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Yankees pregame: The Captain returns in the minors

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Jul 05, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Derek Jeter is scheduled to be back playing baseball tomorrow night at around 7:05. For now, he’s a RailRider. The  Captain was cleared today to begin his 20-day rehab assignment clock. So he will play at least five innings at shortstop for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre against visiting Lehigh Valley.

“That’s really good news,” Joe Girardi said. “That obviously means his ankle feels a lot better. He’s been dying to get out there since spring training and he’s had some setbacks. But this is a really good sign.

“I think he has to feel comfortable playing. He really hasn’t had a whole lot of at-bats. He hasn’t played a whole lot of infield. So (we need to see him) being able to go back-to-back days, back-to-back-to-back days that sort of thing.”

Asked if he would rule out Jeter returning on this final homestand before the break, Girardi said, “I don’t really have any expectations because I haven’t seen him play. If I can see him play in some games … I’d feel a lot better about making that decision.”

Right now, Girardi thinks Eduardo Nunez has a better chance of returning before the break than Jeter and Alex Rodriguez.

Robinson Cano has had five different double-play partners starting opposite him, the latest being Luis Cruz. Jeter would provide stability.

“Hopefully everything goes well with him and we will see him pretty soon,” Cano said.

Michael Pineda is supposed to make the final rehab start on his 30-day clock tomorrow with Double-A Trenton and then the Yankees will have to decide where he fits.

“We’ll see how he does tomorrow and make an evaluation,” Girardi said.

Girardi said Zoilo Almonte is just getting a rest today as this long stretch of games continues to the break. Vernon Wells is starting in left.

Hiroki Kuroda said his hip flexor feels OK now. He was cleared to throw a bullpen session today.

 
 

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82 Responses to “Yankees pregame: The Captain returns in the minors”

  1. Nick in SF July 5th, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    See you in hell, candy boys .

  2. Nick in SF July 5th, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    See you in hell, candy boys video link:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gm2U1MBByIw

  3. Captain Clutch July 5th, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Girardi should have rested Almonte in one of the games against the Twins so he would be ready to go in this series. You rest guys against the garbage teams not against the O’s, Rays or Sox. Girardi does some really weird things sometimes.

  4. Hans Davenport July 5th, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Mick, Didn’t see the Ruth article. As far as I can see in the majors Almonte has been better as A LH hitter, of course against RH pitching. Not sure what his minors stats were like.

  5. J. Alfred Prufrock July 5th, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Same crap.

  6. Hassey July 5th, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    I hope Davis and Machado get buzz cuts tonight

    Nothing dangerous, just good old fashioned high and tight cheese at chest level

  7. J. Alfred Prufrock July 5th, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Hans, his OPS is in the .600s right-handed, but I’ve seen he has power as a righty as well and I expect his oppo power right-handed to develop, provided they allow him to face LHP .

  8. jacksquat July 5th, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    24 year old corner outfielders don’t need rest. This is all about Wells.

  9. Niblick July 5th, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    I don’t get all this praise for Girardi.

    In April, the Yanks were winning because Wells, Hafner and Overbay were all playing over their heads. When they stopped hitting, the Yanks started losing.

    Exactly what did the Binder have to do with any of that?

  10. RhapsodyInBlue July 5th, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    He needs rest. The kid is probably chomping on the bit.

  11. astrocityfan July 5th, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    I just can’t get bent out of shape about Almonte resting tonight. It’s just one game. He’ll be back in there tomorrow. I won’t be around for the game tonight so have fun guys! And go yankees!

  12. mick July 5th, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Wells has been hot and Almonte gets a day, it’s as simple as that.
    Almonte will be out there the rest of the way to the break.

  13. Niblick July 5th, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Old Vern is the one who needs rest from legging out those two base hits yesterday.

  14. chicken_stanley July 5th, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    mick says:July 5, 2013 at 3:52

    Hans-You see where Klapisch got an idea for a Ruth article from us last night?

    —-

    Funny… the Ripkin brothers also had a “could Ruth play today” segment on their mlb radio show today.

  15. Ys Guy July 5th, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    yankees spreading the wealth around their minor league teams, nice to see.

    not doing that go the mets kicked out of buffalo in one season.

