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Pregame notes: No time for easing Jeter in at shortstop

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 30, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Derek Jeter

The Yankees next five games are in National League stadiums, and it sounds like Derek Jeter could be playing shortstop for each one of them.

“I won’t hesitate to play him two in a row here, and then we’ll go from there,” Joe Girardi said.

Fresh off a quadriceps injury, Jeter had a day off yesterday, and the Yankees have another scheduled off day on Thursday. That schedule, despite the interleague games, makes it a little easier for Jeter to jump into regular duty in the field. Girardi didn’t completely commit to Jeter playing all three games in San Diego, but he certainly sounded like a man with no plans of absolutely sitting his shortstop.

“He’ll have some DH days and some off days, but I think at this point in the season, we don’t necessarily have the luxury of working guys necessarily in slowly,” Girardi said. “I think you have to just kind of go day-by-day and see where he’s at.”

Sunday’s game was Jeter’s first real game at shortstop in two and a half weeks, since he ended a rehab assignment before the All-Star break. He played a sort of simulated game on Saturday, and he played the field in three Triple-A games (plus simulated games in Tampa), but this could be his first extended stretch in the field.

“I think (the off days) should (help) because he has to work up to playing in everyday shape,” Girardi said. “That’s one thing that’s really difficult, and because of some of the injuries and us needing him, he didn’t probably play as much as a guy probably would in spring training.”

Eduardo Nunez• Speaking of shortstop, with Jeter active, the Yankees don’t really have a regular role for Eduardo Nunez. He’ll still play some short when Jeter has a DH day, but Girardi said the Yankees will also take a look at him as a third base option. “I want to see him work out there a couple of days before we do anything,” Girardi said. Three of Nunez’s past eight games have been multi-hit games.

• Despite the expectation of a substantial Biogenesis suspension, Alex Rodriguez is moving forward with his rehab process. “We have him scheduled for a rehab on Thursday, a game somewhere if everything goes OK,” Girardi said. “If we didn’t think he was going to be with us, we wouldn’t do those things.”

• Of course, Rodriguez isn’t here today, and it’s Jayson Nix at third base. Girardi said he does not necessarily consider Nix his everyday third baseman. “I’ll look at it every day to see what we’re going to do here,” Girardi said. “There’s nothing etched in stone. Third base has kind of been a revolving door a little bit. He’s going to get his share of playing time there, and we’ll move him around like we always did.”

• Looking for another third base option, Danny Knobler reports that the Yankees have shown interest in the Angels Alberto Callaspo. He’s a switch hitter who’s typically better against lefties, so there could be a platoon value there. Could also play some other positions in a pinch.

• As I type this, Curtis Granderson is playing a Double-A rehab game with Trenton. He’s so far 1-for-3 with a triple in his last at-bat. Still seems like Friday is a possibility for Granderson’s return. “He’ll play the next couple days in Trenton and we’ll make an evaluation,” Girardi said.

• David Phelps pitched in that Trenton game: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K. The one run came on a solo homer.

• Not the best time to play the Dodgers, who are playing extremely well lately. “That’s part of it,” Girardi said. “You have to play these teams. We’ve played the Dodgers before and they were struggling a little bit, and we split with them. We know they’re playing extremely well. They’re really swinging the bats, and it’s part of the schedule. We’ll get through it.”

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82 Responses to “Pregame notes: No time for easing Jeter in at shortstop”

  1. Jesus Bustero July 30th, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    We actually match up well with the Angels. We have pitching depth and need ML ready bats. I could see us calling on Trumbo + Kendrick + Callaspo + Aybar.

  2. Tabbert July 30th, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    CF-Gardner
    SS-Jeter
    2B-Cano
    1B-Morse
    DH-Soriano
    LF-Grandy
    RF Ichiro
    3B Callaspo?

    That lineup would be pretty damn good vs lefties.

  3. Jesus Bustero July 30th, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    So you like the idea of Callaspo and Morse?

  4. ac1 July 30th, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Depends how much we have to give up for a rental and 1.5 rental….

  5. yankeefeminista July 30th, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    UnKnown July 30th, 2013 at 8:11 pm
    Obvious Alex broke the comment section for a period of time.
    _____
    I think Bud tried to ban us, but the Posters Union cut a deal. :)

    Looks like Cervy’s down for the count.

  6. blake July 30th, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    I don’t think Id give Nova for Kendrick now….this time 2 months ago I would have in a heartbeat….things change

  7. Jesus Bustero July 30th, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Let’s say Seattle wants 1.5 rental Gardner for Morse.

    Then the Yankees acquire Rios for minor leaguers.

  8. austinmac July 30th, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    I remember waiting until midnight for one trade deadline waiting to get Randy Johnson. He went to the Astros. Ah well.

