Matsui could take BP this week

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The Yanks got some good news yesterday, as Hideki Matsui‘s knee showed signs of improvement after having it drained over the weekend. Joe Girardi even says that he might take BP sometime this week, which would indicate a better-than-expected forecast for the DH. He’s eligible to come off the DL on July 8, so you can count on him staying there until at least after the All-Star break. He’ll have to prove he can run on it first, and the Yanks figure to remain cautious in dealing with this.

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  • Guiseppe Franco

    Obviously, this is a very good thing.

    But it also means that Gardner needs to get off to a good start or he may go back down to Scranton as soon as Matsui comes off the DL.

    Unfortunately, I think Girardi and Cashman wear Melky blinders a little too often and seem committed to playing him everyday no matter the results.

    Hopefully, Gardner does his thing and makes enough of a difference in the lineup over the next couple of weeks that they have to consider sitting Melky when Matsui comes off the DL and Damon is back in LF regularly.

    My guess is that Matsui probably won’t play another game in LF this season.

  • A.D.

    Definitly a good sign, and I’m sure the Yanks will be smart and rest him, definitly agree that he essentially won’t play the OF, and probably will get a day off per week at least at the DH

  • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    This is it man, the battle for the CF job. Whoever plays better between now and the day Matsui is activated will – or should – be the starting centerfielder.

    • TurnTwo

      but what if it turns out they both stink?

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

        Trade for Juan Pierre! Sign Jacque Jones!

        Nah, just kiddin’. I would think that if they both don’t play too well, the job would go back to Melky by default. I can’t see them going out and getting a center fielder.

        • TurnTwo

          ha, yeah, me neither. it was more of a rhetorical question.

          you dont think by default it would go to Gardner, though? as long as he doesnt begin to look overmatched, and he goes up there with a plan, like it looked like he did yesterday, i think they’d be more apt to go longer term with his chance then give it back to Melky.

          and figuring Gardner and Melky both stay on the roster, who goes then when Matsui comes back? Alberto, i guess?

          doesnt seem like they’re getting rid of Moeller (or Molina) any time soon.

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

            I hope that’s what happens. It’s just not what I think will happen.

            • TurnTwo

              Melky has had over 2 years in CF. the way i see it, Gardner should at least get the rest of this year, especially if Cashman refuses to seriously upgrade the SP, and this team is going nowhere, anyway.

              • jyates29

                Gardner needs to start…period. He has played extremely well in the minors and has a solid idea of what he wants to do every time he’s up. Give the kid a shot and make Melky earn his place in center. If he wants to play every day he needs to produce offensively and defensively, and since April he has looked completely over-matched by major league pitching.

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              • steve (different one)

                Melky has had over 2 years in CF. the way i see it, Gardner should at least get the rest of this year

                i don’t disagree, but i don’t think this will happen.

                also, benching Melky outright might kill whatever trade value he has left. i think he’ll keep playing, at least until the deadline.

                not that i think he has a ton of value, but he might still be considered a decent part of a package.

                that’s just a guess though.

  • E-ROC

    Hopefully, Girardi gives Gardner the necessary starts to compete for the starting CF job.

  • steve (different one)

    i wasn’t watching on TV, was the ball that Gardner K’ed on a strike?

    didn’t look like one, but i was in the upper deck.

    • jyates29

      it didn’t looke like a strike…it was at his eyes…I’ll check gameday

    • Ben C

      yea i was in the same position as you — the only reason i didn’t think it was a strike was because he started walking towards first, i couldn’t tell.

    • TurnTwo

      the ball was letter high on his chest, so technically it was probably a strike, but umpires will prob give that call to the hitter 8 times out of 10.

      the call that was blown was i think strike 2, which was definately low.

    • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I had no problem with them calling it a strike. Rookie’s shouldn’t get that call in their second Major League plate appearance.

  • jyates29

    looking at pitch f/x it was about letter high and right over the middle of the plate…looks like a good strike call to me although it didn’t look that close on tv…i thought it was a ball

    • steve (different one)

      thanks. i am asking b/c i liked his approach to his ABs.

      he is going to see a lot of pitches. we’ll see if that translates to a lot of walks or just to a lot of K’s.

      hopefully he’s in the lineup tonight.