Obviously Dallas Braden has become one of the more notorious names in the Yankees clubhouse, but the final outs of his perfect game were on the clubhouse TV here in Boston tonight. Most of the Yankees were on the field for stretch, but A.J. Burnett was watching as Braden hugged a woman assumed to be his grandmother. “Grandma, I love you, but don’t cross my mound!” Burnett said.
As for the events here in Boston, Girardi suggested he’s going to have to start filling out an injury report like a football coach.
Chan Ho park would be out. Alfredo Aceves would be doubtful. Mariano Rivera would be probable.
“I’m going to have to start doing what the NFL does,” Girardi said.
Most of the health news is good today. Rivera hasn’t pitched in a while, but he’s absolutely available. Park is throwing a bullpen tomorrow, which could lead to a rehab outing. Aceves and his bad back are much better today and Girardi is hopeful that Aceves will be available tomorrow.
“If not, we’ll shoot for the next day,” Girardi said.
• Apparently Dallas Braden’s grandmother actually said, “Stick it, A-Rod,” during a postgame interview in Oakland. You can’t make this stuff up.
• Andy Pettitte will return to the rotation on Saturday. He’s scheduled to play catch tomorrow, throw long toss on Tuesday and throw a bullpen Wednesday.
• Girardi said Aceves is not available tonight, but he’s not worried about his bullpen because Romulo Sanchez is available for 100 pitches if necessary.
• You could see Rivera get in tonight’s game, but Girardi’s not worried about the lack of recent work for his closer. “He’ll get plenty of work in the course of the season,” Girardi said.
• Sounds like Park could get in a rehab game as early as this week, but Girardi said he’s not sure how many rehab inning Park would need before rejoining the team.
• Don’t expect any roster moves before the Detroit series. With Robinson Cano back at second base, the Yankees no longer need to carry a second utility infielder, but Girardi said he doesn’t expect to make a move between now and Monday. “Not really anticipating anything right now,” Girardi said. Russo has experience in the outfield and could go out there if necessary.
• Girardi once again said the production from Francisco Cervelli has not changed his plans at catcher. He entered the season planning to have Cervelli catch one out of three or one out of four games, and that’s still the plan. “I don’t see that changing a whole lot,” Girardi said.
• Braden’s perfect game was going on during Girardi’s press conference. “I hope he gets it,” Girardi said. “A perfect game’s an amazing feat.”