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Pregame notes: “I thought I’d go with Vernon”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 13, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Vernon Wells, Joe Girardi

Travis Hafner is physically able to play today. Joe Girardi is simply choosing to bench him in favor of Vernon Wells.

“(Hafner)’s fine,” Girardi said. “Vern has been putting up good at-bats and right handers have hit this guy better than left handers so I thought I’d go with Vernon.”

Twins starter Sam Deduno has reverse splits. Lefties are hitting .226/.288/.330 against him. Righties are hitting .302/.368/.425. Those numbers are hard to ignore, but it’s also impossible to overlook the fact Wells is hitting .440/.464/.520 in the month of July, a strong stretch of 25 at-bats at the end of two brutal months.

Hafner on the other hand is hitting .175/.262/.304 since May 1, and just .175/.267/.225 in his past 40 at-bats. He hasn’t homered since June 25.

“When he came back from the shoulder injury, it seemed like he was back on track,” Girardi said. “He was swinging good. It seems like he either hits it just foul and hits it hard, or fouls it straight back. His pitches he’s not hitting hard in play, he’s just missing them or hitting them foul. To me, that’s what I’ve seen. It’s hard to say why that’s happening, but it is a guy that we expect to be productive, and I’m going to run him back out there.”

Jayson Nix• Jayson Nix will report to Tampa on Monday to begin workouts as he works his way back from a strained hamstring. No word on whether Nix will need a rehab assignment. For now he’s just going to get some work in during the All-Star break. “I’m not so sure exactly when he’s going to be back,” Girardi said. “He’s going to go to Tampa on Monday and start doing more stuff. I’m not exactly sure what his schedule is and what he’s scheduled to do on Monday, but we will increase it.”

• Rained out last night, Alex Rodriguez is scheduled to play one game in today’s Tampa doubleheader. Girardi said he wasn’t sure which game.

• There’s no issue with Eduardo Nunez, just getting a day off. “This is a guy that basically came off a rehab and our original plan was we were going to build him up as well,” Girardi said. “He’s been out there every day.”

• No surprise that Austin Romine is starting the day game after a long night game. Chris Stewart is fine.

• Nothing new on Derek Jeter.

• This is the next-to-last game before the All-Star break. The Yankees have CC Sabathia starting tomorrow’s first-half finale.

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17 Responses to “Pregame notes: “I thought I’d go with Vernon””

  1. MG July 13th, 2013 at 11:49 am

    it’s pouring here in Tampa for about the 30th straight day, they better find another place for Arod to play some games and soon…

    MTU, read my last post on the last thread, no reason to repost it as it’s OT

  2. MTU July 13th, 2013 at 11:55 am

    MG-

    St. George is a beautiful little city w many great golf courses.

    I don’t play but I’ve heard that “Sky Mountain” is fantastic. Try that one some time.

    St. George is big town compared to our little town which has about 10K people.

    We visit or pass thru quite frequently.

    Time to work on the Mop.

    Enjoy the game.

  3. yankeefeminista July 13th, 2013 at 11:57 am

    repost

    yankeefeminista July 13th, 2013 at 11:53 am
    86w183 July 13th, 2013 at 11:43 am
    There’s nothing wrong with a switch hitter abandoning his weaker side. Guys have done it for years.
    ___
    Except Culver is supposedly a natural lefty, and in spite of the numbers considered the left side his strong side. Go figure.

    MTU, then the little one is due to be lucky, and he is lucky to have you as his human papa. And I am sure your love for him is a big factor in his ability to heal. Go, Lucky!

  4. yankeefeminista July 13th, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Hopefully, tyanks will be at the Alex game to give us a full report. It can’t help to not get game reps.

  5. J. Alfred Prufrock July 13th, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    JAP-

    Thanks for your continued support.

    I knew you thought Almonte was not a good fielder and that it was based on observation.

    Apparently something has changed for the better, or this is a temporary good spell.

    I hope it’s the former.

    :)
    ///

    I hope so too. He’s played all 3 OF positions in Trenton (less of CF but they have put him there) and most of his issues, as I think of it, have come when he’s in right.

    Originally, I thought he would have more problems in left, but maybe he sees the ball better off the bat there than in right because of RHB pull factor in right.

    I know he was determined to better.
    J. Alfred Prufrock July 13th, 2013 at 11:57 am

    *meant to say RHB pull factor in left!

  6. Hankflorida July 13th, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Alfred, The fact that you think that Almonte can raise his home run total especially from the left side is very important in determining what the Yankee lineup will look like. When Granderson leaves because of the cap and Gardener in a fixture in centerfield, the Yankees have to have the other two outfielder’s at a minimum to connect for home runs 4% of the at bats. Since we are losing the power numbers at third and catcher, the easiest place to pick up long ball hitters is in the outfield, and that is why I winter about Almonte’s place on this team as a regular.

  7. yanks61 July 13th, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    4 NYY July 13th, 2013 at 11:42 am
    yanks61

    Does that 61 refer to our great team of 1961 ?

    Remember them so well !!!

