We ran into some technical issues here at the LoHud Yankees Blog. No one could login to update a post or add a new one, and since that’s a pretty important part of what we do around here, we’ve gone back to the original format. Still hoping to have all the bugs worked out soon.
Speaking of technical issues, Francisco Cervelli has run into some, but it doesn’t seem serious. He felt a little something in his left hamstring yesterday, and so the Yankees sent him for a precautionary MRI this afternoon.
“Let’s be safe instead of sorry because if he had a Grade 1 you’d hate to run him out there,” Joe Girardi said. “He called it a little pinch, but it didn’t bother him. We just decided, let’s go get an MRI just to be sure.”
The plan is for Cervelli to go through the normal drills the next two days — batting practice, catching bullpens — and for him to play on Saturday. The Yankees are only worried about him running the bases, and they aren’t even especially worried about that, just want to play it safe.
• Turns out CC Sabathia met with some high school players while at Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex for yesterday’s game against the Braves. The AP had this picture.
• Phil Hughes pitched pretty well today, but the first inning got a little bit out of hand when four straight batters reached base with two outs. He said the problem was his curveball, which he wasn’t able to bury in the dirt when he needed to. Otherwise, he was pretty happy with the outing. He threw 88 pitches, 61 for strikes.
• Is it possible Hughes’ curveball suffered a setback because of his focus on the changeup? “I don’t think so,” Hughes said. “I didn’t command it all that well today, but I feel like the spin’s been fine on it. I kind of know I can find the feel for my breaking ball as the game goes on, so I really focused on other things. Cutter. Changeup. Fastball command. The curveball is kind of one of those things, it kind of comes and goes for me, but when it’s on it seems to snowball and will be on for a while. The biggest thing for me is being able to throw all four pitches for strikes.”
• The latest on Mark Teixeira: “Tex will play tomorrow,” Girardi said. “I saw him after he did his cage work. He said he felt OK.”
• The latest on Alfredo Aceves: “He’s on target for Friday,” Girardi said. “We’re obviously going to check on how he is tomorrow after today’s activity.” That activity included pitching off a mound.
• Girardi will announce his center fielder tomorrow. Asked if today’s lineup — Granderson in center and Gardner in left — was an indication, Girardi said, “You can make an assumption.”
• Although Girardi indicated yesterday that Joba Chamberlain was unlikely to pitch back-to-back days, Chamberlain, Chan Ho Park, Dave Robertson and Royce Ring will all make the trip tomorrow with the chance of pitching a second day in a row. “If the situation arises, I will definitely do it,” Girardi said. “I’d like to see it.”
• Mariano Rivera and Damaso Marte will pitch Friday.
• Girardi’s quick take on Chamberlain: “Throwing a lot of strikes. His slider has been better.”
• The Yankees want to make sure Aceves is healthy before settling on their Opening Day bullpen. Boone Logan pitched for a second day in a row this afternoon and struck out Jason Kubel. Royce Ring pitched a hitless inning. “We’re still going to watch a couple of more days, just to see,” Girardi said. “Obviously we’re leaning one way, but in fairness to the guys, they’ve pitched very well and you want to see everything.”
• Position players not making the trip tomorrow: Mike Rivera, Francisco Cervelli, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez. The rest of the big league regulars will be there.