Notes: Bad news for Brian Bruney. He has a torn ligament in his foot that will require surgery and is likely out for the season. More on this later but he has a lisfranc injury. … RHPs Chris Britton and Jon Albaladejo are here and available. … No word on the second move but it seems likely Ross Ohlendorf will be sent down. … A-Rod tested his leg running football pass routes in the outfield (part of his routine) and looked fine.
Back later with updates.
UPDATE, 5:41 p.m.: Chad Moeller was designated for assignment. If he clears waivers, he said he would welcome a chance to stay with the organization. … Girardi wouldn’t say whether Kyle Farnsworth was available. But he did play catch. Farnsworth said he felt fine. … The Yankees are carrying 13 pitchers. That will probably change tomorrow when Shelley Duncan is recalled. Girardi wouldn’t say Duncan is coming back but indicated that would be the case.
UPDATE, 6:03 p.m.: Shelley Duncan is not in the lineup for Scranton tonight. I don’t know this for sure, but I suspect he is on his way here. Thanks to Chad Jennings for the 411. … Meanwhile, the people at the Huffington Post apparently don’t have much to do. ESPN’s Erin Andrews made a funny face after interviewing Joba yesterday so the assumption was he said something to cause it. The truth, as it turns out, was that her producer said something in her earpiece. But throw a 22-year-old kid under the bus, by all means. Oh, and she was asking him about his father being in the hospital. I’m sure he wouldn’t have picked that time to say something.
UPDATE, 7:21 p.m.: Communicated with Brian Cashman, who said that Bruney is out for the season.
It’s funny how things work. Girardi has the Yankees do all this running and people rushed to point out how the team was working harder than they did under Joe Torre. Then the season starts and they have a series of lower body injuries, just like they did last year. It just goes to prove that you can’t gameplan against injuries. Things just happen.
Others swore the bullpen would be handled differently and it really hasn’t been. Certain relievers are used for games they can win (Joba, Mo, Bruney) and others when they’re losing (Ohlendorf, Hawkins, Farnsworth). Like Torre, Girardi has leaned heavily on certain guys. Look at Joba, for instance. He has pitched in three of the last four games and last night gave it up in his second inning of work.
It’s not Girardi’s fault. He doesn’t have a whole lot to work with in the bullpen and when you’re the manager of the Yankees, you’re under tremendous pressure to win.
The bottom line is that the manager (especially in the AL) matters a lot less than people think. All you can do is put the players you have in the best position to win. You’re at the mercy of so many factors out of your control.
The Yankees are what they are and what they were a year ago: A team with a fearsome offense and pitching that may or may not be good depending on the day.
UPDATE, 7:40 p.m.: In the debate of whether HGH is better than steroids, Jason Giambi has stated his case by homering off Paul Byrd. That’s one point for steroids.
UPDATE, 7:43 p.m.: It’s cool to watch Melky throw guys out. He might have the best arm in the AL now that Vlad doesn’t play a lot of OF.
UPDATE, 8:10 p.m.: He’s a butcher in the field. But the Big G can do that pretty well, can’t he? Over the long term, he’s going to give you a lot more than he’ll cost you. He leads the team with five homers. One more and he’s tied for the AL lead.
UPDATE, 9:00 p.m.: It seems to be Everybody Hits A Homer Night at Progressively not Jacobs Field. Not a good job by Pettitte, who lasted only five innings a night after the bullpen got worn out.
Let’s assume Joba is out (Secret Agent Man Joe Girardi won’t say, of course. The Tribe has spies everywhere) and Farnsworth and Ohlendorf as well. That leaves Britton, Albaladejo and Hawkins to get the ball to Mo if they get a lead. Dicey.
UPDATE, 9:11 p.m.: Unlike the plodding White Sox, the Indians will try and take advantage of Jorge Posada’s arm. Carroll’s steal in the first inning led to a run as did Sizemore’s steal in the sixth. Sizemore’s steal was off Traber, who is slow to the plate.