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Pregame notes: “They told me to be ready for anything”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 17, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Scott Sizemore

Scott Sizemore has never played first base. Not once. Not in Detroit. Not in Oakland. Not in the minor leagues. Not in college. Not at Hickory High School in Virginia.

He’s playing first base tonight.

“I haven’t been over there enough to really get a feel for the position,” he said. “But I consider myself a pretty good athlete, a pretty good infielder, so I feel like the basics are there, it’s just a matter of knowing my responsibilities on bunt coverage, all that good stuff.”

Sizemore was going through first base drills in Scranton in preparation for this moment. He was going to play a Triple-A game at first, but that was one of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s many rain outs, and then Sizemore was needed in the big leagues, and so he came up fully aware that this was a possibility, but without actually getting a turn at the position.

Of course, after putting Francisco Cervelli and Carlos Beltran at first base already this year, Sizemore seems like a natural fit.

“We’re pretty confident that he can do it,” Joe Girardi said. “Obviously he has not been in a game and done it, but I’m pretty confident he can do it. … It’s not the most comfortable position to be in, but when you go through injuries sometimes you have to be a little bit creative. I didn’t really feel like putting Carlos back there, so I went with Sizemore.”

The Yankees face another lefty tomorrow, so there’s a good chance this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Sizemore at one position or another. What happens on Sunday is anyone’s guess, but for now he’s here to plug a hole, even if that means playing an unfamiliar position.

“They told me to be ready for anything,” Sizemore said. “And here I am.”

Mark Teixeira· Mark Teixeira should be back at first base in three days. Teixeira played three innings in an extended spring training game this afternoon. He’ll play five innings tomorrow and a few innings again on Saturday before being activated for Sunday’s series finale. Girardi said that Teixeira had a “really good day” today and he’s on track to come off the disabled list when eligible. “Everything is pointing to him playing for us,” Girardi said. “It’s something that we have to talk about, but everything points to him being here.”

· Similar situation for Dave Robertson who threw a 25-pitch bullpen this afternoon. He’s supposed to pitch in an extended spring training game on Saturday and should be activated on Tuesday. “I think it’s a distinct possibility,” Girardi said.

· The minor league complex is going to be the place to be on Saturday. Brendan Ryan is supposed to play that day as well. “He’s been swinging,” Girardi said. “I think he’s going to play maybe a little sim game on Friday and get some live ABs. He’s progressing OK. … He’s got to go through a normal spring training. It will obviously be sped up because we can get him more at-bats in certain situations, but we’d like to see him get 40, 50 at-bats.”

· Still no starter announced for Sunday’s game, but Girardi said it will be one of the current relievers. Sounds like David Phelps and Vidal Nuno are the best bets. Adam Warren has basically locked up a late-inning job. “If he starts pitching in the back end like he’s going to do, the plan wouldn’t be to stretch him out,” Girardi said.

· No big moment that landed Brian Roberts back in the lineup today. Girardi has him in there now, and if something happens where the lineup has to change, then it will. So far, though, all signs are that Roberts is ready to play again. Girardi said he’s going to keep an eye on Roberts throughout to make sure he’s moving OK. With Dean Anna and Kelly Johnson on the bench, the Yankees have two other options at second base just in case.

· Girardi said he’s not taking for granted that Derek Jeter’s leg issue is finished. “I’m going to pay attention to it,” Girardi said. “This is back-to-back days. I am going to play attention to it, but I felt good about how he came through yesterday. I thought he had to run pretty hard between first and second, and that was good. Obviously the weather’s a lot better here, but I will keep my eye on it.”

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68 Responses to “Pregame notes: “They told me to be ready for anything””

  1. austinmac April 17th, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Hunter Pence looks like he stepped off the bench in 1950. Talk about a throw back.

