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Pregame notes: “I think he understands what I’m trying to do”

Posted by: vmercogliano - Posted in Misc on Apr 13, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Derek Jeter

As soon as today’s lineup was posted, everyone had the same initial thought: There must be something wrong with Derek Jeter.

For the second consecutive day, the Captain will out of the lineup, and it’s not because he’s suddenly been benched in his 20th season. Jeter’s right quad tightened up during Friday night’s game, and while it’s considered a minor issue, Joe Girardi is being his usual cautious self.

“Friday, early in the game, his quad got a little tight, but played the whole game,” Girardi said. “Saturday was a scheduled day off, no matter what. I had it scheduled for the whole week. I knew that he was going to be off. I’d say about the fifth, sixth, seventh inning (on Saturday), I started thinking it probably makes sense to give him one more day because it buys him two more days (with Monday being an off day).”

Jeter didn’t speak to the media today, but it’s safe to say that he wasn’t overly pleased with the decision. No tests are scheduled and Girardi sounded very optimistic about having him back on Tuesday for the series opener with the Cubs, but as is always the case when it comes to Jeter, any news is big news.

“He fights me about every time that we’re going to give him a day off, but he’s been that way since day one,” Girardi said. “I remember he used to fight Joe (Torre) and say, ‘How am I going to break Cal (Ripken’s) record if you keep doing this to me?’ It’s never a real comfortable situation when you tell him that you’re going to give him a day, but I think he understands what I’m trying to do. It’s just his heart. He wants to be out there.”

Derek Jeter· According to Girardi, he was planning to play Jeter today, but changed his mind during last night’s game. He’s available tonight, if needed, but I doubt that we’ll see him. “Is he available to me tonight? In an emergency I would use him,” he said. “Are there any tests scheduled? No. He went through some tightness in spring training that he got through. He had it in his calf at one point, and he got through it. I figured, you know what? It probably makes more sense to give him today. I could have put him in there. Originally, my plan was to put him in there today, but I changed my mind during the game yesterday.”

· Girardi said that he noticed Jeter favoring the quad during Friday’s game, so it wasn’t like Jeter asked for the time off. I couldn’t see him asking out of the lineup very often. “We saw him stretching it a little bit on Friday,” Girardi said. “That’s what (tipped us off). When something happens, you’re going to see him move around a little bit different when you watch how they always run. And I didn’t see him move around a whole lot different on Friday, but it’s a concern of mine when someone tells me that something is tight.”

· Prior to this setback, Jeter had played seven days in a row. I think it’s safe to say that we won’t see that happen many more times this season. “He’s 39 years old, and I think you have to be smart about it and understand that there are times you’re going to have to give him a day off,” Girardi said. “I ran him out there seven days in a row, and I don’t know, it’s something that I’ll think about the next time.”

· What has Girardi thought of how Jeter’s looked so far when he has been able to play? “I’ve been pleased with the way that he’s swung the bat. We talked about the last week of spring training that he was feeling better and better, and I think we’ve seen that. It has improved every week. On the field, I think he’s been really good.”

· How about in the field? “Obviously, as we all get older, we’re not quite what we used to be, necessarily. I moved better at 25 than I can tell you I did at 35, but as far as his ankle, I don’t think his ankle has had a whole lot of affect. I think his ankle has been healthy and has not hindered him at all.”

Carlos Beltran· Ready for some non-Jeter stuff? You may not remember at this point, but the Yankees hit some homers yesterday. Four of the five came from new players who were swinging left-handed and utilized the short porch in right. These guys were brought in, in part, because there was a feeling that their swings would translate well to Yankee Stadium. “I think that’s a big part of it, the way our field plays,” Girardi said. “You’re going to build your team around your home ballpark because you’re going to play 81 of your games there, and that’s what we tried to do. When you look at the hitters that we have, this ballpark plays favorable to them. It worked out really well yesterday. … It’s something that we address every winter, the type of players that we want, and we try to go out and get them.”

· We have our first minor controversy from the new MLB replay system. Replays appeared to show Dean Anna taking his foot off of the base when he was called safe on his eighth inning double on Saturday, but the call was not overturned. Apparently, the conclusive angle was not available immediately to the replay official, which seems strange. The general understanding is that the replay officials will have access to every angle that we can see on TV. “I’m not so sure how that happens,” Girardi said. “I guess unless I was over there, I probably wouldn’t be really sure of how it happens, but obviously, as a club, you might see some angles and see something that’s clear, and if they don’t see it, you wonder if the feeds are different. It’s a little confusing to me.”

· Mark Teixeira said yesterday that he hopes to be in the lineup next Sunday, which is the first day that he’s eligible to come off of the DL. Girardi is hoping for the same thing, but says that they haven’t discussed any roster moves yet. “He’s hitting on the field today, which is, to me, a really good sign,” he said. “He did some light jogging on the field yesterday, which is really good. I don’t imagine it will be a whole lot longer, as long as he continues to progress running.”

