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Pregame notes: “My concern is how he feels, and he feels good”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 07, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Carlos Beltran

When Travis Hafner showed up last spring, he joked that he really had no need for a glove. He would go into the field for batting practice, but he knew there was no chance of actually getting on the field in a game. These days, Carlos Beltran has even less need for a glove. He’s not even going onto the field to shag fly balls during batting practice. He hasn’t so much as played catch since those two cortisone shots in his right elbow.

“No, he has not,” manager Joe Girardi said. “I don’t have a date for you on that. We’re trying to see how this goes to start out. At some point, we’ll probably get to the point where we’ll try it, but we have not put a date on that yet.”

Obviously Beltran’s greatest asset is his bat, and the Yankees are prioritizing that as they try to use him to get this offense going. He came off the disabled list on Thursday, just days after Mark Teixeira returned from a setback with his right wrist.

“He’s come in every day and said he felt good,” Girardi said. “That’s the most important thing for me. He’ll start hitting. I know that. That’s not my concern. My concern is how he feels, and he feels good.”

With Ichiro Suzuki and Alfonso Soriano available to basically platoon in right field, the Yankees don’t absolutely need Beltran in the field, but having him locked into the DH role obviously limits their flexibility a little bit. Kendrys Morales didn’t fit with the Yankees largely because of Beltran being stuck at DH and Teixeira being locked in at first base.

“Those spots, we feel that we’re covered,” Girardi said.

Shawn Kelley• Double-A Trenton plays at 7:05 p.m. with Shawn Kelley expected to make a rehab appearance. It sounds possible he’ll be activated as early as Monday. “That’s definitely a possibility,” Girardi said. “I don’t think you can just look at, he (hypothetically) faced three hitters and struck two out. You have to look at how the ball was coming out. Was his velocity there? Was his slider sharp? Those sort of things. Sometimes it’s more than just what the numbers say. Does he need another? We’ll probably have a little better idea after today.”

• Girardi said he wasn’t sure whether Kelley would return to the eighth inning role. He basically turns the three-man combination of Betances-Warren-Robertson into a four-man group of late-inning options. Pretty good luxury.

• Random observation: Morales signing with the Twins is kind of a good thing for the Yankees, isn’t it? Better than him landing with one of the A.L. East teams, and there was really no way he was going to stay on the market long enough for the Yankees to have him as a backup plan should Beltran or Teixeira suffer a setback.

• Girardi on the Morales signing: “I think you pay attention to all the moves that happen in baseball. Whether it’s trades this time of year. Guys getting called up. I just noticed it today. It wasn’t something that I had talked about. It beeps on my phone.”

• Brian McCann is on the bench because there’s a left-hander starting for the Royals and because there’s a day game tomorrow. John Ryan Murphy was going to start either today or tomorrow, might as well play him against the lefty.

• Pretty cool that the Yankees drafted Mariano Rivera’s son today. He was their 29th-round pick. “Kind of neat,” Girardi said. “I know he comes from good blood lines. … I asked (Mariano) the other day, got a little scouting report. Mo wasn’t sure, if he got drafted, what he would do. But I think it’s neat that he got drafted by the Yankees and we’ll see what happens.”

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25 Responses to “Pregame notes: “My concern is how he feels, and he feels good””

  1. bigdan22 June 7th, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Re-post:

    Yo BigDan22….I watched Casey’s teams in the 60?s both you and Kay were sharing sand castle duties in some pre school”

    ——

    Excuse me, but how many teams did Casey have in the 1960s? One? That was the 1960 team that lost to an inferior Pirate team. Casey is often blamed for the loss of that series by, among other things, not pitching Whitey in game 7. The front office fired him after that hired Ralph Houk. Now that ’61 team was pretty damn awesome.

    If you study your Yankee championship history you will find that the ’50s team, while being the most successful, were probably the weakest. McCarthy had some killer teams in the 1930s. And of course there was Murder’s Row in the ’20s. That ’70s team was pretty damn good and the late ’90s teams among the best. But the’50s, the time when the Yankees were at their peak in dominance and popularity, was not their strongest era.

    Except for the manager.

  2. MTU June 7th, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Enjoy the game folks.

    :)

  3. bigdan22 June 7th, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Re-post:

    I was going by JF’s numbers and I thought his were “all in”. I believe JF had the Yanks at 180MM next year without Drob. That puts them at 190MM, room for two big acquisitions if the budget goes to $230MM.

    If I’m wrong JF, correct me.

  4. pete22 June 7th, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    bigdan22 June 7th, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    I was going by JF’s numbers and I thought his were “all in”. I believe JF had the Yanks at 180MM next year without Drob.

    ===========

    In my post I had them at 179 million w/o D-Rob, so we are only 1 million apart. But thats for only 10 players. as I explained.

