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Pregame notes: “There’s really nothing else for me to do”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 19, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Mark Teixeira

Joe Girardi said he wants to talk to Mark Teixeira face-to-face before making any sort of official move, but it seems clear that the Yankees plan to have their first baseman back in the lineup tomorrow. Teixeira went 2-for-4 in this morning’s extended spring training game, and that should be his final step back from a strained hamstring.

“I’ve had a lot of good work in New York and here, so there’s really nothing else for me to do,” Teixeira said.

Teixeira said he would be at Tropicana Field for tonight’s game, if only so he could talk to Girardi get an official plan for tomorrow. As far as he knows, he should be activated, and Girardi has basically said as much.

“Obviously we feel that he’s ready to go,” Girardi said. “We’ll talk about it tonight. I want to talk to him when he gets here, see how he’s feeling and then we’ll go from there.”

Teixeira hurt himself in just the fourth game of the season, but if he’s back tomorrow, he will have missed the minimum 15 days while on the disabled list. Dave Robertson is also on track to miss just 15 days. And Carlos Beltran is back in the lineup just two days after a nasty spill over the short wall here in foul territory. Could be better, obviously, but could be much worse.

“I think it’s been good for the wrist, I do,” Teixeira said. “Spring training was long and grueling and I definitely didn’t want to take 15 days off, but I take a positive in everything that happens. And that’s the positive that I’ll take from this is that my wrist got stronger.”

Matt Daley· Matt Daley got here around 2 p.m. and will be available tonight. He last pitched on Thursday, but had four days off before that. He said he actually was pushing the Triple-A team to let him go back-to-back games, which would have meant pitching last night and possibly not getting today’s call-up. “He competes really well,” Girardi said. “He has good command. He throws strikes. He attacks hitters. He threw well for us last September. He had a pretty good spring training for us, so that’s why we went and got him.”

· On the decision to DFA Cesar Cabral: “We knew we needed a pitcher today,” Girardi said. “And we’re going to need some pitching help tomorrow as well. We decided to make the move. It’s tough. You feel for the kid. He’s given you everything he’s got, and he had some command issues last night. We just got put in kind of a tough situation, so we made a move.”

· Vidal Nuno is still scheduled to start tomorrow’s game.

· Girardi said the only reliever he doesn’t expect to have available tonight is Adam Warren because of last night’s workload. Everyone else should be available, including David Phelps, who only has a bruise after last night’s comebacker.

· Brendan Ryan did not play in today’s extended spring training game because of some mild tightness in his hamstring. He instead took six simulated at-bats so that he wouldn’t have to run. Girardi said he considers it a very, very minor setback. “His hamstring was a little tight I think, but that’s probably normal,” Girardi said. “I think all guys probably go through it in spring training. We thought we’d be cautious and say, just take your at-bats and don’t run.”

· Regular day off for Derek Jeter. He wasn’t going to play tomorrow’s day game after a night game, so the Yankees decided to give him tonight off because they’re facing a right-handed starter. It’s easier to use Dean Anna in this game and save Jeter for tomorrow against a lefty.

· Relevant leading into tomorrow’s roster decision when Teixeira is activated: Scott Sizemore confirmed that he has an option remaining, meaning he could be sent down to Triple-A. Anna also has an option.

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41 Responses to “Pregame notes: “There’s really nothing else for me to do””

  1. exiledintampa April 19th, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Nats bench Harper for not hustling to 1b. Guess he’ll be next in line for 200m+. I’d take him and Robbie any day.

  2. Jerkface April 19th, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Benched for not hustling to 1B on a comebacker to the pitcher when he is nursing a sore quad. Of all the people to bench for not hustling I would have least expected Harper to be the guy. He plays with reckless abandon.

  3. exiledintampa April 19th, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    JF you got that right. This is a guy who people say will never stay healthy because of his balls to the wall approach to BB. He’s a kid. Right now he’s saying the right things but, I hope he thinks long and hard about an extension there. I would love to have him in pinstripes.

  4. CountryClub April 19th, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Eh, I’ll give Williams the benefit of the doubt. Don’t forget that this is his first year managing the team. So he needs to impose his will on their style. Plus, if you’re going to do something like that to Harper, it has to be now while he’s so young.

  5. exiledintampa April 19th, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Ya. Right. That’s what they need to do. Plant the seeds of doubt and alienate their best young superstar. First ya tell they guy, stop running into walls. We need you healthy. Then bench him for favoring his quad on a ball he was out by 80 feet on.

  6. tomingeorgia April 19th, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    exiled,
    Just hard-boiled a half-dozen eggs for Mrs. Tom and me, and I’ll be dying them in a few minutes. Not hiding them, though, because I know I’d never find them again, and I want egg salad tomorrow.
    Happy Easter to you, too.

