Here’s the situation with the Yankees protest:
In the fifth inning, Boston pitching coach John Farrell went to the mound, talked to Josh Beckett, signaled for a reliever, then announced that Beckett was leaving because of an injury. That meant reliever Manny Delcarmen got to throw as many warmup pitches as he needed before facing Francisco Cervelli, who flied out to end the inning.
Joe Girardi is arguing that because Farrell called for a new pitcher before announcing the injury, the move should have been treated like a regular pitching change. Delcarmen should have gotten eight warmup pitches, just like a reliever who had been getting loose in the bullpen. Girardi does not dispute that Beckett was hurt — Beckett missed his last start because of back spasms — he’s only arguing that the Red Sox didn’t make the change the right way.
“I think they’re not going to hurt Manny Delcarmen, that’s the thing,” Girardi said. “But in my eyes, it was not done the right way. My thought is, Manny either gets eight warmup pitches and has to lob it, or they have to bring in a position player who’s loose, one or the other. But to me he shouldn’t get all of his pitches there.”
Here’s Girardi talking about all sorts of postgame issues.
• While Joba Chamberlain was laboring through the eighth, Girardi got Damaso Marte up, then thought better of it. “We just didn’t think he was fit,” Girardi said. “We thought about getting him up but then I said no, he threw too many pitches the other night.”
• When the Yankees put the tying run at third base with one out in the ninth, Girardi did not have either Jorge Posada or Nick Swisher available to pinch hit. Girardi did say its possible both could play tomorrow.
• Late in the game, Girardi did not have anyone he could send to right field in place of Marcus Thames. Greg Golson had been optioned before the game to make room for Mark Melancon, Ramiro Pena has played one inning of right field in his life and Swisher can’t bat left-handed. “We made a move before the game,” Girardi said. “So you put Swish in there, but do you pinch hit for Swish if they bring a right-hander in? It’s what we have right now.”
• Randy Winn was playing extremely shallow on the double by Jeremy Hermida off Mariano Rivera, but Girardi said that’s how he wanted his outfield. “That’s how we play with Mo,” Girardi said. “We play the opposite side shallow because there’s a lot of jam shots.”
• Chamberlain said he physically feels “great.” He just struggled his past two outings. He did not consider walking David Ortiz after falling behind. He decided it was better to go after him, and Ortiz singled in the tying run.
• CC Sabathia — does anyone even remember that he pitched in this game? — called this night a battle, but said it was better than his previous start. “Fastball command was a lot better today,” he said. “I was able to locate even after I got behind a couple of times.”
• Juan Miranda had his first home run of the season, part of a 2-for-5 day with two RBI.