One day after throwing a more-intense-than-expected bullpen, Andy Pettitte said everything felt good this morning. He was able to do some light jogging in the outfield before batting practice.
“A tiny bit of soreness,” he said. “But I haven’t been on the mound in a long time. I just think that’s pretty normal. I feel really good.”
Next up for Pettitte is another bullpen on Wednesday. That one should be “pretty intense” according to Joe Girardi. What comes after that — whether he’s ready to face live hitters — depends entirely on what happens Wednesday.
“After yesterday, it’s a little encouraging because I felt really comfortable with my mechanics and everything again,” Pettitte said. “I’m just hoping that I can continue to feel comfortable coming back with everything.”
Otherwise, pretty light notes today.
• Alex Rodriguez ran a little bit and was scheduled for some tee and toss work in the bullpen. Girardi said Rodriguez will be activated as soon as he’s eligible. “I don’t think he’ll go on a rehab,” Girardi said.
• Speaking of rehabs, Lance Berkman is in the lineup in Trenton tonight.
• With a ton of day games coming up, Girardi said he will consider giving Derek Jeter — and some of the other regulars — a day off at some point. “We’ll look at how (Jeter’s) playing, how he’s feeling and make evaluations there,” Girardi said. “At one point we have six out of seven days games coming up after these original three night games. We’ll just see how all our guys are doing.”
• Girardi said he still has not been told of any official investigation into whether Ivan Nova injected B-12 while playing in Trenton last year.
• No Juan Miranda or Colin Curtis in tonight’s Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lineup — and Jesus Montero is at DH — but based strictly on my past years covering Dave Miley as the Triple-A manager, I’m not willing to read anything into the lineup as far as potential call-ups are concerned. His team clinched yesterday. Giving a few guys a break today seems pretty standard for Miley. That’s just my own take, though.
UPDATE, 6:21 p.m.: A’s lineup
Coco Crisp CF
Daric Barton 1B
Kurt Suzuki C
Jack Cust DH
Kevin Kouzmanoff 3B
Mark Ellis 2B
Jeff Larish LF
Rajai Davis RF
Cliff Pennington SS