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Pregame notes: Rodriguez moving up to Trenton tomorrow

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 14, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Sunday’s are usually quiet mornings at the ballpark, and that’s certainly what this has been. An hour and a half ago, the only players in the clubhouse were Adam Warren and CC Sabathia, while there were the unmistakable sounds of someone taking early batting practice in the indoor cages.

The Yankees had optional batting practice this morning, and right now there’s a pretty large crowd out there taking swings. The current group has Lyle Overbay, Vernon Wells and Zoilo Almonte taking turns.

As for pregame notes…

Rodriguez Rehab Baseball• Yet again wrapped in controversy and speculation, Alex Rodriguez is scheduled to play another rehab game with High-A Tampa this afternoon, then he’ll move up to Double-A tomorrow. According to Brian Cashman, Rodriguez will join Trenton in Reading. “The reports have been OK,” Joe Girardi said. “Physically he’s doing OK. You just keep rehabbing and trying to lengthen him out, play him a couple of days in a row and see what we have after the 20 days.”

• The Yankees first three starters after the break: Andy Pettitte, Hiroki Kuroda and CC Sabathia. “Making sure CC got a couple extra, Kuroda got a couple extra, (and) Andy got a couple extra,” Girardi said.

• Brett Gardner is available, but Girardi is trying to give him a day off. “Just a day off,” Girardi said. “He’s played every day for us. He’s a little beat up, but he’s available to me. I just thought, if I can buy him an extra day, I’ll buy him that extra day.”

• After being out sick yesterday, Derek Jeter is supposed to be back with the team today. Not playing, obviously, but he’ll be at the ballpark. “We’re really not going to evaluate him probably until Thursday or Friday,” Girardi said.

• David Phelps is scheduled to join Jayson Nix in Tampa next week. “Hopefully he’ll start throwing sometime this week,” Girardi said.

• With the break coming up, Ivan Nova is available out of the bullpen today. “In case (this is) some really long game,” Girardi said.

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80 Responses to “Pregame notes: Rodriguez moving up to Trenton tomorrow”

  1. Jesus Bustero July 14th, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Buster’s wish list:

    Mark Trumbo
    Asdrubal Cabrera
    Chase Headley
    Dioner Navarro

  2. Jesus Bustero July 14th, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Why thank you, it’s great to be here, my favorite time of year.

  3. jacksquat July 14th, 2013 at 11:51 am

    So much for all the conspiracy theories about why Arod is only in Tampa.

  4. Jesus Bustero July 14th, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Ichiro Suzuki-RF/LF
    Derek Jeter-DH/SS
    Robinson Cano-2B
    Mark Trumbo-1B/RF/3B
    Curtis Granderson-CF
    Chase Headley-3B/1B/RF
    Asdrubal Cabrera-SS
    Zoilo Almonte-LF
    Dioner Navarro-C

    CC Sabathia
    Hiroki Kuroda
    Ivan Nova
    Andy Pettitte
    David Phelps

  5. DONNYBROOK July 14th, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Why absolutely NO mention around here of the possibility that A-Rod went MIA following his MLB grilling on Fri? If you want the story check out “The Post”.

  6. comnsnse July 14th, 2013 at 11:52 am

    JAP, may we expect an in depth review of Arod’s visit to our capital city?

    How about the other Jersey boys and girls, are you planning to go?

  7. Jesus Bustero July 14th, 2013 at 11:55 am

    My theory is Arod was brought to tears after MLB tore him a new one and basically laid out a case to “off him”. He was too shaken to make the minor league game so fresh from the grilling.

  8. 86w183 July 14th, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Seems pretty innocuous to me. It was pouring, so he skipped a Class-A game that was certain to get rained out.

    It wouldn’t be an issue with any other player.

  9. m1kew July 14th, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Someone with a streak of sarcasm in him would say people will stay away from A-Rod’s Double A appearance. But more likely, the stands will be filled … everyone slows down to see a car wreak.

