Quick Hits: Nady, A-Rod, Jeter, Andy Phillips

Breaking down the Yanks with runners in scoring position
Game 73: Citi, the other New York park

A few quick notes a few hours before the Yanks and Mets square off in an overhyped Subway Series. It’s the last weekend of Interleague play.

  • Joe Girardi appeared on the FAN this afternoon to chat about the state of the Yankees. While he didn’t come out and flat-out state that Xavier Nady will not be returning this year, the Yankees are not counting on any further contributions from the X Man. Nady is off to see Dr. Lewis Yocum in California, and an announcement concerning surgery will come soon after that. Nady should be ready for Spring Training, no matter where the free agent-to-be lands this winter. Jose Tabata, by the way, is hitting .258/.333/.320 at AA. Still young for his level, Tabata has stalled out a bit in his development.
  • Also on the FAN, Girardi said that the team will not carry three catchers when Jose Molina is ready to return. Molina’s return isn’t yet on the horizon; he is still building up strength in his legs. When he gets back, Francisco Cervelli will return to AAA for regular playing time.
  • Just one week after the Yanks benched A-Rod due to fatigue in his surgically-repaired hip and promised to give him regular rest, the team appears to be backing away from that plan. A-Rod has started four straight games, and the Yankees won’t rest him against the Mets. “It’s our home city, and I think our guys enjoy the Subway Series,” Girardi said yesterday. “Alex feels good, feels like he’s got a lot of energy in his legs. He feels good, so we’ll let him keep going.” Fack Youk takes the team to task for straying from the plan less than a week into it, and without knowing more details about this decision, I’m inclined to agree with the critique.
  • Derek can now run for President. Today is Cap’n Jeter’s 35th birthday. It seems as though he made his Major League debut just yesterday when in fact it was fourteen years ago on May 29, 1995. The Yankees were in Seattle, and Jeter went 0 for 5 that day. Scott Bankhead drew the loss after allowing a lead-off home run to Rich Amaral in the bottom of the 12th inning.
  • Finally, news on an old friend: Former Yankee farmhand Andy Phillips has signed to play in Japan. Phillips, who has bounced around the league since leaving the Bronx, will earn $400,000 to play for the Hiroshima Carp.
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Breaking down the Yanks with runners in scoring position
Game 73: Citi, the other New York park
  • jsbrendog

    wow. the front office is really bad at sticking to plans.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      True.

  • radnom

    Time to bust out the “Arod Rules”.

    When Jeter retires I’m going to feel really old.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    With a tear rolling down her cheek, (at least something rolling down her cheek) Demi Delia says “Sayonara” to Andy Phillips.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I wonder if Andy asked Hideki for some pointers on the best Asian pornstars to look up when he gets to Hiroshima?

  • Glen L

    Congrats to Andy Phillips .. that’s probably a better situation than playing for a AAA team (assuming he’s someone who won’t mind being on the other side of the world … personally I think it’d be amazing to live in Japan for a few years, let alone get to play ball there!)

    • yankeegirl49

      I agree…and wish him the best.

    • zzzzzz

      i loved andy phillips. he seemed like classy guy, was liked as a teammate, and he had a nice glove at first.

      • jsbrendog

        he was/is all class. guys trying to impersonate him however…….

  • Tom Zig

    If Nady needs TJ Surgery, but will be healthy for spring training, do we re-sign him?

    • jsbrendog

      not for what boras wants. but the sad thing is if we offer arb, he very well might except because if he doesnt itd basically ruin his life. who would sign a rehabbing OF who missed the last yr coming off his second tj surgery who costs a draft pick?

      now offering him arb and he accepts and we have him back at the same salary….i wouldnt mind that…or am i crazy?

    • whozat

      Depends on how the market develops. I don’t think they offer him arby, unless he’s a Type A.

      If the options are 5/80 for Holliday, 5/90 for Bay and 1+1/15 for Damon + 1/8 for Nady…I do the latter, I think.

      • Reggie C.

        Since the Yanks aren’t likely to add another +50 million contract this offseason, the best option could be to explore a trade. We can’t bet on landing someone as productive as Bay, but i think there’s a great chance of landing a younger player. I dont like Nady at all. Why risk another injury-plagued season with him?? he’s not that good to begin with.

        I’d want to keep an eye on Chris Young – D’Backs, and see how he finishes the season.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          I’d want to keep an eye on Chris Young – D’Backs, and see how he finishes the season.

          Meh.

          • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

            +1

        • whozat

          he’s never really put up interesting numbers…and he K’s a LOT without the walks or power numbers you’d like to see. Though I see he’s got a highly-rated power tool.

