8/19/2014 7:18 P.M. ET
Girardi shares ideas to speed up game pace
By Jamal Collier and Jake Kring-Schreifels / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- With the recent election of Rob Manfred to succeed Bud Selig as Commissioner of Baseball, ways to solve some of baseball's lingering issues, most notably its pace of play, have resurfaced.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi shed light on that topic Tuesday, advocating that MLB limit visits to the mound more strictly in an effort to speed up, and maybe affect, the way managers and coaches utilize the bullpen.
"They have a rule for coaches, but they don't have a rule for players," said Girardi. "And I think you could really take advantage of that and have less trips to the mound."
Girardi also conceded that the game has become longer due to larger television timeouts and even hitters being taught to become more patient. Those things, he says, are more difficult to adjust, as is the construction of some ballparks, which also have a hand in delaying play on the field.
"There's some ballparks that aren't easy to get in from the bullpen," Girardi said. "You think about Baltimore, you've got to walk down 10 steps of concrete -- these guys are in spikes -- then you've got cobblestone, and then you've got to sprint in, and then you've got to talk to your catcher, and then you've got to get your eight pitches in. That's not easy to do.
"Do I want to a guy tired when he gets to the mound? Absolutely not. There's a lot of talk about [pace of play], but I think the easiest way is [cutting down] trips to the mound."
Another concern Girardi pointed to was safety, specifically as it regards catchers. A former backstop himself, Girardi used Brian McCann as an example, after the catcher returned to the lineup Sunday after sitting out a week with a concussion he received on a hard foul tip to his mask.
"There actually ought to be a third catcher here that's not on the roster, and if a guy gets concussed in the game, you can add him to the roster and he's not allowed to play unless the guy gets hurt," said Girardi, who did not offer up a solution for who that 26th man might be.
"If you get to a certain point ... you're sure the heck not going to put a pitcher behind home plate, and you don't want to put your shortstop or second baseman behind home plate, so I wish that's something they would look at."
Jeter's hit that tied Wagner now ruled an error
NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball slightly altered history on Tuesday with a scoring change to the Yankees' game against the Indians on Aug. 8.
Derek Jeter reached base in the first inning on what was originally ruled an infield single and the 3,430th hit in his career, which tied Honus Wagner for sixth place on baseball's all-time hits list. That play has now been ruled an error on Cleveland first baseman Carlos Santana, who could not cleanly handle a throw from shortstop Jose Ramirez.
Jeter's hit to tie Wagner now occurred the following day, when he reached on an infield single off Cleveland's Corey Kluber that was initially recorded as the go-ahead hit. Jeter's double in the fifth inning off Baltimore's Bud Norris on Aug. 11 is now actually the hit that gave him sole possession of sixth place.
Fearing that the original "hit" might be overturned, Steve Donohue, the team's athletic trainer, made sure to retrieve the other balls for Jeter's personal collection.
And in his usual form, Jeter downplayed the scoring change as anything significant.
"So there's no story," he said. "I got another hit; I got the other ball."
Bullpen may be an option for recovering Phelps
NEW YORK -- Injured Yankees starter David Phelps made 50 throws from 60 feet Monday and said everything felt good as he recovers from right elbow inflammation.
The righty, who is on the 15-day disabled list, said he hasn't experienced pain in more than a week and hopes to be back on the mound in three weeks if there are no further setbacks.
"I'm expecting to move forward," said Phelps, who had a precautionary MRI on Monday and saw a doctor before Tuesday's game.
"It all depends on wanting to make sure everything goes smooth so we don't have a setback at this point in the season," he said. "So it might be a little more careful than trying to rush things, but I don't think it should take that long."
Manager Joe Girardi indicated that, in an effort to get Phelps back quicker, he could use him out of the bullpen to get his strength built back up -- using some appearances to act as bullpen sessions.
"How we use him probably depends on how much time it takes him to get back," said Girardi. "Obviously we feel it's important that he sees the doctor today, and we'll go from there. He hasn't been off that long to where, if he's a starter, obviously it would take longer, because [for] a bullpen guy, it doesn't take as long.
"It's something that we can talk about. I think the biggest thing is to make sure that he's healthy and he can throw a bullpen and get ready to go. ... If we feel that we need him as a starter, how long does that take? And how long would it take to get him back as a reliever? And then you go from there."
• Masahiro Tanaka will throw his next bullpen session on Wednesday, as he continues to rehab his injured right elbow.
• On this date in 2000, an error by the Angels' Ron Gant paved the way for the Yankees to record three sacrifice flies (Jorge Posada, Scott Brosius and Clay Bellinger) in the same inning during a 9-1 win.
Jamal Collier and Jake Kring-Schreifels are associate reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.