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Pregame notes: “You kind of want to see what you’ve got”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 21, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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The Yankees expect to have some answers on Alex Rodriguez’s quadriceps before the end of the day. Joe Girardi said Rodriguez’s MRI was scheduled for sometime around 5 p.m., and Girardi said he’s “pretty confident” the MRI will show nothing significant. At this point, the Yankees are not expecting Rodriguez to be in the lineup tomorrow, but Tuesday remains a possibility.

“I think anytime you’re going through rehab, there’s going to be some stiffness,” Girardi said. “Guys’ legs get heavy, they get sore. That’s part of getting in playing shape. … He basically called it some stiffness. From what I understood, from talking to him, he didn’t feel like he pulled anything. We don’t want to get in a situation where we call him up for a day, he plays a few innings, and then it’s more than what you think it is.”

As he left Scranton this afternoon, Rodriguez told reporters that he was still optimistic, going so far as to say he’s more optimistic than he was last night. He labeled the MRI as largely precautionary.

“The plan is pretty much as scheduled as 20 days ago with one exception: get an MRI, get on a flight to Texas, probably get a workout tomorrow and strap it on Tuesday,’’ Rodriguez said. “I do feel confident, between the MRI and having the whole staff sign off, and we’ll play Tuesday. I think that’s all we can do.”

For now, the Yankees seem to be in a wait-and-see mode. Which is pretty much where they’ve been all year.

“I think we’re all a little anxious to see how he looks physically and how he’s moving,” Girardi said. “Was this surgery as successful as the other one when he came back great and moved fine? I’ve talked to people who have seen him and said he ran good the other day. Actually, he ran good yesterday. He went through all those ground balls yesterday and said he was moving OK, but I am anxious to see it. He hasn’t played in a while, and he’s almost 38, and you kind of want to see what you’ve got.”

Derek Jeter• Derek Jeter stood in the box and tracked pitches while Andy Pettitte and Phil Hughes threw bullpens today. Jeter said he expects to hit tomorrow — “I think,” he said. “Write think.” — and he still believes he could be back in the lineup on Saturday when he’s eligible to come off the DL. “Why not?” he said. “What d I have to do?” Perhaps most significant is the fact he has yet to run since the setback. “Got a whole week,” Jeter said. “?I think I will be there.”

• Hard to know whether Jeter’s telling the truth when he says these things, but he was adamant in saying that the quad does not hurt. “Nothing,” he said. “Is there any better than nothing? So yeah. Nothing is what I feel.”

• Girardi seemed a little less optimistic that Jeter will be in the lineup on Saturday. “I guess anything’s possible,” Girardi said. “I’m just not sure. I think the biggest hurdle he would have to clear is running. I wouldn’t rule it out, but I wouldn’t say I’m 100 percent sure he’ll be back.”

• Other injury updates:

Curtis Granderson: “Grandy is taking BP,” Girardi said. “Should be a simulated game fairly shortly.”

Francisco Cervelli: “Cervy feels better,” Girardi said. “Cervy is throwing, and he says every day his arm feels better.” Girardi also said that Cervelli has started taking dry swings.

David Phelps: “Phelps threw another bullpen yesterday, said he felt better than his last bullpen,” Girardi said. “I don’t think he means so much physically, but he probably threw the ball a lot better.” It’s still expected that Phelps will either make a rehab start or pitch simulated game on Tuesday.

Jayson Nix: “I want to say Nixy played in a simulated game today but didn’t run,” Girardi said. “He got six ABs.”

• Will Phelps return to the Yankees as starter? “He left as a starter and we envision him as a starter,” Girardi said. “I’m not sure what exactly is going to happen, though, when he comes back. We’ve got to see how he feels and how he does.”

• Hard to know how exactly this will play out, but Girardi acknowledged that he might not have Rodriguez and Jeter in the field together regularly. Kind of have to assume that their range might be limited, and it might help to pair them with someone who can cover a little more ground. “I think you’ll see more of that than maybe you have in the past,” Girardi said. “Until we get through some of this and we make sure they’re fully healthy. I think you have to make sure that they’re moving like they’re supposed to before you start throwing them out there every day.”

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23 Responses to “Pregame notes: “You kind of want to see what you’ve got””

  1. Captain Clutch July 21st, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    I am expecting to hear that Arod is going to miss 2-3 weeks. We never get good news when these guys go for tests.

  2. Doreen July 21st, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    So what happens to Hafner if Derek and Alex are shAring the DH slot, since Hafner cannot play the field?

    Granted, Hafner has had his own troubles with the bat, but the situation still begs the question.

  3. Hans Davenport July 21st, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Granted, Hafner has had his own troubles with the bat, but the situation still begs the question.

    Personally I hope he’s gone.

  4. Captain Clutch July 21st, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Hafner should be gone. He has been absolutely terrible and the only reason he is still here is because of all the injuries. This explains it:
    —————–

    @AndrewMarchand

    Hafner has hit less than .180 in each of the last three months.

  5. fantasygame101 July 21st, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Unlike cashman, I am not counting chicks until it is hatch. So jeter and arod does not matter for now. But there is a serious need for a rh1b that needs to be address.

  6. Triple Short of a Cycle July 21st, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Hafner has hit less than .180 in each of the last three months.