  16. Niblick July 5th, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Hitting a few singles isn’t hot. It’s just not abyssmal, like most of Vern’s season has been. But Cash spent the millions on him, so he’s going to play. It’s more important to save face than win games.

  17. igotid88 July 5th, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Anybody here going the the MLB All Star Fan Fest?

  18. Hankflorida July 5th, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Jim K, the right field porch can change the way hitters just become pull hitters, but since I was watching games in the late thirties, that was the MO of the Yankees. This team is now playing with an outfield of place setters in a ball park that was built for hitters to emulate Ruth, and you could get away with it if you had the power hitters at 1st, 2nd and 3rd. When you have the supporting cast for the place setters hitting below the Mendoza Line, then the season is slowly drawing to a close maybe after this weekend.

  19. RhapsodyInBlue July 5th, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    “Funny… the Ripkin brothers also had a “could Ruth play today” segment on their mlb radio show today.”

    Could Cal play in Gehrig’s day should have been the subject.

  20. Niblick July 5th, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    The real question is: Could Cluless Joe manage for anyone other than Brainless Cashman?

  21. Ys Guy July 5th, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    walk chris davis. then walk him again. then later on when you’re thinking about pitching to him, walk him again.

    weiters is having a crappy season(0 for 9 in july and .206 vs. yankees) and hardy is slumping badly the past few weeks (0 for 12 in july .261 vs. yankees)

  22. Ys Guy July 5th, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    in fact, have stewie signal for the intentional walk before davis leaves the on-deck circle!

  23. Ys Guy July 5th, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    even better, have stewie catch wiether’s eye when he’s at the bat rack and signal that they’re gonna walk davis.

  24. SoS July 5th, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Dwight to rockets. Jordans 6 titles are safe. I’m guessing kobes bling didn’t impress d12. Should h ave borrowed phils ring collection.
    Congrats nuck on gstate getting iggy. Looking good.

  25. Barry July 5th, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Niblick —

    Would you be this disrespectful in person?

  26. Ys Guy July 5th, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    i dont care what kobe said when he was being a ‘good soldier’ the past couple of weeks, you know he’s smilin all over that howard’s out of elay.

    i dont do twitter much but i’d be expecting a nasty kobe kiss-off pretty soon.

  27. SoS July 5th, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    No one will go to the lakers till kome retires.

  28. Niblick July 5th, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    They will get the respect they deserve.

  29. J. Alfred Prufrock July 5th, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Barry July 5th, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Niblick —

    Would you be this disrespectful in person?
    ///

    Maybe he’d be as respectful as Brian Cashman is to his own players, and tell Cash to STFU.

    What’s good for the goose… ;)

  30. Ys Guy July 5th, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    i agree it may hurt the lakers in the short run but that jerk isnt leading anyone to any championship, so in the long run the lakers win out here. (although maybe not kupchek and kobe)

  31. Barry July 5th, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Not at all the right answer. Brian Cashman appears to have his problems but in no way does that have any relationship to the behaviour of others. And certainly not to Joe Girardi.

  32. Ys Guy July 5th, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    lakers and celtics both in the lottery next year?

  33. jmills July 5th, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Nice start to the evening, I’m home in one piece, the dome might be unfurled, but I might need a pill if my team continues this seesaw show.

  34. Niblick July 5th, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Cashman cheated on his wife (repeatedly), says horrible things about his players publicly, criticizes transactions that the team makes that he claims not to have supported and generally is not truthful.

    He has survived only because he has always had the largest budget in the major leagues.

    Exactly what respect should he command?

  35. J. Alfred Prufrock July 5th, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    “appears to have his problems” well, that’s euphemistically put.

    Maybe Cashman actually needs your lecture.

  36. Ys Guy July 5th, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    girardi is excellent for this team. everyone around the team respects him.

    this is the yankees, its not a manager led team like tampa bay is.

    people want to argue with every single move any yankees manager makes but in the long run, girardi has been great at getting solid production out of aging and often injured players.

    and his success with the bullpen speaks for itself.

    people who think they would be a better manager will always b*tch about every move but that would happen if casey or john mcgraw were here too.

    guy’s doing a great job!

  37. J. Alfred Prufrock July 5th, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    jmills, how does your garden grow, sir? :D

    I hope the bluejays aren’t spoiling it.

