Brian Heyman here for Chad again today. Andy Pettitte is headed for the hospital shortly to undergo an MRI. He threw about 40 pitches in the bullpen and still felt a grab in that groin muscle when he went all out with a pitch. He’s hopeful that the MRI will put his mind at ease, according to a team spokesman.
Alex Rodriguez’s left calf is still a little sore, according to Joe Girardi. So he isn’t in the lineup, and Girardi wasn’t sure whether A-Rod would be available as a pinch hitter.
Nick Swisher’s right elbow feels a little better today, but it sounds like it could act up on any big swing. Swisher said he sometimes gets a sharp pain. But he worked in the cage and told Girardi he wanted to play.
“He’s had this tennis elbow off and on for a while now,” Girardi said. “Really, the big thing is don’t swing and miss.”
Lance Berkman’s sprained ankle is improved today, but he isn’t in the lineup, either.
Alfredo Aceves will have a rehab appearance tonight with Double-A Trenton. Girardi wouldn’t say whether he will have another one.
Yogi Berra is here for the first time since falling at his home last month. He’s getting around with a cane.
And as for the Tigers’ injury situation, Carlos Guillen is out of the lineup in the wake of Brett Gardner’s hard slide into second on the game-ending double play last night. Guillen has swelling in his knee but apparently no structural damage. …
Derek Jeter hit into two double plays last night, including the one to end the game. He’s batting just .278 with nine homers and 52 RBI, although he has had a decent August.
“He has not had the same season as last year,” Girardi said. “I haven’t seen anything dramatic to say the reason why.”