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Pregame notes: “I’m sure I’ll be alright”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 15, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Mark Teixeira

Mark Teixeira went through batting practice, and so far there’s no indication that he’s coming out of the lineup.

“I’m sure I’ll be alright,” he said before going out to hit.

Teixeira was scratched late last night, but Joe Girardi said he felt confident Teixeira would be able to stay in the lineup for today’s series finale.

“If I have to change it I have to change it, but he said he woke up good today,” Girardi said. “… It just could have been a spasm. We’re not sure exactly what it is. I think we all wake up with some aches and pains some days, and the next day you feel a lot better. It’s hard to say what exactly it was.”

Given the struggles from the other power hitters in the middle of the Yankees order, it’s hard to overstate the importance of Teixeira’s bat in that cleanup spot. If the Yankees win today, this will have been a really strong West Coast trip, but their lineup looks a lot different when Teixeira’s not in it.

Yangervis Solarte• Second day in a row that Girardi has put Yangervis Solarte at second base while playing Kelly Johnson at third. Johnson has been primarily a second baseman in his career, while Solarte played quite a bit of third base in the minors and this season in the big leagues (though, he too has spent most of his time at second). So why Johnson at third? “Kelly really hasn’t done a lot of work at second this year,” Girardi said. “Solo has done a little bit more, and that’s kind of why we stuck with it.”

• Derek Jeter playing a day game after a night game? “We’re off tomorrow, and we had Monday off, and he’s been swinging the bat extremely well,” Girardi said. “I thought it was best to leave him in. If we have to give him a day off sometime next week, we’ll give him a day off. I know it’s kind of a short turnaround, but he said he feels good.”

• Triple-A starter Brian Gordon was granted his release today. He easily leads Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in innings pitched — he’s thrown 77.2, no one else has more than 42.1 — but his ERA has ballooned to 4.75, so he likely wasn’t a real call-up candidate even if the Yankees did need yet another starter. Jeremy Bleich was brought back up from Double-A to Triple-A.

• According to the league transactions, Wade LeBlanc has been outrighted to Triple-A. I assume that means he’s accepted the assignment, though I’m not certain. The Yankees claimed him off waivers earlier this month, then designated him after acquiring David Huff. LeBlanc would presumably fill Gordon’s spot in the Triple-A rotation, assuming he’s actually going there.

• The Athletics have dropped slumping third baseman Josh Donaldson to sixth in the order. Brandon Moss is down to seventh today.

• The beat writer talked briefly with Masahiro Tanaka about facing the Blue Jays for a second time this season. I’m honestly not sure there was a meaningful quote that came out of the entire session. Tanaka really seems to think none of this is a big deal. Asked whether he’s aware of the attention he’s getting throughout baseball, Tanaka said simply, “No.”

• Somewhere in southeast Missouri, my father is harvesting wheat today. Just texted me a video of it, mostly because he’s proud he’s figure out how to do that. That man taught me how to work, how to care about people, and how to tell a story. Best man I’ll ever know. Happy Father’s Day everyone.

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12 Responses to “Pregame notes: “I’m sure I’ll be alright””

  1. Missing Cano June 15th, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    and a monster in Soler on the near horizon…..

    assuming Soler can stay healthy enough i like this kid Judge the Yanks have he is the kind of pick i don’t see the Yanks take that much in the u.s. amateur side of the draft he is a throwback to the Betances/AJax picks of the last decade in’05 and ’06 wish they would take more risks like that

  2. Cashmoney June 15th, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Pat M, good luck, the fun part for me is mostly bragging right, I might have to sweat it out in August :D.

  3. Tyler June 15th, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    That’s because he just felt a little bit of tightness in his rib cage, like 99% of Americans over 30 feel in their back every day.

  4. RhapsodyInBlue June 15th, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Wait until Tex hits his sixties getting out of bed is an adventure.

    Difficult to believe that a young athlete his age has as many different ailments.

  5. austinmac June 15th, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Chad,

    I said the same thing about my father. Lucky us.

  6. Cashmoney June 15th, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    I don’t think Tex were ever tested positive for PED… but I be lying if I did not have a thoughts of Tex doing em in texas. that whole Texas team probably did.

    The man is innocent til proven guilty. But public opinions requires no close examination.

  7. bigdan22 June 15th, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Hey I can understand why Beltran chose not to have the surgery last month. How many of us would choose surgery if we didn’t absolutely have to? But I also know that was a bad decision for the Yanks. And they know it too.

    If Beltran had opted for the surgery last month, he either comes back healthy or doesn’t come back at all. Either result is better than what the Yanks have right now. Right now, the Yanks have a right fielder who is in pain and can’t field or hit. And I firmly believe, if Beltran had chosen surgery, Morales would be hitting clean up for them today. And even if Morales didn’t sign with the Yanks, how hard would it be to replace Beltran’s production right now? How hard was it to replace CC? Catch my drift?

    And Girardi knew this was going to happen. Those quotes about hoping that Beltran gives it his ‘A’ swing and not a ‘B’ or ‘C’ swing were very telling. I haven’t seen too many ‘A’ swings from Beltran lately have you? He barely can get the bat through the zone batting left-handed. But the Yanks had no option here. You can’t force a player to have surgery. All you can hope is the that the player is honest with himself and takes those ‘A’ swings.

    I still have it at even odds Beltran has surgery next month.

  8. bigdan22 June 15th, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    “So why Johnson at third? “Kelly really hasn’t done a lot of work at second this year,” Girardi said”

    —–

    That’s kind of like asking why is the sun warm, and being told “because it’s hot.”

  9. Pat M. June 15th, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Rhapsodyinblue. These guys have to work hard to get on the field but the truth is that they already have the wear and tear of a person 10-15 years older their actual age. Joints especially, knees, hips, shoulder. Michelle probably has greater insights as I can only speak as to my own condition and guys I know. In the course of a year I’ll get at least 2 epurdurals , 3 shots to the knee, and several trigger shots in my reconstructed left hip. And I was a washout but over did it all the way into my early 40′s…..

  10. J. Alfred Prufrock June 15th, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Chad,

    That’s lovely about your Dad. Feel the same about mine. Hamlet sums up my feelings well:

    “Take him for all in all – I shall not look upon his like again.”

  11. Cashmoney June 15th, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Mac, the Cubans… sigh. Seeing Cespedes reminds me what it is like to have a star again. It is not always in the numbers, but that quality is often accentuated by raw power and tools that possess the potentials to dominant a game.

  12. I Am Winning June 15th, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Another bad game, series, and road trip are not what the Yankees need. They can’t go 5-4 if they expect to win even the second wildcard spot.

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