Greetings from Citi Field, where it seems like just about everyone would rather be at home watching the “Lost” finale. Fortunately, I never got into that show – I’m more of a “Modern Family” type guy – so there’s no professional resentment here.
During Joe Girardi’s pre-game with the media he mentioned that Javier Vazquez’s bruised right index finger is improving but that the Yankees would have Vazquez throw his between-starts bullpen on Tuesday in Minnesota; originally, Vazquez was going to throw tomorrow before the Yankees boarded their charter flight.
The only reason for the pushback is just to give the finger an extra day of rest, and Girardi said the Yankees are proceeding as though Vazquez will start Thursday’s game. “It’s not TBA,” Girardi said.
Among other topics Girardi covered were Mark Teixeira’s second slump of the season, the concept of interleague play and Curtis Granderson. Working backwards, Girardi said he hadn’t yet heard from Granderson after today’s game but that it seemed as though he was proceeding with the team’s rehab plan. Granderson went 1-for-2 with a walk in a 5-1 loss with the SWB Yankees. He also played in the field for the first time.
As for interleague, Girardi is (generally) a fan but would prefer fewer games and a more balanced schedule. He also wasn’t pleased with the scheduling anomaly that left the Yankees playing nine straight games in NL ballparks last season. “I wasn’t happy with that,” he said.
And, lastly, Teixeira’s latest 1-for-23 slide has left even Girardi a little concerned, though in the manager’s case it’s more about Teixeira’s mental state than his physical ability to bounce back. “You do worry about frustration with your players,” said Girardi.
Take a listen to Girardi’s audio and I’ll be back shortly with a game post for tonight.