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I had a nice chat with Mark Teixeira recently for a holiday feature about his childhood Christmas memories, a story you can read here. Of course, we also talked a little baseball. Here are some of the highlights:
On the Yankees’ offseason so far:
“I’m really happy with the moves. We had plenty of holes to fill, unfortunately, but when you can go get Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran before Christmas – even guys like Brian Roberts and Kelly Johnson, I think can be huge pickups for us. I’ve played against Brian for 11 years; I’ve played with Kelly in Atlanta, so I know what kind of quality guys they are. They’re going to fit in great with our clubhouse. I think they’re going to do a great job on the field as well. I’m really excited.”
On his rehab from right wrist surgery:
“I’m close to 100 percent. I feel like I’m healed. I wish I was a little bit looser; my wrist is going to be tight for a while because of the way the surgery was performed. They had to kind of tighten everything up to make it secure. It’s still a little bit tight, but that’s why I’m doing rehab every day and doing exercises every day. I’ll start swinging a bat in January and that will also help loosen it up.”
On if there are any doubts about being ready for Opening Day:
“I don’t have any doubts. I have to prove to myself that I’m 100 percent and I hope I’ll be 100 percent next month. You won’t really know until you go out and play that first game in Spring Training. When someone throws a 95 mph fastball in on your hands, if I can turn on that pitch and have no tightness or no pain, then I know I’m OK.”
On his Yankees wishes for 2014:
“I would love for us to round out our pitching staff, both in the starting rotation and the bullpen. If we add a couple more pieces, I think we go into 2014 with a great shot. I know Cash has worked really hard and I give him a lot of credit for what he’s done so far. I wouldn’t mind unwrapping a present after Christmas with a couple more guys on the pitching staff and we’ll be ready to roll.”
On expecting the ’14 Yankees to be a championship-caliber club:
“That’s obvious. Even based on last year, I don’t think anybody’s expectations have changed. I’d be remiss to talk about the last time the Yankees didn’t make the playoffs, what happened in that next season. Hopefully that happens again. I’m very confident that we’re going to go into the season with high hopes and we’ll see what happens.”
Here are the early notes as the Yankees (68-60) and Rays (73-53) prepare to meet under the roof here at Tropicana Field, with CC Sabathia and David Price matching up for the 7:10 p.m. ET start:
Brett Gardner is not in the Yankees’ lineup, but it has nothing to do with his right hand, which was hit last night by a 95 mph Chris Archer fastball. Gardner had X-rays this morning on the hand and they showed no break. Gardner said the hand is a little swollen, but manager Joe Girardi said he wasn’t planning on playing Gardner against the left-hander Price anyway.
Girardi also said he thought Ichiro Suzuki‘s at-bats were good against Price the last time the Yankees saw him.
Derek Jeter is scheduled to play tonight for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre against Pawtucket and then would be in the Yankees’ lineup on Monday at Toronto if everything goes well. The captain went 0-for-3 with a walk and run scored on Friday for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Girardi’s scouting report on Price: “You look at him three or four years ago and you see he threw 80-85 percent fastballs. But now he’s developed his repertoire. He’s got a curveball, slider a very good backdoor slider to righties. He’s got a very good changeup. He’s just evolved as a pitcher is what he’s done. He’s always had the great fastball but his secondary stuff is now pretty good.”
And what Girardi is looking for from Sabathia tonight: “This is a lineup that if you make mistakes, they’re going to hit the ball out of the ballpark and you got to stay away from the mistakes. Your sinker has to be effective, your changeup has to be effective, and you go from there.”
Girardi was asked if Sabathia’s weight loss might have anything to do with his struggles this season: “I don’t think so. It’s not like he’s 210 pounds. He’s not Mr. [Edwar] Ramirez that we used to have here. He’s still a big man. He’s still strong. I think he’s in tremendous shape.”
Yes, that’s right, there was an Edwar Ramirez reference today. Bet you weren’t counting on hearing anything about the man they called “Flacco.” I do miss watching Mariano Rivera stuff Ramirez into the lockers at the old Stadium.
