly tied right now. He knows the offense is struggling, but there’s really not a ton he can do to change it. There just aren’t great options available to him. “You can try some things, but we’ve faced a lot of left-handers, and to take some crazy risks, I don’t believe in doing that,” Girardi said. “You could talk about some hit and runs, but I don’t know if we’re a team that’s really built for a whole lot of that. So it’s just being positive and continuing to encourage the guys and be the same person.” By the way, Girardi said something like having Travis Hafner steal a bunch of bases is the kind of thing he considers a crazy risk not worth taking. So if you were pushing for Hafner to become a base-stealer to get the Yankees out of this funk, you’re probably out of luck.

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33 Responses to “Pregame notes: “My swing is definitely getting back to form””

  1. Nick in SF June 29th, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    “Looking forward to seeing if the Mission Possible Man can stifle the ,b>Showaltimore bats.”

    I should have trademarked that when I had the chance!

  2. Nick in SF June 29th, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    bold fail! :mad:

  3. yankeefeminista June 29th, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Alex and Jeet in Trenton, please! :mrgreen:

  4. Nick in SF June 29th, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Cashman can pick them up there and drive them back to the Bronx.

  5. deleonj June 29th, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    let’s see how cashman reacts to these comments haha

  6. MTU June 29th, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Go ahead Nick.

    I’ll put it in quotes next time to show ownership.

    I’d appreciate being able to use it w/o royalties though.

    :)

  7. Rich in NJ June 29th, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    “Cashman can pick them up there and drive them back to the Bronx.”

    With duct tape over his mouth. :P

  8. Ys Guy June 29th, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    just stfu already!

  9. astrocityfan June 29th, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    At the game tonight. I hope it’s not as frustrating to watch as last nights. At least we are in the all you can eat section. i can drown my sorrow in chips and soda if I need to!

  10. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 29th, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Hold that line, Jays, hold that line!

  11. NYY_Girl_Penny June 29th, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    This team is so bad.. 19 of their last 31 games lost its arguably the worst NYY offense/ team ever.

    even with a .230 40HR hitter and Tex Jeter, Arod back i dont have any confidence it will get much better,. but whats really amazing is how this team got here and lack of preperation the past decade to prevent at least SOMETHING but its like a total catastrophe from Hal to Girardi and everyone inbetween.. how the wealthiest team in sports became so unprepared and handcuffed is nobodies fault but their own.. truly amazing! GMS and Stick are so missed right now.. neither one of them woulda allowed this to be the NYY .. yet being that as ehat we are, we still continually here how Hal and co need to cut spending … this organization is in complete disarray .. pleeeeeease baseball gods stop this train wreck from getting worse and ruining the legacy of the NYY… ENOUGH is ENOUGH already!!

  12. Nick in SF June 29th, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Be prepared to defect to Boog Powell’if necessary.

  13. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 29th, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    A Jays win would be a great way to start our night!

  14. astrocityfan June 29th, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    I’ve had 2 hot dogs chips and salsa and 20 ounces of diet coke. Movin on to ice cream and then moving back to hot dogs when the game starts . I have a game plan and am ready to go!

  15. jacksquat June 29th, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    mlb.tv’s blackout rules are so stupid. Because of Fox all games but two can’t be watched, and I get the stupid Rangers game where I am.’

    If it’s not on TV here I should be able to watch it on mlb.tv!

  16. Dumper Pumper Jr June 29th, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    So Girardi’s hands are tied, because no other options..
    Do something Cashman. Make a trade. Learn to be a real GM

  17. NYY_Girl_Penny June 29th, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    P.S. Cervelli’s bat was very clutch early on, he’s never really had the opportunity to show us what he really is and sadly the Boogenesis crap .. just dunno what to think anymore .. frankly im disgusted with the majority of the front off and team.. there’s only a few with integrity that i still enjoy watching play .. its just so dissapointing!

  18. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 29th, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    A paraphrase of my favorite post of the day. Don’t remember who said it and it doesn’t matter who said it anyway.

