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Pregame notes: “I’d love to have him with us”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 02, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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As the Yankees go through batting practice here in San Diego, most outside attention is clearly focused on Trenton where Alex Rodriguez homered in his second plate appearance of a Double-A rehab assignment. Joe Girardi acknowledged that it’s entirely possible Rodriguez could be in the Yankees lineup on Monday.

“I think it’s possible, yeah,” Girardi said. “I think if we didn’t (believe he could be back this season), I believe that we wouldn’t have him go through the rehab. We expect him to be a player. I can’t tell you what’s going to happen, only Major League Baseball knows what’s going to happen, so we have to prepare as if he’s going to be a player for us.”

The latest reports say that Rodriguez and other Biogenesis-linked players have a Sunday deadline to decide whether to accept a shorter suspension or appeal a longer one. Suspensions are expected to be announced on Monday.

Alex RodriguezCurtis Granderson’s return not only brought back a home run threat, but also their Players’ Association representative. Granderson said it’s still unclear how the Players’ Association will react to upcoming suspensions, because it’s still unclear what evidence has been obtained and on what grounds the league might suspend players more than the 50-games described by the joint drug agreement.

“I asked when all these different things were being talked about with 100 games or 200 games, where does this fall in?” Granderson said. “There’s certain language in there that’s still kind of gray for my understanding. It does open up to what exactly is going to happen in the future? If someone is in a very similar situation that has been violated up to this point, do they get suspended another 64 games (similar to Ryan Braun)? Is it more? Is it less? There will definitely need to be a little clarification moving forward so players have a better understanding of it.”

Granderson said his most recent discussions with the MLBPA indicated that the union was prepared to support and back any players who want to fight their suspensions.

“I know there are some things in there that you can be suspended for without actually violating a test,” Granderson said. “For example, refusing to talk. I know you can be suspended for that, but how many games I don’t know. I think some of that language needs to be cleaned up just from my opinion.”

Obviously, there’s a lot of unknown here, but Rodriguez is playing again and the Yankees seem prepared to activate him with in a few days if that’s possible.

“I hope so; I’m looking forward to it,” Granderson said. “Once he gets those two (rehab games) done and taken care of, then come to Chicago, my hometown. I’d love to have him with us. That type of guy is a guy that’s a presence with any lineup that he happens to be in, and I know everyone on this team is looking forward to getting him back.”

Jacoby Ellsbury, Eduardo Nunez• If Rodriguez doesn’t come back, Eduardo Nunez is going to have a chance to be the Yankees regular third baseman. Nunez said he feels more confident at the position and thinks his new throwing approach at shortstop will carry over. “We’re going to give him a shot there,” Girardi said. “We’ll evaluate every day what we think, but we’re going to give him a shot. … We’re just hoping that the maturity, and the couple years of doing it, playing well at shortstop this year will give him the confidence to do it. But part of it’s based on need.”

• Obviously Alfonso Soriano is out of the lineup tonight. Girardi said he’ll rotation which outfielder is on the bench during this series. He also said he hasn’t settled on a regular spot for Granderson in the lineup. “It lengthens our lineup, and obviously when we get our DH back in the lineup Monday, it changes that as well,” Girardi said. “We’ve got him hitting fifth tonight, I don’t know exactly where he’ll hit every night, but he’s a big power threat.”

• Center field will remain Brett Gardner’s position, with Granderson playing there only when Gardner is given a day off.

• Girardi gave a lukewarm answer when asked how Derek Jeter is doing after playing back-to-back games in the field — “He’s doing OK,” Girardi said — and he indicated that Jeter will probably get one game off this weekend. “I won’t announce that, because someone will say (to Jeter), ‘Hey, I heard he’s going to give you a day off,’ and then he comes running into my office,” Girardi said. “We’ll evaluate him every day.”

• As expected, Melky Mesa was optioned to Triple-A to open a 25-man roster spot. Thomas Neal was designated for assignment to open a 40-man spot.

