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Pregame notes: “You probably need one or two guys to step up”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Sep 07, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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Dave Robertson and Boone Logan are hurt. Shawn Kelley threw a bullpen this morning, but he’s probably not available until tomorrow. Preston Claiborne has pitched three of four, and Joba Chamberlain is “probably not” available after pitching back-to-back. Phil Hughes should be available, but he hasn’t pitched back-to-back games since 2009. Adam Warren said he feels good enough to pitch today, but he threw 44 pitches two days ago.

Which means the Yankees bullpen, in terms of guys on a normal schedule and full health, looks like this: Mariano Rivera, Dellin Betances, Cesar Cabral, Matt Daley, Jim Miller and Brett Marshall. All behind David Huff, who’s making his first Yankees start.

“You pretty much know the pieces that you have going in,” Joe Girardi said. “Huff’s thrown the ball well, so I have confidence in him. It’s no different than any other day when you don’t have a couple of guys that you can use in your bullpen.”

Miller was called up today. He pitched well in Triple-A and he was solid with the A’s last year, so he’s not a complete unknown. Daley also has big league experience with the Rockies — plus last night’s inning — and is actually the most veteran guy in that bullpen aside from Rivera. It’s unusual, but it’s the reality of the situation.

“I have confidence in the guys that they can go out and get the job done, or they wouldn’t be here,” Girardi said. “I don’t know exactly how many pitches I can use some of these guys and how they’re going to react, but my belief is they’re going to get it done.

“… You probably need one or two guys to step up, like you did in your lineup (earlier in the year). It can be one or two different guys every day. Obviously some guys are going to be called upon to do something that maybe a week ago they didn’t think they were going to be called upon to do, and they have to step up. It’s the bottom line. That’s their job.”

Shawn Kelley• The Yankees have not announced a 40-man move for Miller. I guess there’s a chance it could be Daley being DFA’d just to get a fresh arm. Could also 60-day Vidal Nuno or maybe Travis Hafner.

• Kelley threw a pain-free bullpen this morning. “Felt real good,” he said. “Felt better than it has in a few months, actually.” Kelley said he’ll plead his case to be available this afternoon, but he’s expecting to not be available until tomorrow.

• No word on Logan’s status. He’s scheduled for tests on his elbow, but no results yet.

• Robertson said he’ll take a few days without playing catch, but he seems optimistic about his shoulder. “I feel better today, so that’s good news,” he said.

• Just a day off for Alex Rodriguez, who’s played six in a row. Girardi didn’t want him to play a day game after a night game when he’s played a long stretch like this. Seems fair considering the way Rodriguez has seemed to be dragging a few times this year. He seems to need days off now and then.

• As for the choice to fill in at third base, Girardi went with Eduardo Nunez instead of Mark Reynolds. “He’s been swinging the bat really well,” Girardi said. “The way he’s been playing (is good), so I decided to put him there. He has pretty good numbers off Lackey, too.”

• Girardi said, if he needs a long man behind Huff, it would probably be Marshall. “I could piece it together, though,” Girardi said.

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37 Responses to “Pregame notes: “You probably need one or two guys to step up””

  1. MTU September 7th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Would be really great if Huff does an Aaron Small impersonation.

    But I’m not counting on it.

  2. blake September 7th, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    I suggest the Yankees score a lot of runs today

  3. MTU September 7th, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Blake-

    They’ve scored a lot of runs the past 2 days. Hasn’t helped.

    I think they need a 1st class pitching performance and some runs.

    In that order.

  4. austinmac September 7th, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    I have an idea. Let’s go a long stretch of games with both good pitching and hitting. Excluding either is a recipe for a bad team.

  5. MTU September 7th, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Good idea Mac.

    :)

  6. tomingeorgia September 7th, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    blake,
    My TV schedule says that our Fox station is preempting the baseball game for UNC-Middle Tennessee State football game his afternoon. Do you have the same problem?

  7. blake September 7th, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    MTU,
    Not as confident in the pitching today…..maybe huff will left ball them

  8. mnmboys September 7th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Resting players at this point in the season is just plain dumb. DH Alex today if you have to but this stuff about day game after night and played 6 in a row is garbage. The guy missed most of the year and will have plenty of time to rest suspended next year. Need to run these guys out there…..

  9. blake September 7th, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Tom,

    I’m not at home but its possible…..I seem to never get the Yankees when they are on Fox

  10. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 7th, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    “I can’t wait for next year when the old guys never get hurt. Success is beckoning. No wonder Hal knows fans will buy the soap he sells”

    Gee austin. This is the third time I am posting this for you. Maybe you could stop selling your own soap and tell me where you think age factors in. Or is it only the Yankees affected by age????

