It’s cold and misty here at Yankee Stadium, but the Yankees are on the field taking batting practice. They stretched inside, but put on their grey hoodies for BP. In the open air press box, the back row has become much more popular than the front.
While players were trickled into the clubhouse this morning, pitching coach Dave Eiland confirmed that the Yankees have some contingency plans to deal with bad weather over the weekend, but he wouldn’t go into detail.
‘We’ll deal with that when it happens,” Eiland said. “Are there contingency plans? Sure there are. But we’re not thinking about that until we have to.”
Chad Gaudin threw 50 pitches on Tuesday and said he’s been told to be ready to pitch on Friday. Not as a starter, but as a guy who could give the Yankees innings in the case of a rain delay or some other circumstance that limits the starter. I suppose he could start so that C.C. Sabathia isn’t burned out in the event of an early inning rain delay, but that would be one of those contingency plans that Eiland wouldn’t reveal. As for innings limits on a spot starter or fourth starter, should the Yankees decide to use one, Eiland said that’s not a significant concern.
“They’re not that far removed,” Eiland said. “Their pitch counts haven’t gone down enough to make it that big of a concern. Are they going to be able to go 120 pitches? No. But they have enough to get through the middle of the game.”