• Granderson said he hasn’t felt afraid of being hit by a pitch while working his way back from a pair of broken bones. “I’ve been hit before,” he said. “It’s not the first time. It definitely won’t be the last. I had some games down in the minor-league rehab when balls were inside. I got hit running the bases, you know? All those things, the ball’s gonna hit me at some point, but I just gotta go out there and keep playing. Can’t play scared, can’t play timid, just go out there and leave it out there for nine innings.”

• Granderson also gave a kind of evaluation of what he’s seen from Rodriguez’s rehab work in Tampa. “The last impression that was left, we had a timed conditioning run at the end, and we both made it well under the time,” Granderson said. “For me, that was a good sign that power-wise was there for him, speed was there for him, agility was there. Endurance is still coming, which will take a little bit of time, but a lot of the things that I’m sure he’s got on his checklist he’s been able to check off so far.”

• For whatever it’s worth, Phil Hughes was hitting some legitimately long home runs during early batting practice today. And Hughes smiled when a few reporters told him that we’d noticed his power display. “Spread the word,” he said. Make no mistake, every pitcher wants to be a hitter.

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59 Responses to “Pregame notes: “I’d love to have him with us””

  1. mick August 2nd, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    What are the chances of these guys all appealing?

  2. blake August 2nd, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    • For whatever it’s worth, Phil Hughes was hitting some legitimately long home runs during early batting practice today. And Hughes smiled when a few reporters told him that we’d noticed his power display. “Spread the word,” he said. Make no mistake, every pitcher wants to be a hitter”

    He will likely get his chance to show it off next year

  3. UnKnown August 2nd, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    JAP awesome updates. I’m out and about. Go Yanks tonight, and long live AL.

  4. blake August 2nd, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    I realize they want to limit Pineda’s innings…..but they aren’t really building his arm back up either doesn’t seem like. Appears we are headed to a bullpen stint in September

  5. Giuseppe Franco August 2nd, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    blake August 2nd, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    I get they want to limit his innings but they aren’t building them either….they will put him in the pen and call him up in September

    ——

    Well, they don’t know how to develop starters but they’ve done a good job developing relievers.

    And I just might drive to the Bronx to punch Cashman in the nose if they actually did decide to go that route.

  6. Howler August 2nd, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Thank You Cash for allowing me not to see Thomas Neal’s inane Twitter messages another day…

  7. mick August 2nd, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Still so sad about Thurman….it’s like watching it for the 1st time…. Goose, Stick, Willie, Ron, Scooter and Lou recalling the day…RIP

  8. ron August 2nd, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Problem with pineda now is,he is going to be severely limited with his innings next year as his years under control are flying bye.

  9. searnine August 2nd, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    MTU, no problem. Ill be thinking about your pup in the coming months.

  10. mick August 2nd, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Thomas Neal ? @TdaddyNeal

    Another damn test but The good thing is I wouldn’t Be where Im at if I didn’t pass the other 10 million test #illPassThis1Too #BornWinner

  11. Ys Guy August 2nd, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    agreed they should be stretching pineda out to start, but its not really a big thing right now. if he’s throwing 65-70 pitches now, you could get him up to where he could start a major league game in 3 starts.

    i dont think they feel he’ll be in the majors in the next 2 weeks, so it’s not a problem yet.

  12. searnine August 2nd, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Was gonna say the same thing. Im not super religious, but I believe in God. His Twitter messages for too much. Buh Bye Neal.

  13. Shame Spencer August 2nd, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    blake August 2nd, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    I realize they want to limit Pineda’s innings…..but they aren’t really building his arm back up either doesn’t seem like. Appears we are headed to a bullpen stint in September

    ————–

    They haven’t let him pitch more than 4 innings.. it’s weird.

  14. jmills August 2nd, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    In a world like this, with these given drugs, I’d appeal too. ” Did you take all that acid?; you better pray to God you have some thorazine in that bag! ” – Dr. Hunter $ Thompson.

  15. mick August 2nd, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Joba’s tweet career appears to be over but between Aardsma and Neal….Neal was the worst.

  16. blake August 2nd, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    “And I just might drive to the Bronx to punch Cashman in the nose if they actually did decide to go that route.”

