Here’s the rotation for the first week:
Wednesday at Toronto: Brett Tomko
Thursday vs. Tampa: Phil Hughes
Friday at Minnesota: Ian Kennedy
Saturday vs. Minnesota: Joba Chamberlain
With exhibition games starting so early this season, the Yankees will hold Sabathia, Burnett, Wang and Pettitte back until late next week.
Meanwhile Edwar Ramirez had to cut short his bullpen today because of a sore right shoulder. He will be examined by a doctor tomorrow. That sound you hear is opportunity knocking for guys like Dave Robertson and Mark Melancon. Maybe the injury is nothing. But even being shut down for a few days is a setback and gives other players a chance to step forward.
Jorge Posada liked what he saw from Melancon. His fastball, he said, has a late cut and that is what was leading to the swing and misses. Posada also liked his curveball.
Meanwhile, here’s a little tidbit from the catcher. As he was walking away from his locker, he turned around and called a few of us over. “Keep an eye on (Eric) Hacker,” he said. “It’s 95 and he does it easy. Very impressive.”
Derek Jeter has some hamstring soreness. Doesn’t appear to be a big deal.