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Pregame notes: “There’s a lot of things you could say”

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

CC Sabathia

If the Yankees are going to have any chance of winning this series, they have to win tonight. And winning tonight, against David Price, almost certainly means getting a good start out of CC Sabathia. A source of security for four years, Sabathia has become a mystery this season — mostly a disappointment with ongoing hope that he’ll turn it around before the end of the year.

“He’s had a tough year,” Joe Girardi said. “There’s a lot of things you could say. Could it be this? Could it be that? I think that’s just speculation. The bottom line is, his fastball has cut more and his changeup has cut more, and that’s what’s led to the problems.”

Is it a minor mechanical glitch?

“That could be part of it,” Girardi said. “That always plays a role in pitching. Whenever you don’t locate a baseball, it’s usually because your mechanics are off, or if the baseball does something it’s not supposed to do, your mechanics are off.”

Is it because of the considerable workload in his career?

“I think that’s something that people might attribute it to,” Girardi said. “We all kind of have our ideas what it is, but I think that might attribute to it.”

Is it because he’s too skinny this year?

“I don’t think so,” Girardi said. “It’s not like he’s 210 pounds. He’s not Mr. Ramirez that we used to have here. He’s still a big man. He’s still strong. I think he’s in tremendous shape.”

Yes, that was an Edwar Ramirez reference. Didn’t see that coming today.

“The one thing (with) CC, he has given us some innings and he’s gotten us some outs,” Girardi said. “And we’re going to need that down the stretch.”

Derek Jeter• Girardi confirmed what Derek Jeter said last night. Jeter will play one more minor league game tonight, travel to Toronto tomorrow and join the Yankees on Monday. “I’m not sure if he has a scheduled workout or if he’s just traveling (tomorrow),” Girardi said.

• Brett Gardner had X-rays today and his right hand is fine. He’s just getting a day off against the lefty. Girardi said he’s like Curtis Granderson and Ichiro Suzuki’s at-bats against Price, so they’re playing. Gardner said he’s fully available.

• Eduardo Nunez said yesterday was the best his hamstring had felt since Boston. He said it’s still a little tight, but it’s getting better and he feels fine in the field and on the bases. He was encouraged by yesterday when he had to really race down the line a few times.

• Lyle Overbay is still a little sick. He’s here, but it’s not clear whether he’d be available to pinch hit. “He gets a little bit dizzy and he’s nauseated, so I’m not sure about that one,” Girardi said.

• Adam Warren said he expects to be available tonight. He said he actually felt pretty good yesterday too. Girardi said the same thing, that he’ll likely have Warren but maybe not David Huff. “I’ll probably have one of them, I guess,” Girardi said. “I’ll probably have Warren. And I might have both of them. I have to talk to them and see how they feel.”

• Quite a few GCL Yankees were at the Trop of batting practice today. It’s always funny how those young guys know a handful of the big leaguers because of rehab stuff. Eduardo Nunez and Ivan Nova were joking with some of them like long-lost best friends. None of the GCL guys hit or anything, but the one who stood out was Rony Bautista, a left-handed pitcher who’s massive. Looked bigger than Aaron Judge, who’s not playing but was with the group today.

• Two other minor league notes: Heard today that Manny Banuelos has been throwing batting practice at the minor league complex. Also heard Tyler Austin — out with a wrist injury — could begin playing some GCL games fairly soon.

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16 Responses to “Pregame notes: “There’s a lot of things you could say””

  1. MTU August 24th, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    I have only 2 things to say.

    Be an Ace tonight CC. Be the Big Man again.

    ;)

  2. MTU August 24th, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Chad-

    Anything more on Nuno or Phelps ?

  3. Tar August 24th, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    CC time to pick up Kuroda-san. He’s done it for you …its now your turn.

  4. Chad Jennings August 24th, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    MTU August 24th, 2013 at 6:19 pm e

    Chad-

    Anything more on Nuno or Phelps ?

    Not that I’ve heard. Only had a brief conversation with someone in the organization and Banuelos and Austin came up. Didn’t go into much detail about anyone else. They’re very encouraged by Slade Heathcott, though.

  5. MTU August 24th, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Chad-

    Thanks anyway.

    “They’re very encouraged by Slade Heathcott, though.”

    How so ? Please elaborate.

  6. Hankflorida August 24th, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Hankflorida August 24th, 2013 at 5:52 pm
    Tar, you are right when you point out the catching position where Hal let Martin go. I started with Bill Dickey followed by Yogi, Munson and then Posada. Think of all our World Series championships as they always had these power bats at catcher.

    Did you not like Howard as well ? I sure did.

    You are right about Howard but he came at the wrong time as he could not displace Berra. In order to get him in the line up, Stengel had to play him at other positions. With Hal’s cap, we would never have that problem today.

  7. exiledintampa August 24th, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Today Yogi would DH with Howard in the game. He was the better catcher towards the end of Yogi’s career.

  8. UnKnown August 24th, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Price has had his issues this year but has been good lately. This game really needs to depend on CC. Let’s see what happens

  9. MTU August 24th, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Enjoy the game folks.

  10. bruceb August 24th, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    MTU

    It’s an Audi. It actually has a button for back support!

    Enjoy the game too, my friend. I’m not expecting the Yanks to win tonight; just hoping against hope that they will.

  11. UnKnown August 24th, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    There’s a big eater Sapp

  12. Shame Spencer August 24th, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Just made it back.. ready for baseball.

  13. Shame Spencer August 24th, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Oh and look, so is Chad! :arrow:

  14. long_atbat August 24th, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Reynolds with a nice snag

  15. long_atbat August 24th, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Nice play by CC to gun down Zobrist on the Baltimore chop

  16. long_atbat August 24th, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Another stolen hit

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