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Pregame notes: “When you play for the Yankees…”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 24, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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Early indications were that the Yankees — probably through Brian Cashman — were going to make some sort of official statement regarding the latest twist in the ongoing Alex Rodriguez saga. Now it seems the Yankees will largely stay off the record while it’s clear they’re frustrated and somewhat baffled by Rodriguez finding a doctor to go on the radio and say his left quad is fine just four days after Rodriguez himself said his quad was too injured to play third base in a Triple-A game.

“When you play for the Yankees there’s going to be stuff, outside stuff, that happens,” manager Joe Girardi said. “And you’ve got to be able to shut it out. And I think our guys (in the clubhouse) have done a good job of it all year long.”

It was clear this afternoon that the Yankees players were well aware of what was happening with Rodriguez, but it seemed to be more of a distant storyline than something significantly affecting them. Meanwhile, in the time the clubhouse was open to reporters here in Texas, reporters in New York were looking further into Dr. Michael Gross, who spoke to Mike Francesa this morning and started the latest set of dominoes falling.

Talking to The Record, Dr. Gross said he reviewed Rodriguez’s MRI as a favor.

“I thought it would be fun,” Dr. Gross said. “It’s my five minutes of fame.”

And it seems those five minutes might have revealed exactly the kind of connection Rodriguez is trying to avoid. The Daily News investigative team was the first to note that Dr. Gross was reprimanded by the New Jersey Attorney General in February for “failing to adequately ensure proper patient treatment involving the prescribing of hormones including steroids.”

So just when you think this story has gotten as absurd as it can get, it really finds ways to reach new levels. Does Girardi have any reason to think Rodriguez will be back with the Yankees this weekend?

“No, I don’t,” Girardi said.

Curtis Granderson• Curtis Granderson will start a rehab assignment tomorrow with High-A Tampa. The Yankees have not said exactly how long he will play in the minors before being activated. “I think you have to give him some at-bats to see how he feels,” Girardi said. “He hasn’t had a ton of at-bats. I think to be fair to him you have to give him some at-bats.”

• Jayson Nix actually started a rehab assignment today in the Gulf Coast League and went 0-for-2 with a hit by pitch. He played third base. Nix will move his rehab assignment to High-A Tampa with Granderson tomorrow.

• Derek Jeter is expected to run the bases either Thursday or Friday, but Girardi acknowledged that it’s unlikely he’ll be in the lineup on Saturday, the day he’s eligible to be activated. “Nothing’s out of the question,” Girardi said. “But I’m not so sure we’ll see him Saturday. … You’ve got to be able to run at 100 percent and know there’s no soreness, no pain, and that everything works proper.”

• Girardi said the Yankees haven’t decided whether Jeter will need to play in a minor league rehab game before being activated. “We haven’t gotten that far,” he said.

• David Phelps will make at least one more minor league rehab start. “He felt OK (last night),” Girardi said. “Probably not as sharp as we’ve seen him during the course of the season, but I kind of expect that when you haven’t been on the mound and you haven’t faced hitters in a while. I think we’ll see him in New York and he’ll throw a bullpen for us on Friday, and then he’ll probably go out on another rehab start.”

• David Adams arrived a little before batting practice, then took ground balls at second base during BP. That could be an indication of what he’ll do tomorrow. “I’ll probably get Adams in there somewhere tomorrow,” Girardi said. “I’m not saying it will be third base, but I’ll probably get him in there somewhere tomorrow and then just kind of work (third base playing time) as time goes on.”

• The Yankees are starting to limit Michael Pineda’s innings, but Girardi said he’ll be stretched out again as the season progresses. “They don’t’ want him to go over a certain level, that’s why you’re seeing him back off a little bit,” Girardi said. “That will increase as time goes on.”

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41 Responses to “Pregame notes: “When you play for the Yankees…””

  1. ac1 July 24th, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Very glad granderson is on his way back again.
    We need threats in the lineup.
    This is the only readon soriano makes sense too, but they would have to get rid of hafner since he and jeter and maybe alex would need dh time.

  2. Shame Spencer July 24th, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    So what do we get from Andy tonight? Can we jump on a still-getting-acclimated Garza or will he be ready to show off for his new fanbase?

  3. joeman July 24th, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Arod is just a waste

  4. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 24th, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    “Trish I tell people out here that I am the Amityville Horror :) and have the birth certificate to prove it”

    :lol:

    Is that where “Howler” came from???

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

    “Dr. Gross was reprimanded by the New Jersey Attorney General in February for “failing to adequately ensure proper patient treatment involving the prescribing of hormones including steroids.””

    Arod is one stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, son of a b*tch, excuse my french.

    If it isn’t clear to you that his medical circle is entrenched in the same kind of “doctoring”, I don’t know what to tell you.

    GO AWAY, AROD! GO AWAY!!!!!!

  5. Bo knows July 24th, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Re post

    Anyone planning on going to Jasper should motor down to Banff on the way back, the glaciers are outstanding and stop in to pay homage at Lake Louise. It’s exactly like the postcard. Doesn’t look real.