Two other random thoughts about Ramirez, since my memory has been jogged — Mark Feinsand of the Daily News once made Ramirez cry, asking him about a grand slam that he gave up to Mark Teixeira, who was then with the Angels. Watching Edwar mop his tears with his uniform was just about the saddest thing you can see in a clubhouse. And then there’s the great quote from Kevin Millar about Ramirez: “Cute little fella. That’s good hittin’.”
Other notes — Adam Warren should be available in long relief out of the Yankees’ bullpen. … Lyle Overbay isn’t having a fun trip; he’s still having some flu-like symptoms, and it’s uncertain if he would be available to play tonight. Hey, at least he’s doing better than Chan Ho Park was in Boston. … The Yankees were watching the California/Connecticut Little League World Series game on the clubhouse TVs.
My Beat The Streak pick tonight: Alfonso Soriano. Streak is at zero after Alex Rodriguez went hitless last night.
And we’ll wrap today’s pre-game notes with a Debbie Downer not-so-fun fact for the Yankees: they’re 5-15 in their last 20 games at Tropicana Field dating back to July 21, 2011.
Yankees president Randy Levine said on Tuesday that, even with some key names on the comeback trail, he does expect general manager Brian Cashman to be actively seeking upgrades as the July 31 Trade Deadline approaches.
“We’re the Yankees. We’re always active,” Levine said at a Yankee Stadium press conference to announce a Pinstripe Bowl partnership with the ACC. “We’re always trying to get better. We’ll leave that to Cash to see where the team is, what’s the best move, what do we really need, which players are coming back, when are they coming back. Cash, after talking to Joe [Girardi], will make that decision.”
“I think Hal [Steinbrenner] has said it over and over again, he’s committed to bringing a championship team to the Yankees, to the fans of New York. We’ve been acting the same way for decades. We’ve been banged up, we’ve had a lot of injuries, a lot of tough breaks. The guys out there are fighting, scratching. It’s quite amazing to me that we’re one game behind in the loss column, overcoming all of this. We’re going to do everything we can to try and win.”
Levine also touched on several other topics during a brief exchange with several reporters:
On Alex Rodriguez’s upcoming return:
“I don’t know. I haven’t talked to Cash today or the trainers. All I know is what Cash told me, and I think he told you guys yesterday, that as of last night there was no date for him to begin a rehab assignment. Obviously if he’s getting better and he’s ready to go, the sooner the better, good. But I haven’t heard anything that the clock started or he’s ready to go.”
On the Yankees’ willingness to add payroll for 2014:
“I think Hal has been incredibly clear that $189 [million] is a goal. It’s something that we’re going to look to see if we’re going to accomplish, but the overriding goal is to constantly provide Yankees fans a championship team. I think he said it as well as could be said, and I’m going to repeat what he said, because I think that says it all. That’s a great goal. We don’t know who’s going to be here and not going to be here next year. We’ve got a lot of free agents on this team. There are other events that are going on. We’ll see what happens and hopefully we can accomplish both at the same time, but the overriding goal is – as Hal has said – is to maintain the Yankees’ desire to provide a championship team for Yankee fans all over.”
On Major League Baseball’s investigation into A-Rod and others:
“It doesn’t weigh on our mind. That’s something that’s in the hands of the Commissioner’s Office. They’re investigating it. I’m sure they’ll do a very thorough job. The Players Association is involved in it and it’s out of our control. Something is going to happen or not happen based on the evidence and based on that procedure. We have full confidence in the Commissioner’s Office and Rob Manfred and his team to get to the bottom of this. It’s a factor and it may have an effect on certain players or certain things. It may not. It’s just something that’s a factor that we try to take a look at every factor. Nobody is assuming that anybody is getting suspended. Nobody is assuming that there are any findings. We’re in America and the last I looked, everyone is innocent until evidence is presented against them.”
