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Pregame notes: “I don’t know if we can afford to be apprehensive”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 25, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Alex Rodriguez

No problem with Alex Rodriguez, just getting a day off during these set of three in a row on turf. I really don’t understand why the infield of a turf field — especially here, where there’s so much dirt — is such a problem, but I don’t think it’s all in Joe Girardi’s head. Players have said it affects them, and when you add the fact this is a day game after a night game, it’s hardly a shock that Rodriguez is sitting.

“The turf, whenever we get on this turf six days in a row, it was a concern last year for some of our guys,” Girardi said. “That’s partly because of age, and we try to manage them carefully. Sometimes you can run them into the ground and then they’re not productive when they’re playing, so you have to pick your days.”

Girardi said he’s planning to play Rodriguez all three days in Toronto — “My hope is, yeah,” Girardi said — and the plan is to have Derek Jeter out there tomorrow as well. After Jeter played the past three days, Girardi said he’s not approaching Jeter’s return with any apprehension.

“I mean, he’s played three days in a row,” Girardi said. “From everything I understand, he felt pretty good. I don’t know if we can afford to be apprehensive is the thing.”

How often will Jeter and Rodriguez be able to play together?

“Hopefully a lot,” Girardi said. “I’m just going to have to see how they’re doing. There is no schedule for them the next 33 games or whatever we have left for each guy. There isn’t. We’re just going to go day by day and see what I see the night before and make the decision the next day.”

Yankees Jeter Rehab Baseball• It’s worth noting that both Rodriguez and Jeter seem to be a little bit restricted — even more than in previous years — when it comes to defensive range, but Girardi said he still expects to play them together on the left side of the infield regularly. “Because we need these guys to play,” he said. The Yankees want ground balls, and Jeter and Rodriguez are simply going to have to make the plays on the balls they can get to.

• Could Eduardo Nunez play third some more? “Sure,” Girardi said. Of course, the Yankees also have Mark Reynolds available to play some third, but Nunez might actually be a better defensive option over there.

• Lyle Overbay is feeling better, but he cautioned that he’s generally felt better in the mornings throughout this illness. Robinson Cano told Overbay in the clubhouse that he was looking better, had some color back, and Vernon Wells fired back by saying, “whatever color he had.”

• Girardi wouldn’t say what the move will be for Jeter. It seems likely that the Yankees will lose a pitcher to make room for Jeter. “We’ll worry about it after the game,” Girardi said.

• The Yankees need a win to avoid a sweep. “I think it’s important because you want to have some momentum going into the next series, and we need to win games, and there’s teams that we’re chasing too,” Girardi said. “I think it’s really important.”

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25 Responses to “Pregame notes: “I don’t know if we can afford to be apprehensive””

  1. yanks61 August 25th, 2013 at 12:44 pm


    Very well said! It’s definitely a whole new ball game. There will probably be many fewer and shorter dynasties in the future – for the Yankees or anyone else. So let’s enjoy the game we have today and will have from here on in.

    In the meantime, “That said, let’s win today and all next week, then go all the way!”

  2. ant928 August 25th, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    “That’s partly because of age…”

    Well who’s fault is that?

  3. Against All Odds August 25th, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Triple Short of a Cycle August 25th, 2013 at 12:35 pm
    Did Tampa Bay have any draft picks BEFORE the Yankees first turn in the last X amount of years ???….or did they draft later than the Yankees ?


    Let me know how many players the Yankees have gotten as late in the draft that are as good or better then james Shields and Matt Moore both late round picks



  4. UpState August 25th, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Wasn’t the question/observation…..was it ?

  5. Against All Odds August 25th, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    The opinions never change, just get repeated over and over.


    Again it goes back to Hal. He created this atmosphere.

    Passing on young exciting IFAs.
    Limiting money in the draft.
    Overseeing a lifeless stadium
    Going back and forth with players that helped the dynasty Yankees grow
    Having no passion for the game what so ever.

  6. yankinvegas August 25th, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Obviously, today is a huge game. If we win and balt beats oak we will only be 4 back of wc 2.
    I want to get the wc and go to Boston and kick the crap out of them. I’m fine with anything that happens after that!!
    A question, why are the Yanks having obvious player development issues?

  7. Bo knows August 25th, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    The legacy of Rothschild in Tampa continues. He was instrumental in establishing focus on the CU in the minor leagues. That cannot be overemphasized enough.

    If the Yankee starting pitching fails in development that would be the #1 cause.

  8. Against All Odds August 25th, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Triple Short of a Cycle August 25th, 2013 at 12:49 pm
    You might want to rethink that checkmate since both pitchers were drafted way way past the first round


    That’s what I mean it’s checkmate in your favor. Sorry for any confusion.

