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Pregame notes: “It’s not normal, but it’s OK”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Sep 15, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Alfonso Soriano, Robinson Cano

Here’s the status of Alfonso Soriano’s sore thumb.

“It’s not normal, but it’s OK,” Soriano said. “… If it’s not September and we’re not in the race, I’d take a couple more days off. I think we’re in the race and it’s not time to take a day off. I just want to do the best I can and help the team to win.”

Even at less than 100 percent, it’s hard to keep Soriano out of the lineup right now. Same with Alex Rodriguez, who’s clearly not running very well but continues to play through his tight hamstring.

“We have 13 games left,” Joe Girardi said. “And we need to win a majority of them.”

Soriano hit in the cage today and said he felt a lot better than yesterday. He received no cortisone injection — that surely would have forced him out of the lineup for at least a game or two — but will wear a small protective guard at the base of his right thumb. He said it doesn’t affect him throwing the ball, he only feels it when he hits.

“I just try to swing good contact, good pitch,” he said. “That’s what I’m going for.”

Boone Logan• Boone Logan was sent today to see Dr. James Andrews about his sore elbow. The appointment is tomorrow, but Logan left today. “He actually played catch yesterday, and he played better catch,” Girardi said. “But just to reassure everything’s OK, we sent him there.”

• Brett Gardner has rejoined the team, but it’s going to be at least a week before he does any sort of baseball activity, and he doesn’t sound optimistic about coming back this season. “I hope I can, but you’ve got to be realistic about it too,” he said. “We’re running out of time, and the only way I can come back is if I’m at 100 percent. Hopefully I get there, but we’ll see. It all depends on how quickly I heal, and how well I take care of it, I guess.”

• Although Girardi has said Gardner might come back as a pinch runner before he’s back as a full player, Gardner seemed to think that’s unlikely. Running is going to impact the oblique, and he’s not allowed to run at all right now. “I think if I can run 100 percent, I can swing and do everything else 100 percent,” he said. “But I’ve never had this kind of thing happen before, so I don’t know. We don’t have a lot of time left, so we’ll see.”

• Phil Hughes will start next time through the rotation. His turn comes up on Wednesday.

• Same idea with Hughes? He starts with David Huff piggybacking? “Whatever we need,” Girardi said. “But if I need Huff a lot tonight or on Tuesday, I’ll change my approach.”

• Brendan Ryan has been the Yankees regular shortstop since being acquired late Tuesday night. He’s clearly ahead of Eduardo Nunez in the pecking order right now. “Ryan is playing extremely well,” Girardi said. “We’re just kind of staying with the hot hand. He’s playing really good.”

• Girardi said he has not decided whether to try Rodriguez in the field in Toronto. He considers the situation day-to-day, but he didn’t check with Rodriguez before putting him in the lineup today.

• Although Ivan Nova has sounded uncertain about the status of his sore triceps, the Yankees seem to have no such concerns. “Because as I’ve told you, this has not been a one-time thing,” Girardi said. “He’s dealt with this for a while now, and we’ve managed it and continue to manage it. … There’s been other times (before Tuesday) that he’s mentioned it and I haven’t told you.”

• The Red Sox are going to honor Mariano Rivera before tonight’s game. Girardi has said he fully expects Boston fans to give Rivera a warm ovation. “I think he has as much history here as (against) any club he has it with because of not only the regular season but the postseason as well, the couple of times that he’s faced them,” Girardi said. “I’m sure it will be a great ceremony and I’m sure it will mean a lot to him.”

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40 Responses to “Pregame notes: “It’s not normal, but it’s OK””

  1. bruceb September 15th, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Rays and Rangers are collapsing big time. If only we could have stayed a bit closer.

  2. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 15th, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    I decided to look into the archives of lohud since I’ve been posting here a while and see what the posting numbers were like the last time the Yankees were in 4th place in the AL East, 11.5 games out of first on September 15th and the answer is – THEY NEVER WERE!

    K.I.S. Not everybody sticks around when they think the ship is sinking. I witnessed the same thing on baseball forums when the Yankees started to go one and out in the postseason after having won repeat WSs in their most recent “dynasty” years. So many of the faithful couldn’t deal with not taking it all and got frustrated and disappeared.

    The hearty stick it out, the others come back when things start to look up.