  9. Jesus Bustero July 30th, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Then we rock out with an OF

    Rios-LF
    Granderson-CF
    Ichiro/Wells-RF
    Soriano-DH

    INF

    Overbay/Morse
    Cano
    Jeter/Nunez
    Callaspo

    Still need a catcher

  10. ac1 July 30th, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    I think we have to keep nova now
    It looks like he may finally have put it all together.

  11. Pat M. July 30th, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    blake….Nova will open the conversation but Yanks will need to add to the package. Callaspo is decent and a good contact hitter but he’s not the answer really.

  12. Tabbert July 30th, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Oh, I would be very happy if we were able to land Morse and any Warm Body to play Third.

    Morse absolutely crushes Lefties, Would be a great bat to plug into the middle of the order, and He can play 1B/OF.

  13. ac1 July 30th, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Jackie bradley came out of his game for no reason…..
    I swear philly better not cave on bogarts for lee…

  14. Nick in SF July 30th, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Michael Young is hugging his teammates in the Philly dugout!

  15. Nick in SF July 30th, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Oh, wait, it’s just ‘cos he homered. Never mind.

  16. yankeefeminista July 30th, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Gordon Edes ?@GordonEdes 44s
    I am told that there is no trade going down for Bradley…at least not now

  17. chicken_stanley July 30th, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    GEEZ!! I’ve got the worst timing in the world! If you’re ever wondering when a thread is about to end, just look for the name chicken stanley… I’ve probably ended more strings here than long time vets of the blog! :)

  18. ac1 July 30th, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Young leaving philly? Must be the Sox deal because lee is not going for players not named bogarts….. They better stick to that.

  19. ac1 July 30th, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Nick you are killing me!!

  20. pat July 30th, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    JeffPassan
    Jackie Bradley Jr. and Anthony Ranaudo pulled from minor league games, according to @jtomase and others. Red Sox may be up to something big.

  21. Chad Jennings July 30th, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    ac1 July 30th, 2013 at 9:00 pm e

    I think we have to keep nova now
    It looks like he may finally have put it all together.

    —-

    Talked to an executive today who mentioned four players the Yankees could trade for a significant return if they were willing to blow it up this year: Cano, Kuroda, Robertson and Nova.

  22. Tabbert July 30th, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    I wouldn’t have a Morse/Overbay platoon. Don’t let this year fool you, Morse can hit RHP.

    Career Numbers vs RHP: .284/.337/.475/ 121wRC+

    VS RHP I would go with a lineup something like this:

    CFGardner
    SS Jeter
    2B Cano
    LF Granderson
    1B Overbay
    DH Soriano
    RF Morse
    3B-
    C- Stewart

    You could DH morse and arrange the OF accordingly. But.. I would still find a way to have morse in that lineup everday. I don’t see him as a platoon.

  23. mick July 30th, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Lee will go to Sox.

  24. ac1 July 30th, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Chad, i feel like there is no way they blow up the team down 2.5 in wildcard.
    And no way i see robertson leaving since he is our likely successor to mo.

  25. Jesus Bustero July 30th, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Kuroda is the only one I’d consider, Chad. The other 3 are or should be locked up long term. The most we’ll get with Kuroda is one more year.

  26. k lynn July 30th, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    JBJ shouldnt return the Red Sox anything.

  27. Chip July 30th, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Callaspo? Not sure how I feel about that. He has no power and his OPS has been trending downward for the last couple of years. His numbers are slightly better this year vs. LHP than RHP but I’m just not sure he’s worth having around next year.

  28. yankeefeminista July 30th, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Gordon Edes@GordonEdes 9m
    Ranaudo came out with 2 out in 7th for Portland, but he’d thrown 98 pitches

  29. mick July 30th, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    will they announce tomorrow so teams can make trades that are in limbo?

  30. ac1 July 30th, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Lee wont end up in boston.
    Young i can see though.

  31. chicken_stanley July 30th, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Chad Jennings July 30th, 2013 at 9:15 pm
    ac1 July 30th, 2013 at 9:00 pm e

    I think we have to keep nova now
    It looks like he may finally have put it all together.

    —-

    Talked to an executive today who mentioned four players the Yankees could trade for a significant return if they were willing to blow it up this year: Cano, Kuroda, Robertson and Nova.

    —–

    If the Yanks blow it up this year, they have bigger cajones than I give them credit for.

  32. yankeefeminista July 30th, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Chad, doesn’t Kuroda have a NTC? Or isn’t that the case this time around?

  33. Chip July 30th, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Chad Jennings July 30th, 2013 at 9:15 pm
    ac1 July 30th, 2013 at 9:00 pm e

    I think we have to keep nova now
    It looks like he may finally have put it all together.

    —-

    Talked to an executive today who mentioned four players the Yankees could trade for a significant return if they were willing to blow it up this year: Cano, Kuroda, Robertson and Nova.
    ——————————-

    Depending on the return I wouldn’t have a problem parting with any of those guys – though I’m surprised Brett Gardner didn’t make the list.

