Greetings, Brian Heyman here at Yankee Stadium for Chad.
So Dave Eiland is back and ready to try to fix A.J. Burnett.
The Yankees’ pitching coach returned today from his 25-day leave. All he would say was that it was private family issue that everyone goes through at some point. Eiland also said he doesn’t plan to leave again.
Burnett has fallen apart on the mound from the day Eiland took his leace. Beginning with his start on June 4, Burnett has gone 0-5 with an 11.35 ERA. Eiland caught the last two starts on TV and said he can see what’s wrong, that it’s minor stuff that Burnett has been told about before. He relayed what he saw to interim pitching coach Mike Harkey. But Eiland and Burnett will get to work together in a bullpen session on Wednesday. Burnett is still away from the team today, dealing with his grandfather’s funeral.
Brett Gardner’s right wrist is still sore after getting hit with a Clayton Kershaw pitch Sunday night in L.A. Joe Girardi said Gardner is day to day and that it could be a couple of days before he starts again. He is available to pinch run and play defense, though.
Joe West is umpiring his first Yankees series since Yankees-Red Sox at Fenway in April, after which he used words like “pathetic” and “embarrassing” for the slow pace of those games. “I didn’t take it personal,” Girardi said. “The way I see it, our team is based on people seeing a lot of pitches.”
Girardi fielded a question about interest in tonight’s starter Cliff Lee, who should be available with the Mariners being such a flop and free agency coming after the season. Girardi basically said that any team would want him, be in the majors, in Japan or any other country. He called Lee “a strike-throwing machine.” The Mets are more in need of him now than the Yankees — unless Burnett can’t find his way — but you never know. The Yankees would figure to at least have interest when he for next year.
Marcus Thames, on the DL with his hamstring issue, is scheduled to be the DH Wednesday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Here’s the Seattle lineup:
1. Ichiro Suzuki RF
2. Chone Figgins 2B
3. Russell Branyan 1B
4. Milton Bradley DH
5. Jose Lopez 3B
6. Franklin Gutierrez CF
7. Jack Wilson SS
8. Rob Johnson C
9. Michael Saunders LF
Cliff Lee P