Pitching: RHP Joba Chamberlain (0-0, 1.50).
Pitching: RHP Anthony Reyes (1-0, 6.00)
Notes: RHP Dave Robertson was optioned back to Scranton and 1B Juan Miranda was called up. Miranda is on the 40-man roster, so the move makes sense from that standpoint. Jose Veras is out of options and the Yankees do not want to expose him to waivers. … Hideki Matsui has a sore left knee, which is why he is out. Matsui was on the bases four times yesterday, which probably has something to do with it.
UPDATE, 11:19 a.m.: Matsui had fluid in his knee from being on the bases that was drained. This would seem to be a problem, no? Because you kind of want your DH to get on base.
The Yankees are sticking to that May 15 date with A-Rod. But I will be shocked if he’s not playing by May 1.
UPDATE, 11:50 a.m.: Xavier Nady had a CT scan on his right elbow. He’s hoping to find out today whether he needs surgery or not. At this point, he has had an MRI, two X-rays and now a scan. They should be able to determine what the issue is.
As was reported here the other day, the MRI indicated a ligament tear. But the Yankees are doing the right thing and checking it out.
Hopefully for X’s sake it’s something he can rehab. Otherwise he is done for the season and then will be a free agent. It would be a surprise if the Yankees took him back at that point. They’ll need two corner OFs and will probably throw a pile of money at Matt Holliday.
UPDATE, 1:13 p.m.: They’re underway in the Bronx and it’s 1-0 Cleveland as DeRosa homered off Joba. I’m off today but keeping an eye on the game as I do expenses and catch up on things at home. I’ll check in from time to time.
UPDATE, 2:33 p.m.: Did the Yankees inadvertently build a launching pad? Through four innings today, there have been 15 home runs hits at the new ballpark. There were eight in the two exhibition games against the Cubs, three yesterday and four so far today.
And that is before the weather gets warm.
15 homers in 30 innings? Yikes.
UPDATE, 4:02 p.m.: Brian Bruney is a beast. His last six outings: 5.2 innings, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 12 strikeouts. In other words, he has struck out 12 of the last 17 batters he has faced.
Bruney is the latest example spring training not meaning a thing to an established player. Bruney pitched terribly almost all spring, appearing as though he was trying to throw the ball through the catcher. But when the lights came on, he has been terrific.
UPDATE, 4:13 p.m.: Um … Another home run? Good for Jeter and the Yankees. But it would appear that the Yankees built themselves a launching pad. There are six homers today and all of them went to right field.