Did anyone guess last night’s lineup correctly? Thanks to Marc Carig, we had some idea that Mark Teixeira might not be in there, and sitting Curtis Granderson against the lefty made sense. But no one seemed to know about Jorge Posada’s bad shoulder until postgame, and Robinson Cano being sick enough to sit it out came as a surprise.
Ultimately, last night’s lineup included only one of Opening Day’s 2 through 7 hitters.
Although Nick Johnson is the only guy on the disabled list, the Yankees seem to be going through one of their phases of minor injuries/incidents that leave a handful of guys on edge between available and unavailable. Of the nine position players in the Opening Day lineup, six have at least a issue worth keeping an eye on.
Mark Teixeira — Staying in New York with his wife following the birth of their son. Will almost certainly miss tonight’s game, and there’s no absolute return date for the upcoming series in Kansas City.
Robinson Cano — Probably available after pinch hitting last night, but he’s been battling a cold for two days now, and you never know when this sort of thing could become worse than expected.
Alex Rodriguez — Back to regular duty after a few games considered day-to-day because of that fluke batting practice injury.
Jorge Posada — Add a “cranky” shoulder to the long list of relatively minor injuries that have cost Posada time this season. Probably wouldn’t be catching tonight anyway with Javier Vazquez on the mound.
Curtis Granderson — With Austin Kearns providing a right-handed alternative, Granderson’s at-bats against left-handed starters might be diminishing. That said, Joe Girardi hinted that Granderson will be in there tonight. He has good numbers against Cliff Lee.
Nick Johnson — Out indefinitely after wrist surgery.