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Pregame notes: “We don’t think it’s a bad strain”

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

Mark Teixeira, Jonathan Villar

The Yankees haven’t seen MRI results on Mark Teixeira’s hamstring, but they know it’s an injury likely to require more than a day or two, so he’s on the disabled list. Four games into the season, the Yankees have their first significant injury to an everyday player.

“We don’t think it’s a bad strain,” Joe Girardi said. “Obviously we’ll have a test on Monday when he gets back, but we just felt it was in the best interest of him and us to put him on the DL, that way he doesn’t keep testing it and make it worse.”

Losing Teixeira for at least two weeks impacts several players…

Kelly Johnson
“He’s our first baseman now,” Girardi said. Basically, it sounds like Johnson will be the everyday guy at first with some chance of either a utility infielder — or possibly Francisco Cervelli — getting some time there at some point. Until Teixeira gets back, or until another move is made, it sounds like Johnson will be a first baseman first and foremost. Which means third base is open to someone like…

Yangervis Solarte
“I can put Anna (at third base) too if I feel like he needs the day or we like the matchup a little bit better, but (Solarte)’s playing great so I’m going to leave him there,” Girardi said. Essentially, Solarte has just stumbled into regular playing time. He came into Yankees camp looking for an opportunity, but I can’t imagine he would have imagined an opportunity quite like this. Could see him a whole lot the next two weeks, leaving Dean Anna as the only true backup infielder, unless the Yankees decide to try…

Francisco Cervelli
He’s routinely taken ground balls in the infield, and the Yankees have used Cervelli at second and third in emergency situations in the past. Now that Austin Romine is on the roster as a third catcher, Cervelli is free to pinch hit at the very least, and maybe play some first base if necessary. Girardi said he considers Solarte, Anna and Cervelli each to be backup options at first. Alfonso Soriano and Brian McCann are not considered options (McCann has never played there; the Yankees scrapped plans to have Soriano possibly spend a little bit of time there in spring training). For whatever it’s worth, Romine said he played some first base before he turned pro, and he was taking ground balls at first base in Triple-A. As far as adding depth in the batting order, that might fall on…

Alfonso Soriano
The obvious move to make with the lineup is to move Soriano up one spot to become the No. 5 hitter behind McCann. When the season started, the Yankees had switch hitters in the Nos. 3 and 5 spots, and that left Soriano to provide pretty good power potential in the No. 6 hole. Now Soriano will have to move up, basically giving the Yankees a Beltran-McCann-Soriano trio in the heart of the order. Johnson has some pop as well. Wonder if he’ll jump up a few spots to bat sixth regularly, or if Brett Gardner will move up into that spot. “(Teixeira)’s a switch hitter in the middle of our order that really helps our lineup and helps us at first,” Girardi said. “But we’re going to have to figure it out.”

Austin Romine, Adam Warren· Romine showed up this morning after a horrible flight from Syracuse. Said he honestly worried he might die during a shaky attempt at a landing. Seems likely that he’ll be little more than a third-string backup, but that might depend on how Girardi uses Cervelli going forward.

· The plan was to give Brian Roberts a day off yesterday, but Roberts entered the game in the second inning, so he basically played a full game and was given a day off today instead. Girardi was worried about early injuries anyway, and the Teixeira situation certainly hasn’t changed his opinion. “(Roberts) played the whole day yesterday, and we’ve got to be smart with him,” Girardi said. “As I told you, my concern about this initial stretch is fatigue and guys pulling stuff.”

· After pitching back-to-back days, Dave Robertson is not available today. Girardi said he might let Robertson go three in a row later in the season, but not this early. Girardi said that “depending on where they are in the lineup,” it’s likely Shawn Kelley will serve as the Yankees closer today.

· Dellin Betances was terrific in his season debut, but he was wild yesterday. Girardi seemed not to make much of it. “Just didn’t throw strikes,” Girardi said. “He was a little off yesterday. It looked like, the last hitter he was falling off a little bit. We’ll get that righted.”

· Update on Brendan Ryan? “He’s still not really doing much,” Girardi said.

· Finally, it’s time to see Michael Pineda in a big league game for the Yankees. Finally. “Seeing that he hasn’t been on a big league rubber for a couple of years, I would think he’d be a little bit anxious,” Girardi said. “But hopefully he calms down fairly quickly. … Continue to throw the ball like he was. He was throwing the ball great in spring training. We loved what we saw. Mixing his three pitches, I think that’s important against this team.”

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29 Responses to “Pregame notes: “We don’t think it’s a bad strain””

  1. Tyler April 5th, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    I like giving Roberts the full day off. They need to be very careful with him early in the season. I think he can be a really good contributor but health is a huge concern. Anna had a nice base hit last night so lets see what he can do.