  10. Jesus Bustero July 14th, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    But Arod never cited weather or implied risk of injury as his reason for skipping. When called by Brian Cashman the reason he gave was “I just can’t make it”.

    Just because?

    The reports said he was visibly shaken after the meeting. He could not pull himself together before the game. That’s my theory. He had probably just witnessed his baseball life flash before his eyes and didn’t have the stomach for the game momentarily. He probably felt physically ill at the thought of losing all that money. A 150-game minimum suspension without pay (if reports are to be believed), possibly worse is a lost of tens of millions of dollars.

    It is a big deal.

  11. Chad Jennings July 14th, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    DONNYBROOK July 14th, 2013 at 11:51 am e

    Why absolutely NO mention around here of the possibility that A-Rod went MIA following his MLB grilling on Fri? If you want the story check out “The Post”.

    Posted about it last night. The link to Joel’s story is a few posts down.

    …..

    86w183 July 14th, 2013 at 11:55 am e

    Seems pretty innocuous to me. It was pouring, so he skipped a Class-A game that was certain to get rained out.

    It wouldn’t be an issue with any other player.

    Ultimately harmless, maybe, but I think it’s a significant issue that would be a big deal no matter who did it. Alex has 20 days — not games — to complete this rehab assignment. The fact he would skip a game (and all the pregame stuff that comes with it) is stunning, even for him. Given the circumstances of the day, it’s certainly not out of line to think he might WANT to take the day off to gather himself, but to simply not show up is a pretty big deal.

  12. 86w183 July 14th, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Wells is 12-29 (.414) this month.

    He was excellent to start the year, .301 10 HR 23 RBI in the first 40 games. He was awful for six weeks from mid-May to the end of June.

    Far from the worst acquisition this year let alone ever.

  13. tbone1570 July 14th, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    comnsnse says:
    July 14, 2013 at 10:57 am
    Buster, I’d bet Jeter would not seriously oppose that move since his main idea is to reach the top 5 in all time base hits.

    Molitor?

    ————————-

    That’s pure fpeculatipn on your part about his motivation to play.

  14. tbone1570 July 14th, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    * speculation ( damn iPhone!)

  15. GregD July 14th, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    We don’t know who ARod talked to before missing the game…….you would think he had permission since the Yanks are not making a big deal of it

  16. 86w183 July 14th, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    I don’t know what his motivation was, but the bottom line is there was ZERO chance of the game being played. Torrential rains for three straight days.

    His bio-genesis situation is a very big deal. His not going to Legends Field to watch it rain isn’t.

  17. Jesus Bustero July 14th, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    We do know who he talked to. Brian Cashman called him. Yankees did make a big deal about it. They told Sherman team officials were furious.

    Yet they gave him permission?

  18. joeman July 14th, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Big money long term contracts more often than not won’t work..I hope the NYY follow this line from now on..

  19. Hankflorida July 14th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Bustero, interesting take on getting Trumbo as it may fit Hal’s cap, and when you link him with Boesch and Welles, the long ball numbers may still be there when they let Granderson go.

  20. Teary. Francona. July 14th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    iphone did a job on speculation, there.

  21. jacksquat July 14th, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    If they are furious about him missing a sure rainout then they are just trying to find reasons to be furious.

  22. joeman July 14th, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    I for one think that they gave CC a bad contract for them…. $25 million salary for 2016 and gets a $25 million option for 2017 …really don’t see how he’s going to pitch well thru this contract….

  23. Jesus Bustero July 14th, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    I think they’re furious because when they called him, and he answered, he did not provide a reason as to why he was skipping other than, “I just can’t make it.” Just because is not an acceptable answer. He could have easily said, he did not want to risk injury due to weather/rain. It was a convenient excuse just laying there.

  24. tbone1570 July 14th, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Damn technology, I hate it!

  25. Rich in NJ July 14th, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    If they are furious about him missing a sure rainout then they are just trying to find reasons to be furious.
    -

    I agree with this.

  26. Teary. Francona. July 14th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Everyone is out to get ARod. Sure he bring some of it, or half of it, on himself, but everyone’s out to get him.