· It sounds like they’re hoping for a quick return for David Robertson also. “He’s doing great,” Girardi said. “I don’t think he played catch yesterday, so I’d guess he might be playing catch again today and maybe a side in a little bit.”

· One of the best early stories of the season for the Yankees has been the emergence of Yangervis Solarte. He’s played mostly third base, but will start at second today. Girardi was asked what he sees as Solarte’s best position. Possible Jeter replacement next year? “It’s probably unfair for me to answer that, because I have not seen him play a lot everywhere,” Girardi said. “He’s played all over the place. He’s played a lot of second, he’s played third in his career, so it’s hard for me to say. I think he’s done a pretty good job. Obviously, our scouts have seen more and he’s probably played a little more second. He’s probably a little more comfortable there, but he’s done a pretty good job at third base.”

· Since the press conference was dominated by Jeter, Girardi wasn’t asked at all about tonight’s starter Ivan Nova, but this is a fairly important outing for him. The staff has been very solid for the most part, but Nova has probably been the worst of the bunch. He looked awesome at times in spring training and seemed to finally put it all together, so it would be nice to see some positive signs tonight.

· There must be something going on with the captains. Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was a late scratch, and according to manager John Farrell, he’s dealing with some soreness in his left wrist. Those wrists can be tricky (cue Teixeira reference).

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51 Responses to “Pregame notes: “I think he understands what I’m trying to do””

  1. mick April 13th, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    And not a word on Roberts?

  2. Yankee Trader April 13th, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Time to sign off.

    Hope we witness a Super Nova tonight.

  3. mick April 13th, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    OK Roberts played yesterday.

  4. chicken_stanley April 13th, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    bojo – you crack me up :D

  5. CountryClub April 13th, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    @Buster_ESPN: Lots of concern in Boston clubhouse about Pedroia’s wrist, as they wait to learn more from his tests Monday.

  6. mick April 13th, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    In spite of our lineup, at this point we can live another day w/out Jeter, I will go out on a limb and GUARANTEE tonite’s game.
    It would make me 4-0 for the season.

  7. SweetSpot April 13th, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Some people place far too much importance on the batting order. You pitch you hit you score you win. Some days your number eight or number nine guy will get it done for you. When you have an experienced manager with a good track record, going with their baseball instincts doesn’t bother me a bit. They call him binder Joe but I think sometimes he just goes with his gut.

  8. chicken_stanley April 13th, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    countryclub – I just sat down at the computer a half an hour ago and came straight here, so it appears that I’m way behind… what happened to lil Dusty’s wrist?

  9. BoJo April 13th, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    BoJo April 13th, 2014 at 6:35 pm
    JK about the Hulk surprise ending! But the movie is great. Have seen it twice and will see it again this week.

  10. chicken_stanley April 13th, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Mick – are you guaranteeing a win or just guaranteeing that it will be played?… joking :)

  11. CountryClub April 13th, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Chicken,

    Evidently he jammed it in the previous series and it hasn’t improved.

  12. mick April 13th, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Some people place far too much importance on the batting order.
    ================================
    You go with what works.
    You look for tendencies or formulas for success.
    Otherwise you can pick the names out of a hat like Billy Martin once did.

  13. mick April 13th, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Mick – are you guaranteeing a win or just guaranteeing that it will be played?… joking
    =====================
    Well…I GUARANTEE a win if they play…hope that covers it Chicken.

  14. BoJo April 13th, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    BTW Chicken, the movie is a MUST-SEE if you are following the Marvel movies. Everything you know about their universe changes in this one. Nuff Said!

  15. chicken_stanley April 13th, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    thanks cc… apparently, I’m living under a rock cause I hadn’t heard a thing

  16. chicken_stanley April 13th, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Bojo – thanks for the info… might try to catch tomorrow after work since its an off day

  17. BD (Boston Dave) April 13th, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    if Pedroia is out for an extended period of time….. Stephen Drew???

    they’re obviously the only team that doesn’t have to worry about losing a pick.

  18. chicken_stanley April 13th, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Mick – I think you have the bases covered! :)

  19. BD (Boston Dave) April 13th, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Sox are sitting on the money that Dempster freed up for them by “taking the year off”

  20. bbb51 April 13th, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    michaellord6 April 13th, 2014 at 6:09 pm
    I don’t understand why Beltran is batting 2nd and Ellsbury 3rd. Anyone have any ideas?

    Because Girardi is obsessed with splitting lefthanded hitters in the lineup.

  21. chicken_stanley April 13th, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Bubba clinches another green jacket

  22. tomingeorgia April 13th, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    BoJo April 13th, 2014 at 6:20 pm
    Tommy–If not too personal, what are you planning to do in your retirement? Selling the hotel? Traveling across the country with a trailer? Seeing the world? Moving into the lucrative world of penny stocks? I wish you the best!
    ______________
    There’s going to be a humongous estate sale which will determine which diesel pusher I will buy. I will post it here when I know the date for sure, but it may be in early May.