  2. mick April 17th, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    lets hope ellsbury reminds joe why they got him.
    to be the igniter for this offense.
    ppl worry about our #;s with risp.
    well why not start manufacturing runs with ellsbury?
    bat him leadoff where he belongs.
    steal 2nd before jeter hits into the dp.
    hit to right and move him over to 3rd and beltran will get him in.

  3. mick April 17th, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    what is the real reason that sizemore is at 1st tonite?
    sitting johnson against the lefty?
    now that sizemore has a major league contract can w send him down without his opting out?
    lohud wants to know…

  4. Hankflorida April 17th, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Notice that Ichiro replaced Gardner and not Beltran as three table setters in the outfield does not mean that they can deliver clutch hits with RISP. Even two table setters in the outfield and three in the infield does not necessary compute to RBI’s. Johnson hit 16 homes runs last year but only drove in 52 runs which does not point to him as a clutch hitter. When pitchers are bearing down, these players have to produce, so let us give them some time to prove that they can do better then they did last year in driving in runs.

  5. BoJo April 17th, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Repost

    mick April 17th, 2014 at 6:07 pm
    pineda not throwing as hard and relying on mixing his pitches and speeds might help his shoulder
    ===
    Not so sure. I recall reading one of those pitching gurus talk about Pineda still having a violent delivery that could lead to further shoulder problems. It is not so much whether he throws 1-2 mph slower as it is how violent his shoulder gets jerked at the end of his motion. Time will tell.

  6. mick April 17th, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    why doesn’t kay get any prank calls?

  7. mick April 17th, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    could be right bojo, let’s hope not..

  8. mick April 17th, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Hank quick see my 6:23 post.

  9. chicken_stanley April 17th, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    The Rays have injuries in the rotation, the offense is not quite on track… perfect opportunity to kick them when they’re down.

  10. mick April 17th, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    so right now the staff order should be:
    tanaka, pineda, kuroda, nova, cc

    yes? no?

  11. mick April 17th, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    the ideal order has ellsbury and gardner at the top and no doubt that will be on a regular basis next year.

  12. BoJo April 17th, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    “They told me to be ready for anything”

    And yet, no one expects the Spanish Inquisition!

  13. NYY_Girl_Penny April 17th, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    jpmatrixfan88 April 17th, 2014 at 6:10 pm
    Penny, why should Jeter hit 9th? He is hitting better than Roberts and Sizemore. I think he could be dropped as low as seventh but he shouldnt be behind those two players. But you are right in that they probably wont because hes Jeter.

    —–

    I said 9th because Girardi like’s to bat his lead off batters 9th so when the batting order flips they are technically leading off before the lead-off hitter. Keeping with his silly tradition I said 9th for that reason.

    I’d rather see Jeter not bat 2nd in fear of his weak ground outs and bat him 1st. I don’t know how many games of having 12 hits and 2 runs for Girardi to realize his batting order needs to change and to stop creating a batting order based on 2009 player performance.

    L / R / L / R / L / R march!

  14. mick April 17th, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Am thinking the only reason Ellsbury is up 1st tonite is b/c Gardner is sitting.

  15. bigdan22 April 17th, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Some good stuff happening in Scranton with the bats.

    –My boy Zoilo heating up with his third homer today. Got his OPS up to .780 after a slow start.

    –Cojo with a homer too and playing first base again. I believe he’s the Yanks long term solution for back up first baseman. He’s clearly being groomed. I suggested that last year.

    –Pirela with a homer and a double. Had a slow start but of all the minor league pseudo-unknowns, this is the guy who can hit. But can he hold down 2b?

    –But most impressive is Flores. Still just 22, he was the minor league hitter who really distinguished himself in ST. Only hitting .268 but his .400 OBP gives him a .867 OPS. Three walks and two hits in a double header today.

    Crazy as it may seem, but could the Yanks have two potential starting major league OFs playing right now for them in AAA?