  2. bigdan22 April 5th, 2014 at 12:18 pm


    “it is interesting that roberts is out again.
    joe is so fair that he felt guilty playing him last night on his off day and gave him another.”


    I like how Roberts has looked this Spring but he looked awful last night striking out 3 times. Is Anna the new Solarte? Who knows but I bet you that’s a thought that has crossed Roberts’ mind.

    I’ve been saying this for weeks. If you are going to start the season with the likes of Roberts and Johnson in your starting lineup, then just how secure should their job security be? Enter Solarte and Anna. And Wheeler. And Pirela. This is the advantage (sort of speak) of not handing out big contracts to every veteran free agent on the market. Does that remind you of anyone?

  3. bigdan22 April 5th, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    “I like the way Solarte has played too but I am not going to compare him to Lou Gehrig after 10 MLB at bats.”


    Yes, Solarte and Gehrig are very different players. Gehrig wasn’t a switch-hitter.

  4. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Watching the pre-game.

    Singleton was asked if MT reminded him of anyone ?

    His answer: “Catfish Hunter”.

    He also said that he thought that MT had even more weapons than Hunter.

    Pretty glowing praise I reckon.


  5. raymagnetic April 5th, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    “I like how Roberts has looked this Spring but he looked awful last night striking out 3 times.’

    Anybody can look awful for one game. Sheesh.

  6. mick April 5th, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    When I was a kid my friend’s mom stated I walked like a duck. I called her everything I could come up with.
    you quack me up..

  7. mick April 5th, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    forgot roberts came in in the 1st…no wonder joe gave him off today…my bad

  8. mick April 5th, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    make that 2nd

  9. yankinvegas April 5th, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    All the media guys are saying we have no depth. Only because they have not seen these guys play. I like the idea of a third catcher. It lets McCann DH and allows Cervelli to play a little 1b at times.
    I wish we could cut to 11 pitchers and keep the third catcher.
    Hopefully Tex can play right after the 15 days. Eventually we are going to need a power bat.
    Question for the day – who hits the Yanks first HR?
    I say McCann today

  10. mick April 5th, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    you can also move cervelli to 1st and catch romine if kj gets hurt

  11. mick April 5th, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    not far off on my call of 7-10 for ells and gardy last night w/ 5 steals.
    they were 5-8 w/ 3.
    gardy resting today for sori v the righty?

  12. Tar April 5th, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    I don’t like Cervelli as the BUC… much less the BU 1B.

    This has to be a short term fix.

  13. Triple Short of a Cycle April 5th, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Here’s the difference. I don’t personally attack individuals and say nasty things about them and call them names. That’s your speciality.


    Calling people ignorant certainly qualifies as name calling

  14. ac1 April 5th, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    I’ve learned to stop questioning the lineup.
    Thought Ichiro earned a 3rd day in the lineup (especially if Gardner was going to sit).
    Guess you have to get Soriano in there at some point.
    Thought they would possibly give Beltran the day off instead to limit time on turf, but I think Joe knows what he is doing.

  15. ac1 April 5th, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    I don’t like Cervelli as the BUC… much less the BU 1B.

    Why not BUC?

  16. Triple Short of a Cycle April 5th, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    So I guess the Yankees have no regular everyday players. The quote un quote regular players get a day off every 3 to 4 days. Like I said before no regular in the lineup will play in more then 130 games this year

  17. Tar April 5th, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    “Why not BUC?”

    I think he is way over-rated especially on this blog.

    He has had some timely hits in the past… but that could have been helped along by PEDS. So any past success comes with a question mark. His swings the other night were awful.

    I put no stock in ST numbers…although I have too say he won the position. His game calling is atrocious (IMO)…. and although he looks to have quieted down behind the plate…I think that is a mirage. I believe in the heart of the moment he will resort to Jumpy Cervelli. I also think he talks crap to umps way too much…especially when he’s batting.

    Just don’t like him as a catcher in almost every way. As a hitter he’s ok for a BUC.

  18. jmills April 5th, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Another game, another game…

  19. jmills April 5th, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Depending what occurs today, I might be chanseuring, ” I wanna be sedated “.

  20. balotin April 5th, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    As long as we keep on winning I think giving players days off will keep them fresh for the long season. The important thing that is becoming obvious is the strength of our pitching both starters and the bullpen. The pitching is what is going to win us the WS this year and my only question mark is CC. Even so, having CC as our real 5th starter makes him the best 5th starter in baseball

  21. jmills April 5th, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    ” Be my, be my baby ” on cbc radio francais. Go figue?

  22. jmills April 5th, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    * figure

  23. cigator April 5th, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Like I said before, Tex is the new Arod. Has under performed, injured from walking, another in the log line of stupid contracts.

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