For the first time in a long time, Joe Girardi sounded annoyed this afternoon. He didn’t sound mad or upset, just seemed weary from the constant questions about injuries.
“It seems like we find a way to get another one some how,” he said. “When you look at it, Nick Johnson’s is probably the most serious, but what we’ve had to do here is we haven’t put guys on the DL because we didn’t feel that they were going to (be out) two weeks and you really have to manipulate your roster.”
As it stands, the Yankees basically have a two-man bench tonight. Jorge Posada is a game-time decision but not likely to be available, and Nick Swisher can only bat right-handed. Otherwise, the bench consists of Greg Golson and Juan Miranda.
Here’s the latest on four Yankees in question:
Headed for surgery, probably tomorrow. After that, it will be another four to six weeks before he can even pick up a bat. “Then you’re talking about substantial time after that,” Girardi said.
Cortisone shots did the trick last year, and Johnson was hopeful they would do the same this season. No such luck. “I thought the shot would do what it did last year,” Johnson said. “It was just stagnant. It didn’t do anything. It didn’t get worse or better.”
The slightly strained biceps feels significantly better today than it did over the weekend. Swisher swings just fine right-handed, and a long toss session was pain-free. He plans to take left-handed batting practice tomorrow afternoon and hopes to be in the lineup tomorrow night. “As much as I want to be in there, you’ve got to be smart about this,” he said. “We’ve got a couple of other guys that are banged up. You don’t want to be the next guy on the list.
Fouled a ball off his right foot last night. He went for x-rays, which came back negative, but he still has a large knot on his foot and Girardi doesn’t expect Posada to be available even as a pinch hitter tonight. “He can’t play so Cervelli has to catch,” Girardi said.
The Yankees just finished batting practice, so I haven’t had a chance to talk to Granderson, but he looked pretty comfortable taking fly balls in center field. He ranged to his left and right, reacting to the ball off the bat and making throws to second base. It’s purely an outside opinion, but from where I was standing in foul territory, Granderson seemed to be moving better than I would have expected.
• After stretching, Joba Chamberlain stood in the Yankees dugout using a photographer’s camera to take some pictures. Not something you see every day.
• Girardi said he would rather not have ot use Javier Vazquez as a long man this week, but he’ll be available just in case.
• Chan Ho Park is active. Ivan Nova has been optioned back to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
• I have to assume this is because Girardi doesn’t want to tip his hand against the Red Sox: “I’m not going to get into exactly who’s available in our bullpen,” he said.
• Girardi on the balance between winning a game right now and risking the long-term health of his players: “I would never want a manager to jeopardize my health,” he said. “It would hurt me deeply inside if I hurt someone or jeopardized their career. I won’t do that.”
• Boston’s lineup:
Marco Scutaro SS
Dustin Pedroia 2B
J.D. Drew RF
Kevin Youkilis 1B
Victor Martinez C
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Jeremy Hermida LF
Darnell McDonald CF
That’s an AP shot of Johnson with Jeter.