  16. BoJo April 17th, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    mick April 17th, 2014 at 6:30 pm
    the ideal order has ellsbury and gardner at the top and no doubt that will be on a regular basis next year.
    ===
    I’d be very interested to see Joe G try the following line-up:
    Ellsbury
    Gardner
    Jeter
    Beltran
    McCann
    Soriano
    Texeira
    Johnson/Roberts
    Solarte/Sizemore

  17. mick April 17th, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    bojo why not jeter 3rd?
    some clown laughed at that suggestion a while back.
    we saw what ells/gardy did inthat game against toronto.

  18. mick April 17th, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    you can flip mccann and soriano vs a lefty

  19. bigdan22 April 17th, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Good to see the Yanks finally get with platooning Ichiro against lefties. I think folks on this site suggested that last year. I believe he’s had a reverse split for most of his career.

    I did say during the last week of ST that I felt Ichiro would get 300+ ABs for the Yanks this year. I don’t think they even tried to trade him. I also said, that for no good reason, I thought he’d have a good year. Let’s hope he can keep that up. He does seem happy being a Yankee.

  20. BoJo April 17th, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    –My boy Zoilo heating up with his third homer today. Got his OPS up to .780 after a slow start.

    Wow! Nice to see that minor league gummies are of professional quality! That’s just insane.

  21. michaellord6 April 17th, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    mick April 17th, 2014 at 6:28 pm
    so right now the staff order should be:
    tanaka, pineda, kuroda, nova, cc

    yes? no?

    ——

    I’d have Kuroda ahead of Tanaka (maybe) and Pineda (definitely).

    I also think I’d have CC ahead of Nova.

    But yes, CC is a 4 or 5 in this rotation.

  22. mick April 17th, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    ichiro is in great shape and could play till he’s 45 or at least till he gets #3000.
    i wouldn’t be surprised to see him in the same role next year on the yankees.
    if soriano goes, bring up zorro.

  23. mick April 17th, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    But yes, CC is a 4 or 5 in this rotation.
    ========================
    Then we can leave him off the playoff roster if need be?

  24. michaellord6 April 17th, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    BoJo,

    I like that order a lot…. A LOT.

    I don’t like splitting up Ellsbury and Gardner. That kind of speed on the bases together is double-steal city.

    I wouldn’t mind Jeter leading off, Gardner batting 2nd and Ellsbury batting 3rd either. Jeter can still hit singles he just grounds out too much to bat behind Ellsbury.

  25. bbb51 April 17th, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Joe must really hate playing Johnson vs a lhp.

  26. BoJo April 17th, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Crazy as it may seem, but could the Yanks have two potential starting major league OFs playing right now for them in AAA?
    ———–
    Next year, with Soriano and Ichiro contracts up, there should be room for at least 2 new OFers (3 if they trade Gardner). I was hoping they would sign Melky as one of the OFers (clutch hitter, switch hitter, porn star–all the qualities that would make ARod proud)…but I could see these two taking those spots.

  27. yankeefeminista April 17th, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    austinmac April 17th, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Almonte hit two homers in the second game of a DH today.
    _____
    He hit both homers LH. Bombs away. Looks like Drabek gave up one each to Almonte, Pirela and Joseph, as he battles back from injury once again. Also appears that Whitley had a nice game. Burawa got the win in the other game but had some control issues. Probably a result of the lay off from not pitching. (Hint, hint on Dellin getting in at some point, Joe G.) Since Burawa made second half adjustments last season, BB haven’t been an issue.

    Last time out C. pitched pretty well at the Trop. Also vs. Price. That was August 24 of 2013 and his velo was solid. Maybe the warmer temperatures in the Trop will help. Although not the best park for C. I think he will pitch well.

    It’ll be good to get DRob back.

    (Just saw your post Bigdan… I am guessing Drabek was not exactly locating well given number of bombs given up.)

  28. michaellord6 April 17th, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    mick April 17th, 2014 at 6:40 pm
    But yes, CC is a 4 or 5 in this rotation.
    ========================
    Then we can leave him off the playoff roster if need be?

