One injured Yankee seems to be getting better, the other seems to be at a stand still.
Nick Johnson said his sore lower back is playable. He can still feel it a little bit, but it’s better than it was in Oakland.
“It doesn’t affect my swing,” Johnson said. “It’s good to go.”
According to Johnson, the plan is for him to get back in the lineup tomorrow. For now, he’ll just take swings. Manager Girardi said it’s possible Johnson could pinch hit tonight.
The news is not so good on Chan Ho Park. After going to Tampa on Monday, Park did long toss yesterday, but when he tried to pitch off flat ground he again felt tightness in his hamstring. He will be reevaluated by a doctor in Tampa tomorrow.
“He’s not progressing as well as we want,” Girardi said. “And we’ll just continue to go slow.”
• Javier Vazquez responded to the criticism from Curt Schilling. “If you listen to what everybody has to say in this world, you’re going to go crazy, man,” Vazquez said. “I never listen to what anybody says, I just go by what the guys in this clubhouse and what I think.”
• Girardi’s take on Schilling’s comments: “Guys are asked to analyze situations, and so they make their analysis. We still believe Javy’s going to be successful, and he’s going to pitch at a very high level for us.”
• Johnson said he changed numbers just to go back to what he wore in his first stint with the Yankees, which was taken during spring training. “I’m not superstitious or any of that stuff,” he said.
• Girardi said the Yankees will start thinking about where to bat Johnson after they’ve got him healthy. He wouldn’t rule out the idea of keeping Brett Gardner in the No. 2 spot.
• Girardi said he liked the idea of giving Nick Swisher essentially a day and a half off. Also: “We’re trying to get Randy going because we like to use all of our players,” Girardi said.
• The Orioles have been terrible this season, but Girardi warned not to overlook them. “This is baseball and a lot of times the tone is set by the starting pitcher,” Girardi said. “Teams that have struggled can get extremely hot too. You want to keep the pedal to the metal.”
UPDATE, 6:26 p.m.: One Orioles note: Today they purchased the contract of RHP Alfredo Simon from Triple-A Norfolk and optioned RHP Kam Mickolio. Simon was 1-1 with a 1.59 ERA through three relief appearances with the Tide.
Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis RF
Matt Wieters C
Miguel Tejeda 3B
Luke Scott DH
Ty Wigginton 2B
Rhyne Hughes 1B
Nolan Reimold LF
Cesar Izturis SS
RHP Kevin Millwood