    You can verify for yourself at Cotts, don’t forget to add the 11-12 million in benefits, and 5 for callups

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0Ah4PW47PiAi-dFFCSURtblVhZHIwU1lrVTBkWU9VMGc&output=html

  5. bigdan22 June 7th, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    “If Drew has an off year, understandable with all the stress of finding a job and the pressure to perform in a shortened contract year, I would still go after him and he will be even more affordable.”

    —-

    I think that’s a good strategy. I’ve never opposed value buying. I think one of the keys will be the length of the contract he is looking for. The Yanks have gotten in trouble too often paying for post-prime years. What I like about Drew is not just the D, but his offense seems to fit Yankee stadium, a quality missing in the current team.

    The Yanks will have to review all options presented in the off season and choose the best in consideration of a number of factors. But replacing Jeter is a key or maybe the key to the upcoming off season.

  6. Jerkface June 7th, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    You can verify for yourself at Cotts, don’t forget to add the 11-12 million in benefits, and 5 for callups

    The 11 million for benefits is only relevant for luxury tax purposes. They are at 179 even with assumed arbitration raises and league minimum fill in for the rest of the roster. Thats not for 10 players.

  7. JimK June 7th, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    MTU, I am also a big fan of Dire Straights, specifically their 1st album and “Making Movies;” I loved Knopfler’s guitar leads, who in a way reminded me of the “Doors” Robbie Krieger.
    Another of my 70′s favorites is “Steely Dan.”

  8. bigdan22 June 7th, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    In my post I had them at 179 million w/o D-Rob, so we are only 1 million apart. But thats for only 10 players. as I explained

    ——

    I could be totally wrong here but I thought JF was all in at 180MM. I mean the arbitration and the 40 man.

    I’m not including any luxury tax calculations. I think that’s pretty irrelevant for the next several years.

  9. ScottinSJ June 7th, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    JimK — Steely Dan is awesome. Too many terrific songs to count. I saw them at MSG about 20 years ago. Still terrific.

    Now let’s see a Triple Crown win!

  10. yankeefeminista June 7th, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    SWB RailRiders ?@swbrailriders 5m
    Brian Cashman at PNC Field to honor Dave Miley and his induction into the International League HOF! pic.twitter.com/arkuPjsX06
    ___
    Ryan Hanigan and Hellickson rehabbing with Stone Crabs vs. Tampa Yanks. Hanigan just hit a 2 run homer off KLong’s son.

  11. MTU June 7th, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Jim-

    You might say we were on the similar wavelengths.

    ;)

  12. ScottinSJ June 7th, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Yet again , no Triple Crown. :(

  13. JimK June 7th, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    MTU, “Wavelength” a Van Morrison reference?

  14. yankeefeminista June 7th, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Oh, well. At least the race ended in time for first pitch.

  15. MTU June 7th, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Shows you the magnitude of Secretariat’s achievement.

    He beat the field by over 30 lengths at Belmont.

    :shock:

  16. J. Alfred Prufrock June 7th, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Once it was clear he wasn’t going to do it I was pulling for General A Rod :)

  17. yankeefeminista June 7th, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    A vote for Astral Weeks from over here!

  18. J. Alfred Prufrock June 7th, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    MTU – I was there at Belmont for Secretariat.
    My whole family was there. I was
    13 years old

  19. JimK June 7th, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    I got spoiled in the 70′s with 3 Triple Crown winners; it’s longer between Triple Crown winners than it was when Secretariat was the 1st triple crown winner since Citation in 1948.

  20. ScottinSJ June 7th, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    They said Secretariat had a heart 1/3 times larger than average. What a beast.

  21. JimK June 7th, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    YF, a Van fan, I see.

  22. JimK June 7th, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Owner of “Chrome” said he was 61 YO, and would never see another Triple Crown winner in his lifetime, I guess at 62, that also applies to me.

  23. ScottinSJ June 7th, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Damn, this sucks. It appears that the Yankees aren’t on DirecTV tonight. Fox is carrying OAK vs. BAL.

  24. yankeefeminista June 7th, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    JimK, definitely. I’m a NY City girl through and through, but Astral Weeks is my Green Mountain State album. Drove around the hills one summer while studying there and fell in love with Van.

  25. pete22 June 7th, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    bigdan22 June 7th, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    In my post I had them at 179 million w/o D-Rob, so we are only 1 million apart. But thats for only 10 players. as I explained

    ——

    I could be totally wrong here but I thought JF was all in at 180MM. I mean the arbitration and the 40 man.

    I’m not including any luxury tax calculations. I think that’s pretty irrelevant for the next several years.
    =============================

    Can’t answer for JF. The numbers are on the link I posted.

    Those numbers don’t include the LT, benfits or call ups. I added benefits and callups. Salary, benefits and LT are all part of the budget. If you mean 230 million w/o the benefits,etc, that’s actually 241 million w/benefits which would carry a 26 million tax and a 267 million payroll burden. (excluding call ups here)

    This years its only 218, so you would be supporting a jump in spending of almost 50 million. I don’t think its going to happen, but if it does, I have to ask why they stopped where they did this year.

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