    Oh, and around Wells Gray. On some of the back roads, you’ll see some people live in old buses, vintage the sixties. A lot of hills people scattered around. Or take the road from Clearwater to 100 Mile House, Mile 0 of the Caribou Gold Rush Trail.

    Driving distance? 86 Miles / 138 Km
    Driving time? 2 hours

    That sums it up.

  6. comnsnse July 24th, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    We know Arod has an excellent legal team, but who in hell is advising him with respect to his public statements and the incredibly dumb PR moves like asking a Dr. who himself is on the ethical cusp to speak for him?

    Please just take the money, buy an island somewhere and disappear!

  7. Shame Spencer July 24th, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    For anyone eagerly awaiting Soriano’s return to NY:

    @PWSullivan Sori and Theo had “the talk.” Nothing done but sounds like he wants to go and start a new chapter in the Bronx.

  8. Warning Track Power July 24th, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    The Yankees are starting to limit Michael Pineda’s innings, but Girardi said he’ll be stretched out again as the season progresses. “They don’t’ want him to go over a certain level, that’s why you’re seeing him back off a little bit,” Girardi said. “That will increase as time goes on.”
    ————————————————————-

    This confuses me. Is he being groomed to pitch out of the pen
    in The Bronx or is he being held back for specific reasons???

  9. joeman July 24th, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Garza has been lights out last 6 starts as far as W’s, (6)…innings pitched 7+ per game & runs allowed (6)…..

  10. Howler July 24th, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Bo Knows, I was actually giving Banff consideration too, but my time is kind of limited and I didn’t want to make that just a one or two day stop. My idea for Wells Gray was pretty much more the back roads, but was also considering taking a canoe to some of the back area camping sites.

  11. comnsnse July 24th, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Bo, please send that request to Glen Sather who has a vacation home in Banff suggesting he spend more time their.

    Like the entire hockey season!

  12. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 24th, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    IMO, A-Z, Arod is scum. Pond scum. Dank, smelly, pond scum.

    Boy karma is working overtime with this lunkhead.

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

    So I will give my Yankee cheer now, since I won’t be watching the game. As long as the Ys continue to win, I will stay away from games. (I think they lost in beantown because of me, partly anyway. The only game I didn’t get to watch any part of, they won.)

    GO YANKS!!! GO ANDY!!! GO RAYS!!!

  13. Giuseppe Franco July 24th, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Shame Spencer July 24th, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    For anyone eagerly awaiting Soriano’s return to NY:

    @PWSullivan Sori and Theo had “the talk.” Nothing done but sounds like he wants to go and start a new chapter in the Bronx.

    ————

    Please…..NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Howler July 24th, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    No, I actually will Howl with the wolves when I can get back into an area of the woods where they’re at :) kind of gives me an idea where they’re around.

  15. Shame Spencer July 24th, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Warning Track Power July 24th, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    The Yankees are starting to limit Michael Pineda’s innings, but Girardi said he’ll be stretched out again as the season progresses. “They don’t’ want him to go over a certain level, that’s why you’re seeing him back off a little bit,” Girardi said. “That will increase as time goes on.”
    ————————————————————-

    This confuses me. Is he being groomed to pitch out of the pen
    in The Bronx or is he being held back for specific reasons???

    ——————

    My head hurts just thinking about the logic that’s being employed here…

    I could be 100% wrong, but I’ve never heard of bouncing back and forth between increasing and curtailing innings to stretch someone out.

  16. RayVT July 24th, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    LOL! I use to live on 13 Hemlock Circle! LOL!

  17. CountryClub July 24th, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    The fact that he used that doctor for a second opinion means he’s either the unluckiest person in the world or the dumbest.

  18. Shame Spencer July 24th, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Gotta figure Andy will give up between 3-5 runs tonight… I hope we can jump on Garza, but he’s been so good lately.

  19. Warning Track Power July 24th, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Shame Spencer July 24th, 2013 at 7:14 pm
    Gotta figure Andy will give up between 3-5 runs tonight… I hope we can jump on Garza, but he’s been so good lately.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Shame
    I think Andy turns in a gem tonight.
    He’s had consecutive sub-standard starts. About time he turns the ship around
    for good and why not tonight in his home state.

  20. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 24th, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    GF – I would really like to have Sori back. I think the Yanks owe him, and I think he could help.

    (sorry)

    Later y’all.

    :)

  21. UnKnown July 24th, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Andy McCullough ?@McCulloughSL 3m
    Alex Rodriguez flashed the thumbs up sign as he departed the Yankees complex today, the Associated Press reported.
    ——–

    I love this guy. I would’ve been giving the middle one instead though. :evil:

    BTW lots to discuss today for sure. But nobody touched on the 9th inning strike zone by Danley last night. Hmmm…. I wonder why?

  22. Howler July 24th, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    We’ll see with Garza, there is always some stress in your first start with a new team.

  23. Howler July 24th, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    his strike zone was pretty much garbage all night…wasn’t just the 9th…was pretty horrid for the Yankees most of the game.

