It was around noon when Joe Girardi called Andy Pettitte to ask about today’s simulated game in Tampa.
“He was like, ‘I didn’t do it,’” Girardi said.
The setback sounds about as minor as it could be. Pettitte stood up from his couch yesterday and felt some tightness around his hip flexor. He played catch today and will try to throw his simulated game tomorrow. A one-day delay doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things. As long as this is the extent of it, the setback is pretty much a non-issue.
“Same leg (as the groin injury),” Girardi said. “Is it related? I can’t tell you. I can’t tell you if it’s related or not related, but it’s not in the groin… We’d love to have him back as soon as possible, but it is what it is and you have to deal with it. If you have to push it back a couple of days, you push it back. The last thing you want is a real big setback.”
Curtis Granderson is in the lineup for the first time since make some mechanical changes with his swing. “Honestly you probably won’t even notice much of a difference with it,” he said.
Most of the changes are minor, all focusing on eliminating some of his movement leading into his load. The swing itself, he said, is the same. The changes are all about his setup.
“They’re pretty subtle,” Girardi said. “He actually used it the other day (when he hit off the bench on Tuesday) and no one said a word.”
Here’s Granderson talking this afternoon about the changes.
• Girardi wants Jorge Posada to catch the next two games. That’s why Posada’s not in the lineup tonight. “I’m not going to catch Jorge four days in a row,” he said. Basically, Posada was going to take off one of the first three days in Kansas City. Girardi chose today.
• Alfredo Aceves is scheduled to throw two innings or 35 pitches tomorrow in Trenton. “I would think that we would look at another (rehab outing), but we’ll see,” Girardi said. “Sometimes things are based on need too.”
• Mark Teixeira flew in this morning. He said he actually got quite a bit of sleep because the hospital staff was so helpful. His wife and baby boy are both healthy. “I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I missed my child’s birth or anything happened,” Teixeira said. “There was no question in my mind. I talked to Joe and Cash months ago and said, this is the deal. This is what’s going to happen. If it happens to be when we’re on the road, I might need to miss a couple of games. They were obviously great about it.”
• Teixeira watched last night’s game from the hospital. “It was kind of one eye on the game and one eye on Leigh and the baby,” he said. “I wasn’t screaming at the television or anything like that.”
• One last Teixeira note: This was the first time he had to miss a game for the birth of a baby. His first son was born during spring training. His daughter was born during the playoffs, when he wasn’t playing. Teixeira said he’s glad he hasn’t been forced to make a similar decision during a playoff series. “I’m glad I didn’t have to answer that question,” he said.
• Although they once again dodged Zack Greinke, Girardi said he doesn’t look at that as good luck for the Yankees. “Any pitcher any night can put a good start on you,” he said. Fair enough, but seriously… it’s a pretty lucky situation for the Yankees. Eight games against Kansas City without facing their best player is a positive.