    Nobody gets on Ortiz for failing to address his positive PED test. Nobody gets on Ortiz for committing a violent crime (something ARod has never done). Yes, throwing bats at an umpire is assault with a deadly weapon. Since the bats never hit the umpire, I don’t think it could have been battery.

  27. Jesus Bustero July 14th, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    If Arod had a thousand OPS like Ortiz I might overlook a few things as well, I don’t care how swollen his head becomes. He could look like a Bonds bobble head doll for all I care.

  28. yankeefeminista July 14th, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Yanks were so furious that they didn’t even penalize Alex.

  29. yankeefeminista July 14th, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    And Trenton’s on the road, so the games start in Reading, so not sure I will make that trip.

  30. Teary. Francona. July 14th, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    ARod isn’t afforded the same opportunity as Ortiz, to use PEDs without fear of reprisal.

  31. Jesus Bustero July 14th, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Yeah penalize him fresh out of a tricky legal situation. That would be smart.

  32. jacksquat July 14th, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    You would think the reason (aside from the rain) he didn’t want to play that day would be pretty obvious and understandable.

  33. Jesus Bustero July 14th, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    If the reason was so understandable, he could have stated the reason. “I just can’t make it.” is a cop out.

  34. MG July 14th, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    86w183 July 14th, 2013 at 12:07 pm
    I don’t know what his motivation was, but the bottom line is there was ZERO chance of the game being played. Torrential rains for three straight days.

    His bio-genesis situation is a very big deal. His not going to Legends Field to watch it rain isn’t.
    —————–
    that is overstating the weather situation in Tampa.

    I live in Tampa and while it has rained just about every day for the past month it is a couple of hours at a time.

    Yesterday it poured from 11-1, no rain after that.

    It usually rains in the late afternoon/early evening, that is likely what happened on Friday afternoon (all of these days just run into one another) but there was no way of knowing the game would be called off at 4PM because even if it was raining it could have stopped and cleared off.

  35. mick July 14th, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    why do fans have to justify hating arod?
    personally, i think that is easier than loving him.
    do i want him to be able to play well again for the yanks? sure…
    is that hypocritical? i really don’t know or care.

  36. LGY July 14th, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    It’s going to be pretty funny when ARod comes back and he’s suddenly their 2nd best hitter.

    The Yankees are just trying to divert attention from the train wreck of an offense they put together.

  37. Jesus Bustero July 14th, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    The Phil Hughes situation is intriguing. If he secretly longs for an escape and wants to pitch in say SoCal…you don’t want him to get slack at all before the trade deadline. There is a line of starters waiting for a turn. You’ve made Hughes a reliever in the past.

    Then it comes out that a team interested in your services (Rockies) wants to convert you back to a reliever in your walk year while you’re trying to establish value in advance of free agency.

    It was clever to engage the Rockies and leak that nugget. I dont know if it was intentional or not.

    If anything it should light a fire under Hughes as he pitches heading into the trade deadline.

    Trumbo would be a nice get.

  38. LGY July 14th, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    mick July 14th, 2013 at 12:29 pm
    why do fans have to justify hating arod?
    personally, i think that is easier than loving him.
    do i want him to be able to play well again for the yanks? sure…
    is that hypocritical? i really don’t know or care.

    ——-

    Why do you hate him?

  39. Jesus Bustero July 14th, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    LGY, Arod isn’t even the 2nd best hitter on the Tampa Yankees. What makes you think he’s going to come back and outhit a major leaguer?

  40. mick July 14th, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    I never said I hate him but I think there are fans that do.
    Never heard anyone say they hated Jeter.

  41. Teary. Francona. July 14th, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    I think Hughes as hit his pinnacle, Buster. There is no lighting a fire under him. He is as good as he ever will be. Which is consistently inconsistent, Unreliable, a back end rotation starter.

  42. Teary. Francona. July 14th, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    His Tampa plate appearances are his first since major surgery. He can hardly be blamed for stinking up the joint.

