After today’s rubber game with the Mets, the Yankees are headed out west for six games in National League parks — three in Arizona and three in L.A. The six-game swing will leave the Yankees without a DH and may force Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada to take a seat for a game or two.
Joe Girardi has used the DH spot to give Rodriguez (groin, hip) and Posada (foot) at-bats while limiting the stress as they continue to recover from injuries. He said Posada could possibly catch two out of three in each series, but said how Rodriguez and Posada feel when they arrive to the ballpark will determine if they play or not.
“We’ll go day by day just to see how each one of them is feeling. I think that’s the only thing that we can do,” Girardi said. “You want to play them as much as you possibly can, but you have to go day by day. That’s the situation we’re in now.”
Girardi hopes Rodriguez will become more of a given in the everyday lineup before long, although he still plans to either rest or DH A-Rod once a week.
“Ideally, we’d like to DH him once a week or rest him once a week anyway. I don’t think we’re necessarily going to get away from that. I do think we’re going to get to the point where we won’t worry about his hip flexor,” Girardi said.
• Two of the top lefties in the last decade face one another today in CC Sabathia and Johan Santana. It’s another matchup against one of baseball’s best for Sabathia, who beat Roy Halladay on Tuesday.
“CC seems to run into a lot of that. I mean, he had Halladay the other day and now he has Santana,” Girardi said. “These are two premier pitchers who have been doing it for a long time. You don’t always get two lefties, but today we get two lefties. Santana threw a great game against us last time, so I expect a good matchup today.”
Santana tossed 7.2 innings of one-run ball on May 23 to beat the Yankees 6-4 at Citi Field. However, the last time he pitched at Yankee Stadium, June 14, 2009, Santana allowed nine runs in three innings.
Jerry Manuel believed Santana would be anxious to erase that memory today. He has been inconsistent after a strong start, but the Mets hope Santana heats up, as he has done in the second half of the season throughout the course of his career.
“The second half he takes off,” Manuel said. “That is his history. We’re hoping it’s the same way this year.”
• Girardi was asked about the possibility of a roster move before the series in Arizona. He answered the question without answering it, saying, “We don’t have to, but it’s possible we might.”
• Manuel said if 20-year-old Jenrry Mejia continues to be underused, the organization will have to discuss what to do with him. “I was hoping that at this time he would’ve taken control of that eighth inning role,” Manuel said.
Although Manuel believes Mejia has held his own, the team’s runs the risk of stunting his development.
“He’s possibly a guy at some point that I’m sure if he continues to have inactivity that there’ll be some discussion about him,” Manuel said.