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Pregame notes: “It will happen soon enough”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 31, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez is supposed to play a simulated game tomorrow. After that, he’s supposed to begin some sort of minor league rehab assignment. After that, he’s supposed to be back in the Yankees lineup, playing third base and trying to provide some right-handed power for a team that badly needs it.

Of course, USA Today is citing two different sources saying commissioner Bud Selig really is prepared to hand down a lifetime suspension within the next day or two.

“I think you have to (move forward as if he’s coming back) at this point,” Joe Girardi said. “Nothing’s been handed down, so I think you have to. We expected to have him back at this point. We don’t have him yet, but I know he’s playing in a simulated game tomorrow, and that’s a step in the right direction.”

Brian Cashman said more or less the same thing this afternoon, claiming that Rodriguez’s situation had no impact on the way he approached the trade deadline.

“We’re shooting for Friday for activation on Granderson, and hopefully Alex will be back shortly thereafter,” Cashman said.

How much the Yankees actually believe these things is hard to say. In fairness to Rodriguez — and to themselves, I suppose — they have to go through the necessary steps to get Rodriguez ready. If he does appeal a Biogenesis suspension, and the league doesn’t invoke the collective bargaining agreement, it would be legitimately possible for Rodriguez to be on the field this season.

Whether that will actually happen remains remarkably uncertain, if not unlikely, but the Yankees are preparing themselves for the possibility — however remote — that Rodriguez could be back in the lineup in a matter of days.

“I think everyone wants things to be finalized,” Girardi said. “But even when they’re finalized, they’re not really final. So, it’s a waiting game for a lot of clubs and baseball players, but it will happen soon enough.”

Francisco Cervelli• In case you missed it earlier, the Yankees plan to have Curtis Granderson in the lineup on Friday. Granderson had a hit and two walks in a Double-A rehab game this afternoon. He’ll take tomorrow off to fly to San Diego.

• The plan is less clear for David Phelps, who made his second Double-A rehab start last night. He could be activated soon, or he could make one more rehab appearance. Cashman said he’s not sure what role Phelps will play — starter or reliever — when he comes back. “I would think maximum one more (minor league) outing, but I’m not saying one more outing,” Cashman said.

• Lyle Overbay is out of the lineup simply to avoid a tough left-on-left matchup. With Granderson coming back, the Yankees will have five outfielders. Is it possible either Alfonso Soriano or Vernon Wells could see some time at first as a right-handed platoon option? “I have not thought about that yet,” Girardi said. “I guess it’s something we can think about. We’ve had Vernon take some ground balls there early in the year and it’s something that I’ll think about.”

• Cashman said there’s still a chance of Kevin Youkilis rejoining the Yankees in late September. “I think that hasn’t declared itself yet, but I know he’s hopeful that’s going to happen,” Cashman said. “And I know the time frame, there’s an outside chance of it happening. I told him, ‘Hopefully we’re in a position to take advantage of welcoming you back.’ If he does get back, hopefully we’re in a position to use him.”

• During this afternoon’s post-deadline conference call, Cashman would not go into specifics about the team’s talks about Michael Young, Phil Hughes or anyone else. “I can tell you we talked to a lot of teams about a lot of players that were available, and certainly the ones that we had an interest in, that were available, we tried to match up and cut a deal, and clearly that didn’t happen,” Cashman said. “I’ll give you that general answer. It takes two teams to match up and feel comfortable with what they’re giving and getting, and we certainly threw a lot of different ideas at a lot of different teams in the national league as well as the American league on a number of concepts, but sometimes you get to show something for that effort and other times you don’t.”

• Not that it’s any sort of surprise, but Cashman said he’s more focused on the wild card than the division at this point. “You have to walk before you can run,” Cashman said. “Right now, obviously we’re closer to the wild card than the division. I didn’t say we can’t win the division, but right now if somebody says 8 1/2, I’ll say 3 1/2.”

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23 Responses to “Pregame notes: “It will happen soon enough””

  1. Jesus Bustero July 31st, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Captain Clutch July 31st, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    @TJQuinnESPN

    A-Rod (via his atty) has said he will appeal any suspension. But sources said after being told of MLB’s evidence, A-Rod’s reps are talking

    ________________

    Dammit!!!

    Was hoping he would contest a lifetime ban!!!!

    His lawyers aren’t dumb after all.

    See you April, 2015

  2. Captain Clutch July 31st, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    If Arod gets suspended for all of next year it’s basically a lifetime ban. No way will he be able to come back at 40 years old after missing 2 years. He better hope he only gets like 100 games so he can try to come back in the middle of next year. Either way he is screwed.

  3. pat July 31st, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    I hope he negotiates to play in 1 Yankee game before accepting suspension so Schilling would have to say he was wrong.

  4. Jesus Bustero July 31st, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    He will come back for the money. His performance after a 2 year layoff is irrelevant.