  43. LGY July 14th, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    ARod’s lowest OPS+ of his career is 113.

    Gardner, their 2nd best hitter right now is at 108.

  44. tbone1570 July 14th, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    mick July 14th, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    why do fans have to justify hating arod?

    ———————————–

    Some players fall into the “likeable” category and some fall into the “unlikeable” category. IMO, A-Rod falls into the latter category.

  45. mick July 14th, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Both Jeter and Arod prolly need the rest of the year off to fully heal.
    Rushing Jeter back was ridiculous.
    This is not 2nd guessing as I posted this before the game.
    That being said, it was great to see him back.

  46. Jesus Bustero July 14th, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    And he can hardly be expected to come back after 2 hip surgeries and nearly a year long absence and be the 2nd best hitter on the Yankees. These are some weird fantasies amidst a backdrop of scandal and pending suspension.

    MLB will suspend him before he has a chance to put on pinstripes.

    His biggest fans keep envisioning him coming back and rescuing the season.

    Like he did against the Tigers, before he hit up his dealer for more dope?

  47. mick July 14th, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Some players fall into the “likeable” category and some fall into the “unlikeable” category. IMO, A-Rod falls into the latter category.
    ======================
    I still find it funny that Manny was loved in Boston and he is a lot like Arod.

  48. 86w183 July 14th, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    MG —

    Maybe so, I’m no weather guru, but the fact is the game was a rain out and it was the third rain out in a row. It’s much ado about nothing.

    With the bio-genesis scandal swirling around him and a 1-for-18 start to his re-hab it is ridiculous that THIS is becoming a major topic.

  49. Jesus Bustero July 14th, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Cervelli is never once been lumped into the “calvary”.

    Baseball is going to suspend Cervelli, we don’t know if we’ll even see him again this year.

    Alex?

    “It’s going to be funny when he comes back and is the 2nd best hitter on the Yankees.”

    This statement fresh off a news report that Arod’s lawyers are scrambling for a plea of 150 games minimum and a statement (granted from an anonymous source) that MLB “wants him out” of the game.

    The denial here is unprecedented.

    Unprecedented.

    The guy is done in NY.

    Completely finished.

    Move on.

  50. Tar July 14th, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    “Given the circumstances of the day, it’s certainly not out of line to think he might WANT to take the day off to gather himself, but to simply not show up is a pretty big deal.”

    Maybe he wanted to tweet that he wasn’t going to make it……..but than thought better about it.

  51. Teary. Francona. July 14th, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    mick, it has everything to do with the media portrayal. If the players were switched, ARod would be beloved nationally, the happy-go-lucky face of the Red Sox, cursing “This is our effing city” while Manny Ramirez would be the PED using, lazy, bad teammate, criminal of the Yankees.

  52. Jesus Bustero July 14th, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    I cannot sit here any longer and listen to this therapy session. I’m going to get in touch with a nice pretty Latin girl I hung out with yesterday. She is Galician. Hot.

  53. tbone1570 July 14th, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    mick July 14th, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Some players fall into the “likeable” category and some fall into the “unlikeable” category. IMO, A-Rod falls into the latter category.
    ======================
    I still find it funny that Manny was loved in Boston and he is a lot like Arod.

    ———————————————
    He was loved when he was producing but I’d be interested in seeing the reaction if/when he goes back as a visiting player.

    I think another reason he was loved, he always came off as being “goofy” like the class clown from high school. A-Rod presents a more cold and calculating personality. I think if his personality was more like Swisher’s, he would have been much more “likeable”.

  54. mick July 14th, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    I think its more than that. Manny does not seem calculating or phony.
    Arod does..

  55. mick July 14th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    I think if his personality was more like Swisher’s, he would have been much more “likeable”.
    ====================
    Swisher was over the top.
    Jeter and O’Neill are the 2 most recent Yankees that were loved in NY.

  56. Teary. Francona. July 14th, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Good for you, Buster. Go get her!

  57. MG July 14th, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    86w183 July 14th, 2013 at 12:40 pm
    MG —

    Maybe so, I’m no weather guru, but the fact is the game was a rain out and it was the third rain out in a row. It’s much ado about nothing.