    MTU, GF, et al. I am merely looking at proven formulae in the macro sense and telling you what they are. I don’t invent the stats, nor do I have any vested interest in what they turn out to be. I vote for them because they have been proven formulae. That said, whatever the Yankees do, I’m going to be rooting for them anyway. If they change their way of thinking, I’m not going to be beefing about it throughout the season or going through any great gyrations or dreaming up ways they could be doing it better. They get paid lots of money to do that themselves.


    This is the night I have looked least forward to from day one of the beginning of the season. Mo’s last appearance at fenway. Now the reality will hit me right in the face and it’s a terrible feeling.


    Big Al – Definitely agree with you about Oakland. Amazing what they have done. Amazing balance. All teams should beware.

  3. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 15th, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    bruceb, there are so many games we could point to – like every loss, ha ha – but the fact that two we lost to the Sux last weekend were games we had in our hand, that hurts.

    Last Sunday was the last time, I think, that all of our rivals lost games and we won. If only every day could be Sunday!

  4. Hans Davenport September 15th, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Hans .
    A bit of an exageration
    Molina 117 GS 1018 Innings
    Stewie 89 GS 785 Innings

    RM. You may be the one who is exaggerating. Since Cervelli went down and Stewart became the staring catcher Molina has caught 8 more games then Stewart. He’s catching 5 to six games out of every seven. He’s been treated as if he is some sort of exclusive All Star since May.

  5. UnKnown September 15th, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    I’m already crying about MO…

  6. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 15th, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    I wish YES was covering the pre-game ceremony. I hope that Baseball Tonight does it.

  7. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 15th, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    “I’m already crying about MO…”


  8. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 15th, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    It will be interesting to see whether Chucky feels the need to pour water all over himself between inning on a cool evening…

  9. jackamir September 15th, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    A win tonight would help keep the spirits of the team on an even keel and make tomorrows day off a bit more enjoyable…We need a Max effort from Nova and some timely hitting……

  10. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 15th, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    jackamir – so much is going to depend on whether the Chucky doll is able to freely go to his arm to doctor up the baseball and also whether Nova is in any shape to pitch. I know that there’s an “all hands on deck” mentality right now, but we’ve seen the results of players coming back before they’re ready. I hope for Nova’s sake that he’s okay. And of course for our sake.

  11. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 15th, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Okay, let’s play this out. Yankees get to a one-game playoff and all of the Yankee pitchers are available. (go with this hypothetical). Who pitches the game?

  12. Triple Short of a Cycle September 15th, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Andy for me

  13. Marcus September 15th, 2013 at 7:23 pm


  14. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 15th, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    I have to say that Andy’s the one who came to mind for me also. If Kuroda had not started to have difficulty, I would have gone with him hands down.

  15. UnKnown September 15th, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    If this season ends the way it should we are going to have to come back through Fenway. MO will be back again after tonight.

  16. bruceb September 15th, 2013 at 7:37 pm


    I’ll go with Adam Warren…because every other one of our pitchers will have been used just to get there. :)

  17. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 15th, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Good point re: MO.

    I’ll still go through the internal drama though just based on the pre-game ceremony. Those things always get to me, and this one will especially get to me because this is the team he’s faced the most and they really do respect him at fenway. I expect him to get a great ovation.


    Very exciting time in baseball. So many close races.

    And in terms of not being able to predict baseball, whoever would have expected the Giants to finish one game out of the basement!

  18. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 15th, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    bruceb – :D in my scenario you are to imagine that all of our pitchers are fresh as daisies but still the pitchers they have shown to be!

  19. exiledintampa September 15th, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    For those asking, ESPN2 will have the Rivera ceremony as part of Baseball Tonight.

  20. benfica356 September 15th, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Damn looks like indians will be .5 out =(

  21. exiledintampa September 15th, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Texas at Rays this week and both in our sights.

  22. BrianWilsonsBeard September 15th, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Wouldn’t it be nice if ESPN actually was, you know, showing the ceremony right now? Instead we’re sitting through game recaps and commercials.

  23. chicken_stanley September 15th, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    I didn’t follow the blog this weekend as I spent time with my sons. In spite of this (or maybe because of it :) ) I feel a renewed sense of optimism. I have no data to support this optimism… just a gut feeling.

    Go Yanks!!!!

  24. exiledintampa September 15th, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Now it’s ESPN not 2

  25. Captain Clutch September 15th, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Honoring Mo is talking about when he blew a game. Really classy. Like the Yanks or Mo care to watch this crap.

  26. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 15th, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Much as I hate them, you can’t really trash having the Boston Pops playing Enter Sandman. I have to have great respect for whomever put together the pregame ceremony – if it indeed is a glorious one.

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