Alex Rodriguez said he was not in Buffalo today. He stayed in Tampa last night and he’s here now.
“There was no meeting,” Rodriguez said. “No meeting today.”
Joe Girardi had previously indicated that he didn’t expect Rodriguez to be available for tonight’s game, and earlier this week — when reports of a Friday meeting broke — Rodriguez committed only to playing Thursday, not Friday. Rodriguez said he never read reports of a Friday meeting, so he couldn’t comment on whether they were false.
“What I can tell you is nothing has changed,” Rodriguez said. “We’re going to continue to work together. We’re going to cooperate and we’re going to talk with the feds and Major League Baseball shortly.”
Rodriguez said he’s meeting with Major League Baseball just because the league wants to hear what he has to say. He doesn’t know when or where that meeting will take place, and “they’re still working on it” to figure out when and where his meeting with federal investigators will take place.
“Whether I talk to them today or next week, it will be done,” Rodriguez said. “And hopefully it will be done before Opening Day and we can move on.”
UPDATE, 5:52 p.m.: Actually, in the name of absolute accuracy… Upon a second listen to the brief audio, Rodriguez never specifically said whether he was in Buffalo today. He explicitly said he was in Tampa last night and that there was never a meeting scheduled today. I suppose it’s possible that he made a quick trip to Buffalo to buy a Bills t-shirt.
UPDATE, 6:07 p.m.: A few notes from this afternoon.
• Phil Hughes is scheduled for five innings or 75 pitches. Still no decision on when he’ll make his regular season debut.
• Marcus Thames is hitting second to get at-bats against lefty Jamie Moyer. He’ll start again tomorrow to face lefty Nate Robertson.
• Both Mariano Rivera and Damaso Marte are scheduled to pitch out of the bullpen tonight.
• Joba Chamberlain is scheduled to pitch out of the bullpen tomorrow. He said he will continue to throw his changeup and curveball in his bullpen sessions, but he plans to go back to primarily a fastball-slider combination as a reliever. “I think Joba can do both, I really do,” Girardi said. “I think he can start, and I think he can relieve. And I think he can be successful at both. Right now we need him in the bullpen.”
• With the late lineup posted, I don’t have a today’s scheduled bench players or the complete list of available pitchers. I can tell you that Kevin Russo, Jorge Vazquez and Eduardo Nunez were brought back from minor league camp for the day.
• Also up from minor league camp to serve as insurance: C Mitch Abeita, INF Jose Pirela and OF Melky Mesa.