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April 13, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Wally Matthews

Wallace Matthews
  (11:58 AM)

It's Wednesday. Do you know where your live Yankees chat is? Right here, of course. Let;s get ready to go

joe (argentina)

wally,with the way the offense is struggling right now,especially posada at dh,are the yankees ready to revisit the idea of bringing in the hard hitting sheffield to dh???

Wallace Matthews
  (11:58 AM)

Joe, stop. Please. Really

Benny (Bronx)

Does Jeter"s contract contain bonuses for each ball hit past the infield?

Wallace Matthews
  (11:59 AM)

If so, he's not going to collect many of them, is he?

Jo Jo B (NYC)

Is there any truth to the rumor that Hank wanted to hire Manny Ramirez as a liason between players and the front office?

Wallace Matthews
  (12:00 PM)

absolutely none. It was as nutritional counselro

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

When will we see Freddy Garcia make his very first start for the Yankees with the 2 Rain Outs they had?

Wallace Matthews
  (12:01 PM)

Ah, finally, a good question. Girardi still won;t committ to an actual day for Freddy's first start altho he said last night it would be this weekend, and "probably" Friday. but since that means disrupting Nova, I assume that, like everything around here, could yet change

Derek Jeter's Skills (Gonesville)

How has Hughe's velocity looked in bullpen sessions?

Wallace Matthews
  (12:03 PM)

Hello DJS. That is a question I asked Hughes last night and he was honest in saying he really couldn;t tell. as you probably know, they don;t use a radar gun in the bullpen sessions, nor are there any hitters to gauge reactions from, so the pitcher and coach have only their own perceptions to go on. Hughes said he thought they made some progress with some minor adjustments to his delivery, but admitted he won;t know for sure until he throws a fastball in a game -- and turns to glance up at the screen.

BrandonL (Akron OH)

Good Afternoon Wall-E I was wondering if you think that Russell Martin could get traded if he continues to have a great year to get a solid pitcher?

Wallace Matthews
  (12:05 PM)

I don;t think so because everyday catchers are hard to find, and Martin so far looks like a keeper. and who would do the everyday catching? Cervelli? Montero? Molina? You know it;s not going to be Posada. I think if the Yankees are going to trade a catcher, it would be Romine or Montero, and in the latter case esp., only for a top-notch starter

BrandonL (Akron OH)

How do you think F.Garcia, Millwood, Silva will do as Yankees?

Wallace Matthews
  (12:07 PM)

I think they will all have brief yankee careers. You already got a taste of Freddy in the Red Sox series. I have heard that Millwood has not looked good in Tampa, throwing mid-80s, and Silva was cut by the Cubs after a poor spring. I think they;re all stopgap guys the Yankees hope will get them over under they can swing a trade deadline deal

DOM (MA)

Gardner has been very dissappointing, I know it's early. Stats of under .250 with no power, few RBI's, several strikeout's for a lead off hitter shouldn't be the blue print of an OF in Cashman's master plan. Any chance the Yanks look to get another OF by the trade deadline or next winter (Swisher's a free agent also)?

Wallace Matthews
  (12:10 PM)

Dom, I think the Yankees still have a lot of faith in Gardner and as you point out, it is early. He had one terrific game in Boston but otherwise hasn;t done much of anything. I think next winter an OF could be a target but this year, I'm sure they;re thinking starting pitcher, and they believe Gardner will come around

Plaxico (Agrees)

Any news on how the Killer Bs have been pitching in the minors thus far?

Wallace Matthews
  (12:14 PM)

Yes. Banuelos pitched four scoreless innings with four hits and four Ks in his first appearance Monday for the Trenton Thunder. His teammate Betances lost his first start but allowed just one earned run in 4-2/3 for a 1.93 ERA. Brackman has not pitched yet.

BrandonL (Akron OH)

Good Day Wally I was just thinking if Garcia,Silva,and Millwood do solid would they really need to trade for a starting pitcher?

Wallace Matthews
  (12:14 PM)

no, they wouldn;t. But do you really think that's going to happen?

Scott (NY)

ESPN 's Keith Law has been adamant that Austin Romine can't catch. Yet all of the NY scribs seem to think he's fine defensively. What's your opinion of Romine's defensive skills and do you ever see him making the Yanks or will he be used as trade bait?

Wallace Matthews
  (12:18 PM)

The Yankee party line is that Romine is better defensively than Montero, and Montero is the better hitter. Funny thing is, Romine actualy outhit Montero in ST -- had home runs in the last two spring games -- and their catchign skiils were pretty much a wash. Both are at best adequate at this point, and neither was considered ready to jump to the bigs to catch even one game a week. And don;t forget, the manager of the Yankees is an ex-catcher who knows what he's looking at. It's too early to say either Romine or Montero will not make it as a catcher, but obviously, both have a ways to go, especially in blocking pitches, framing pitches, and in Montero's case, tracking pop flies behind the plate. None of those things was up to big league standards this spring

Chris (NYC)

Hey Wally,Big fan. I know it's still early but would The Yanks consider dropping Jeter way down in the lineup (#9). MAybe it'll give him a spark

Wallace Matthews
  (12:21 PM)

Thanks, Chris. I don;t think the yankees would do that for several reasons. For one thing, once the lineup turned over it would be the same as flip-flopping Jeter and gardner as the 1 and 2 hitters. You wouldn;t want to see that, would you? The other reason is obvious -- you simply don't take a player of Jeter's resume, reputation and pride and drop him to the bottom of the order. we saw how well that worked with aRod in 2007 playoffs. These guys are hiuman beings with egos and I can;t imagine Girardi doing that to Jeter, because he would almost certainly lose him

jen Parrish (tigard oregon)

Good afternoon Wally. How are you. So what do you think of noesi and silva call ups

Wallace Matthews
  (12:25 PM)

Hi Jen. Noesi was tabbed by cashman before spring as a possibility to make the team, so I;m not surprised he's the guy coming up to replace ayala. as for silva, no official word on that yet but the guy had a bad spring with the Cubs, not sure where he would fit in

@Mattingly85MVP (New Jersey)

Wally, How long is the leash on Hughes until Ynaks have to do something? I think 1 more start if he can't go 3 innings and 2-3 if he is giving them 5 bought still getting knocked around.

Wallace Matthews
  (12:27 PM)

Hey. I think the Yankees have no choice but to be patient with Hughes unless, as you say, he gets bombed out in three innings or less tomorrow. Otherwise, what other options do they have? Obviously, Bartolo could step in and give them some starts, but that ssumed Freddy Garcia will remain in the rotation, too, leaving them minus a long man in the pen (Noesi, perhaps) The thing is, the Yankees knew they had rotation problems but never thought the problem would be Hughes rather than AJ

Mike (NYC)

If we struggle against Josh Beckett why would it be any different against pitchers in the playoffs, that our offense has struggled mightily against every recent year except 09?

Wallace Matthews
  (12:30 PM)

Don;t forget, the Yankees struggled against Beckett in their first look at him this year. They lit him up pretty good last year. He's an erratic guy with a history of injury but when hes on, he;s one of the best. and the question you pose could be asked of just about every other team in playoff contention. When a pitcher throws the way Beckett did the other night, the opponent is going to struggle. It's not just a Yankees problem

Wallace Matthews
  (12:30 PM)

Thanks, guys fo rall the great questions., Sorry couldn;t go any longer today, have to leave for th eballpark for tonight's game. Hopefully no rainout. (Not raining on LI right now) see you next week