  38. Ys Guy July 5th, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    “Maybe Cashman actually needs your lecture.”
    ———————————————-
    probably not. with all the jr. gm’s here he’s probably getting enough of that.

    but go ahead and add another, im sure he’s losing alot of sleep thinking about ‘what would JAP do.”….

  39. SoS July 5th, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    This just in. Dwight wants to be traded out of houston. Not a fan of coaches philosophy.
    I would tank the season for a chance to get wiggins.

  40. jmills July 5th, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Alfred, I’ve spent good parts of the last five days ensuring my front appears normal while still satisfying my palate.

  41. Hans Davenport July 5th, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Could Cal play in Gehrig’s day should have been the subject

    A valid point indeed. Hmm?

  42. jmills July 5th, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    I don’t know what happened to the message I sent to Barry stating that if he returns to Toronto, I’ll glad reorientate him to these heightened parts.

  43. Hans Davenport July 5th, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock July 5th, 2013 at 5:13 pm
    Hans, his OPS is in the .600s right-handed, but I’ve seen he has power as a righty as well and I expect his oppo power right-handed to develop, provided they allow him to face LHP .

    There have been players, generally young players, who have improved their stats versus pitchers from one side of the mound or the other. This is true.

  44. J. Alfred Prufrock July 5th, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    but go ahead and add another, im sure he’s losing alot of sleep thinking about ‘what would JAP do.”….
    ///

    You and some others here are eternally butthurt about anything uncomplimentary of Cashman. That’s your problem. The point is, that guy “Barry” lecturing Niblick about his manners towards Cashman is highly dubious, considering the latter’s classless and juvenile behavior as a New York Yankees’ executive, and considering theat Niblick is a Yankee fan on a sports blog. He wondered if Niblick would be “this disrespectful in person,” and my reply “like Cashman is to his own players?” rather makes the point.

    Next time, you can do your own “context” homework before spazzing out to defend the GM against imaginary swords.

  45. jmills July 5th, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    ” Gladly ” – that’s what happens when you react too fast on this little Underwood, this questionable blackberry.

  46. J. Alfred Prufrock July 5th, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Hans, switch hitters take longer to develop, also. I hope they don’t just neglect him as a RHB, because as I have noted, he has both left and right-handed power.

  47. Barry July 5th, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    jmills –

    Almost managed a few weeks ago. The deal for a new condo did not work out. Still in the hunt and I will look forward to the orientation

  48. J. Alfred Prufrock July 5th, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    jmills July 5th, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Alfred, I’ve spent good parts of the last five days ensuring my front appears normal while still satisfying my palate.
    ///

    flash fried zucchini flowers for supper? :D

  49. Ys Guy July 5th, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    so jmills just had canada day, we had the 4th and luis is probably celebrating independance day today down in the ‘land of grace’

    any malawian’s celebrating tomorrow?

  50. yankee21 July 5th, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    It might be just as simple as giving Almonte a day off. If so it won’t kill his development at the big-league level.

    OTOH if Joe G is contemplating regularly cycling in V. Wells as part of the OF I think it is a really bad choice and it will not just stunt Almonte’s development but more importantly hurt this team offensively.

    I’ll give Joe G the benefit of the doubt for now on this point until he proves by his actions otherwise.

  51. mick July 5th, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    when was the last time we had a normal 7pm sitdown tv game without a rain delay?

  52. jmills July 5th, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Alfred, I’ve got Milton’s Mullberry bush brewing out front ( at first, way back when, I had to ask my neighbour, Valery, what it was as I didn’t want to poison any surrounding kids :) ). Grab a basket, take what u please!

  53. yankee21 July 5th, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    JAP,

    Almonte looks really good from the left-side. ALthough his ABs have been infrequent batting right-handed,, he does not look good at all from that side. Either he improves or he just might want to consider dropping the RH act.

    Defensively he looks better than I thought he would. All in all, he looks like a guy who can help the team beyond this season. What a concept!

  54. Ys Guy July 5th, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    ” J. Alfred Prufrock July 5th, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    but go ahead and add another, im sure he’s losing alot of sleep thinking about ‘what would JAP do.”….
    ///

    You and some others here are eternally butthurt about anything uncomplimentary of Cashman. That’s your problem. The point is, that guy “Barry” lecturing Niblick about his manners towards Cashman is highly dubious, considering the latter’s classless and juvenile behavior as a New York Yankees’ executive, and considering theat Niblick is a Yankee fan on a sports blog. He wondered if Niblick would be “this disrespectful in person,” and my reply “like Cashman is to his own players?” rather makes the point.