On if Mark Teixeira’s salary will still be covered by the World Baseball Classic:
“No, the salary reverts to us at the time that he came back. And obviously we have our own insurance on Tex.”
On what would happen if Teixeira needs season-ending surgery:
“Why would I answer that question now? Unless something happened today, we don’t have an answer. We’ll deal with that if and when it happens. But we have pretty good coverage on him, as with a lot of our players.”
The Yankees are bracing for the possibility of more bad news for injured first baseman Mark Teixeira, who was sent to have his right wrist evaluated by team doctors on Tuesday and could be facing season-ending surgery.
Teixeira has not responded well to a cortisone injection that was administered on June 16 to alleviate inflammation in his wrist, which has limited him to just 15 games this season.
“He’s not doing anything. He’s seeing the doctors today and we’ll go from there,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “I’m concerned. I said before that it’s tricky; what he had was a tricky injury. I’m concerned about it.”
After missing the first two months of the season, Teixeira returned to the Yankees’ lineup on May 31, batting .151 with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 15 games. Teixeira, a switch-hitter, has said that the injury affects him most from the left side of the plate.
“It’s tough not having him, but we were able to win the first month without him,” Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner said. “When we don’t have him, our goal is still to go out there and win.”
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said on Monday that he is “leaning toward” placing Mark Teixeira on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right wrist.
Teixeira had a cortisone injection in his wrist after removing himself from Saturday’s game against the Angels in Anaheim and, according to the Yankees, would not be available to play for at least seven days.
Lyle Overbay is expected to return to his role as the Yankees’ starting first baseman with Teixeira likely heading for the shelf. The 30 percent chance of season-ending surgery that the Yankees talked about this spring is still very much in play; if it turns out Teixeira can’t return, or would only return as a diminished player, Cashman said that his preference would be for Teixeira to have the surgery.
“Like before the season started, when this injury hit, he’ll either get through it or he’ll have to have surgery,” Cashman said. “The MRI showed no new tear, it’s not a re-injury there; it’s inflammation of the tendon. But is this something that’s a recurring theme because of the previous injury that’s going to prevent him from being all he can be? If that’s the case, he’ll have to have surgery.”
On Kevin Long’s comments in Anaheim that Teixeira never seemed quite right and was unable to perform his left-handed tee work, Cashman said that he was caught off guard because Long had not voiced that opinion in the Yankees’ clubhouse.
“It’s alarming in the fact that K-Long would say that to a group of reporters, but he never said [anything about] that prior,” Cashman said. “… If K-Long said that, he’s a monk because he kept his mouth shut the whole time.”
In other assorted updates:
- Michael Pineda’s next rehab start will come on Thursday for Class-A Tampa. Cashman said that the reports on Pineda have been encouraging; he is sitting around 92 mph with his fastball and has maxed out around 94-95 mph.
- There is no update yet on Kevin Youkilis, as the Yankees are waiting for the results of his doctor’s visit. While disappointed by Youkilis’ injury problems, Cashman said that the Yankees had no second thoughts about signing Youkilis to a one-year, $12 million deal because he passed all of his medical exams. The White Sox, Cashman said, also had offered Youkilis a two-year deal, which gave the Yankees comfort.
- Various updates from Tampa, where Eduardo Nunez did tee and toss, long toss, and took 30 ground balls on the dirt to both sides with throws. He could return before the All-Star break.
- Curtis Granderson did long toss today and is due to have the pin in his hand taken out on Thursday.
- Francisco Cervelli did long toss and receiving drills today. He’s about a week from advancing to underwater swinging and could rejoin the big league team in mid-July.
- Derek Jeter did tee and toss, with 15 cage BP swings, long toss, and took 20 ground balls on the dirt with movement to the side and throws to first base today.
- Alex Rodriguez did a toss & net drill on the field: Three rounds of batting practice on the field, two rounds of “super BP” – up close hitting — and some long toss, ground balls to both sides. He ended with three slow rollers. Tomorrow he’s advancing to simulated at-bats off live pitching.