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  8. exiledintampa April 19th, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Thanks Tom. Lol Have a blessed day. Yankee baseball at 1:30 Tomorrow. Hope I don’t fall asleep after brunch.

  9. joeman April 19th, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    how good is Ells

  10. CountryClub April 19th, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    As far as I’m concerned, the nationals alienating Harper is fine by me. If he turns into what everybody thinks he’s going to turn into, I want him looking forward to being a free agent.

  11. joeman April 19th, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Tex got to get his stuff together…

  12. joeman April 19th, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    two years ago I wanted Harper straight up for Cano

  13. pete2 April 19th, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    “CountryClub April 19th, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Eh, I’ll give Williams the benefit of the doubt. Don’t forget that this is his first year managing the team.”
    =====================

    If he does not know how to manage let him learn in the minors and not mess up at the MLB level. Todays manager has to understand they way to earning players respect is not through fear and discipline, but as their star players sock pocket. At least in public. In the clubhouse is where you talk tough, but you keep it in the clubhouse and don’t publicly humiliate players.

    I kind of give Beltran a bit of a hrd time for not hustling at some points, but its a 162 game season and he is 37. You can’t go 100% for 162 games at age 37 and expect to stay healthy, you just can’t. Harper could, but he is dealing with a sore quad, so its just dumb.

  14. exiledintampa April 19th, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    As far as I’m concerned, the nationals alienating Harper is fine by me. If he turns into what everybody thinks he’s going to turn into, I want him looking forward to being a free agent.

    This I can agree with. Doesn’t mean the Nats were right to do it.

  15. pete2 April 19th, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Anyone gets the sense the Yankees would prefer Tex take a bit more time but that he is not having any of it?

  16. joeman April 19th, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Tex…needs to be on the field & if he feels he’s ready let it rip.

  17. CountryClub April 19th, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    If he does not know how to manage let him learn in the minors and not mess up at the MLB level.

    ———

    I wasn’t talking about his experience level.

  18. CountryClub April 19th, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    @mikeaxisa: Chris Archer career vs. RHB: .496 OPS (2.86 FIP). vs LHB: .789 OPS (4.48 FIP). Only RHB in NYY’s lineup tonight is Soriano.

  19. exiledintampa April 19th, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    We had Cervelli and Sizemore play first base this week. Teix needs to get his glove and get out there. I’m not worried about him getting hurt. I’m worried he’s gonna K a few times and hit into the shift then whine about something hurting. You have to get security to drag Jeter off SS. But teix will jog to the training staff for anything.

  20. UnKnown April 19th, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    be a good night for Nova to have his good first time all year to be a good night for him to have it

  21. exiledintampa April 19th, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    UnKnown, I love you buddy. But what the hell did you just say?

  22. comet April 19th, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Good evening Tom!

  23. mick April 19th, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    right reverse it sizemore for tex then nuno for drob

  24. jmills April 19th, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    How’s everbody? Out of your mind well I hope. Just a lazy so and so here. Bought a lovely art nouveau poster today and even got my butt in gear to put it up. Jays win?

  25. comet April 19th, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Hey Mills! Nice day today.

  26. jmills April 19th, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    tom, I looked up your sale, nice stuff, but I have a hangup about sleeping in a bed where others have been.

  27. pete2 April 19th, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    This is the most important game of the year (over 162 games there are about 60 most important games of the year). Rays bats may be coming out of a deep freeze, Nuno pitching tomorrow, and 3 games with the Red Sox follow with the team to be weakened by Tex return ( IMO at least).

    A big game by Nova and a Win today gives them a bit of breathing room for Sunday, and puts them in a good spot with Tanaka and Pineda opening the series against the Red Sox

  28. jmills April 19th, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Comet, great to have the honour of your attendance. Lots of sun, but a bit cool eh?

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    exiledintampa April 19th, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Nats bench Harper for not hustling to 1b. Guess he’ll be next in line for 200m+. I’d take him and Robbie any day.
    ///

    like :)

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    Alfred, hope your house is rocking :)

  32. J. Alfred Prufrock April 19th, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    mills,

    Oh, in a manner of speaking :)
    ///

    But how ’bout my son living in your confines? 4 for 5 yesterday and tripled and doubled today. Kid’s hot, eh? :)

    I’m going to have a helluva time balancing Vato tonight in Tampa and my ‘guins attempting to go up 2-0 in the Burgh.

  33. pete2 April 19th, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    CountryClub April 19th, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    If he does not know how to manage let him learn in the minors and not mess up at the MLB level.

    ———

    I wasn’t talking about his experience level.
    ====================

    Neither was I. Dealing with people is the most important part of being a
    manager. Bobby V had experience up the yahoo but his people skills stunk and he showed it in Boston. Game has changed, the Dick Williams, Billy Martins, Lou Pinelllas days are over

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