Not much big news in the Yankees clubhouse this morning. They had a late bus to the park, and the guys filed in complaining that the air conditioner wasn’t working. The heat index is apparently 113 here in Kansas City, and that was roughly a 30-minute ride.
“You can’t even roll down the windows here,” Nick Swisher said. “You roll down the windows and it’s like, ‘OK, now I’m in a sauna.’”
Welcome to Missouri, boys!
The biggest news was obviously the simulated game in Tampa, where Andy Pettitte got through a 50-pitch session but was able to throw at only 75-percent effort.
“I definitely think he thinks it’s a setback,” Joe Girardi said. “… He just doesn’t feel like it is completely healed. He just doesn’t feel that it’s at full strength.”
Pettitte will join the Yankees tomorrow, at which point he’ll be reevaluated. He will throw another simulated game — probably in about five days — and it’s entirely possible that will be enough for him to begin a rehab assignment, about a week later than hoped.
“Right now we don’t have any tests scheduled,” Girardi said. “Just give him treatment and make sure that he just kind of relaxes.”
• Girardi said Swisher has the night off largely because he seemed fatigued yesterday, and Girardi wants to rest guys this weekend. “We’re going to do this the next couple of days,” Girardi said. “Maybe one guy gets a day off these three days, and I just thought today was the best day to give Swish.”
• Alfredo Aceves is making a rehab start tonight in Trenton.
• Girardi on tonight’s starter, Dustin Moseley: “We’ve got to watch the heat and how it affects him, too. He just needs to keep using all his pitches and locating like he’s been doing. It’s been a good plan.”
• Girardi on why Granderson moved into the No. 2 spot: “We like the way he swung the bat. He’s had a lot of success against Davies. And it pretty much keeps our lineup about the same. Guys are where they used to be.”
• As we were talking to Girardi about the heat, someone brought up all the water and Gatorade that CC Sabathia drinks between innings. Girardi said Sabathia actually lines up nine bottles of water before every start. He literally sets them in a row, one after another, and basically goes through the line one-by-one during the game.
• When Pettitte is ready to pitch his next simulated game, it will probably come with one of the minor league teams. “It’s kind of hard to do a simulated game with our guys,” Girardi said.
UPDATE, 7:15 p.m.: Royals lineup
Gregor Blanco CF
Jason Kendall C
Billy Butler 1B
Wilson Betemit 3B
Kila Ka’aihue DH
Alex Gordon LF
Mike Aviles 2B
Mitch Maier RF
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
Associated Press photo of Pettitte