  34. ac1 July 30th, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Not only would i not trade kuroda,id offer an extension ASAP

  35. tbone1570 July 30th, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Pat M. July 30th, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Jesus Bustero……Cashman isn’t calling the shots and hasn’t in quite some time.

    Pat M. July 30th, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Also the word on Hughes is that Cashman has set a high price for him and the word is that they will offer a one year deal and let him walk .

    *******************************
    Pat M,

    Do these two post contradict each other?

  36. mick July 30th, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    still say we get a 3B and rh 1B tomorrow.

  37. Pat M. July 30th, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Blow it up please….Rich in NJ must have made the call .

  38. mick July 30th, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    still can see carlos ruiz.

  39. Chip July 30th, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    I would ask Kuroda what his plan is for next year. If he wants to pitch in the US I would probably keep him, if he’s contemplating returning to Japan after this season then I would deal him.

  40. pat July 30th, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    jnorris427
    Granderson makes with the walking. Finishes 1 for 3 with a triple and the free pass. #Yankees

  41. Nick in SF July 30th, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    The only thing the Yankees are blowing up are party balloons at Hank’s birthday party at the Saratoga Springs Chuck-E-Cheese in August.

  42. ac1 July 30th, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    They brought in soriano.
    They are not blowing it up.

  43. yankeefeminista July 30th, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Yankees will never blow it up.

  44. Pat M. July 30th, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    tbone1570….Good point, consider this, Cashman is the mouthpiece and everything he does other than going to the john requires Hal’s blessing……They need Hughes if they want to have a chance for the postseason.

  45. yankeefeminista July 30th, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    ac1, exactly. I was just about to post that Sori would indicate not blowing it up, but we knew that even before Sori.

  46. mick July 30th, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    no to blow.

  47. ac1 July 30th, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Definitely not when they are a series sweep from passing baltimore from wild card.

  48. blake July 30th, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Pat M,

    I do like Howie….

  49. ac1 July 30th, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Pat they do not need hughes to make the postseason.
    The guy has a near 5 era and 4 wins.
    7 starts under 5 innings.
    Phelps can do that and probably better.

  50. mick July 30th, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    blake we get it…

  51. Chip July 30th, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    blake July 30th, 2013 at 9:26 pm
    Pat M,

    I do like Howie….
    —————–

    Kendrick would be great but that’s gotta be a steep bill.

  52. Jesus Bustero July 30th, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    They need Hughes if they want to have a chance for the postseason.

    ______________

    I really don’t think so. I think Pineda is an upgrade. If he doesn’t work out the dropoff from Phil Hughes to David Phelps is not enough to miss the playoffs, especially if we add a couple bats like Morse and Callaspo. I’d take prospects for Hughes at this point.

  53. mick July 30th, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    if warren goes they keep phil.

  54. yankeefeminista July 30th, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Pineda’s going 40 pitches a start. I don’t think he is an option.

  55. Jesus Bustero July 30th, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    He is an option. The Yankees said they’re limiting his innings in the minors so that he can pitch deeper into the season as a NYY.

  56. tbone1570 July 30th, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Pat M. July 30th, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    tbone1570….Good point, consider this, Cashman is the mouthpiece and everything he does other than going to the john requires Hal’s blessing……They need Hughes if they want to have a chance for the postseason.

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

    Fair enough! But I do think that Cashman still does exert some influence with basbeall decisions.

  57. ac1 July 30th, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Phelps will come up before pineda

  58. Jesus Bustero July 30th, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    I agree Phelps would but I bet Pineda will be given an opportunity to force Phelps back to the bullpen and maybe Nova out of a playoff rotation if they get there.

  59. Bx is Burning July 30th, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Give it up to that tweet of Kay with Vin Scully. A true legend.
    Wish I could hear him call the game tonight.

  60. ac1 July 30th, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    I feel like they should let pineda regain his form in scranton and be ready for 2014.

  61. pat July 30th, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    gabekapler
    A kid on my sons’ football team was just pulled from practice with an hour left. I think he’s in the Peavy deal. #SillyTwitter

    :wink:

  62. Jesus Bustero July 30th, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    As for a playoff rotation, at this point I’d go

    Game 1 – Sabathia
    Game 2 – Kuroda
    Game 3 – Pettitte
    Game 4 – Nova

    Hughes is the odd man out.

    They really need to trade him.

  63. ac1 July 30th, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Kuroda would be game 1.
    Cc will understand, considering kurodas era is 2 runs lower than cc.

  64. yankeefeminista July 30th, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    There is no reason to rush Pineda. They should be careful with him and not put any added pressure on him.