          Not sure why they’d trade him, if he’s any good. He’s still really young.

    • randym77

      Peter Abraham reports that Nady torn his ulnar ligament, and will need TJ surgery. He also said TJ surgery requires a year for recovery, so he’s not going to be ready for spring training, and may miss next year as well as this year.

      • crawdaddie

        Another case of Abraham being wrong. A position player doesn’t need a year to recover as they’re are ML players like Guillen and Choo, who had TJ surgery and were playing regularly 6-7 months later.

        • JP

          This is a second TJ surgery. Recovery could be longer.

    • crawdaddie

      Yes, he should be ready for spring training if he has the surgery in the near future.

  • Tank the Frank

    The Yankees were in Seattle, and Jeter went 0 for 5 that day.

    Bust.

    • Don W

      I was at that game!

      It was my 25th B-day and my buddy and I flew up to Seattle to catch a couple of games. First game was the end of the O’s M’s series, (only thing I remember is Pinella somehow convinced the umps that a Cal Ripken HR wasn’t a HR). Then came the game I came for.
      When I heard the lineup announced I was shocked, I had not heard that Jeter had been called up. I explained to my buddy that the kid was the minor league player of the year and a future star. Being a Dodger fan he didn’t care much. After the game I stayed until they made me leave picking up ticket stubs. They’re sitting in my safety deposit box.
      After the game we waited by the player exit. Jeter walked right past me and signed a couple of cards for some kids. I couldn’t believe that the kid actually had Jeter cards for him to sign! Then Jeter got into a waiting limo. Danny Tartabull got in with his wife, apparently Danny took the rookie out to dinner to celebrate his debut.

  • Jake H

    400k isn’t too bad to play a game for a living.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      It sure helps to have a specialized talent that very few humans possess, doesn’t it?

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      If you think that’s not bad, imagine how Jeter feels.

  • TurnTwo

    I worked in the hospital where Jeter was born over the last couple months…. they have like a little shrine for him in the ER, and from what i understand, they’ve been trying to come back and visit forever, but he’s never responded to their letters.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Do you have any hot nurses? If so, you should have one of them ask him.

  • TurnTwo

    by the way, it is absolutely downpouring here in Passaic County. I’d imagine that might have a slight effect on the start of the game.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Derek can now run for President. Today is Cap’n Jeter’s 35th birthday.

    It’s also Chad Pennington’s 33rd birthday today. Appropriately, nobody gives a shit.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      That’s because he can’t run for president.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        You think Jeter’s constantly grounding into rally killing double plays? If there was a name for the GIDP stat, it would be called the “Pennington”.

    • Jamal G.

      IETT.

      • Jamal G.

        Bah, God damn Twitter addiction.

        IETC.

  • Rich James

    NY POST is reporting that X needs TJ surgery and will miss the rest of the year

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
      • Rich James

        forgive me for wanting the yankees to get better!

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          No, not you.

          I’m sad that Nady’s gone. The trombone was for the news, not the newsbearer.

          • Rich James

            alright then.

          • JP

            What were they going to do, roster-wise, if Nady came back?

        • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

          Are we going to have to go through this again? ;)

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Nothing to see here, folks, show’s over, break it up, nothing to–
            OH, MY GOD, A HORRIBLE PLANE CRASH!!! EVERYBODY, GET A LOAD OF THIS FLAMING WRECKAGE!!!

            Crowd around, don’t be shy, crowd around.

            • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

              I blacked out after going through that debate last night; I can’t believe I was up til ~2:10 going back and forth on this Nady/Swisher thing.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                There’s only one way to solve this:

                Eugenics. Biomedical engineering. Human cloning. A little stem-cell action. Let’s play Mo and create that hybrid chimera we’ve been talking about.

                Xick Nasher.

              • pat

                Dude I tried to read through that this morning.

                I think I’m impotent now.

                • teix is the man

                  can’t have kids?

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Go hang out with 35 year old Derek Jeter. He’ll make you virile again just by being in his presence.

                • Tom Zig

                  Jeter will impregnate pat just by intently staring at his belly.

                • pat

                  Shit sign me up… CHILD SUPPORT!!

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Are we going to have to go through this again?

            -Are we gonna have a problem? AH-GAIN?
            -I was just HOPING you could give me some insights into the SOUTHERN COLONIES!

            • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

              You’re just not that “Good” Will Hunting.

    • whozat

      Oh well. Anything they got from him would have been a bonus, in my mind.

  • Lanny

    Why can’t Monday be considered his off day? The Yankee problem is they actually explain this crap and get into it. Was there a need to even say he’s getting an off day a week? Just do it.