    Hard for me to see how they are gonna do anything else if they are limiting him to 2 innings now? Maybe there was a reason be came out tonight (hope not) ….but if he’s not hurt…..what are they doing?

  17. ron August 2nd, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Thurmon munsons plane crash.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xJDZ0dDilc

  18. Shame Spencer August 2nd, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Lol

    ?@NYDNsports A-Bomb for A-Roid: Alex homers in rehab game while suspension looms | https://bitly.com/shorten/

  19. mick August 2nd, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Man, did they come through for Thurm that night….Bobby Murcer RIP

  20. Ys Guy August 2nd, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    21 innings in 5 starts at scranton for pineda so i must have overestimated his pitch count.

    it’s probably more like 50 per game right now.

    id like to see them increase that if he’s not having any problems and his velo is good.

    but with pineda, its all about next year. i just want to see him make it all the way up to the yankees by september and put the whole surgery/recovery thing to rest before the offseason.

    anything more is gravy.

  21. Shame Spencer August 2nd, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    blake August 2nd, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    “And I just might drive to the Bronx to punch Cashman in the nose if they actually did decide to go that route.”

    Hard for me to see how they are gonna do anything else if they are limiting him to 2 innings now? Maybe there was a reason be came out tonight (hope not) ….but if he’s not hurt…..what are they doing?

    —————

    Yeah that’s the weird part, they’ve actually started retracting his amount of work not the other way around… I also hope there’s more of an explanation if he only went 2 today.

  22. blake August 2nd, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Pineda threw 29 pitches tonight…..if he’s not hurt I have to think they are converting him to a reliever for September

  23. jmills August 2nd, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Mick, it is so sad about, Thurman, but still, he is wanting his family and all of us to, carry on.

  24. Ys Guy August 2nd, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    i was thinking a week or so ago that pineda might be just about due for the dreaded ‘dead arm’ period that seems to hit most pitchers at some point during their recovery.

  25. MTU August 2nd, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Maybe they just throttling Pineda back a little and will let him go again soon.

  26. mick August 2nd, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Mick, it is so sad about, Thurman, but still, he is wanting his family and all of us to, carry on.
    ====================
    Mills

    Crosby Stills Nash – Carry On / Questions – YouTube
    ? 4:28? 4:28
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nP0VBB7BO64?

  27. Ys Guy August 2nd, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    go dbacks, go giants!

  28. Nick in SF August 2nd, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Archer gave up an RBI triple to Belt in the 7th, followed by a homer by Brandon Crawford and now 2 more are on base. All with 2 outs to start the inning.

    Don’t know what’s up with Pineda, maybe he wanted to come out of the game to watch Archer in the clubhouse.

  29. mick August 2nd, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    This is the roll we are going to go on…

    I waxed about it before but Now Is The Time!!!

  30. mick August 2nd, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    This guy wants to know why you are starting up with Randy.

  31. jmills August 2nd, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    I remember sitting in the basement of my parent’s Oshawa home. Tony Kubek had the call. It was early ( maybe, first inning ). ’84??? Two out, Murcer at second ( first game of the yaer in Toronto by the way ). Some Yankee hits a single to right and Barfield throws home to whitt’s glove without touching ground. Ernie reaches around himself and tags Bobby, out. I don’t know who was on the mound. Stieb?

  32. Shame Spencer August 2nd, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Nunez got some time to practice at 3B in LA.. last time he was tested over there was last May.

  33. Howler August 2nd, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    btw MTU your pups saga open my eyes up a bit, my dogs problems began a shortly after her rabies shot, and then the meds they gave her for those problems seemed to be the final straw…so now I’m going to be very careful after any rabies vaccine. I’ve got a new pup to be picked up after my trip, hopefully things will be smoother with her.

  34. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 2nd, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Dear baseball gods,

    I believe you know what you’re doing but I am sick of seeing the beantown cheaters pull these games out of their butts. You really allowed the Mariners to be mistreated. Why I don’t know. You allowed that terrible call that probably changed the course of the game in the 9th. And now you’ve let them tie the score.

