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Pregame notes: Quiet morning in the Bronx

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

Things are usually quiet before a day after a night game, and today’s pregame clubhouse was nearly silent.

Not that the place was empty — there were a handful of players coming and going — just not a ton of buzz. The situation is what it is, everyone seems to understand it, and the Yankees have another nearly must-win game this afternoon.

In these next five weeks, the Yankees have to hope they go through a lot more days just like this one.

David Adams• September call-ups are coming tomorrow, but Joe Girardi wouldn’t announce any names this morning. “We haven’t made a final decision, so I have to talk to Cash today,” Girardi said. “Obviously the (40-man) roster sometimes comes into play there, so Brian and I will probably talk about it tonight and we’ll see some new faces tomorrow.”

• Just guessing here, but David Adams and Dellin Betances seem to be locks for promotions, and obviously Preston Claiborne will be back after Class-A Tampa’s season ends on Monday. Melky Mesa seems like a safe bet assuming his hamstring issue isn’t serious enough to keep him out of consideration. J.R. Murphy would have to be added to the 40-man, but that’s probably not a significant hurdle for a third catcher who has to be added this offseason anyway. Brett Marshall as a mopup man fits an obvious role, and he’s an easy call-up since he’s on the 40-man. Beyond that, it’s all about what the Yankees want and need. Another utility type? Another lefty? Another middle reliever?

• Another utility man might not be essential because Girardi said today that Eduardo Nunez is available as a backup player and could probably be in the lineup if necessary going forward. “We’ll go through BP today and he could be more than (a reserve) as we go forward,” Girardi said.

• Mark Reynolds how now played two in a row against right-handed pitching. “We like what we see and we’re going to continue to play him,” Girardi said.

• Alfonso Soriano gets a relatively rare turn at DH: “Just throw a day here and there at him,” Girardi said. “The thing is, you want to be able to play him every day, that’s the thing, so if you can get him a little time off his feet, you hope it’s helpful. Day game after a night game, I thought it was a good idea to do. We’re going to see a lot of lefties in a row, so he’s going to be out there.”

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14 Responses to “Pregame notes: Quiet morning in the Bronx”

  1. Captain Clutch August 31st, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Yay Stewie is in the lineup!! Can’t wait for another classic performance, 0-4 with 2 or more passed balls.

    Romine is young and hasn’t caught a lot this year he should be out there again today. But of course Girardi has to have the manager’s pet in there.

  2. mick August 31st, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Chad,
    Romine tomorrow?

    Has he caught Andy since that 1st game ?

  3. mick August 31st, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Last night’s game was the 1st circular lineup this season.
    Romine has been beasting.

  4. Captain Clutch August 31st, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Romine is better defensively and offensively so what is the problem? I don’t want to hear that the pitchers are more comfortable with Stewie because if Romine caught them a couple of times they would get used to him also. This time of year they need Romine’s bat in there and Girardi refuses to let him catch.

  5. MTU August 31st, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    I don’t see any real value in bring Mesa back.

    We don’t need defensive replacements.

    I’d love to see Zoilo but I guess he’s still not available.

    IMO we need as much O and pitching as possible.

    I’d actually rather see Musty than Adams but that requires another move.

    Adams has shown nothing with the bat.

    Think Murphy is an interesting choice.

    What about Whitley ? again another move required.

    Doing the conventional things will not bring results IMO.

    The Yankees need to think outside the box for a change.

    ;)

  6. MTU August 31st, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Don’t just bring guys up because they happen to be on the 40 Man.

    Change the 40 Man instead.

    For example, drop Mesa off of it. He has no future with the Yankees.

    ;)

  7. RayVT August 31st, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    **************************************************************
    Yanks August 31, 2013
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    DIVISION LEADERS
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    0.) Boston Has 19 Tough Games (56 Losses) 80 56 58.824%
    NYY-7; Balt-6; TB-3; DET-3
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    0.) Texas Has 16 Tough Games (56 Losses) 78 56 58.209%
    Oak-6; KC-3; TB-4; Pitt-3
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    WILDCARD LEADERS
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    1) OAK Has 8 Tough Games (58 Losses) 76 58 56.716%
    Texas-6, TB-2 2 (Games Out 1st Place)
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    1.) TB Has 16 Tough Games (58 Losses) 75 58 56.391%
    Boston-3; Balt-4; NYY-3; Tex-4; OAK-2 3.5 (Games Out 1st Place)
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    NEXT IN LINE
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    2.) Balt Has 19 Tough Games (62 Losses) 71 62 53.383%
    TB-4; NYY-6; Cleve-3; Boston-6 4 (Games Out WC)
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    4) NYY Has 16 Tough Games (63 Losses) 71 63 52.985%
    Boston-7; Balt-6; TB-3 8 (Games Out 1st Place) 4.5 (Games Out WC)
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    3.) Cleve Has 11 Tough Games (63 Losses) 71 63 52.985%
    Balt-3; Det-2; KC-6 4.5 (Games Out WC)
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    5) KC Has 15 Tough Games (65 Losses) 69 65 51.493%
    Det-6; Tex-3; Cleve-6; 6.5 (Games Out WC)
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  8. MTU August 31st, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Put Nix on the 60 day DL.

    Sorry Joe. I know it breaks your heart.

  9. MTU August 31st, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Marshall has not had a good year at AAA.

    Why promote him ?

  10. MTU August 31st, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Better roster management Mr. Cashman.

    Stop subsidizing failure and start elevating success.

    ;)

  11. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 31st, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    LEWISTON, MaineThe Farmers’ Almanac is using words like “piercing cold,” “bitterly cold” and “biting cold” to describe the upcoming winter. And if its predictions are right, the first outdoor Super Bowl in years will be a messy “Storm Bowl.”

    The 197-year-old publication that hits newsstands Monday predicts a winter storm will hit the Northeast around the time the Super Bowl is played at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands in New Jersey. It also predicts a colder-than-normal winter for two-thirds of the country and heavy snowfall in the Midwest, Great Lakes and New England.

    “We’re using a very strong four-letter word to describe this winter, which is C-O-L-D. It’s going to be very cold,” said Sandi Duncan, managing editor.

  12. MTU August 31st, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Trisha-

    Glad I don’t live in that neck of the Woods.

    I dislike cold very much.

  13. mick August 31st, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    A-Rod scratched with flu-like symptoms. New lineup

  14. MTU August 31st, 2013 at 12:20 pm

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