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Pregame notes: McCann scratched from Yankees lineup

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 05, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Joe Girardi

With the trade deadline four weeks away, the A’s wasted no time making their big move. Last night’s trade for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel — both of them! — gave Oakland remarkable pitching depth heading into the All-Star break. The A’s have been the best team in the American League, and now they’ve made what might hold up as the biggest trade of the year.

“They were aggressive,” Joe Girardi said. “They had some pretty good prospects that the Cubs liked, so they’re obviously going for it.”

Question is, do the Yankees need to do something similar to help their own rotation? Chase Whitley is already approaching his career-high in innings, Vidal Nuno has been unreliable (at best), and the Yankees would rather not lean too heavily on Hiroki Kuroda in an effort to avoid his usual late-season struggles.

“We don’t have the depth that we had,” Girardi said. “Are there some adjustments that we could possibly make if we had to? Yeah. But coming out of spring training, you knew we had Nuno, Warren, and Phelps, guys who had started before, if you needed a start in a pinch or someone went on the DL for a couple weeks. But we don’t necessarily have that experience now. I’d say the guy with the most starts and the most built up in the minor leagues is Greene. And he’s starting to throw better, but we don’t have a ton of depth right now.”

Although David Huff is slightly more stretched out than he was when he came to the Yankees, Girardi said there has been no change to put Huff in the rotation ahead of either Whitley or Nuno. With CC Sabathia no longer on the horizon, the Yankees need for some sort of rotation help seems both obvious and unavoidable.

“It alters it some, definitely,” Girardi said. “That’s obviously more depth (if) you’re getting CC back, but there’s still a lot of things that we have to (do), in a sense. That’s one guy, but you have to get distance out of some other guys as well. But it definitely alters it.”

Brian McCann• When he met with the media, Girardi sounded completely unconcerned about Brian McCann’s sore left foot. After batting practice, though, McCann was scratched because of the injury. This will be the second game in a row that he’s missed. Here’s the new lineup:

Derek Jeter SS
Brian Roberts 2B
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Carlos Beltran DH
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Alfonso Soriano LF
Francisco Cervelli C
Zelous Wheeler 3B

• Healthy day off for Brett Gardner. “I don’t remember the last time Gardy had a day off. I really don’t,” Girardi said. “Think about, he’s played a bunch of days in a row. He had two day games after night games. He’s about the only guy that hasn’t had a day off. I was watching him run, and you could see him stretching a lot. You get a little bit concerned, so you just take the initiative. You know what, I’m going to give you a day.”

• Girardi said he talked to Sabathia yesterday just to try to pass along some encouraging words. “I told him, we’re going to get through this,” Girardi said. “You’ve got to stay positive and we’re going to get through it. We don’t know what the course of action is going to be, but stay positive.”

• Speaking of injured pitchers, there’s still some chance of Michael Pineda pitching late this year. “He’s playing catch,” Girardi said. “He’s up to 90 feet. I think the hope is that at the end of the week, next week, we start to get him on a mound.” Girardi said it’s probably a six-week process or so from the time Pineda gets back on a mound. So maybe late August at the earliest?

• Dellin Betances is not available today. Girardi said he would check with Dave Robertson, who might be available.

• With Huff surely unavailable after going three innings yesterday, the Yankees really need Phelps to pitch fairly deep in this game. “Oh, I think they’re aware of it, but they don’t ever go out thinking, I only want to pitch three innings,” Girardi said. “They go out thinking they want to pitch nine every time, but we do need some distance out of David.”

• If there’s a Yankees upside to the A’s trade, it’s the fact that two available pitchers landed outside of the American League East. “Really glad,” Girardi said. “And we don’t have to play them anymore.”

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34 Responses to “Pregame notes: McCann scratched from Yankees lineup”

  1. Missing Cano July 5th, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    They should be. That’s the conventional wisdom.

    Maybe it’s wrong.

    We have Cervelli, Murphy, or Sanchez to offer.

    You’d think at least one of them would have considerable value.


    i believe they have value my question is value to bring back anything helpful for the future i guess we will see

  2. Missing Cano July 5th, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    have to stop believing Girardi’s initial injury assessments of his players from yesterday:

    “Girardi said he expects to have Brian McCann available as a pinch hitter if necessary. His left foot is sore, but McCann was able to play through it last night. No tests are scheduled and McCann is expected to be in the lineup again tomorrow.”

    of course Girardi thought initially Sabathia would only miss a few starts they should just stop saying anything and just say i really don’t know

  3. MTU July 5th, 2014 at 1:12 pm


    Guess we will.


