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Pregame notes: “Whatever they need me for, I’m ready for it”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 06, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Brendan Ryan

Before Brendan Ryan would talk to the assembled media this afternoon, he wanted to track down Joe Girardi first. Said it just seemed like the right thing to do. Seemed odd to talk to the press before he’d at least said hello to his manager. When that conversation was over, Ryan still seemed to have no real idea when he would play, how often he would play or where he would play.

“I have no idea,” Ryan said. “I’ll just take it one day at a time, as cliched as that is. I’ll be ready to play every day, whether it’s one inning or to start or whatever. It’s something I’ll make clear: if they need me to tape ankles today, I’ll do that too. Whatever they need me for, I’m ready for it. I played in the National League for La Russa and same kind of deal there. You never know. Be ready for anything. It kind of makes it fun too.”

It’s probably telling that Ryan played strictly shortstop during his entire rehab experience. He’s played some second and third in the past, but right now he seems to be first and foremost the backup to Derek Jeter.

“He’s a pure shortstop and that’s what he does,” Girardi said. “So the days we give Derek off, we’ll put him there and we don’t have to move Solo over there.”

By the way, Solo is the latest Yangervis Solarte nickname.

As for Ryan, he’s here for his glove. It’s what’s kept him in the big leagues even as his offensive has dwindled. Girardi, though, said he hasn’t decided whether he’ll use Ryan as a late-inning defensive replacement.

“Obviously there are things that I have to think about once players get here,” Girardi said. “I haven’t made any decisions.”

Ronnier Mustellier, J.R. Towles• Kind of surprising news of the day: right-handed reliever Jose Ramirez was activated from the disabled list in Triple-A, and to make room on the roster, Ronnier Mustelier was released. Just based on various conversations over the past two years, it seemed the Yankees were losing some steam on their hopes for Mustelier. I’m not sure they were ever sold on him — certainly not as excited as the fan base became after that standout spring training — but his power seemed to be slipping. He didn’t hit much in Triple-A last year, slugged just .362 this spring and had a .373 slugging percentage in Triple-A this year. Granted, he had a .314 average, but it seems Adonis Garcia has easily surpassed him in the wild-card prospect pecking order.

• Speaking of Triple-A, Chase Whitley pitched 6.2 shutout innings with no walks and 11 strikeouts today. His ERA is down to 2.49 through six games (five starts) and he could be the next in line if the Yankees need another long man.

• Back in the big leagues, Robinson Cano responded to the criticisms in Mariano Rivera’s book. Speaking to Marly Rivera of ESPN Deportes, Cano said, “If that’s how Mariano feels, I respect that. I’m always going to have respect for him.”

• With Ryan activated and Michael Pineda on the disabled list, the Yankees are back at 25 active players for the first time since that Boston series. “That’s a little bit nicer,” Girardi said. “Especially going into a National League city where at times you’ll have to pinch-hit and make some double switches. It makes it a little easier.”

• Girardi, by the way, has literally lost his voice (or at least his voice is very scratchy and muted) after last night’s shouting match with Laz Diaz. He said he has not yet heard from the league. “I talked to my general manager today and that was basically it,” Girardi said. “You move on. It’s a new day ad it’s part of the game. I’ve heard people complain that there’s no arguments now that there’s replay; well, there was one last night. If they missed it, I’m not doing it again tonight. I have no voice.”

• Who else did Girardi hear from about last night’s argument? “My daughter called me today,” he said. “It was almost like you could see the little grin on her face. The conversation took place and it was a lot of small talk, then it was, ‘Dad, you got thrown out last night?’ Just get to the point.”

• Hiroki Kuroda gets the start for the Yankees. They badly need him to be better. “I thought his slider was better last time,” Girardi said. “I continue to say that’s an important pitch for him. Hopefully it continues to improve. When he gets that back to where it was, or really close to where it was, I think you’ll see him have more success.”

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30 Responses to “Pregame notes: “Whatever they need me for, I’m ready for it””

  1. Against All Odds May 6th, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    If only Ryan could hit

  2. Jerkface May 6th, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    CJ Wilson is a guy the better Yankee lineups could take a part by driving his pitch count up and earning walks and getting big hits. Apparently Wilson has owned them the past 6 starts with like a 1 ERA and 4-0 record or some crap so hopefully this team is better prepared.