    4 NYY – Sorry to be so late in replying. I’m ducking in and out here.

    It does indeed refer to the 61 Yanks – the greatest team I’ve seen in my lifetime! I was busing tables all that summer and would swoop through the bar area during games to see the Yankees strike back in the later innings time after time. It was also the only season in which I kept newspaper clippings – long gone after numerous moves, I’m afraid.

  8. 86w183 July 13th, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    JAP — We’re good. I appreciate anyone’s first hand insight/observations.

    I offer a lot on the draft because I see a lot of college baseball and talk to scouts often.

    Have a day alll…. time to go 10 games over the .500 mark for the first time since June 11.

  9. joeman July 13th, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Big move by RS with Thorton will be a help for sure…Cone said last night that the NYY my have something in the works in terms of a trade didn’t say who but have to believe it involves Joba or Hughes or both anyone here anything

  10. J. Alfred Prufrock July 13th, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Hankflorida,

    First of all, I saw your “Zoo Story” reference when you were no longer on the board. I laughed, because yeah, Jerry is certainly a kind of “troll,” (although he’s also a philosopher with some money insights, too, so different in that respect).

    Almonte having power is testified to by the 21 homers he hit last year. Trenton is a pitcher’s park.

    As for losing traditional power spots at 3rd and C, what can you do. These people think they’re the SF Giants and that they play their games in AT&T park. I’ve been complaining about Cashman’s new model as a poor fit for the Stadium since Montero got traded.

    I hear your concern about the no-slug OF without Granderson, but maybe we see an alignment of Grandy-Gardy-Zoilo… I think Zoilo’s still feeling his way, but he’s a guy with plenty of left-handed punch for YS (and he has power without the YS qualification, but I think that’s still developing). He has RH power too, but I don’t know how many RH ABs he’s going to get here right now.

  11. J. Alfred Prufrock July 13th, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    86w183 July 13th, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    JAP — We’re good. I appreciate anyone’s first hand insight/observations.

    I offer a lot on the draft because I see a lot of college baseball and talk to scouts often.
    ///

    Yes, I enjoy reading those posts of yours about the college kids I haven’t seen.

    Have a good one.

  12. MG July 13th, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    yanks61 July 13th, 2013 at 12:08 pm
    4 NYY July 13th, 2013 at 11:42 am
    yanks61

    Does that 61 refer to our great team of 1961 ?

    Remember them so well !!!

    4 NYY – Sorry to be so late in replying. I’m ducking in and out here.

    It does indeed refer to the 61 Yanks – the greatest team I’ve seen in my lifetime! I was busing tables all that summer and would swoop through the bar area during games to see the Yankees strike back in the later innings time after time. It was also the only season in which I kept newspaper clippings – long gone after numerous moves, I’m afraid.
    —————–
    the ’61 team was probably the greatest Yankees team I’ve seen (’98 was also very special) but when you look at the stats it sure doesn’t show you a roster that would make you think that.

    The rotation was Whitey, Ralph Terry (coming off the Maz HR to end the ’60 WS), Bill Stafford (age 21), and Rollie Sheldon (rookie, made team for lower minors). Others who made starts were Jim Coates, Bud Daley and a washed up Bob Turley.

    They had Luis Arroyo in the bullpen having a career year, he was gone by the following year.

    Of course, they had the M&M boys and Ellie Howard also had a great year (and Yogi was OK in a part time role) but everyone else was average (or below average) offensively.

    What they did was win games with power hitting, great defense, and an ability to close out other teams, just the way the ’98 team did and I’m sure the ’27 team as well.

    Most pitchers back then were done by the time they were 30, they also were able to break into rotations as soon as they showed they were ready, very often in their early ’20s. Money has changed all of that and brought on innings limits, 5 man rotations, etc.

  13. exiledintampa July 13th, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Hiroki. The league leader in ERA pitched last night

  14. exiledintampa July 13th, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Pouring here again in Tampa, I think the Yankees are making it as difficult as possible for A-ROD just to push his buttons. Earlier I heard he would go to Buffalo to join SWB.

  15. MTU July 13th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    A-Rod is likely going to be cited by MLB.

    He’ll appeal and spend the remainder of the season answering questions about his guilt or innocence, and being distracted.

    Factor that in w coming back from a bad hip and you don’t have a very good formula for success.

  16. MTU July 13th, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Enjoy the game folks.

  17. yanks61 July 13th, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    MG – I’m glad you concur! Little Luis Arroyo did have a career year with that great screwball he had and was Whitey’s savior the whole season.

    You expected the main men to do their job and for the most part they did. Though, you’re right, only Mickey and Ellie among the regulars had .300 average. The rest of the guys were in the .260 – .270 range. But boy could they slug their way to victory! Didn’t they set the record for the most team HRs up to that year?

    I had some “secondary” favorites in Arroyo, Blanchard and Hector Lopez, who didn’t do much during the year but had himself a great WS (9Ab, 7 RBI’s and a .333 average.) They played that WS without Mantle and still took Cincy in 5 games. They were livid after losing their one game to O’Toole.

    Well, I’m off for the evening. Have a great day everyone and, of course, Go Yanks!


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