  65. Tabbert July 30th, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    As of right now, I would go Kuroda- Nova for games 1 and 2. Maybe CC will get it together in the second half, but he has been flat out horrible. Ivan Nova has clearly been the second best pitcher in this rotation since he returned.

  66. ac1 July 30th, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Starr tigers of prospect pulled.
    Maybe det and tex working on deal for nathan.
    Det needs closer.

  67. Chad Jennings July 30th, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    ac1 July 30th, 2013 at 9:17 pm e

    Chad, i feel like there is no way they blow up the team down 2.5 in wildcard.
    And no way i see robertson leaving since he is our likely successor to mo.

    No question. I don’t think there’s any chance of the Yankees trading any of those four, but I just thought it was interesting that Nova and Robertson jumped to this guy’s mind. We had been talking pitching, otherwise Gardner might have jumped into the conversation as well.

  68. Nick in SF July 30th, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Two pounds of pork pulled in Charlotte. Something big could be cooking up.

  69. ron July 30th, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Agree on nova as the number 2.
    He has clearly turned it around,and looks real good.
    Hughes,joba have to be traded.
    We need to get something for them.
    The Yankees should have already made up their mind on what direction they want to go.
    Either blow it up,or go for it.
    If they blow it up,i’d demand the moon for cano,and the sun for kuroda.
    No on trading nova,unless we are blown away.
    Granderson,bye,bye also.

  70. Tabbert July 30th, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    The main thing for Pineda is to continue to build arm strength, and just get work in. No need to rush him. We just need him to be ready for next season.

  71. jacksquat July 30th, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    In order of recent performance:

    1. Kuroda
    2. Nova
    3. Pettitte
    4. CC

    Actually Hughes has also probably been better than CC.

  72. ron July 30th, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    You have to consider moving Robertson,a non starter,if the return was too much too walk away from.

  73. Tabbert July 30th, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    With the Potential Savings from the A-Rod suspension, the Yankees will be in a lot better position to Reload rather than rebuild. They can realistically add some Quality pieces Via Free agency, Resign guys, and stay under the 189 mark. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.

  74. ac1 July 30th, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    If arod wins appeal he gets salary back plus interest.
    Who pays that interest?
    Cant be fair to make the yankees pay it.

  75. comnsnse July 30th, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    The main order f business is to resign Cano.

    Move him to third, Arod will never be back.

    Cano has the hands, range and arm to be an excellent 3B.

    Much easier to find a 2B and might already have him in Gumby.

    2014, Tex,Nunez, Jeter, Cano first to third.

    Gardner in CF with Murphy the catcher and Stewart the back up.

    Pressing needs two corner OF’s with good D and pop.

    Starting pitching and Mo replacement.

    If Joba not given away give him first shot at closer role and find another LH for pen.

    Force feed prospects especially O.F. and Sanchez.

    This scenario can provide a decent shot at playoffs in a perceived down period, but must find at least one bopper in OF and one solid #2 starter.

    Finally, beg Kuroda to return on a 1&1 option deal!

  76. comnsnse July 30th, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Forgot Granderson, offer 1 with option to play left, need RH bat for right and that starter!

  77. tbone1570 July 30th, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    ac1 July 30th, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    If arod wins appeal he gets salary back plus interest.
    Who pays that interest?
    Cant be fair to make the yankees pay it.

    *************************
    I would think that the money would be held in escrow (and earn interest) while the appeal goes on. Or, the interest could come out of baseball’s central fund.

  78. chicken_stanley July 30th, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Nick in SF July 30th, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Two pounds of pork pulled in Charlotte. Something big could be cooking up.

    —–

    Tried to come up with something to top that… just couldn’t

  79. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 30th, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    With you comnsnse! Get Cano signed first and foremost!!!

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

    austin, I’ve been thinking about your question and I honestly can’t answer it. I feel total ambivalence. I think that I’d have a scornful look on my face if Arod got a hit and a scornful look on my face if he Kd. I’d really have no preference. I fear if put to the wall, I’d go with a K just because he’s a cheater and I don’t want him cheating any other team the way he has the Yanks. I’m hoping I don’t have to find out the answer.

  80. tbone1570 July 30th, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    chicken_stanley July 30th, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Nick in SF July 30th, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Two pounds of pork pulled in Charlotte. Something big could be cooking up.

    —–

    Tried to come up with something to top that… just couldn’t

    ***********************************
    Come on chicken, three pounds!!!!! :)

  81. igotid88 July 30th, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    jacksquat July 30th, 2013 at 9:49 pm
    In order of recent performance:

    1. Kuroda
    2. Nova
    3. Pettitte
    4. CC

    Actually Hughes has also probably been better than CC.
    —–

    I would put Hughes above Pettitte. Pettitte got the run support. And Hughes was pulled from 2 games early in which he was pitching well.

  82. chicken_stanley July 30th, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    tbone – cmon, 3 pounds would blow 189 completely out of the water! :)

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