    With the bio-genesis scandal swirling around him and a 1-for-18 start to his re-hab it is ridiculous that THIS is becoming a major topic.
    —————–
    I don’t think it’s a major story, I think the major story is that he’s about to cut a deal for a significant suspension and after his 4 hour grilling on Friday he needed time to to recover-that’s entirely possible and realistic.

    You would think that if he had a great meeting with the investigators it would have motivated him to get out to the park and get to work-that’s how I would feel, how about you?

  58. Hankflorida July 14th, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Bustero, your idea about a trade involving Hughes for Trumbo allows us to have an outfield against right hand pitching of Trumbo, Gardener and Boesch for next year and maybe, Suzuki, Trumbo and Welles against Lefties. I am looking for the Yankees to have some power in their lineup and still adhere to Hal’s cap because that is what Cashman has to deal with.

  59. bruceb July 14th, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    This has probably already been raised…but why is Gardner sitting out a “must-win” game for the Yanks when he won’t be playing again until Friday?

  60. mick July 14th, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Mariano.

  61. Niblick July 14th, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    It’s not Bustero’s idea for that trade. He cut Nd pasted from Sherman’s column.

  62. tomingeorgia July 14th, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    No baseball here today. It has rained a measurable amount on 38 of the past 45 days, and it’s pouring today. Flood watches and warnings in effect, and the yard looks like a rain forest. Trees falling all over the place due to sodden ground, and my soul is getting moldy.

  63. mick July 14th, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Why are these guys not loved in NY.
    Tex, Cano, Arod.
    Personality or lack of it?

  64. Teary. Francona. July 14th, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Yep, bruceb. Girardi (mis)management.

  65. tbone1570 July 14th, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    mick July 14th, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Why are these guys not loved in NY.
    Tex, Cano, Arod.
    Personality or lack of it?

    ******************************
    mick,

    I think you just hit the nail on the head!

  66. bruceb July 14th, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Tex has a tremendous personality and comes across as a really smart guy when he’s interviewed on radio and TV. The lack of love is purely down to his disappointing numbers on the field of play.

  67. MG July 14th, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    I’m no Girardi lover but here is the answer to the Gardner issue, I guess reading the stuff on the right side of this page is harder than complaining:

    Andrew Marchand @AndrewMarchand
    Gardner is just getting a day off because he is “beat up,” according to Girardi.

  68. mick July 14th, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Maybe Swish is loved in Cleveland, I don’t know, but NY fans didn’t fall all over him.

  69. mick July 14th, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Fans don’t love Tex for some reason.

  70. bruceb July 14th, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Most baseball players are “beat up” at this stage of the season. Most of them will be in action today. When you have to bat Almonte second in the lineup, most managers wouldn’t be resting their lead-off hitter unless he had a serious injury.

  71. 86w183 July 14th, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    I just want the bio-genesis mess over with

    Have a day all! Later

  72. Hassey July 14th, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Hope Week gets better and better each year
    The guy who came up with the idea (did I once read it was Jason grilli?) should have his number retired in Cf

  73. tbone1570 July 14th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    mick July 14th, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Maybe Swish is loved in Cleveland, I don’t know, but NY fans didn’t fall all over him.

    ——————————————-

    I wasn’t saying Swisher was loved here, just that if A-Rod had a more boisterous personality he would have been more accepted by Yankee fans. Swisher was way to “Animal House” for my taste, but that’s just me. I think a fairly large portion of the fan base did enjoy his personality.

  74. Teary. Francona. July 14th, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Gardner can get 5 days off because he is beat up, starting later today. He did not need today off.

  75. Teary. Francona. July 14th, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Jason Zillo.

  76. Hassey July 14th, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    I still have a bat from Bat Day like 30+ years ago

    Don’t make me use it upside your head

  77. Hassey July 14th, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Who is better to listen to about pitching? Cone, Darling or Herscheiser? Obviously Kaat is the gold standard

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