    I appreciate the well-wishes.

  23. tomingeorgia April 13th, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Great tournament.

  24. CountryClub April 13th, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    chicken_stanley April 13th, 2014 at 6:44 pm
    Bojo – thanks for the info… might try to catch tomorrow after work since its an off day

    ———-

    Very good flick

  25. chicken_stanley April 13th, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    tom – whatever shenanigans you decide to get yourself into, hope you enjoy the heck out of retirement

  26. tomingeorgia April 13th, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Thanks, chicken. I promise I won’t be the old fart in the left lane,

  27. pete2 April 13th, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    “”here must be something going on with the captains. Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was a late scratch, and according to manager John Farrell, he’s dealing with some soreness in his left wrist.”

    Since when was Pedroia made Captain?

  28. chicken_stanley April 13th, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    tom – stay in the left lane as long as you want, just be sure to turn off your blinker :D

  29. Cashmoney April 13th, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Does it matter Pete2, I have long anointed Cervelli as Brigadier General.

  30. Cashmoney April 13th, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    but It could be a ceremony held in secrecy that of which involves a dark chamber underneath a keebler tree, some cream rubbing and a live chicken sacrifice orchestrated by Big poopy.

  31. chicken_stanley April 13th, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Geez, Cash – why does it always have to be a live chicken that’s sacrificed? )

  32. tomingeorgia April 13th, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    chicken.
    I don’t own a Buick.

  33. NYY fan in NH April 13th, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    the Sox will get no sympathy for me if the Elf gets time on the DL after witnessing what this Yankee team went through last year. They were a very lucky team last year with injuries!

  34. chicken_stanley April 13th, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    tom – lol!

  35. Cashmoney April 13th, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Sorry Stanley :D Chickens are ubiquitous and easy to dispose! But, on second thought, I will go with African Swallow in this case.

  36. UnKnown April 13th, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    “Hit a bomb and Walk it Off”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5RN4P-I0NQ

    Never Forget Don’t Ever Forget

  37. pete2 April 13th, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Cashmoney April 13th, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Does it matter Pete2, I have long anointed Cervelli as Brigadier General.
    =========================

    I just don’t want to feed the Pedroia PR machine.

  38. pete2 April 13th, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    ” BD (Boston Dave) April 13th, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    if Pedroia is out for an extended period of time….. Stephen Drew???

    they’re obviously the only team that doesn’t have to worry about losing a pick.
    =====================

    They do lose the hope of a compensation pick which would be moot if he waits till June to sign with another team

    Drew is not going to sign a 1 yr deal to play out of position and risk being a bench player or platoon player when Middlebrooks and Pedroia come back. Only way he signs with the Red Sox with that kind of risk is on a 3 yr deal and I doubt they offer him that.

  39. RhapsodyInBlue April 13th, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Great tournament Tom, Bubba and the kid stole the day.

  40. chicken_stanley April 13th, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    I just don’t want to feed the Pedroia PR machine.

    ————————-

    I wouldn’t worry about feeding the Pedroia PR machine… its already a fully loaded semi headed down a 10% grade with no brakes :)

  41. BoJo April 13th, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    pete2 April 13th, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Good analysis

  42. BD (Boston Dave) April 13th, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    “Only way he signs with the Red Sox with that kind of risk is on a 3 yr deal and I doubt they offer him that.”

    ————

    I don’t think it would be impossible if Pedroia is going to be out. I get the feeling they aren’t sold on Middlebrooks but could still get a decent return for him in a trade.

    They could easily make it work with drew in Boston for 3 years, or if they could get their way, 2 years and a higher AAV.

  43. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 13th, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Oy Vey! What a day I had today!

    Please let me know if anything of interest happened, baseball-wise or otherwise. I was gone from early morning and spent from when I got home until just now speaking to an HP representative in the Phillipines who was helping me set up my new printer. I actually said I had to go and stopped before we were done so I could be sure I was off the phone in time to watch the game.

    I’m tired. (wah!) :)

  44. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 13th, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Oh yeah, as of today I’m really pleased with our infield D. Just thought I’d add that thought. And so far, Kelly Johnson is doing a back-up job IMO.

    :)

    That’s all.

  45. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 13th, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    I meant bang up job. Did I mention I’m tired?

  46. chicken_stanley April 13th, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Trisha – I got on the computer a hour or two ago and found out that Lil Dusty is a scratch with a wrist injury. Other than that, I know nothing!!! (done in my best Sgt Shultz voice from Hogan’s Heros :) )

  47. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 13th, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    chicken – YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I mean, geeze, I hope he’s okay!

    :D

  48. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 13th, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Really though I don’t like to see any players injured. I know we can beat them with or without the Keebler elf.

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