    Next time, you can do your own “context” homework before spazzing out to defend the GM against imaginary swords.
    ———————————–
    whoa! hit a nerve there, eh?

    spazzing? i like that, a blast from the past. tubular, dude!

  55. mick July 5th, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    what indicators are there for changing Almontes playing pattern other than the paranoia of some.
    make that a few…

  56. J. Alfred Prufrock July 5th, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    JFTR, I think Girardi would never speak to a player, nor about a player, publicly the way Cashman has.

    I don’t personally care for Girardi as a manager, and have been critical of his postseason managing, especially the 2011 ALDS, but I think he is a decent human being.

    Cashman has behaved, at best, like an insolent school boy who takes passive aggressive pleasure in demeaning his own players.

    My point was obvious: there’s irony in a commenter on a Yankee message board assuming indignation at another for speaking “disrespectfully” of Brian Cashman, when Cashman speaks to, and of, his own players, through the media, with disrespect and even disdain.

  57. jmills July 5th, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    YS, I’m going to clean out your establishment just out of Newark when I make my way down in the Prelude. Mick, u got any new music in case things don’t work out so swell tonight?

  58. luis July 5th, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Good evening guys and belated happy 4th of July to all.

    Go Vato!!

    About Mr Cashman…He has even spoken with disdain toward the fan base… Those that actuallly indirectly pay his salary

  59. mick July 5th, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    jmills…not big on todays music…just go to the classics.

  60. J. Alfred Prufrock July 5th, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    whoa! hit a nerve there, eh?
    ///

    not really. You went off half c*cked about Cashman, as usual, and I was trying to explain the context and origin of the discussion. If anyone’s off the rails, it’s you and your ilk on perceived Cashman slights.

    Some of us just see him for what he is.

  61. mick July 5th, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    luis-spoken like el presidente…glad to see you still alive.

  62. J. Alfred Prufrock July 5th, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    luis, that’s true too, and maybe an even better point.

    Cashman has directly “disrespected” Mr. Niblick, the Yankee fan, so have at, Niblick, I say!

  63. yankee21 July 5th, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    mick,

    I’m not saying Joe G is changing Almonte’s playing pattern by sitting him out tonight.
    And I’m not sure anyone on this board is either. The “paranoia” you speak of is an under-handed attempt to ignore the obvious deference Joe G has toward continually playing old veterans who continue to suck like V. Wells over not so old guys who have a chance to get better. That represents years of indicators and that is the concern with this manager not a specific situation tonight (giving ALmonte a seat).

  64. mick July 5th, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    kay with the reverse thumb ti O’Neill….hand in pocket mike

  65. luis July 5th, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    mick July 5th, 2013 at 6:59 pm
    luis-spoken like el presidente…glad to see you still alive.

    ================================

    LMAO!! Yup, no assasination attempt as of yet ;)

  66. Niblick July 5th, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Forgot about Cashman’s classic – that he was hanging on to Ben Franciso just to p$$s off the fans.

  67. mick July 5th, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    I’m not saying Joe G is changing Almonte’s playing pattern by sitting him out tonight.
    And I’m not sure anyone on this board is either. The “paranoia” you speak of is an under-handed attempt to ignore the obvious deference Joe G has toward continually playing old veterans who continue to suck like V. Wells over not so old guys who have a chance to get better. That represents years of indicators and that is the concern with this manager not a specific situation tonight (giving ALmonte a seat).
    ============
    maybe for you…not the LoHud team leaders

  68. mick July 5th, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    LMAO!! Yup, no assasination attempt as of yet
    ==========
    Good-would not want a radical like austinmac in charge.

  69. luis July 5th, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock July 5th, 2013 at 7:00 pm
    luis, that’s true too, and maybe an even better point.

    Cashman has directly “disrespected” Mr. Niblick, the Yankee fan, so have at, Niblick, I say!