  4. Chad Jennings July 5th, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    New lineup

    Derek Jeter SS
    Brian Roberts 2B
    Jacoby Ellsbury CF
    Mark Teixeira 1B
    Carlos Beltran DH
    Ichiro Suzuki RF
    Alfonso Soriano LF
    Francisco Cervelli C
    Zelous Wheeler 3B

  5. joeman July 5th, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    can’t believe IAN KENNEDY is only 29

  6. Hankflorida July 5th, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Bigdan, the Yankees are still hoping for power and will hang on to Soriano hoping for some of his last year’s heroics. I agree with you that I would rather have Almonte then Ichiro with the possibility that he can give us some left handed power. Scoring by one base at a time was never the Yankees way until last year, and although it was never my cup of tea, I am like Pavlov’s dog who has to learn the new tricks from Cashman in order to beat the shifts of this new game of computer baseball.

  7. Tar July 5th, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    OMG there are 4 RH batters in a row!!!!!! Girardi must be going crazy with worry!!!!

  8. bigdan22 July 5th, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Haha, the old guys at the top of the lineup today. Love it! Turn back the clock like Roberts did yesterday. Need a lead off dinger from Jeet.

  9. bigdan22 July 5th, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    I think I read this from Axisa the other day, but Ellsbury is just not a No. 3 hitter. It seem like all his hits go to center or left-center, or grounders through the 2b hole. He doesn’t really pull or drive the ball.

    It will be good when he finally bats leadoff. Next year I guess.

  10. Ys Guy July 5th, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    yankees have no shot at price or hamels.

  11. bigdan22 July 5th, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Pretty significant bites from the interview above by Girardi. It’s once again clear that the Yanks are not going to their bullpen for starter depth. Girardi made that clear before regarding Warren. He reiterates the same point with Huff. The fact that he even brings up the name Greene I think says he’s next in line to replace either Nuno or Whitley. I would imagine Leroux might squeeze his name into the mix too.

    Need one more real strong start from Greene. Don’t think he’s ready but his stuff is outstanding.

  12. NYY fan in NH July 5th, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    the entire roster is unavailable to play today. See what happens when your starters throw 100 pitchers in 4 innings, it screws up the entire pitching staff!

  13. wanzies222 July 5th, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    dan -

    Whether you agree or not isn’t important… the fact of the matter is that the Cubs ARE stockpiling hitters, specifically INF. That’s where the opportunities are.

    They have utilized a “pitcher flip” strategy for the last several years – acquire a SP and hope for an uptick during the first half, then flip them at the TD for prospects.

    At some point down the road, they will try to parlay their INF excess into pitching and OF – their current shortcomings.

    Until, then, just be glad you aren’t a Cubs’ fan….lol.


  14. joeman July 5th, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Hammel will have problems back in the AL

  15. SweetSpot July 5th, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Beltran hitting .304 with 2 home runs in his last six games.

  16. Captain Clutch July 5th, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    From Heyman:

    The Yankees, in need of a frontline starting pitcher with CC Sabathia out for the year, made a decent play for Cubs righthander Jeff Samardzija before he went to the A’s in a six-player blockbuster, according to source familiar with the talks.

    The Yankees thought they made a good enough bid only to finish second, sources said.

    Losing out was a disappointment for the Yankees, who figure to have little hope of prying Rays star David Price from the division rival. The Yankees would surely look at Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels if they were to become available, but even the Yankees have a budget, and they liked Samardzija’s contract situation better. Samardzija’s salary in 2014 will be $5.345 million and he’s eligible for arbitration in 2015, after which he’s a free agent. Some next-tier possibilities might include John Danks, Jorge De La Rosa, Ian Kennedy and maybe Wade Miley.

    The Yankees’ system is much improved but they didn’t have the elite prospect to match shortstop Addison Russell, who became the centerpiece of the deal with Oakland. The Yankees’ best prospects, according to a scout, are righthanded pitcher Luis Severino (“a young Pedro”), shortstop Abiatal Avelino (young upside athlete), Aaron Judge (“poor man’s Giancarlo Stanton”), lefthanders Ian Clarkin and Manny Banuelos and rightander Rafael DePaula. They also have two catchers, Gary Sanchez and John Ryan Murphy, who was up earlier.

  17. Ys Guy July 5th, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    SweetSpot July 5th, 2014 at 1:57 pm
    Beltran hitting .304 with 2 home runs in his last six games.
    roberts hitting .306 with 2 HR the past 15 games.

  18. SweetSpot July 5th, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Isn’t Roberts a player some thought should be “released?” And Beltran benched? Short sample size but clearly they both can contribute.

  19. astrocityfan July 5th, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Where do the yanks go now? What SP are they targeting now that the cubs are out of the picture?

  20. bigdan22 July 5th, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    dan -

    Whether you agree or not isn’t important… the fact of the matter is that the Cubs ARE stockpiling hitters, specifically INF. That’s where the opportunities are.


    Haha, whether I agree or not is not only not important, it’s not even a concern mine. I’m not a Cubs fan. But Epstein ain’t stupid. He’s not stockpiling for the sake of stockpiling. He’s a got a plan. And I pretty sure it will evident to all by next Spring.

  21. joeman July 5th, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    I want Kennedy back

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