UPDATE: Today’s Scranton game was postponed due to a wet field. No word yet on a make-up game or refunds.
Pitching: RHP Joba Chamberlain (4-2, 3.89).
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES.
HALFWAY THERE: Today is the midway point of the season, believe it or not.
NO A-ROD: As he said he would, Joe Girardi is giving Alex a day off. Given what he did after his last break, there can be no complaints from the populace. We all must follow Dr. Philippon’s rules, after all.
MOLINA REHAB SWITCH: Jose Molina is now scheduled to make a rehabilitation start for the Double-A Trenton Thunder today instead of Triple-A Scranton. Because of poor field conditions, there seems to be a chance that today’s Scranton game will be postponed.
OTHER NOTES: LHP Brett Cecil starts for Toronto. … Yankees have won nine of 10. … Toronto third baseman Scott Rolen has a 21-game hit streak, the longest of his career. … Milestone watch: Johnny Damon now has 199 home runs and Hideki Matsui has scored 499 runs.
I’m off to Scranton to meet up with a bunch of readers for our annual outing. So that’ll be it for the updates today in terms of the Yankees game. I’m hoping to post something from Scranton later on.
Enjoy the game.
UPDATE, 12:31 p.m.: Mike Dougherty, who is covering the game today, sends along these comments from Joe GirardI:
On Hughes: “I can say one thing, I don’t see us taking him out of that role right now. He’s probably less built up than anyone that we have so he will probably not be one of our options. … I see him staying in the bullpen.”
Hughes, down the road, is he still a starter?
“I still believe that he is a starter. You’ll see a lot of young pitchers that come up and have success in the bull pen and then the move them over to the rotation because on any given day you’re not asking too much from them in a sense. I think his stuff right now plays out well in both, but I think he’s been really, really good in the bullpen and has been really helpful to us, and that’s another reason that we might keep him there for a while. And the other thing is he’s not built up, and it’s tough to build them up here. You would have to send him down for a while and we’re not comfortable doing that right now with the way he’s throwing the baseball.”
So, it’s not going to be Hughes.