Javier Vazquez reported no pain after his bullpen session here in Minnesota. He remains on schedule to start Thursday’s series finale.
“It felt normal,” Vazquez said. “I didn’t feeling it pitching so I’m ready to go Thursday.”
Vazquez threw a little bit on Sunday and felt no pain, so he was optimistic that today would be more of the same. He threw about 30 pitches, and the session was the same as ever. The swelling is gone in his finger — though the fingernail still has a little bit of black-and-blue around the edges — and he was able to throw all of his pitches pain free, with no grip changes.
“If I was altering my pitches or anything with my grip I would probably not be able to pitch,” he said. “But everything just felt normal.”
• Curtis Granderson remains on track for a return to the Yankees lineup on Friday. He’s scheduled to play seven innings tonight, tomorrow will be a day off, then he’ll play a final rehab game on Thursday.
• Girardi said he has not decided how to stack his lineup when Granderson comes back, but he does like having Nick Swisher in the No. 6 hole to break up lefties. Sounds like he would prefer not to go with Cano, Granderson and Miranda in order without someone break them up.
• The Yankees will definitely shift Brett Gardner back to left field and put Granderson back in center.
• Jorge Posada’s right foot is being reevaluated on Thursday. “He’s in the boot so you won’t really know (his progress) until he sees the doctor,” Girardi said.
• Marcus Thames is available. “Ready to go,” Thames said.
• Gardner said the gaps here at Target Field seemed big when he was in the outfield earlier today. “I know from statistics that it’s played big,” Girardi said.
• Girardi said Gene Monahan is feeling good and could be more or less with the team the rest of the way.
Associated Press photo of Vazquez