  3. pete22 May 6th, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Against All Odds May 6th, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    If only Ryan could hit
    =================

    His bat needs seasoning.

  4. jmv May 6th, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    “pete22 May 6th, 2014 at 9:14 pm
    Against All Odds May 6th, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    If only Ryan could hit
    =================

    His bat needs seasoning.”

    And there’s always hope! LOL

  5. jmv May 6th, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    “I have no idea what drives Cano, but any player in pinstripes I would prefer he would run everything out like Jeter.”

    This

    Cano is not lazy per se… The guy trained really hard in postseason (you can ask our favorite player Nuney). But for some reason his attitude doesn’t seem ideal. When he wants, he can: HR derby, World classic… Nothing new, anyway.

  6. UnKnown May 6th, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Tar – Mick won’t confront you. He is just a bully. When someone stands up to him he runs and hides under the table.

    There are about 3 here who just love and live for the drama. Actually talking about baseball instead of trolling for fights really isn’t their style. I suppose you would have to know something about a topic to talk about it. Hence boredom sets in and trolling occurs.

    JMO of course. :grin:

    Too much fun for me. Have fun all. :wink:

    How about a win tonight!! LET’S GO!!

  7. chicken_stanley May 6th, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Any pregame predictions? After the terrible loss last night, do the Yankees come out afire or do they run and hide?

  8. jmv May 6th, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    “chicken_stanley May 6th, 2014 at 9:28 pm
    Any pregame predictions?”

    I predict a win. I always do

    JF, if Wilson has owned the Yankees, he’s due for a brutal outing

  9. chicken_stanley May 6th, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Hi jmv. hope things are going well!

  10. jmv May 6th, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Pollo!

    I had a nasty week. Not country-related, but still nasty. Yankees-like

    Everything fine now. I’m just waiting for the bats to start producing

  11. alabamayankee May 6th, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    How about giving Jeter the rest of the year off? Put Brendan Ryan in a No. 2 uniform and people will think Jeter is enjoying an amazing rebirth, instead of a spiraling decline.

  12. SweetSpot May 6th, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    “Alabama getaway, getaway, Alabama getaway, getaway
    Only way to please me, just gotta leave and walk away.”

  13. SweetSpot May 6th, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Tuesday night dead. :)

  14. CompassRosy May 6th, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Here’s what Cano’s current manager had to say about the topic d’jour . . .

    http://blogs.seattletimes.com/.....vs-the-as/

  15. drn20 May 6th, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Can anyone even remember Cano being angry ever? I think that’s the complaint , he never seemed to be emotional about winning. People like desire and emotion, a dive for a ball just feels better.

  16. CompassRosy May 6th, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Oh, yeah . . .
    Go, Yanks!
    Beat those halos!
    :-)

  17. pete22 May 6th, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    drn20 May 6th, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Can anyone even remember Cano being angry ever? I think that’s the complaint , he never seemed to be emotional about winning. People like desire and emotion, a dive for a ball just feels better
    ===================

    Exactly what people used to say abut JD Drew,. Main difference is Cano played every day, Drew played 3 out of 4 in a good year.

  18. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 6th, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    “Everybody has a different opinion,” he said. “You have to respect everyone. That’s his opinion and I have to respect his opinion.””

    Good for you Robby. Too bad everyone can’t take a chapter from your book.

    I truly believe that’s exactly how Robby feels about life, too.

    I always saw him as an innocent, someone really guileless, who loved to play the game of baseball and had a good time doing so.

  19. tbone1570 May 6th, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Compass,

    Thanks for the link to the blog. Really interesting (and neat) to see a copy of the press notes included in the thread. I love reading those things when I can get my hands on them!

  20. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 6th, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    I don’t think Tar needs any help from the peanut gallery in his interactions with mick. I purposely stay out of it and keep my nose clean. I’d advise others learn to do the same thing.

  21. drn20 May 6th, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    To truly value victory you have to be impacted by defeat

  22. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 6th, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    “To truly value victory you have to be impacted by defeat”

    Excellent observation about life in general.

  23. drn20 May 6th, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Mo knows the game deserves emotion, not robotic skills, no matter how elite Canos are.

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