  24. Giuseppe Franco July 24th, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue July 24th, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    GF – I would really like to have Sori back. I think the Yanks owe him, and I think he could help.

    ——-

    I think it would be yet another terrible move because the front office foolishly thinks this team is good enough to compete for the division and they just aren’t.

    And they are missing a golden opportunity to sell assets and build for the future.

    Continuing down this path most will most likely lead to middling in mediocrity for a longer period of time.

  25. UnKnown July 24th, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Oh OK Howler, the ol’ it was bad for both sides. :wink:

    Point being sometimes you benefit from umpiring sometimes you don’t. Melting down about it is pointless. It’s even more hollow when people only b*tch about it when the calls go against them but when it goes for them, well then nothing but crickets.

  26. Howler July 24th, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    If it’s a middling prospect and Cubs pick up most of his money next year I don’t see it as much of a risk. I’m still not ready to sell the season short, or put this team’s future into mothballs.

  27. Pat M. July 24th, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Senior Franco…….I’m in your camp !!!! How are you feeling ???

  28. Howler July 24th, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Unknown if you’d looked in on here during the game last night during much of it, people were going nuts over some of the inside pitches not being called for Hughes…not the ol’ it was bad for both sides, he had a tight strike zone, every once in awhile it’d get wider but for the most part it resembled a phone book.

  29. Pat M. July 24th, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Soriano not in the Cubs lineup

  30. Hankflorida July 24th, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Trisha, agreeing to disagree allows individuals to learn from each other. When I mentioned how against I was to have Gardener and Suzuki play together after giving up Swisher’s home runs, you brought up the concept of speed and efficiency when you deemed it as a it a hybrid. From that, I thought of A-Rod as a gas guzzler that gives us power. From our discussion, we can now get to a point where we can discuss that power with cost efficiency. To continue our analogies, Hal has to fill up the tank by removing the cap.

  31. tomingeorgia July 24th, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    What ever happens to any of these people, let’s just win this one tonight. This blog is getting too toxic. The Salem trials are tame compared.
    Let’s go, boys!

  32. UpState July 24th, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Soriano can help.

    Some of the games we were losing; were winnable….but look at the current line-up….a few hits here & there and we’ve got some wins…..and closer to the post-season.

    We’re hanging in there with ‘that line-up’…..

    Soriano can help.

    Would like to think Cashman is working on some additional (maybe rental) bats.

  33. austinmac July 24th, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Ray, that is quite an address. Just down the road from Mockingbird Lane I presume.

  34. J.R. NYY July 24th, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Of course the doctor is linked to roids, of course he is. Man when it rains it pours. please MLB use this to get rid of A-Roid for good he is a joke and his existence is bringing down the Yankees organization and the game of baseball.

  35. UnKnown July 24th, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    people were going nuts over some of the inside pitches not being called for Hughes
    ————

    :shock:

    Howler let me spell it out for you. When the money was on the line and the game was to be decided, Nathan got hosed and MO just had to simply let the ball leave his hand for it to be called a strike. But go ahead and continue to play dumb about it.

    Not that there is anything wrong with MO getting G.O.A.T treatment.

  36. Bo knows July 24th, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    You could spend years in the BC interior, for example, the Caribou country.

    I used to live in Vancouver. On Fridays I would drive up to Hope, park the car and head down into the valley with a pack. Total isolation in an hour’s walk. Come back Sunday.

  37. Giuseppe Franco July 24th, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Pat,

    Aside from some the injuries piling up this summer, I’m feeling great.

    I tore my rotator cuff a year ago and re-aggravated it recently so that sucks.

    Also have tennis elbow and plantar fasciitis.

    Being more active is supposed to PREVENT health issues, right? LOL.

    I guess it’s just part of living an active lifestyle.

  38. Howler July 24th, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Well, whenever someone tells me they have to spell something out for me, it generally tells me they have a point of view they’re not going to budge off of, and it’s not worth arguing because nothing I say will change their minds…
    so…let me spell it out for you…

  39. Pat M. July 24th, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Senior Franco……I remember being told by my Orthro-Pod back in the early 80′s before my second knee scope that he’ll be seeing a lot guys like me who are going to be break easily and will be hard to repair. I’m in my early 60′s now and after double figure trips to the shop to get fixed, I’m here to tell you it doesn’t get better. Keep the faith is my motto…

  40. UnKnown July 24th, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Or of course you could just go and do some research and look at every pitch that was thrown and you would see that the Yankees benefited from the strike zone more often than not last night. 1st inning through 9th inning.

    But it’s much easier for you to throw out the once again ol’ “it was bad for both sides” line. :lol:

  41. chicken_stanley July 24th, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    GF/Pat M – I’m 45 and have had a few malfuntions (mostly ankles and shoulders)… in fact, I retired from SLO PITCH SOFTBALL in my late 30′s because my body couldn’t take it. Just makes me all the more amazed at Mo… beneficiary of generous strike zones or not, he is amazing!


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