  5. Abe Peterham July 31st, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    I bet arod introduced all the players to the clinic, that’s why he’s gonna get hammered.

  6. Captain Clutch July 31st, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    He will come back for the money. His performance after a 2 year layoff is irrelevant.
    ———–

    Of course he will try but he will embarrass himself. Eventually he will give up.

  7. Jesus Bustero July 31st, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Would you embarrass yourself for 60-70 M?

  8. Jesus Bustero July 31st, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    I know I sure would.

  9. Hassey July 31st, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Most of us embarrass ourselves here daily for free

  10. Jesus Bustero July 31st, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Now imagine if you laid out 70 M, I’m sure you’d see 100% of us take it to a whole new level.

  11. chicken_stanley July 31st, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Hassey July 31st, 2013 at 9:02 pm
    Most of us embarrass ourselves here daily for free

    ——

    I know its early but my nomination for post of the night. lol.

  12. blake July 31st, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    “There is no way the Yanks can ever arrive at the exact same situation that the Cubs have been”

    I wouldn’t say never….actually I think they could be headed for 2000s cubs land if things don’t change…..old expensive and very mediocre

  13. Against All Odds July 31st, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    chicken_stanley July 31st, 2013 at 9:05 pm
    Hassey July 31st, 2013 at 9:02 pm
    Most of us embarrass ourselves here daily for free

    ——

    I know its early but my nomination for post of the night. lol

    ——————

    No the post of the night is:

    Hassey July 31st, 2013 at 4:14 pm
    Cash right now doing rails off of George Steinbrenner’s plaque, to work up the courage to face the press

  14. blake July 31st, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    MLB: so Alex we would love to strike a deal on a suspension and avoid the courts

    Team Alex: bring it on Bud ….we are gonna appeal anything

    MLB : well guys we didnt want to have to do this. (Whips out a photo of Boesch sticking a needle in Alex’s behind

    Team Alex: oooooohhh….lets talk

  15. Hassey July 31st, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Watching duck dynasty again until the game starts

  16. Jesus Bustero July 31st, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    11 reasons why the Yankees will never be the 2000 Cubs

    Ivan Nova
    Michael Pineda
    Jose Ramirez
    Manny Banuelos
    Rafael Depaula
    Jose Campos
    Ian Clarkin
    David Phelps
    Vidal Nuno
    Adam Warren
    Dellin Betances

    Our young pitching is very underrated around baseball.

  17. Tar July 31st, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    No moves are better than bad moves.

    Selling off your pieces to re-load for next year would have been my preference.

    At this point, standing pat, IMO they are an extreme long shot to even make the post-season (4th place would be my guess).

    But with this being Mo’s last year and Jeet and Andy winding down, I can’t say I mind too much on them rolling the dice. I am not the type to root against them, so here’s hoping the captain can somehow carry them to the finish line. It would be a great story book ending.

  18. UpState July 31st, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Pirates Acquire Robert Andino

    “…The Pirates have acquired infielder Robert Andino from the Mariners in exchange for a player to be named later.

    The 29-year-old Andino saw big league action earlier this year for the M’s, struggling to a .184/.253/.237 line over 85 plate appearances.

    His Triple-A numbers are not much better, as he possesses a .229/.281/.333 triple-slash in 167 plate appearances to go with three home runs and two stolen bases…”

    ========================================

    Geeeez maybe we should’ve picked this guy up ?

    That damn Cashman – asleep at the wheel again !

    Hey —- maybe we could trade with the Pirates to get him !!!

  19. Hans Davenport July 31st, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Hassey July 31st, 2013 at 9:09 pm
    Watching duck dynasty again until the game starts

    What are you going to watch then?

  20. blake July 31st, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    “Our young pitching is very underrated around baseball.”

    I guess you remember Mark Prior and Kerry Wood?

  21. EndlessMike July 31st, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    I know Carlos Pena is left handed but he is an upgrade from Haftner and Wells.I think Carlos can hit bombs in this ballpark.

  22. Hans Davenport July 31st, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    “Our young pitching is very underrated around baseball.”

    I guess you remember Mark Prior and Kerry Wood?

    Wasn’t their pitching coach named Larry Rothschild?

  23. Hankflorida July 31st, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Since Cashman had admitted that it is the Wild Card that is the only realistic goal, the emphasis has to be on CC’s pitching ability, and if he continues the downward spiral, there is little chance of being competitive in the next few months. Granderson, Cano and Soriano can give the team that pop that has been missing with Suzuki, Gardener and Jeter as the table setters. Kuroda and Nova have to get us to the eighth inning and Hughes, Pettite or Phelps have to keep us in the ball games at least for six with the bullpen has to duplicate their dominance in the remaining games. I never liked the Wild Card and the DH, but as time goes on, you tend to accept what is; without the 2nd wild Card, the season for the Yankees would be over, but with it, they are still on breathing supports.

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