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Pregame notes: “I’ll continue to pay attention”

Posted by: vmercogliano - Posted in Misc on Apr 26, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Derek Jeter

It’s been a very quiet morning around here. It seems like some of the Yankees slept in a bit after last night’s lopsided loss, and Joe Girardi didn’t even post a lineup before his pregame press conference, as he customarily does.

As it turns out, Brian McCann is getting the day off after a night game, but Derek Jeter is right back in there.

“We’re facing a lefty (Hector Santiago) today,” Girardi said. “The times that I’ve given him the day game after the night game (off), it’s been a right-hander. Our team is constructed a little bit different than it has been before this series.”

Dean Anna is now playing in Scranton, so the guy who spent the first few weeks of season primarily backing Jeter up isn’t here for the moment. Girardi said that he wouldn’t hesitate to start Yangervis Solarte at short, but he decided to with Jeter because of the pitching matchup.

That’s a good sign after Jeter’s brief (and very minor) quad issue two weeks ago, and with Monday being an off day, it sounds the Captain will be back in there tomorrow.

Fans who are coming out to see him (such as my buddy who has been texting me all morning, “Is Jeet playing?”) should be pleased.

“I know that I have to watch,” Girardi said. “I understand that, and I will continue to do that. Part of it is a little bit of who we’re facing, with a left-hander today. That has something to do with it, but I’ll continue to pay attention. I also know that we have a day off coming on Monday. It’s just trying to have a feel for it.”

David Phelps• Vidal Nuno, who is the fifth starter for the foreseeable future now that Ivan Nova is set to have Tommy John surgery, is good for about 80-85 pitches today, according to Girardi. He threw 69 in his previous start, allowing just three hits, two walks and no runs over five strong innings against the Rays.

• Speaking of Tommy John surgery, pitching prospect Jose Campos went under the knife yesterday.

• With David Phelps set to start in place of the suspended Michael Pineda on Wednesday, Girardi said that today would probably be the last time that he would feel comfortable using Phelps out of the pen before then. “I could probably use him today, maybe a little bit,” he said. “My inkling is to stay away from him and try to use the other guys in the bullpen, but we’ll see what happens.”

• I was a little surprised to see Solarte out of the lineup today in favor of Kelly Johnson with a lefty pitching for the Angels, but Johnson has actually hit Santiago pretty well, albeit in a very small sample size. He’s 2 for 4 against him with a triple, while Solarte has never faced him.

• A lot has happened since I was last with you guys before that roller coaster seven-game road trip, and now the depth that we thought we becoming a strength for this pitching staff will be put to the test. Nuno doesn’t have flashy stuff, but he generally seems to be effective. This Angels lineup will provide a challenge, but a quality start today would help alleviate some of the concerns about losing Nova.

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28 Responses to “Pregame notes: “I’ll continue to pay attention””

  1. bigdan22 April 26th, 2014 at 11:51 am


    Now for Roller.

    He’s 26 now. Got drafted at 22 in the 8th round. Guys like that obviously aren’t well thought of from the get go and if they don’t hit the ground running they get lost in the mix, which is pretty much the story for Roller. He’s shown decent left-handed power at first base but nothing to write home about. And then last year, at 25 in AA, he was .253/.347/.427 (.774) with 143 SO in 510 PAs. That doesn’t shout out promote me.

    But here’s the problem. He’s hitting like Bonds on steroids this year. .389/.476/1.083–that’s his slugging not his OPS. His OPS is 1.560. That’s nuts. Only 42 PAs but he has 7 homers and 4 doubles. And he still has 10 SO (yuck).

    I don’t know. Let him stay there for another month and if his production drops less than 50% he’ll probably still be right for promotion. Not much going on at 1b in Scranton really. Canzler and Cojo. And I read somewhere left-handed power might be a good thing in Yankee Stadium.

  2. bigdan22 April 26th, 2014 at 11:52 am


    So in one trade, the Yanks get a labrum surgery AND a Tommy John surgery. What are the odds?

  3. austinmac April 26th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Too bad about Campos. He may have needed it last year.

    Is there any way for me to invest in the TJS futures market? It seems some pitcher has one daily.

  4. pat April 26th, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    So in one trade, the Yanks get a labrum surgery AND a Tommy John surgery. What are the odds?

    M’s got a DFA and minor leaguer in return although the minor leaguers has been tearing the cover off the ball lately.

  5. blake April 26th, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    The Ms got a Hamburgler and a guy that can’t pitch though

  6. blake April 26th, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Montero does have 5 homers and a .971 ops in AAA so far so maybe this was the wake up call he needed

  7. pat April 26th, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    saw this tweeted yestrerday….

    Jesus Montero, who homered against Rafael Montero last night, goes deep against Noah Syndergaard tonight in Triple-A.

  8. J. Alfred Prufrock April 26th, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Montero is killing it in AAA. The interesting thing is, he’s killing RHP way more than LHP.

  9. J. Alfred Prufrock April 26th, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Also just became a father :)

  10. austinmac April 26th, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Chris Leroux has been called up. Let’s hope we don’t see him.

  11. bigdan22 April 26th, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    The thing that’s confusing and troubling for Kuroda is when he went south last year in late August and Sept his velocity was fine, just like it is now. I suspect this is a command issue but I haven’t watched him close enough to compare the good and bad Kuroda. I wonder if he’s tipping his pitches at all? Or maybe has become too predictable?

  12. pat April 26th, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    We could use a 10 RBI game from someone today….

    On this day in 2005, Alex Rodriguez hit three mammoth home runs and drove in a career-high 10 runs to power the Yankees past the Angels.

  13. bigdan22 April 26th, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Who would have thunk that for two weekends in the row the Yanks are looking to Nuno to get them over a hangover.

  14. bigdan22 April 26th, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Where’s Colon when you need him?

  15. Tim in Trenton April 26th, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Campos can bide his time rehabbing in the minors. He is not part of the ‘Big Show’ at present

  16. bigdan22 April 26th, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Montero does have 5 homers and a .971 ops in AAA so far so maybe this was the wake up call he needed


    That’s only 2/3 the production of Kyle Roller.

  17. Tim in Trenton April 26th, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Nuno is gonna give 6 strong innings today while the Yanks rope Santiago

  18. CountryClub April 26th, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    The previous Campos elbow injury was a fracture. It wasn’t a ligament issue.

  19. CountryClub April 26th, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Not surprised Jeter is playing today. I am surprised to hear he may play tomorrow. Figured they’d jump at the chance to give him 2 days off in a row.

  20. austinmac April 26th, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    They are using Jeter now because he can rest when Ryan and his bat returns.

  21. mick April 26th, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    No Ichi in RF v the lefty?
    Soriano in RF?

  22. pat April 26th, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Roster moves: Sign and select RHP Chris Leroux, option Shane Green to @swbrailriders, unconditionally release LHP Nik Turley

  23. mick April 26th, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Prior to today’s game, the Yankees made the following roster moves:

    · Signed RHP Chris Leroux to a Major League contract and selected him to the 25-man roster from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
    · Optioned RHP Shane Greene to Scranton/WB
    · Unconditionally released LHP Nik Turley

  24. mick April 26th, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    was billings dfa’d?

  25. mick April 26th, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    i dont think so…leroux for greene

  26. mick April 26th, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    …ok thanks!

  27. austinmac April 26th, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Released Turley? He must be more hurt than we know. I always liked him.

  28. johnfish April 26th, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Isn’t it about time to question if Ichiro is in Girardi’s doghouse?

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