September 1 is less than seven hours away, but Joe Girardi said this afternoon that he and Brian Cashman have yet to discuss September call-ups.
“We could possibly add a few, (but) we haven’t etched anything in stone right now,” Girardi said. “We could also add zero. It’s something we need to talk about tonight.”
The Yankees are already carrying an extra pitcher, two versatile utility-type infielder, a pretty good defensive fourth outfielder and a designated hitter who can play the field in an absolute pinch. There’s no one spot the Yankees absolutely need for the final month.
“I think we’ll look at an extra outfielder, maybe an extra infielder,” Girardi said. “The situation last night, maybe you can get another infielder off the field for a few innings if you get a bigger lead. We’ll look at those things.”
An extra infielder would seem to indicate Kevin Russo. An extra outfielder could mean lefty Colin Curtis, righty Chad Huffman or speedy Greg Golson (of course, Russo can play the outfield corners as well). One thing the Yankees don’t have on the 40-man is a third catcher. Bringing up Chad Moeller or Jesus Montero would mean booting someone from the 40-man, but a third catcher seems to make sense given Jorge Posada’s nagging injuries and Francisco Cervelli’s lagging offense. Just speculating, but given Reegie Corona’s injury, he could be a candidate for DFA.
“That’s something I’ll have to talk to Cash about,” Girardi said. “If there’s room, what can we do if we possibly want to bring up another catcher.”
• So far, now plans to put Javier Vazquez back in the rotation. “We haven’t made any changes,” Girardi said. “Right now we’re on schedule.”
• Alex Rodriguez will throw today. Otherwise, he’ll do more or less the same stuff he did yesterday. “Probably a little bit more intense tee and toss work in the cage,” Girardi said.
• Andy Pettitte’s bullpen tomorrow might be a little different than Sunday’s. “Geno discussed something with me maybe a little bit different,” Girardi said. “But until he gets a chance to discuss it with everyone, I won’t give it. It will be a bullpen, though.” Maybe he’ll throw 20 pitches, rest, then throw 20 more? Maybe he’ll throw off a mound and a half? I really don’t know.
• Damaso Marte isn’t getting much closer to returning from the DL. “He’s still doing a lot of strengthening work,” Girardi said. “He’s actually in the training room doing it as I walked in. I don’t have a time table for when he’ll throw again.”
• Alfredo Aceves wouldn’t be able to pitch tomorrow anyway. Sounds like he’s not likely to be activated right away. “We’ll have to decide if he’s ready,” Girardi said.
• All signs point to Lance Berkman being activated tomorrow, but Girardi didn’t come right out and say it. “We’ll just have to see how he’s doing,” Girardi said. “(Check on) how he feels and how he’s doing, then we’ll make that decision.”
• Girardi’s hopes for Hughes tonight: “You’d like to see him throw the ball well. He struggled a little bit in Toronto the other day. I thought he got in long counts and they fouled pitches off and he eventually made some mistakes. Get some quick outs (and) use all his pitches tonight. Compete at a high level.”
UPDATE, 6:08 p.m.: Pettitte just said he’s hoping to pitch, sit and pitch again tomorrow. Basically, he’ll simulate an inning without actually facing hitters. “I feel like I ought to progress every time,” he said.
Here’s the 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
Associated Press photos of Curtis and Vazquez