A lot of pregame talk about Brett Gardner, partially because there’s not much else going on with the Yankees right now, and partially because there’s really no way of knowing what’s wrong with his thumb until he gets that x-ray.
“Obviously I’m concerned about it because it’s something that I had a problem with before,” he said. “I don’t expect it to be broken, but I didn’t expect it to be broken last year either. Hopefully I just strained it a little bit or tweaked it a little bit and I’ll be back in there tomorrow.”
Joe Girardi said he considers Gardner to be an option off the bench for defense or pinch running, and although Gardner will get an x-ray before the game starts, Girardi’s not sure he’ll know the results before the first pitch.
“He’s talked about it’s happened 20 or 30 times and it’s come back,” Girardi said. “It didn’t come back (this time) and that’s a concern.”
Gardner said the thumb is just sore. Not overly painful, but certainly sore. He said it’s hard to compare it to last year because he found out immediately after last year’s game that it was broken and it was quickly immobilized. This time he’s only had it wrapped, so he’s been able to move it around. He did some hot and cold treatment on it this afternoon, and it felt better afterward.
“Hopefully I’ll just be day to day,” Gardner said.
• Jorge Posada gave a one word evaluation of how he feels after catching drills yesterday. “Good,” he said. Girardi said the Yankees never planned for him to go through drills today. He will instead go through drills on back-to-back days for the first time Thursday and Friday.
• Obviously Alex Rodriguez’s sore groin is not longer a significant issue, but Girardi said he will continue to look for opportunities to get Rodriguez and Derek Jeter out of lopsided games in the late innings.
• Oddly enough, CC Sabathia’s past three wins have all come against Baltimore. “We know that he can get on a roll and be really, really good,” Girardi said. “I think we build off his last start and continue forward.”
• Pretty cool to see Eddie Murray in the Yankees clubhouse before the game. Jeter was one of the first to shake his hand. “Mr. Murray,” he said. “How are you?” Nick Swisher got Murray’s autograph on a baseball. “That’s a ball right there,” Swisher said. Safe to say, Swish was pumped to meet the Orioles Hall of Famer. One of the best switch hitters of all time.
• Girardi on the Strasburg debut: “My hope for this kid is that he can enjoy it,” Girardi said. “That there’s not so much attention on him, and so many demands on his time, that he can’t enjoy what he’s experiencing right now. What he did last night was special, but that first day in the big leagues for anyone is special. That rookie year is a lot of fun, and you learn a lot, and I hope he can do all of those things.”
• Girardi said he’s heard that the game will be played, with some scattered rain possible throughout the night. Right now the tarp is off the field. Looks like we’ll at least start on time.
Associated Press photo of Gardner.