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Teixeira: Hasn’t seen many pitches but says there’s plenty of time

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 05, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Joe Girardi, Mark TeixeiraI left Steinbrenner Field fairly early so that I could get to Port Charlotte for this afternoon’s game. That means I didn’t see what must have been a very brief live batting practice session for Mark Teixeira.

With David Herndon being the only Yankees pitcher scheduled to face hitters today, Teixeira and Scott Sizemore only had so many pitches to work with, and it seems Teixeira expressed some frustration when the session ended. According to George King, Herndon threw a total of just 21 pitches (more or less what you’d expect from a one-inning reliever), but that didn’t give Teixeira many swings.

“I thought I was going to get a lot more work the last few days, but I do what I am told and go out there (for Thursday’s game),’’ Teixeira told the New York Post and others. “You guys can ask them. I show up at 9:30 when I am supposed to show up, and when they tell me it’s done, it’s done.’’

With most pitchers getting into games at this point, there just aren’t many pitchers throwing live batting practice these days. Manny Banuelos and Jose Campos provided a perfect right-left combination for Teixeira on Monday, but there was no one scheduled on Tuesday and only Herndon was scheduled today. Joe Girardi, who’s watched a ton of live BP sessions so far this spring, was overwhelmingly sarcastic on Tuesday when explained that the Yankees didn’t have anyone to pitch to Teixeira.

“Believe it or not, we don’t have somebody,” Girardi said. “Extremely disappointed today that we don’t have somebody. I told Larry that I didn’t know if I could go on with my day. I was confused.”

Girardi was clearly kidding when he said it. Told of Teixeira’s frustration after today’s game, Girardi said he still expects Teixeira to play in tomorrow’s game, but if Teixeira wants to wait longer, he’ll wait longer. Earlier this morning, Teixeira said he has plenty of time to get ready for the season.

“It’s March 5,” he said. “If you don’t have enough time in spring training to get ready from March 5 on, then you’re never going to get ready. There’s plenty of time. … I’ve always been a guy that, I don’t get into the swing of the season until the season. We’re here for six straight weeks; that’s not what we do during the season. We have 6:30 wakeup calls; that’s not what we do during the season. There’s almost nothing similar when it comes to your body. We’re doing a lot of extra work here. Spring training could be two weeks or two months, I don’t think it would make a difference.”

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33 Responses to “Teixeira: Hasn’t seen many pitches but says there’s plenty of time”

  1. joeman March 5th, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    joeman March 5th, 2014 at 4:27 pm
    a 3rd baseman who has 16 lifetime games there, 40 year old SS,2nd baseman who has what Nick Johnson had and a 1st baseman who can’t swing the bat

  2. blake March 5th, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    “It’s March 5,” he said. “If you don’t have enough time in spring training to get ready from March 5 on, then you’re never going to get ready. There’s plenty of time. … I’ve always been a guy that, I don’t get into the swing of the season until the season.”

    and even then not til about June!

  3. blake March 5th, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    If Tex does get hurt again then we can only hope it’s before Morales signs somewhere

  4. bbb51 March 5th, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Wait a minute, didn’t Joeman just say Tex couldn’t swing a bat? :roll:

  5. Ys Guy March 5th, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    The crazy, un-Verducci thing the Cardinals did with Wainwright was increase him from 62 to 164 IP in his first full year in pro ball out of H.S.

    but it worked.

  6. Jerkface March 5th, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    The crazy, un-Verducci thing the Cardinals did with Wainwright was increase him from 62 to 164 IP in his first full year in pro ball out of H.S.

    but it worked.

    That was the Braves actually, and it turned out to have probably damaged his arm as he had elbow problems in 2004 and eventually did have surgery for it. Its one of the reasons why GMs say to be wary of trading for Braves pitchers.

  7. Ys Guy March 5th, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Wainwright averaged 5.9 innings/start his first year of pro ball.

    The Yankees limit them to 5 IP/start I believe.

  8. Jerkface March 5th, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    I’d like to see the Yankees just let their guys pitch. Let them experience going deep into games in the minors. Maybe not every time, but damn some of the time at least? Hughes kept getting pulled at 100 pitches or 5 innings.

  9. Patrick March 5th, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    I think when the Yankees get a big time pitching prospect they put on the kid gloves. Nova has been the most successful Yankee pitcher in awhile and he threw 148.2 IP, 139.1 IP, 145 IP in the minors before getting a call up. I think this is probably because the Yankees never saw him as a big prospect so they just let him go without putting him on a tight pitchcount.

  10. Hankflorida March 5th, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    joeman March 5th, 2014 at 4:27 pm
    a 3rd baseman who has 16 lifetime games there, 40 year old SS,2nd baseman who has what Nick Johnson had and a 1st baseman who can’t swing the bat

    Losing Cano and A-Rod left a big hole, and it is patch work time till the pieces fit together. It would be nice if Solarte and Anna can give us some clutch hits and good defense if Johnson and Roberts falter at the gate. As for Text being injured, Soriano at first, and is there a left handed DH on the market. This is beginning to sound like a repeat performance of last year, and even though we have some new cast members, I hated the plot.

  11. Pat M. March 5th, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Blake is going to have a field day with the Texeria lead for this thread….

