Pregame Notes: Cano, Granderson, Tex, Nova

Yankees turn to The Chief on Tuesday
Game 135: Just Win, Please
Nova threw live batting practice before the game. (click to embiggen)

Robinson Cano is in tonight’s lineup as the DH after testing his left hip both in the batting cage and during batting practice. The second baseman said his the joint still feels “tight” following last night’s awkward step on the game-winning eighth inning hit, and he still feels it when he bends over. Hence the DH thing. There are no tests planned at the moment, but Joe Girardi wouldn’t commit to the lineup until Robbie hit on the field and gave the thumbs up.

  • That lineup, by the way, can be found here. Curtis Granderson is back in not just center field, but also in the second spot of the batting order. The regular 2-3-4 hitters have just been bumped down a slot.
  • Ivan Nova (shoulder) threw live batting practice to Eduardo Nunez and Chris Dickerson before the game. He faced seven “hitters” and threw north of 20 pitches, including breaking balls and changeups. Nova said he feels fine and right now the plan is to see how he responds tomorrow before determining the next step.
  • Mark Teixeira (calf) has been jogging but has yet to really push it and run sprints. He’s still not ready for that, making a Thursday return to the lineup unlikely at the moment. Unsurprisingly, Teixeira hopes to be back no later than the weekend.
  • Casey McGehee is back with the club and will be active tonight. The Low-A Charleston season ended yesterday, so he was able to rejoin the team without waiting the full ten days.
Yankees turn to The Chief on Tuesday
Game 135: Just Win, Please
  • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

    Does that mean Swisher is batting 3rd?

    • mark

      You can juggle the lineup all you want, but the trouble with the Yankees is that they’ve gotten old. Everyone talks about their good minor league talent, but who have they brought up lately. Instead of bringing up the young talent, they went out and got more old guys, Ibanex, Ichiro, A. Jones, Derek Lowe, etc. The team is headed for a big fall at this rate. If they continue with their policiers, they are in for some bad years. This reminds me of the 1964-1965 Yankees. The 1964 team was getting old, but they ignored it; they just won the pennant by the skin of their teeth, but then the next year, they fell. Everyone kept saying that they would recover, that they were the Yankees, but they never did.

  • Hoss

    If the Yankees sign Cano to a 10-year contract, they’re the ones who are going to feel it when they bend over.

    • Dean Winters

      10 no but he will probably get 7 or 8

  • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

    I’d be ok with (if people get healthy):
    Jeter SS
    Swisher RF
    Granderson CF
    Cano 2B
    A-Rod DH
    Teix 1B
    Chavez 3B
    Insert garbage here C
    Dickerson LF

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Probably overstating the Ichiro-hate and Dickerson’s nice couple of games, but I certainly wouldn’t complain.

      The question is whether the guys coming back can step it up in time.

      • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

        I’m basing the Ichiro-hate on Axisa.
        He seems to be the worst player in MLB, so I don’t want him in the lineup.

        • Ted Nelson

          Dickerson is not even an MLB player…

          • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

            Technically, he is.
            I’m just basing this on all the Ichiro, Jones and Ibanez hate at RAB.

  • swo

    Quite the cromulent caption, I must say.

  • Matt DiBari

    Its a comforting feeling to know that Casey McGehee is here and ready to strikeout when called upon.

    • JonS

      He’ll fit right in with the rest. Except he’ll do it for cheap.

  • mike cutler

    Someone needs to get arod some HGH stat!

    • dkidd

      i’d ask keppinger

      • CUYanks


        • Hoss

          Ah, so that’s what the shooting arrow reference is for…

      • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

        Girardi. I bet he’s kicking himself for not using while being a player.

  • Flyer7

    The Yankees have made some bizarre roster and game moves during this slide. McGhee was sent down when Phelps couldve and they played short for some games. Girardi batting Jones #4??? Martin #5? Ichiro low in the order instead of toward top…used to not stack his lefties and now there is often 4 in a row and 5 of 6.

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      Maybe Girardi is tanking it again, like he admittedly did in the past.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Ichiro bats low in the order because that’s where he belongs. He’s not good anymore.

    • Ted Nelson

      I don’t believe there are two lefties in a row anywhere in tonight’s line-up. Swisher is a switch-hitter.

  • Anthony

    Nova threw live BP? So you’re saying he pitched normally, then. Heh.

    • Brian S.

      Beat me to it.

  • forensic

    I want to hate the lineup and quetion girardi’s reasoning with grandly back up near the top, but it’s not like anyone is hitting so what’s the difference?

  • Brian S.

    Batting practice? I see Nova is picking up where he left off!