    =========================

    Exactly my point

  70. Barry July 5th, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    So, Alfred –

    You think “clueless Joe” is insightful and appropriate along with “brainless Cashman” huh? There are sixty jobs ike theirs. Apparently hard fought and comptetive — to acquire, I mean. Oh, and The Love Song is a product of sensitivity and intelligence…Possibly Prufrock another pseudonym to hide behind is in the offing…?

  71. mick July 5th, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    It might be just as simple as giving Almonte a day off. If so it won’t kill his development at the big-league level.

    I’ll give Joe G the benefit of the doubt for now on this point until he proves by his actions otherwise.
    ============
    you said it yourself-was not referring to you Y21, you are a fair fan

  72. J. Alfred Prufrock July 5th, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    yankee21,

    I remember how awful Melky looked right-handed and although he isn’t hitting LHP so far this season, he’s had two straight years of hitting lefties really well and he started to hit them in 2009, which is why Girardi made him the starter (identifying his improved right-handed ABs as the tipping point).

    I have not seen much of Almonte batting right-handed down here (in Trenton) when he was in AA, but what I saw told me he has untapped RH power. Switch-hitters really need extra time to develop from both sides of the plate, so I wouldn’t profile him as a career platoon guy just yet.

  73. Ys Guy July 5th, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    i speak with derision about alot of the fan base, too.

    alike the people next to me at the last game i went to (early june) who couldnt figure out why arod wasn’t in the lineup. but they spent probably $200 on thier tickets (we snuck down with our $11 stub hub tickets) and even more on thier matching jeter jerseys (with the name on the back) and probably parked in the stadium lot, so as long as they want to pay arod’s salary, who am I to knock them?

    besides, the yankees fell behind and they headed home in the 6th inning, so they really weren’t much of a bother…..

  74. mick July 5th, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    members of the underground stay here….all others advance to game thread

  75. jmills July 5th, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Mick, I unashamedly admit, I like what some of what the present kids are making musically, beats listening to Rod Stewart, ” I’ve got the World on a String ” :) Maybe Rod should be a singin’, ” I’ve got Sting on a String “.

    Given, I love the classics, give me Peggy Lee, ” If That’s All there Is “. Miss Lee is better with one lung than my sorry self with two.

  76. J. Alfred Prufrock July 5th, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Barry July 5th, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    So, Alfred –

    You think “clueless Joe” is insightful and appropriate along with “brainless Cashman” huh? There are sixty jobs ike theirs. Apparently hard fought and comptetive — to acquire, I mean. Oh, and The Love Song is a product of sensitivity and intelligence…Possibly Prufrock another pseudonym to hide behind is in the offing…?
    ///

    I think “clueless Joe” is tepid, at best, in the “disrespectful” department. Joe isn’t his superior, he’s a manager of a baseball team the guy roots for.

    And here’s what else I think: you come in here full of high sentence – and a bit obtuse – and try to smack people down who regularly contribute to the discourse, here. No one needs your etiquette advice. Talk baseball, fine, but check your presumptuous moralizing at the door.

    Your read on the poem is also not very perceptive, and why you’re commenting on that, I have no idea.

  77. jmills July 5th, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Barry, u and Alfred should connect as I think there is great potential :) p.S., where the heck did you reside in Toronto?, I was a Queen and Brunswick apartment dweller ( right next to Jilly’s strip joint ).

  78. Barry July 5th, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Jmills

    I was at the Lake, then the old Ports on Yonge Stret, Carlton at Jarvis as previously discussed, Niagara On The Lake, then just east of Bayview north of Eglinton in new condos — prior to relocation in Montreal. This was something personal. My wife was in decline and her family here. Made a decision, unfortunate or not, about returning, and she died. Inappropirate for the blog but nonetheless an honest answer. I want to go back to The Bayview location, if possible. And, as you may have gathered, I am an old man. But, and don’t tell Prufrock, Brian Cashman is my mother.

  79. mick July 5th, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    barry-
    come to the game thread or i will be forced to relay this news about cashman. :)

  80. jmills July 5th, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Barry, I can’t place words for your loss; if you decide to return, let me know, it would be no bother to reshow you around. In the meantime, take good care of yourself!

  81. Barry July 5th, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    mick –

    You are really cute. Thumbs Up.

  82. mick July 5th, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    You are really cute. Thumbs Up.
    ==============
    come on over…


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