    __________________________

    And for those who are hung up on the age of the Yankees, here’s a little eye opener for you:

    Top 10 teams in majors, by age (first number is placement within division)

    3- Yankees 30.5
    1- Boston 29.8
    1- Dodgers 29.8
    2- Tampa 29.5
    5- Toronto 29
    3- Mets 28.8
    1- Texas 28.6
    4- Phils 28.5
    1- Pittsburgh 28.5
    3- Cincy 28.4

    Bottom 10 teams in majors, by age (first number is placement within division)

    4- San Diego 27.9
    3- Colorado 27.7
    4- Milwaukee 27.6
    3- Angels 27.6
    4- Seattle 27.5
    3- Washington 27.3
    2- St. Louis 27.2
    5- Miami 27
    5- ChiSox 26.6
    5- Houston 26

  11. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 7th, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    It looks like the age of the players hasn’t hurt the Sux, or the Dodgers, or the Rangers, or the Pirates! JUST THE YANKEES!!!!!

  12. Melkmanisinhotlanta September 7th, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    My theory on Hughes as a relief pitcher:

    1. He knows he’s history as a NYY. He’s not going to blow his arm out to throw harder as a reliever and get injured.

    2. He wants to operate under the theory that a change of scenery in a NL ballpark will do him well e.g. Ian Kennedy, AJ etc.

    3. He’s a bum plain and simple.

    4. Good riddance.

  13. blake September 7th, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    When the important players are close to 40 …it really doesn’t matter that you have a few relief pitchers in their early 20s that lowers your team average age

  14. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 7th, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Important players? I thought it was a team effort.

    Let’s stack up all of our “important players” who are close to 40. Jeter? Arod? Certainly you can’t mean Kuroda, since he’s been the stalwart of the rotation.

  15. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 7th, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Actually blake, you were one of the few rational reads this morning, so I think I’ll just let that whole topic go. It speaks for itself as far as I’m concerned.

    ****************

    The difference between Ortiz on steroids and Arod on steroids is that Arod got caught and Ortiz didn’t. That and Selig has a love fest with the Sux so they know they have a free pass with that stuff.

    At this point I laugh at the fans who actually shake their sticks to the opposite. You choose to be intentionally blind.

  16. blake September 7th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Trisha,

    The age isn’t just about this year ……the core of the team is old and in decline…..Tex is only 33 but is in deep decline….CC isn’t what he was….the Yankees average age is skewed when you consider the players values

  17. Triple Short of a Cycle September 7th, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Top 10 teams in majors, by age (first number is placement within division)

    3- Yankees 30.5
    1- Boston 29.8
    1- Dodgers 29.8
    2- Tampa 29.5
    5- Toronto 29
    3- Mets 28.8
    1- Texas 28.6
    4- Phils 28.5
    1- Pittsburgh 28.5
    3- Cincy 28.4
    ———————————–
    Salty – 28 Stewart – 31
    Napoli – 31 Tex – 33
    Pedroia – 30 Cano – 30
    Drew – 30 Jeter – 39
    Middlebrooks – 24 Arod – 38
    Ellsbury – 29 Granderson -32
    Victorino – 32 Ichiro – 39
    Nava – 30 Soriano – 37
    Ortiz – 37 Old man revolving DH – 35ish?

    So basically the Red Sox has one old man in their lineup and he happens to be their best hitter. So that was pretty useless posting that

  18. blake September 7th, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    “The difference between Ortiz on steroids and Arod on steroids is that Arod got caught and Ortiz didn’t. That and Selig has a love fest with the Sux so they know they have a free pass with that stuff.”

    I think it’s more the media….they pick and choose who they want to forgive based on whether they like them or not……

  19. Melkmanisinhotlanta September 7th, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Cano has to go. Let another team take on the huge risk of signing a player that the NYY had the best of. Let his decline be on the team that signs him.

  20. Triple Short of a Cycle September 7th, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    The difference between Ortiz on steroids and Arod on steroids is that Arod got caught and Ortiz didn’t.

    ——————————————

    They were both on the 2003 list

  21. blake September 7th, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    The Sox have a lot more important players in their primes than the Yankees do…..that’s why the fact that their “average age” being the same is pretty meaningless……the average age between Arod 38 and Adam Warren might be 31……that doesn’t mean anything because the 38 year old matters a lot more than the 25 year old

  22. blake September 7th, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    “They were both on the 2003 list”

    Yes but the difference is that nobody cares that Ortiz was apparently

  23. blake September 7th, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    @GordonEdes: Source: Ellsbury may have fractured foot http://t.co/CExRpsJ4n4

    Whoever gives Mr Glass a big contract
    Is crazy

  24. MTU September 7th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Blake-

    No worries.

    They have the great Jackie Bradley Jr.