    ————-

    I guess we see where he is in September. Other than a few bad innings, he hasn’t looked too bad. But I think the last starter spot will come down to whether or not CC gets it together. You have to go with his experience over Nova if it’s a toss up.

    Ideally, Nova pitches like we all know he can consistently and CC is out of the picture come October. All this is assuming we get to October (knock on wood).

  29. mick April 17th, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    johnson has played against quite a few leftys this year.
    maybe he needs a day off.
    i think joe just wants to get a look at sizemore at 1st.

  30. chicken_stanley April 17th, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Then we can leave him off the playoff roster if need be?

    —————————

    Still a long row to hoe to make the playoffs… but, if we make it, I can’t see CC being left off the roster unless there is an injury… just my gut feeling

  31. mick April 17th, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Still a long row to hoe to make the playoffs… but, if we make it, I can’t see CC being left off the roster unless there is an injury… just my gut feeling
    ===================================
    exactly. all things being equal he will open the alds with cc no matter what.
    sometimes it looks like joe values loyalty over winning.
    or he just believes it’s all a crapshoot anyway and threw out the binder.

  32. yankeefeminista April 17th, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    “Crazy as it may seem, but could the Yanks have two potential starting major league OFs playing right now for them in AAA?”

    Z could have started for them last year. I doubt Flores gets a shot; he is a tweener between CF and COF. But neither is in their plans except as trade bait or 5th bench option.

  33. vc 11 April 17th, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    I don’t mean to blow things out of proportion and complain, but does it seem to anyone else that the Yankees are the only team that can’t get through a season with a simple starting first baseman + backup first baseman combination?

  34. mick April 17th, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    why can’t zoilo take soriano’s spot next year?

  35. Howler April 17th, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    We’ll see how all these players good and bad progress as the year goes on, those willing to bury Roberts as well as those wanting to proclaim Ichiro the great and glorious being of baseball…he was pretty crappy last year.

  36. yankeefeminista April 17th, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    fifth *OF bench option

  37. mick April 17th, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    all of a sudden ppl think cc is going from a power pitcher to a finesse one?
    i don’t see it..

  38. Yankeeclipper April 17th, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Tanaka, Pineda, Kuroda, CC and Nova.

  39. Howler April 17th, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Oh c’mon now…we should leave CC off the playoff roster…of course we have to get to the playoffs first ;)

  40. chicken_stanley April 17th, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Howler – you riding yet?

  41. mick April 17th, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Tanaka, Pineda, Kuroda, CC and Nova.
    ==========================
    cc., kuroda, nova, tanaka, pineda = tanaka, pineda, cc, kuroda, nova

  42. Howler April 17th, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Yes, chicken…I got it Saturday and have been out a few times, but it’s been raining the last few days and I’m waiting for some more gear to arrive. It’s been a lot of fun, but I’m taking it slow…650 is a little bigger than I’m used to, especially after 30 years :)

  43. BoJo April 17th, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    The thing that flew under the radar about Ichiro this year was that he apparently worked out very hard in off-season to be in excellent shape for this season. Never underestimate the pride and determination of a HOFer.

  44. pete2 April 17th, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    RadioKev April 17th, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Jerkface April 17th, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Pineda averaged 91.3 with the pitchfx data when all his fastball buckets were combined.
    ———–

    Ah, that sounds about right.

    I don’t see the continued need for pessimism about Pineda.

    ————————————————

    I wouldn’t call it pessimism, but he is coming off a very serious shoulder surgery that few MLB pitchers have come back from. Sudden declines in velocity, like the decline he had in ST of 2012 relative to 2011 are a concern, and sometimes an early symptom of injury. He can obviously be very effective at 91 but he was hitting 95 mph before.

    My guess is it is simply a bit of dead arm that is not unexpected for many pitchers at this time of year, especially those who have pitched as little as he has the past 2 years. But his his velocity is always going to be closely monitored, as it is for most pitchers.

