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Yankees pregame: “He’s a better player than even what I thought.”

Posted By Brian Heyman On May 4, 2014 @ 11:50 am In Misc | 73 Comments

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Jacoby Ellsbury [2]Let’s just say Jacoby Ellsbury has made a good first impression with the Yankees.

Besides the defense in center, the import from Boston is batting . 346 with 10 doubles, two triples, a homer, 14 RBI and 10 steals in 12 tries. He leads the AL with at least three hits in six games and has 11 multihit games. He’s 7 for 10 with two walks and two steals in this series.

Joe Girardi is enjoying the view every day as opposed to the occasional view from playing against the Red Sox.

“I think you see everything that he does on a daily basis as opposed to maybe seeing a great catch or a great jump on a ball in the outfield maybe once in a three-game series,” Girardi said. “But you get a chance to see him every day and what he’s capable of doing. He’s a better player than even what I thought.”

John Ryan Murphy is starting behind the plate to give Brian McCann a breather. Murphy is batting .313 with a homer and three RBI through his first seven games played after taking over the backup job for the injured Francesco Cervelli. Murphy has earned trust defensively as well.

“It really started last year when he came up in September, the job that he did for us behind home plate,” Girardi said. “Never seeing a young catcher get rattled is fairly unusual in a sense. … When I watch him back there, he’s calm. He knows exactly what he wants to do. He does the things that he needs to do. He frames pitches. He blocks pitches. He throws well. I think he calls a good game. He’s a real student of the game. And he puts up good at-bats. So it gave us a lot of confidence moving forward.

“When the season started, our plan was for him to go play every day and continue to get more at-bats and more reps under his belt. But with the injury to Cervi, that plan changed. It wasn’t that we didn’t think he was a big-league catcher when spring training broke. But we didn’t want him necessarily catching once every five or six days. We wanted to continue in his development. But that has to take place here now.”

Girardi said it’s “possible” Brendan Ryan could join the team Monday in Anaheim from his rehab assignment.

“I don’t think he needs much more,” Girardi said.

Photo by The Associated Press.

 

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