Pregame Notes: Granderson, Thames, Cervelli

Yanks look to recover against crosstown foes
Game 42: On the road, but not really
Pregame stretching. Exciting stuff.

Curtis Granderson is leaving tonight to join Triple-A Scranton for a rehab assignment, according to Joe Girardi. He’s expected to play five out of six days while DH’ing some, and could be back in the Yankees’ lineup by the end of next week. Best news of the day.

Granderson was out on the field earlier running the bases, and he also fielded a variety of batted balls in the outfield – grounders, fly balls, liners off the wall, you name it. Girardi indicated that because he was moving around so well, it was time to get him in rehab games.

Here’s some other tidbits from the pregame press conference…

  • Marcus Thames‘ ankle is still bothering him, but he’s going to take batting practice and see how it goes. At best, he’ll be available to pinch hit.
  • Girardi didn’t seem concerned about Frankie Cervelli‘s heavy workload of late, and said there’s “no thought” about sitting him. He did say he’s going to watch him physically every day to see how he holds up. Tonight will be Cervelli’s fifth start in the last five days and seventh in the last eight, but he’s 24-years-old, lots of life in those legs.
  • “You start to feel it at game time,” said the Yanks’ manager when asked about the excitement of the Subway Series. “It’s the energy involved … players aren’t going to walk around and brag, but the fans might.”
  • As far as seeing Mets’ starter Hisanori Takahashi for the first time, Girardi basically said the only thing you can do is watch video. “It’s obviously more difficult. If you’re righthanded, you have to know you’re getting fastball-changeup.” The 35-year-old lefty has a 3.51 xFIP this season, though tonight will be his first start.
  • Girardi’s not concerned about Javy Vazquez‘s layoff at all. He basically had the “he’s been around a while, he knows what to do” attitude. Javy’s last start was nine days ago, but he did come out of the bullpen to strikeout Kevin Youkilis on four pitches Monday night.

Back with the game thread a little later on.

Yanks look to recover against crosstown foes
Game 42: On the road, but not really
  • Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

    So, what question did you ask?

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    I love the hard working RABbis. Keep it up. Get some Melvin info.

  • Mike Axisa

    Just in case you were wondering, CC Sabathia is not a small man. Neither is Boone Logan.

    • Carlosologist

      Aren’t they both past 6’6″?

      • Mike Axisa

        Yeah, but standing next to them really drives home the point.

    • a fan

      You know a dude who’s much bigger than he seems on TV? Robbie Cano. I nver realized it when watching the games on YES, but he’s HUGE. Big and Dominican…like the anti-Pedroia.

  • Cecala

    When Granderson comes back, I am assuming he will return to center? With the recent Success of Gardner in center there is probably some thought going into it.

    • (The Real) James

      i doubt there is any thought, to be honest.

      Granderson didn’t do anything in CF to lose the job…matter of fact i would say he played aswell, if not better, in CF this year before he got hurt as Gardner has since he has filled in.

      • TheLastClown

        Yeah, it’s tough to look at UZR right now, SSS abound, but to mine eyes there are some really rangey plays that I don’t know if Granderson makes.

        The rocket off Chan Ho last night comes immediately to mind.

        • Carlosologist

          I think Granderson should take LF when he comes off the DL. The Yanks should do this so he is eased back in slowly. When he is fully recovered, he’ll swap with Gardner.

          • Mike Axisa

            CF is less demanding physically. It’s just lots of running. The corners have a lot of cutting and sudden stops and stuff.

        • (The Real) James

          yeah i wasn’t even looking at UZR, as you noted SSS…i was more going off my eyes, like yourself…and i thought Granderson was playing a really good CF this year. Had range..getting to a lot of balls. i did notice some questionable routes early but i chalked that up to early in the season and learning the ball park etc, plus i don’t remember any of those routes hurting us.

          not taking anything away from Gardner…stats wise he is a great CFer aswell..has range etc etc. Gardner has made some flashy plays that Grandy might not have made…but there have been some mistakes also (losing a ball in the sky…having trouble cutting a ball off…some bad throws)

  • YankeesJunkie

    Nah, Granderson should be back in the position that he is most used too which is going to be CF. I would agree if he were not getting any rehab, but since he will be getting rehab for a week he should be good to go. It will be nice having the original OF back and Thames and Winn can go back to limited roles.

  • NC Yankee Fan

    Looks like Russo in Left Field Tonight

  • phughesisgod

    Could Granderson being hurt right now actually be a blessing this series? Citi has ATON of outfield to cover, and Gardner, who is playing CF with Grandy being out, is definitely faster than Granderson, so he can cover alot more ground that Granderson can. And if Granderson was healthy, he would be in center and Gardner in left, obviously. Maybe it is a good thing that we have the faster player in center since this series is in Queens. Or am I trying way too hard to find a bright spot with things the way they are?

    And if anyone gets the wrong idea, I really wish Granderson was able to play tonight. We really need his bat, as we have no clue what we will get with Russo, Winn or Pena.

  • Joe West’s Music Career

    LOL the mets do presentation like they do baseball. Nice wall of big baseball cards. Was that scotch tape?