    Just because we’re in the minority doesn’t mean our thinking is wrong.

    A hearty YOU GOT IT! to that post.

    :)

  19. austinmac June 29th, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Jacksquat,

    Same for me on the stupid blackout. Gameday or the radio. The blackout is silly as it just causes me not to watch a baseball game when someone could earn advertising dollars for it.

  20. Pat M. June 29th, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Rich in NJ…..Before Curtis went back down and then Texeria, the Phils and Yanks were said to have more than elementary talks about Cliff Lee. Amaro had targeted a catcher, and two pitchers in the minors with the Yanks taking on Lee’s full contract. Nunez might have been included as well. Pretty reliable source, someone who has been watching Eithier play for the past few weeks along with a few other rplayers

  21. NYY_Girl_Penny June 29th, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    astrocityfan says:
    June 29, 2013 at 6:48 pm
    I’ve had 2 hot dogs chips and salsa and 20 ounces of diet coke. Movin on to ice cream and then moving back to hot dogs when the game starts . I have a game plan and am ready to go!

    lol @ that ! you got me to smile and stop my frustrated ranting for a few :)

  22. austinmac June 29th, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Trisha,

    It sounds as if you have your pom poms with you. :)

    Two, four six, eight . . .

  23. Hankflorida June 29th, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Since we have eleven games against the Twins and Royals before the break, should we not make some deals for offense right now and not wait for the trade deadline because losing to these teams will end our season.

  24. NYY_Girl_Penny June 29th, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    er “Boogenesis” was a slip but that name fits even better! hah :)

  25. Jerkface June 29th, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    MLB is dumb. The fact I have to proxy through Korea to watch the Yankees on a saturday is absurd. Its 2013.

  26. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 29th, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    austin, of COURSE I have my pompoms with me. When don’t I??? :D

    Except it was not cheerleading to which I was making reference. There are many other baseball thoughts and theories shared here, some in-game references, some general baseball references, and I definitely ascribe to the theory that safety in numbers doesn’t always necessarily apply.

    I’m sure that people parroted that the world was flat for a very long time – and in the end, well we discovered it was anything but! Galileo Galilei was a voice in the wind – but the correct voice as it turned out.

    Dat’s all!

  27. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 29th, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Wow, Pirates with best record in baseball! Who woulda thunk it!

  28. NYY_Girl_Penny June 29th, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Hankflorida says:
    June 29, 2013 at 6:57 pm
    Since we have eleven games against the Twins and Royals before the break, should we not make some deals for offense right now and not wait for the trade deadline because losing to these teams will end our season.

    what’s out there? even better, to make an impact ?
    we have very little of what people want..

    people will prob disagree but i’d put Cano on the trading block .. even if its just a negotiation tactic to let him know that we dont want him if its gonna be anything closd to what he is currently seeking… as far as im concerned Cano gets a deal better than Kinsler and Pedroia but no way in heck does he get a steroid $$ deal .. those days ahould be over. if Cano wont be happy to be a NYY for his entire career with 6 years and 18mil a season plus performance bonuses then trade him or let him go .. period! dont need another aging unclutch player, have they not learned?

  29. Nick in SF June 29th, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    “The fact I have to proxy through Korea to watch the Yankees on a saturday is absurd.”

    Please get me a bowl of yukejang while you’re at it.

  30. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 29th, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Jays taking a 6-2 lead to the bottom of the 9th.

  31. NYY_Girl_Penny June 29th, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    rumor has it the yanks are just positioning themselves for the next few drafts.

  32. NYY_Girl_Penny June 29th, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Nick in SF says:
    June 29, 2013 at 7:09 pm
    “The fact I have to proxy through Korea to watch the Yankees on a saturday is absurd.”

    Please get me a bowl of yukejang while you’re at it.

    japan proxies are much faster due to their newly built “tubes” infrastructure.

  33. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 29th, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Neil Wagner dialed in at 97.


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