Notes: As was reported today, A-Rod (quad) is getting a day off and it could be a few more days before he gets back. … This will be the debut of Chris Stewart, who a month ago was out of work after being released by the Rangers. … The Tigers had yesterday off. … Detroit has won 5 of 7 after its horror-show start of the season. … The teams split eight games last season. … Sheff is back in town, so expect some crazy comments. He’s trying to work though a shoulder injury. … Thanks to Brian Heyman for calling in the lineup.
Back later (maybe) with updates.
UPDATE, 4:31 p.m.: Chris Britton (of course) was optioned out and Edwar Ramirez is back. … Brian Bruney was in the clubhouse and said he is going for a third opinion on his foot. The first two docs said he needed surgery. … A-Rod will be evaluated again tomorrow. He is, as they say, day-to-day. … Thanks again to Brian for relaying this information.
UPDATE, 6:49 p.m.: Lots of news at the Stadium tonight. Here is the schedule for Jorge Posada:
Monday: Examined by Dr. James Andrews in Alabama. Had MRI. Results of MRI were also sent to Dr. Tim Kremchek in Cincinnati, a shoulder and elbow specialist.
Tuesday: Examined by Yankees team doctor Stuart Hershon in New York.
Thursday: Scheduled to be examined by Mets team doctor David Altchek.
By the time the week is over Dr. Benjamin Franklin Pierce, Dr. Bones McCoy and Toronto ace Roy “Doc” Halladay will examine Posada as well. I guess the Yankees are being careful.
The Yankees also released a statement they said was from Posada: “Until all the doctors weigh in, I’m not going to guess and speculate. When they give me concrete information I’ll be sure to share it.”
Meanwhile, A-Rod has left the building and will get an MRI on his quad. Joe Girardi said he thinks A-Rod will only miss a day or two. Of course Girardi would have said that about President Lincoln after he saw My American Cousin at Ford’s Theater.
As cautious as Brian Cashman is, Girardi is optimistic. One thing is certain, the Yankees won’t leave anything to chance with these guys.
As we reported earlier in the day, initital reports are that Posada will not need surgery.
UPDATE, 7:48 p.m.: Hey, it’s Robinson Cano. … Meanwhile, they tie it up and Hughes gives up a bomb to Granderson. Phil is really a mystery at this point. He’s not the guy we saw last year for whatever reason.
UPDATE, 8:45 p.m.: Another ugly outing for Phil Hughes: 3.2 8 6 6 3 2. Poor Ross Ohlendorf is left to give them innings in a game that is likely to be lost. Hughes and Ian Kennedy are testing their patience. If the Yankees lose this game, they’ll be 2-9 in games that Hughes and Kennedy have pitched. They’re 12-5 otherwise.
Is Darrell Rasner any better? I don’t know. But they may need to find out. Getting belted around is part of growing up as a pitcher, but at some point it becomes counter productive.
I don’t think the Yankees did Hughes any favor by having him pitch to a catcher he met for the first time 24 hours earlier.
UPDATE, 9:17 p.m.: Great job by Ohlendorf. But Kenny Rogers is killing the Yankees softly. … Meanwhile, some of you people commenting on the blog are foolish. There are 162 baseball games. If the Yankees win, it doesn’t mean they’re winning it all. If they lose, it doesn’t mean the season is over. Did any of you learn any lessons from the last few years? Have some perspective.
UPDATE, 10:06 p.m.: I’m listening to the game on the radio while I do my expenses from the last trip and some other stuff. Here’s my question: Why do they let the “Freddy Sez” guy into the Stadium who bangs on the pan? As John and Suzyn are talking, this guy is pounding away like he’s trying to send Morse Code to Mars. Does this annoying sound add to anybody’s enjoyment of the game? I don’t get it.