Robinson Cano is back in the Yankees lineup.
After hitting in the cage this afternoon, Cano proved healthy enough to play and so he’s taken Marcus Thames’ spot as the Yankees designated hitter. He’ll bat in his usual No. 5 spot.
When the lineup was originally posted, Cano was out but Girardi warned that the lineup was subject to change.
“Keep it in pencil,” Girardi said.
Cano said he woke up with some soreness after being hit by a pitch last night, but he was moving pretty well this morning. He said there’s a little bit of swelling, but it’s not bad.
“I don’t know (about playing today),” Cano said before he went to the cage. “I have to check first. I haven’t done anything, but I feel good.”
• “I believe Nick (Johnson) is in an MRI tube right now,” Girardi said during his pregame interview. A little while later, the Yankees announced that the MRI revealed a inflamed tendon in his right wrist. Johnson is expected to miss several weeks and will stay in New York for treatment.
UPDATE: That’s my bad. Sam was there for the Cashman interview, told me what was said and I screwed up writing it. It’s an inflamed tendon, not torn.
• Jorge Posada said it’s the rain here in Boston that is keeping him out of today’s lineup, but Girardi indicated that he never planned to have Posada play today. “My plan all along has kind of been on tomorrow,” Girardi said. “He had a Grade 1 strain. Most guys don’t come back (from that sort of injury) before a week.”
• Posada will most likely DH tomorrow. “I don’t think catching is going to be a problem, I really don’t,” Posada said. “They want me to DH first and then catch, so I think I’m going to DH tomorrow.”
• When Posada is back in the lineup, it’s likely Nick Swisher will become the Yankees regular No. 2 hitter, leaving Brett Gardner free to run at the bottom of the lineup. “It’s easier for him to run more down further in the lineup,” Girardi said.
• Assuming Johnson is out for a while, Girardi said it’s more likely that he’ll rotate his designated hitters rather than stick with a new full-time DH. He was asked about the idea of making Posada the regular DH, but Girardi didn’t seem high on the idea.
• Kevin Russo found out after last night’s Triple-A game that he was getting his first major league call-up. His first call was to his mother in Colorado, and he got into Boston late this morning. He was drinking a cup of coffee in the clubhouse, and asking how to get onto the field. He’s played third base, shortstop, second base, center field and right field in Triple-A.
• Want to make CC Sabathia laugh before a start at Fenway? Just put an Eddie Murphy movie on the TV in the clubhouse.
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