    :)

  25. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 7th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    I also chuckle at this point at all the shuffling of bait by those who are still wanting to pretend they have the answers to the HORRID job the organization has done. Now that the offense is coming through it’s…it’s…it’s…THAT’S IT! It’s the age of the players. Or, um, the poor job by Girardi. If he managed better we would have won all those games!!!

    Fact of the matter is that horrendous numbers of injuries force you to lean on players harder and there are only so many bullets in the gun. At some point, players wear down.

    This is on the pitching at this point. The pitchers can only bring what they have.

    Girardi has been a masterful manager.

    The Yankees aren’t out of it yet.

    It doesn’t feel great to have to be fighting this hard, this late, but the fact that they still have a chance is nothing but a credit to this team and its manager.

    ************

    Thank you to the rational fans who brought calm and objectivity this morning. There are really pretty objective answers to so many of the pointed questions thrown out there this morning, but the truth of the matter is that fans who like to act as general managers don’t want to hear answers when they have already decided they know best.

    ***************

    Good luck to the Yankees today. They’ve plugged hard all season. I don’t know that any team with the injuries – continuing injuries – can really progress in the postseason, especially if the injuries are to the most significant element of your team – your pitching. Losing Kelley, Logan, and DRob for any amount of time now is a loss. But they’ll keep plugging, and their real fans will continue to support their effort.

  26. MTU September 7th, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Enjoy the game folks.

  27. Giuseppe Franco September 7th, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    blake September 7th, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    “The difference between Ortiz on steroids and Arod on steroids is that Arod got caught and Ortiz didn’t. That and Selig has a love fest with the Sux so they know they have a free pass with that stuff.”

    I think it’s more the media….they pick and choose who they want to forgive based on whether they like them or not……

    —–

    That’s exactly what happens. Being liked can pay enormous dividends if you ever get caught breaking the rules.

    A-Rod isn’t well liked and the media has responded in kind. But they like Ortiz and he hasn’t been raked through the coals. Pettitte also greatly benefited when he was caught.

  28. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 7th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    “They were both on the 2003 list”

    And who was supported by the union and never heard from again. There was never any admission by anyone that Ortiz did anything. And who admitted and continued to use and got caught once again?

    The mighty Sux were shown by a doctor in their clubhouse how to inject steroids. That came right from Lou Merloni. The mighty Sux had a faux seroid investigation in 2009 and people interviewed came out and talked about how it was a sham by MLB. And the Globe said the same thing in its story. Now the Sux are having career years with their offense and some of their pitching.

    You connect the dots.

    And even with that, the Yankees were pitches away from putting them away in both games.

  29. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 7th, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    “I think it’s more the media….they pick and choose who they want to forgive based on whether they like them or not……”

    It’s not the media!!!! Ortiz never admitted anything! Nobody was on Arod either until he came out and admitted use after the Selena Roberts debacle.

  30. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 7th, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    “A-Rod isn’t well liked and the media has responded in kind. But they like Ortiz and he hasn’t been raked through the coals. Pettitte also greatly benefited when he was caught.”

    This is total bullcrap. Arod was given a pass after he admitted the first time. The media didn’t stay on him, and neither did the fans. Pettitte admitted and was forgiven. Arod admitted and was forgiven. Ortiz never admitted anything and wasn’t named in the Mitchell Report. He got away scott free.

    Arod’s greatest sin? He used again. Period.

  31. Triple Short of a Cycle September 7th, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Nobody was on Arod? He was one of the most hated players in baseball.

    Clemens and Bonds denied doing Roids as well yet they are hated so don’t make it about just saying you didn’t do steroids

  32. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 7th, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    “Clemens and Bonds denied doing Roids as well yet they are hated so don’t make it about just saying you didn’t do steroids”

    There was OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE against both of them. Both were brought to trial! Nobody believed either of them.

    Ortiz has never been questioned again.

  33. Triple Short of a Cycle September 7th, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Ortiz has never been questioned again.

    —————————

    First you stop watching Yankee games and now you defend Ortiz who in my opinion is the biggest hypocrite in baseball.

    You are pathetic and no Yankee fan whatsoever

  34. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 7th, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Arod was NOT booed around the country the way he is now. And Arod earned every bit of hate he has gotten by being a cheat, with steroids and with the way he has played the game otherwise.

    On top of it, Selig has protected the Sux.

    I’m done with this.

  35. Triple Short of a Cycle September 7th, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    You are a disgrace to all Yankee fans

  36. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 7th, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    I’M NOT DEFENDING ORTIZ!!!! I’m pointing out that the fat cheater has been protected by the union and Selig, and THAT’s why he’s gotten away with things. It’s not that the media likes him!

  37. Triple Short of a Cycle September 7th, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    So I guess you feel the same way about Hank Aaron who cheated as well and admitted it


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