  12. blake March 5th, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Pat M. says:
    March 5, 2014 at 4:57 pm
    Blake is going to have a field day with the Texeria lead for this thread….

    I’m done….they need him ….I hope he stays helps thy and doesn’t suck

  13. blake March 5th, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Healthy

  14. blake March 5th, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    @awfulannouncing: New AA – Ken Griffey Jr. gave a painfully awkward interview on SportsCenter http://t.co/T3zDrb3nej

    I think he had to be high or something

  15. Hankflorida March 5th, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Solarte was one for three in today’s game. Is he our last year Mustalier and fade from his 15 minutes of Andy Warhol fame, or will he win a job leaving one of the veterans to exit the scene?

  16. kd March 5th, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    example 1 of things to over analyze this spirng: tex not getting more swings today

    he’s got 6 weeks to get ready. let’s hope he stays healthy this year and is a middle of the order threat

  17. Poetkiosk March 5th, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    I was told this morning that the Yankees must have a plan for the IF when these old guys start to get hurt. Anyone know what it is other than find someone off the scrap heap and pray?

  18. blake March 5th, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Poetkiosk says:
    March 5, 2014 at 5:22 pm
    I was told this morning that the Yankees must have a plan for the IF when these old guys start to get hurt. Anyone know what it is other than find someone off the scrap heap and pray?

    Panic

  19. pete2 March 5th, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    You would think the Yankees could pull someone from the minor league camp to pitch to Tex. Definitely seems to be some disorganization if the teams highly paid 1Bman is being held back by the lack of pitchers who can throw to him. Pretty sure Jeter would not have this problem, so it makes you wonder whats up.

  20. Cashmoney March 5th, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Blake, unfortunately Prime Time can only manned one position at a time… even the great one can not over extend himself.

  21. Cashmoney March 5th, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    as far as BU1b goes, organizations will discard replacement level players such as Overbay LY by the end of ST, Yanks will pick up one til Tex is ready. If he is not ready, I assume they will start looking via other avenues.

  22. pete2 March 5th, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    “oetkiosk says:
    March 5, 2014 at 5:22 pm
    I was told this morning that the Yankees must have a plan for the IF when these old guys start to get hurt. Anyone know what it is other than find someone off the scrap heap and pray?”

    Recount the advance ticket sales and sigh with relief that nobody took the possibility seriously, and begin the PR for 2015.

    Seriously, I am somewhat happy with what I have seen from Roberts, Nana. Nunez, Johnson, Solarte, Sizemore, Ryan and to a lesser extent Jeter. However, it’s ST playing against the other teams scrubs, warm weather, playing every other day, so this means nothing. Playing every day on cold April nights is a different animal, and Tex has yet to take his 1st AB

  23. joeman March 5th, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    blake March 5th, 2014 at 5:33 pm
    Poetkiosk says:
    March 5, 2014 at 5:22 pm
    I was told this morning that the Yankees must have a plan for the IF when these old guys start to get hurt. Anyone know what it is other than find someone off the scrap heap and pray?

    Panic
    ———————————————-
    anyone can see where the trouble spots are going to be this year….this IF & RPing

  24. blake March 5th, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    @ProfessorParks: Jesus Montero’s thighs are like Bo Jackson’s thighs except they are very fat and unappealing and not as powerful or luscious. #Scouting

  25. UpState March 5th, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Hankflorida March 5th, 2014 at 5:14 pm
    Solarte was one for three in today’s game. Is he our last year Mustalier and fade from his 15 minutes of Andy Warhol fame, or will he win a job leaving one of the veterans to exit the scene?

    =============================

    Where’s Musty ?

    Should’ve traded him.

    Can we still ?

  26. UpState March 5th, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    blake March 5th, 2014 at 6:00 pm
    @ProfessorParks: Jesus Montero’s thighs are like Bo Jackson’s thighs except they are very fat and unappealing and not as powerful or luscious. #Scouting
    ==================================
    Unless ProfessorParks is a female….that’s a disturbing statement.

  27. Hankflorida March 5th, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    If Text’s wrist problem hinders his swinging left handed then the Yankees have a problem as the other way, he could be rested against left handed pitching.

  28. BoJo March 5th, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    I wonder if it is too late to offer Tex an opt-out clause…

  29. bbb51 March 5th, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    Actually I hope Tex can’t swing lefthanded and has to swing right handed all the time.

  30. blake March 5th, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    “Unless ProfessorParks is a female….that’s a disturbing statement.”

    I think he tries to be funny in a cool guy kinda way but it comes off creepy and weird

  31. blake March 5th, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Seriously, I am somewhat happy with what I have seen from Roberts, Nana. Nunez, Johnson, Solarte, Sizemore, Ryan and to a lesser extent Jeter”

    As I said this morning….Enrique Wilson once hit .500 for a spring training…..but on April 1 he was still Enrique Wilson

  32. UpState March 5th, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> NEXT ——————–>

  33. GoDucks March 6th, 2014 at 1:21 am

    Agree with Jerkfaces comments, i.e, Let Them Pitch. Does anyone really think it was not the Jabba Rules that ruined Chamberlain? It seems that the less the Baseball Guys let these young arms work, the more they get injured.

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