UPDATE, 12:33 p.m.: The Yankees have decided to switch the batting order. The top six stay the same. Cervelli batting seventh, Gardner eighth, Russo ninth.
Joe Girardi said yesterday that he plans to keep Jorge Posada in the lineup more or less every day, and those starts are going to remain at designated hitter for the time being.
“We’re hoping that some time in the next week he might start to do some catching stuff,” Girardi said. “He’s probably going to have to catch in the bullpen. He’s going to have to throw to the bases. We’re going to have to do some blocking. It’s not like starting over, but it’s getting back to it.”
If Posada were still on the disabled list, this is the kind of thing that would be helped by a rehab assignment, but the Yankees didn’t want to keep Posada on the DL any longer than they had to. His bat was ready to go, and they wanted him in the lineup.
“You’d see how the foot would really react in certain situations (in a rehab),” Girardi said. “We wanted to get the bat back, and he was able to come back sooner than we thought so it’s worked out well for us, but we want to work him back to being a catcher.”
• The roof is open today, and it’s amazing what a difference it makes. Curtis Granderson said yesterday that he only remembers playing one game here with the roof open. “I think there are bad shadows,” Girardi said. “But it is nice to have fresh air.”
• Andy Pettitte has started six day games this season. He’s 6-0 with a 1.12 ERA. At night he’s 1-1 with a 4.68. “He’s always been that way so I can’t say, as you age you get up earlier,” Girardi said. “Some guys just like to get up and pitch.”
• Teams often rest players when they’re playing on this turf in Toronto, but Girardi said Monday’s offday might keep him from having to give anyone else a day off up here. There’s a chance he could stick with his regulars tomorrow.
• Not much of an update on Alfredo Aceves. “He’s still doing stabilization exercises,” Girardi said. “He’s not throwing yet.” There is still no timetable for his return, or even for him to resume throwing.
• Last night the Yankees were beaten by a young lefty with a good changeup. Today they face Ricky Romero, who’s a young lefty with a good changeup. “We’ve seen him a couple of times so our guys should know what to expect,” Girardi said.
• Blue Jays lineup
Fred Lewis LF
Aaron Hill 2B
Adam Lind DH
Vernon Wells CF
Jose Bautista RF
Alex Gonzalez SS
Lyle Overbay 1B
John Buck C
Edwin Encarnacion 3B
See, Girardi isn’t the only manager willing to start a catcher in a day game after a night game.
That’s an Associated Press photo of Posada and that’s my camera phone picture of the roof.