Joe Girardi does not expect Marcus Thames to end up on the disabled list. X-rays showed no broken bones and Thames will be yet another day-to-day position player on the Yankees roster. Thames sprained his left ankle when he stepped on his bat while running to first base on a sixth-inning single.
“I didn’t know what happened until he came into the dugout,” Derek Jeter said. “It’s kind of weird to say it but you’re almost happy that was the case. We thought he pulled a hamstring or something.”
Thames hobbled to first base, then went down to a knee. He tried to move around, but ultimately he had to be taken out of the game and replaced by the Yankees only healthy bench player, Ramiro Pena, who had played right field only one other time in his career: One inning on Sunday.
Girardi said there were probably be a “couple of moves” before tomorrow’s game. They will obviously add a catcher, and it seems likely they will also add someone who can play the outfield. Greg Golson and Chad Huffman are on the 40-man, as is Kevin Russo, who has been an outfield regular recently. Golson can be recalled because he’ll be taking the place of a player (Posada) who’s going on the disabled list.
• Pretty unusual to hear Girardi call out the umpires, but he did exactly that tonight when he was asked about the Rays six stolen bases. “The first guy was out,” he said. As for Francisco Cervelli, I don’t think anyone worries about his defense, but he did seem to take it personally. “Tomorrow is the next day and we’re going to be better,” Cervelli said. “It’s going to change.”
• Girardi said he’s “not sure” whether Nick Swisher will play tomorrow. Swisher seemed pretty confident this afternoon, but Girardi is also very protective of his players. He’s not going to play Swisher until he’s sure he won’t do any real damage to the biceps.
• Whoever the Yankees call-up to take Posada’s place, Girardi said he expects Cervelli to continue getting the bulk of the starts. “Cervi’s been playing well, and I foresee Cervi getting most of that time,” Girardi said. “We can’t hurt him. Someone is going to get an opportunity to perform.”
• A.J. Burnett wasn’t too upset about his outing as a whole, but the game and his fastball command “got away from me that one inning,” he said. That one inning would be the four-run fourth. “It’s a matter of not having those innings where it slips away and being more consistent,” Burnett said. “When I first started off (the season) I was consistent, the first inning through seven. The last couple I’ve had a slip.”
• Burnett said the stolen bases were his fault, not Cervelli’s. “That’s a pitcher’s responsibility,” he said. “I’m normally pretty good at holding guys on, changing my times up. I guess I wasn’t doing it. I guess I was in a rhythm. I’ll go check it out and make an adjustment, but they capitalized on it for sure.”
• Robinson Cano tied his career high with four hits in the game. He’s done that 17 times, including twice this season.
• Great catch by Brett Gardner in the eighth inning, but it turned into an unexpected sacrifice fly when Ben Zobrist tagged up and scored from second.
Associated Press photos of Thames and Gardner.