Aside from a television spot with ESPN, Alex Rodriguez did not talk to the media before, after or during batting practice. The only update came from Joe Girardi, who popped into the Yankees clubhouse after BP to say his lineup was staying the same. Rodriguez had come through batting practice with no problems.
A.J. Burnett also did not talk pregame, but Girardi explained the decision to bump him back to Tuesday.
“Our feeling is if he goes out and starts and then feels it in the first, second or third inning, that kind of puts you in a little bit of a bind,” Girardi said. “So we’re just going to push him back to Tuesday, and we expect that he’ll be able to make that.”
Burnett shutdown his throwing session when he felt tightness in his back on Saturday. Girardi described it as “some back tightness, spasms, stiffness.” Basically, his back felt funny. Burnett showed up today feeling much better, and asked to make the start, but Girardi decided to sit him.
• Alfredo Aceves is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday. He’ll go one inning that day, then he’s scheduled for two innings Friday. Girardi said he expected that rehab assignment to be with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
• This rotation adjustment leaves Burnett pitching back-to-back with Javier Vazquez. Those are the two pitchers who Francisco Cervelli has been catching, leaving Jorge Posada to catch three days in a row immediately after. Girardi said he hasn’t plotted out any sort of changes to that catching rotation, but it’s hard to believe he would suddenly let Posada catch three straight.
• Girardi filled out his lineup before Rodriguez tested himself during BP. “It’s definitely better than yesterday,” Girardi said. “If he were getting around the same way as yesterday, I would even put his name in there.”
• Girardi said the Yankees decided not to skip Burnett entirely because he was significantly better today than yesterday.
Associated Press photo of Rodriguez’s left ankle.