    I am figuring that you are doing this to set up the “Yankees suck” chorus for even a bigger fall when it will hurt the most, but I need you to prove your love for me. Do NOT let these bas*ards win again tonight, behind the…

    YOU DID IT!!!! YOU DID IT!!!!

  35. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 2nd, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    :D

    Thank you baseball gods. You’re my buds.

    Sincerely,

    Trisha

  36. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 2nd, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    I was going to say “behind the able leadership of the chief roiding pig, Oritz.”

    :)

  37. Nick in SF August 2nd, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    I’m calling right now that someone’s going to call CC going yard during the game thread.

    Book it!

  38. Howler August 2nd, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Trish I could just imagine if you had to represent David Ortiz in court :)

  39. MTU August 2nd, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Howler-

    My little guy can never have another rabies vaccine.

    Supposedly it’s 1 in 25,000 but I’m not quite buyin’ that.

    Unfortunately he will have to be kept away from other dogs except for his brother.

    Still waiting to see if Pfizer makes good on any of the money.

    My vet has been writing them with documentation.

    They ought to pay for everything. Of course they won’t.

    From now I am going to have to think long and hard about vaccines for my dogs.

    My advice is to be careful.

  40. Howler August 2nd, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Yea, I’ve been doing a lot of research on it lately.

  41. mick August 2nd, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    glass houses…stones…something like that

  42. jmills August 2nd, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Hey, Trish, how’s the nephew and niece my first, blog friend?

  43. chicken_stanley August 2nd, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Evening all. Hoping tonight is the beginning of a big weekend for the Yanks.

  44. JD August 2nd, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Hughes showing off for his new team for next year.

  45. Howler August 2nd, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Wish he could’ve been starting for them tonight so the Yankees could hit some HRs

  46. jmills August 2nd, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    I hope nobody ever throws a stone at my window….

  47. JD August 2nd, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Grandyman and Cano would own Hughes.

  48. jmills August 2nd, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    My step dad is Northern Irish – Belfast, son of a polliceman there. Basically, ….a monarchist. To this day I fly an Irish flag for,……Andrea Corr!!! :)

    Seriously, its about Sylvia Plath wanting to meet Yeats there!

  49. MTU August 2nd, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Howler-

    This problem doesn’t always show up right away.

    Our guy is 6. for the first 5 yrs. nothing.

    Could be a bad batch, or something they added to the vaccine this time round.

    Just wanted you to be aware of that.

  50. Howler August 2nd, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Interesting to see Winfield in the Padres dugout with the old Uniform on…His version of flipping of the Yankees?

  51. searnine August 2nd, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Id be disbarred if I repped Ortiz in court. I would just throw him under the bus, get disbarred, and call it a career :)

  52. Howler August 2nd, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Yea, my girl was just about to turn 5…but I think part of it was because of the drug flagyl…She’d been perfectly fine the day before the vaccination.

  53. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 2nd, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    “Trish I could just imagine if you had to represent David Ortiz in court :)

    Howler, I would do my legal duty, but no more and no less. I would make sure the roiding loser’s constitutional rights were protected, but you’d never see me trying any “clever lawyering” to get him off! It just ain’t how I rock and roll. :)

    “Hey, Trish, how’s the nephew and niece my first, blog friend?”

    Hey jmills! Awesome. In fact they’re on their way here now to spend a few night’s at aunty’s before we all leave for some vakay! Thanks for asking, my dear friend. :)

  54. MTU August 2nd, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Enjoy the game folks.

  55. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 2nd, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    I’m hoping I wasn’t precipitous in thanking the baseball gods. I did ask that ‘Zona wins the game, and I did thank them for Cody Ross’s go ahead homer. Hopefully they will respect my sincere wishes and help the Sux on their way to a loss.

  56. RMS August 2nd, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Can Hughes play 3rd?

  57. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 2nd, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    “Can Hughes play 3rd?”

    :)

  58. Howler August 2nd, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    It’s about what I expected from you Trish…I can imagine you take your job too seriously to let anything get in the way of doing it right.

  59. searnine August 2nd, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    oh please. Trisha, wouldnt you leave your house door unlocked, let me sneak in, take all Ortiz’ files and release them to the public?

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