Chan Ho Park’s hamstring injury is still bothering him, and the Yankees no longer believe he’ll be ready to come off the disabled list when his 15 days are over.
“He says it’s still somewhat tight,” manager Joe Girardi said. “It’s not sore or painful, it’s just somewhat tight, and if you push him too much while it’s tight you might re-injure it.”
Park will try to do long toss on Sunday, then he will go to the Yankees complex in Tampa on Monday. He’ll try to do long toss again on Monday and hopes to pitch off flat ground on Tuesday. “Then we’ll see where we’re at,” Girardi said.
It’s likely Park will pitch at least once on a rehab assignment, possibly with Class-A Tampa. Girardi said he would want to give Park a “competitive inning” before bringing him back to New York, but it doesn’t matter what level that inning occurs.
• Nick Johnson took extra batting practice this afternoon, and Girardi decided to stick with him against Ervin Santana, against whom Johnson is 2-for-4 with a home run and three walks. “At times you’re going to be in slumps,” Girardi said. “He’s had success against Santana so I’m throwing him right back in there.”
• No surprise, Alex Rodriguez’s run-in with Dallas Braden was again a topic of discussion this afternoon. “I have no problem with what Alex did,” Girardi said. CC Sabathia said it wouldn’t bother him if a player ran across the mound, and Mark Teixeira said he’s never heard of such an unwritten rule. “Once we heard his comments, we’ve been laughing about it ever since,” Teixeira said.
• Interestingly, Girardi said he puts no stock into most of baseball’s unwritten rules. Bunting to break up a not hitter. Stealing late in a five-run game. Stealing signs from a catcher. He said all of those are fair game. “I think in today’s game, you take every advantage you can get,” he said. Not throwing at hitters above the shoulders, Girardi said, is the one that he takes seriously. He also thinks it’s poor sportsmanship to swing at a 3-0 pitch with a huge lead.
• Someone asked about the impact of losing Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui from the clubhouse. “The overall personality (of the team) hasn’t changed that much,” Girardi said.
• Girardi said in Oakland that Jorge Posada will get one game off during this Anaheim series, and logic dictates that it will be tomorrow for a day game after a night game. That means Francisco Cervelli will likely catch someone other than CC Sabathia for the first time this season.
• Jeff Mathis, who has caused some problems for the Yankees in the past, is on the Angels disabled list.
The Angels lineup:
Erick Aybar SS
Bobby Abreu RF
Torii Hunter CF
Hideki Matsui DH
Kendry Morales 1B
Juan Rivera LF
Maicer Izturis 3B
Howie Kendrick 2B
Bobby Wilson C
RHP Ervin Santana
UPDATE, 8:15 p.m.: Marc Carig might have the quote of the day concerning Dallas Braden’s mound ownership issue: “It ain’t like he brought it from home,” Derek Jeter said.