  9. Chad Jennings August 25th, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    MTU August 25th, 2013 at 10:20 am e

    Yesterday Chad said the Yankees were very pleased with Heathcott.

    I asked him why but he never did tell me.

    Does anyone else here have a clue as to why ?

    I checked Heathcott’s #’s yesterday and nothing stood out.


    Must not have seen your question yesterday.

    Heathcott in July: .306/.342/.509
    Heathcott in August: .310/.444/.552

    That’s only 29 at-bats in August because of the knee injury, but it does seem to show a trend of a player making adjustments and figuring it out at a certain level. The Yankees and Phillies — the two organizations I covered in the minors — each used to talk about focusing on a player’s second half in the minor leagues. They expect some trouble early, and they want to see a player get better. That’s what the number suggest with Heathcott, which is why the organization is encouraged by his season.

  10. Bo knows August 25th, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    The mandate of competing for the World Series every year is by definition short term thinking. You haven’t got time to develop players.

    If you consider that it takes three to five years to develop a draft pick and then post a successful challenge to the Majors, another three years to become established, you’re looking at a six to ten year cycle for the above average player. You might get lucky if you have high draft picks but then you have to fail to get them.

  11. Bo knows August 25th, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Thanks Chad

    That does put Heathcott’s season in perspective. As always, overall numbers are too simplistic.

  12. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 25th, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Haven’t really been keeping up with the posts, but I’m happy that I’ll be watching today’s game. Arod sits, I watch.

    I always said that the Sux would never win another WS with the King of Milkshakes on the team because the baseball gods wouldn’t allow it. Milkshake karma. (Of course, that remains to be seen, but I’ll stick with it as a thought until and unless otherwise proved incorrect.)

    I believe the same thing about the Yankees and Arod. He confessed in 2009, they won in 2009. It would be pretty ludicrous for me to think it about Ortiz and the Sux and not think it about Arod and the Yankees. The sins of the fathers and all.

    Now if Tar is right that there are ‘roiders on every team, I don’t know what to tell ya!



    I read that he has gotten roundly booed

  13. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 25th, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    I read that Arod got roundly booed in Tampa. I wonder if that has any effect at all on the team since he was booed both AB and in the field.

    Yeah, I know, they’re professionals and therefore impervious to life.


  14. Against All Odds August 25th, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Trish you’re fighting a fight that you can’t win when it comes to PEDs.

  15. austinmac August 25th, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    I don’t think the new CBA made it a new ball game. As JF has pointed out the tax has gone up a few percent, but the cap is higher. In essence a $210M payroll costs no more than previously in taxes.

    Can anyone actually believe ownership doesn’t spin things for the fans?

    What has changed is lack of good free agents. That’s why many of us have wanted to look internationally. More of those players are coming, and the team should not continue to sit on the sidelines.

    None of this is negative. It is reality. The team must change the way they do business going forward to succeed. Does anyone disagree?

  16. jackamir August 25th, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Lets not be depressed about the past 2 games — lets push forward and think possitve about what is coming up. The Jays away and a 10 game homestand. Lets swing the bats today..

  17. austinmac August 25th, 2013 at 1:28 pm


    It is silly to suggest booing AROD caused the team to play poorly as it is to suggest he was some inspiration while winning. The team has weaknesses that are obviously more exposed against good teams.

  18. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 25th, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Against, I will continue to stand my ground though in the process. To do otherwise would be to give in to it, and that I won’t do.

  19. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 25th, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    “It is silly to suggest booing AROD caused the team to play poorly as it is to suggest he was some inspiration while winning. The team has weaknesses that are obviously more exposed against good teams”

    austin, I just wonder if any individual team members are affected by it. Maybe they’re not. Or maybe some of them feel the same way about his steroids use and the disrepute he continues to bring to the team. I’m not suggesting that the entire team has fallen apart behind it. Just wonder if there is any negative effect. No way to know for sure.

  20. austinmac August 25th, 2013 at 1:38 pm


    I certainly have no issue with you not watching since you think it is right for you. AROD is such a small part of the game. But, he’s not playing today. So enjoy.

  21. austinmac August 25th, 2013 at 1:39 pm


    Thanks for the Heathcott perspective.

  22. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 25th, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Rays 5th in the AL in SP. Yanks now 8th.

  23. 86w183 August 25th, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    need a win today…. seeya gang

    have a day

  24. randy l. August 25th, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    trisha would not likely like ruth, mantle, martin munson, boyer, ford, nettles,posada etc because none of these guys are choirboys. but guess what, you don’t get what the yankees are all about if you are going for the boy scouts only.

    on the other hand, gehrig, richardson, howard, bobby brown, chambliss, jeter,pettitte,etc are boy scout types pretty much and the yankees wouldn’t be the yankees without them.they are great people.

    the thing the yankees do is mix the ruths with the gehrigs. the arods with the jeters.

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