    ——————————

    Another Cash success story

  7. RhapsodyInBlue July 21st, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Hafner would probably make a great bus driver.

  8. Hans Davenport July 21st, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Hafner would probably make a great bus driver.

    In the minor leagues.

  9. Tar July 21st, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Hafner was one I was really hoping would have a resurgence, it doesn’t seem to be in the cards. Sorry for him that it hasn’t worked out.

    The team can’t afford to carry a no hit- no field player anymore.

  10. Hans Davenport July 21st, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    fantasygame101 July 21st, 2013 at 7:01 pm
    Unlike cashman, I am not counting chicks until it is hatch. So jeter and arod does not matter for now. But there is a serious need for a rh1b that needs to be address.

    Had they given Neal some reps there in his last minor league stay possibly he could do that.

  11. comnsnse July 21st, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Pronk is zonked and must be plonked!

    Or at least gonged! ;)

    Hindsight but, I wonder how much different the record would be if they had resigned Ibanez?

  12. Hans Davenport July 21st, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    comnsnse

    Hans, are you truly suggesting that while on suspension George had no input into team affairs?

    Not counting Gashman’s of course!

    First let me say that during George’s suspension Brian Cashman was a coffee getting, shoe shining, car washing intern, barely out of college. Wink, wink.

    Second, from the sane, sound, sensible moves that were made by Stick and company I am 100% positive that George had no input to the day to day baseball operations of the team.

  13. tbone1570 July 21st, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    AndyFTM says:
    July 21, 2013 at 6:18 pm
    Tbone:

    -Sabathia
    -Texeira (underperformed but his MVP calibre 09 helped win a title)
    -Kerry Wood
    -Granderson (i believe trading for a 40/100 guy is a good move no matter what prospects you give up)
    -Kuroda
    -Ibanez

    I could even go with Eric Chavez because of what they got out of him last year during a stretch where he almost carried the offense.

    ***********************

    I disagree completely about Texiera. 1 good year out of 5 (and counting) doesn’t qualify as a good move. IMO

    Not sure I’d count the Wood trade very heavily either. As for the rest of your lust, I’m ok with it.

  14. tbone1570 July 21st, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    AndyFTM says:
    July 21, 2013 at 6:18 pm
    Tbone:

    -Sabathia
    -Texeira (underperformed but his MVP calibre 09 helped win a title)
    -Kerry Wood
    -Granderson (i believe trading for a 40/100 guy is a good move no matter what prospects you give up)
    -Kuroda
    -Ibanez

    I could even go with Eric Chavez because of what they got out of him last year during a stretch where he almost carried the offense.

    ***********************

    I disagree completely about Texiera. 1 good year out of 5 (and counting) doesn’t qualify as a good move. IMO

    Not sure I’d count the Wood trade very heavily either. As for the rest of your list, I’m ok with it.

  15. MTU July 21st, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    My thoughts on Hafner are like Tar’s.

    I thought he might make a great DH.

    He was. For 1 month and now it appears the wheels have fallen off.

    Can’t afford a DH who is not hitting. We need all the production we can get.

    Adios Travis. Sorry for both of us it didn’t work out.

  16. tbone1570 July 21st, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    * list

    As for your lust, I have no opinion!

  17. luis July 21st, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Good evening everyone,

    Hafner looked like a better option than Ibanez at the moment ( younger, similar power, the former was a better situational hitter )…. But what Ibanez has done this season has been amazing… Those power numbers in Safeco are mind boggling

    About Mr C and his shrewd trades: Swisher, Chacon( although this one should go in the dumpster diver category ) and Arod ( the first time )

    Not so shrewds: Vazquez twice, Weaver, Granderson

    Good FA signings: CC…. AJ gave us that game 2 start though, but overall was a bad one

    Bad FA signings: most have exploded in his face ( especially pitching )

  18. Captain Clutch July 21st, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    The Yanks should release Hafner and bring up Musty and Garcia. Give them a chance to play and DH. Of course that’s like a broken record because they aren’t on the 40 man. Mesa and Neal aren’t going to help this team but they are up here because they are on the 40 man roster and other players aren’t.

  19. MTU July 21st, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Like the song.

    “They’re looking for [bats] in all the wrong places.”

    :)

  20. luis July 21st, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    I forgot Kuroda san as a good FA signing sorry

  21. chicken_stanley July 21st, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    MTU says:July 21, 2013 at 7:26 pmL

    Like the song.“They’re looking for [bats] in all the wrong places.”

    —–

    Everytime I hear that song (or in this case read the lyrics) I automatically think of the SNL skit where Buckwheat sings the hits – “wookin pa nub in awe the wong paces, wookin pa nub”.

    Sorry for interuption. :)

  22. Niblick July 21st, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    But the HOF GM signed him. He must be good.

  23. comnsnse July 21st, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Hans, not to be argumentative, Ha,Ha, but I’ve worked for people like George and trust me like the mgr. who is thrown out of the game and sits in the clubhouse.

    The Boss was only as far from the game a a phone call! ;) I hope one of these Cubanos we have actually can help, they need a sparkplug.

    Anyone comment on Lillibridge’s stance, approach and overall mechanics, guy is a great fielder but you’d think a coach could show him something?

    Dr.Long to the operating room!

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