Joe Girardi said he didn’t read anything into Joba Chamberlain’s struggles this afternoon. Chamberlain woke up sick on Tuesday and has thrown only a light bullpen since then. The Yankees weren’t worried about him hurting himself, so they decided to get him in a game — which Chamberlain said he wanted — but the results speak for themselves.
“I’m not going to make too much of it,” Girardi said. “You wonder how much he had his legs under him after being sick for a few days.”
There were some good things from Phil Hughes, who estimated that he threw eight or nine changeups, including three in a row to Ben Zobrist. He also threw a good one for a strike to B.J. Upton. His fastball command, though, wasn’t great.
Then again, that was a fairly common problem for the Yankees today.
“We didn’t throw strikes,” Girardi said. “That’s why they got an 11-spot.”
• Nick Johnson told the Yankees that he could play today and tomorrow, but Girardi said he will likely have Johnson sit until Monday. He’ll take batting practice tomorrow.
• Nick Swisher’s right wrist is OK. It hit the ground when he dove back to first base on that snap throw from the catcher. He was checked on the field, but Girardi said he’s fine.
• Andy Pettitte, Javier Vazquez, Mariano Rivera, Damaso Marte, Chad Gaudin, Sergio Mitre, Alfredo Aceves and Chan Ho Park each threw side sessions today.
• Curtis Granderson had no hits to show for it, but he had two solid at-bats against left-handed pitchers. He was happy to face Carlos Hernandez in his last at-bat because it gave him more vs.-LHP data to analyze. Granderson said he saw four-seamers, sinkers, cutters and a slurvy curveball from the left side today. “I’ve got to see it all,” he said.
• Good inning from Dave Robertson: Three-up, three-down, ending with a Fernando Perez strikeout on a fastball.
• After sitting out the past two days with a flu-like illness, Kevin Russo finally got in a game today and went 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI double.