  45. chicken_stanley April 17th, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Howler – have fun :)

  46. Howler April 17th, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Good thing is I’ve got a lot of friends with the same model who want to go out with me and help me get where I need to be, but it’s come back to me a lot quicker than I expected. I did a lot of crazy stuff riding motocross, so this is nowhere near as challenging. We’ll see when I get in the mountains though.

  47. michaellord6 April 17th, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    I think eventually Beltran has to get some serious time at 1B. I really think Ichiro is one of the 9 best hitters on this club (at least) and Joe has to get him at bats. Unless Tex can do something that he hasn’t show us (which, to be fair, is possible), I think the optimal lineup is something like this:
    Jeter SS
    Gardner LF
    Ellsbury CF
    Beltran 1B
    McCann C
    Soriano DH —— *note* swap McCann and Soriano vs RHP & LHP
    Solarte 2B
    Johnson 3B
    Ichiro RF

    As an added bonus, an outfield of Gardner, Ellsbury and Ichiro is ridiculous.

  48. bigdan22 April 17th, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    “Crazy as it may seem, but could the Yanks have two potential starting major league OFs playing right now for them in AAA?”

    Z could have started for them last year. I doubt Flores gets a shot; he is a tweener between CF and COF. But neither is in their plans except as trade bait or 5th bench option

    ——-

    When I talk about potential starting major league OFs, I’m not talking about the Yankees. The Yanks made their bed with the OF this past off season. Now they’ll have to sleep in it.

    And there really is no such thing as an OF tweener YF. Especially today. If you can hit, you are going to play and play regularly somewhere. Look at Solarte.

    Hey, thanks for the info on Ramirez. I’m still dreaming of a troika of big young arms for this bullpen.

  49. BoJo April 17th, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Chicken–Have you seen Cap America movie yet?

  50. mick April 17th, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    what are you going to do with tex?

  51. chicken_stanley April 17th, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Bojo – not yet… it looks like Sunday night might be my best chance

  52. yankeefeminista April 17th, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    And there really is no such thing as an OF tweener YF. Especially today. If you can hit, you are going to play and play regularly somewhere. Look at Solarte.
    ___
    Depends on team construction. Doubt we/a team has a lighter hitting corner if he isn’t a big run saver. Flores is a very good hitter, but not enough pop. And Flores can’t play CF well enough D-wise. But you are preaching to the choir, I have been talking about the two for three or four years here.

  53. michaellord6 April 17th, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    mick —

    I’m not really sure. Maybe you platoon him and Soriano if Soriano starts to struggle vs Lefties (in that case, play Tex at 1st and DH Beltran). I just don’t know how successful Tex will be after the wrist injury. A lot could change, of course, but as of now I think that lineup gives the Yanks the best chance to win.

  54. mick April 17th, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    i chose Draft Day over Cap America, might have been a mistake except for the big trade costner made.

  55. yankeefeminista April 17th, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    You’re welcome on JR. :arrow:

  56. yankeefeminista April 17th, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    *JRam

  57. mick April 17th, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    mlord

    ichiro would wear down if played that often and i love him in his role now.
    tex must play everyday.
    beltran could get hurt at 1st, be careful.

  58. michaellord6 April 17th, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    mick

    Great point. Maybe you just stick Beltran at 1st once a week or so. Something to get Ichiro a few more at bats without wearing him out. Also, a nice way to get Tex some rest.

  59. BoJo April 17th, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    yankeefeminista April 17th, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Z could have started for them last year. I doubt Flores gets a shot; he is a tweener between CF and COF. But neither is in their plans except as trade bait or 5th bench option.
    —-
    All they have to do to gett eh spots next year is earn them by being better than other options. Same as it always has been. Betances forced his way on to roster…as did Phelps, Warren, Solarte, Murphy, Cervelli, Gardner, Nova, DRob…etc.

    If they put up big numbers at SWB, they will get the chances they deserve.

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