There was a mixed bag on the injury front after the Yankees’ 6-3 loss to the Phillies. Joe Girardi wondered why Alex Rodriguez wasn’t running full speed between first and second in the ninth on his RBI double. Was he being cautious or feeling pain in his hip/groin? A-Rod said he felt fine in this game, working as the DH.
“In a four-run game, I didn’t think there was the need of going all out,” he said.
While Jorge Posada made it through nine innings in his second start behind the plate in three games, he said his right foot was paining him late in the game. He came out after eight Sunday against the Astros in his first start back there since May 16 when he suffered the hairline fracture.
“I can’t lie to you guys,” Posada said. “It gets tender toward the end. I think it just gets tired. I’ll keep an eye on it and keep treating it. … I just hope that it keeps getting better. I don’t want to be a half-time player.”
A.J. Burnett dropped his third straight start, allowing six runs in 3 1/3. Fastball command seems to be the issue. Posada said he was part of the problem, too.
“I haven’t caught him (lately),” Posada said. “I take most of the blame. We couldn’t get on the same page. I wanted him to establish his four-seamer, and it seemed like he was falling behind on some of the hitters.”
Plus, Burnett didn’t break quickly to cover first on his last batter, so Mark Teixeira had no play and Chase Utley had a gift infield hit. “We’ll take care of it,” Joe Girardi said.
Otherwise, the Yankees had to give credit to Jamie Moyer after he gave up two runs and three hits and fanned five over eight. Derek Jeter thought it was probably a combination of the 47-year-old lefty throwing so softly and having good location.
“He’s been doing it for a long time, a really long time,” Jeter said. “He never throws the ball over the plate. He hits his spots. He’s had a lot of success doing that throughout the years. He could probably pitch another 10 years like that.”
Robinson Cano belted his team-high 14th homer. He has hit safely in nine straight games and 26 of 28, batting .422 with 12 doubles, five homers and 25 RBI over that 28-game stretch.
It will be Andy Pettitte vs. Kyle Kendrick to close the series Thursday night. That’s it from here.