Notes: Posada said he is fine and is just getting a day off. … A-Rod is here but obviously not in the lineup. Maybe tomorrow. … Jeter is 1 of his last 14. … Melky has hit safely in eight of the last 10 games. … The Yankees have scored 22 runs in the last three games and have 16 extra-base hits.
Back later with updates.
UPDATE, 6:57 p.m.: RHP Brian Bruney is not available because of what the Yankees are saying is a sprained mid-foot. He went for an MRI and will see a specialist in New York tomorrow. (Dr. Martin Van Nostrand perhaps?) Bruney was injured Tuesday night in the seventh inning when he was trying to cover first base. He was wearing a knee-length boot today and was in the trainer’s room all afternoon. Given that it’s his push-off foot, it seems almost certain that Bruney will go on the disabled list.
If a guy is having trouble walking on Thursday, he’s not going to be pitching any time soon. Tough to go to Cleveland for four games a pitcher short.
UPDATE, 7:03 p.m.: A-Rod won’t play tonight but hopes to play tomorrow, perhaps as the DH. The key will be whether he can run, which he hasn’t tried to do yet. The rain here in Chicago kept him from getting on the field to test it. Meanwhile, he said he arrived at the hospital 10 minutes after Ella Alexander was born on Monday. A-Rod said it was “perfect timing.”
UPDATE, 7:44 p.m.: It’s raining pretty good here. No chance the game will start on time. As somebody who has an 8:30 a.m. flight to Cleveland, you can imagine my delight.
The Yankees never get a day game on getaway day. They could have played in perfect sunshine this afternoon. As this is the team’s last trip to Chicago, they’ll probably wait all night to try and play.
UPDATE, 8:04 p.m.: They just announced in the press box that the rain should be ending within an hour and they hope to play at 9:30 p.m. (EDT). I’ll keep you posted.
UPDATE, 8:23 p.m.: They’re pulling the tarp off the field now. Then it’ll take a little bit to clean up the field.
UPDATE, 8:36 p.m.: Umphrey’s McGee is doing the anthem. Great band.
UPDATE, 8:45 p.m.: The game is underway. 64 degrees.
UPDATE, 8:55 p.m.: Send that 1B Gold Glove to The Big G c/o Yankee Stadium, Bronx, N.Y.
UPDATE, 9:30 p.m.: Rain delay. It’s 3-0 Yankees in the middle of the third inning. What a shame for Phil Hughes, who was really pitching well. If the delay goes long, he’ll have to come out. He’s thrown 23 pitches in two innings, 15 for strikes.
UPDATE, 10:11 p.m.: The tarp is off the field. Looks like Ross Ohlendorf is coming in. Can’t take a chance with Hughes as the rain delay is approaching 45 minutes.
UPDATE, 10:19 p.m.: Well, the players are on the field and it’s raining again. But they’re going to play.
UPDATE, 10:54 p.m.: I’m getting flooded with e-mails from people who are upset that Hughes was taken out of the game. People, people, people, you don’t mess with the health of a 21-year-old for the sake of one game. I don’t care if the Yankees lose this game 100-3, it was the right decision. It was a 51-minute delay.
That said, they really need a long reliever. This is not what Ohlendorf was prepared for in spring training. Beyond that, Bruney should have been on the DL after getting hurt on Tuesday. He’s walking around in a boot, it seems pretty safe to say he’s not going to be pitching any time soon. Beyond that, it’s Brian Bruney. Is he that good that it’s worth the risk?
UPDATE, 12:35 a.m.: Is there anybody alive out there? It’s the bottom of the ninth, there have been two rain delays and the game is tied. The Yankees have Mo and Billy Traber left in the bullpen now that Joba is working a second inning.