Alex Rodriguez is back, and indications are that Andy Pettitte is on his way.
After his simulated game yesterday, and after going through some drills this morning, Rodriguez is back in the lineup exactly 15 days after he went on the disabled list with a calf injury.
“The simulated game gave him a comfort level that he was ready to go,” Girardi said.
Pettitte said he felt normal soreness — “I’ve felt sore after every step,” he said — and he was cleared to play catch this morning. He’s planning to throw a regular bullpen tomorrow. Girardi said he’ll meet with Pettitte and the training staff at some point today, and the team should have a full plan in place by the end of the day.
“We are holding pretty firm on trying to throw in a game on Wednesday,” Pettitte said.
That would be a rehab game, not a major league game, and there seems to be a good chance Pettitte will need only one rehab outing before being activated. He should be around 60-65 pitches on Wednesday, and Girardi has said he would be fine with activating Pettitte when he’s stretched out to only 75 or so pitches.
• Girardi said he has no long-term concerns about Nick Swisher’s knee injury, but obviously it’s a short-term concern. This is the second day in a row that the Yankees thought Swisher had a chance to play, only to determine he’s not quite ready.
• Even with some off days coming up, Girardi said he has no plans of skipping anyone in the rotation. That includes Javier Vazquez. “Right now I have no plans of doing that,” Girardi said.
• That also includes Phil Hughes. Girardi said outright that he has no plans of having Hughes skip a start before the end of the season. It could happen, but right now that’s not in the plans. “We’ll look at how he’s doing each start,” Girardi said. “If we feel that we need to skip him — right now, I don’t have any plans on doing it — but if we have to, we’ll make that adjustment.”
• Girardi did not announce the fact Robinson Cano would be out of the lineup, but I assume it’s just a regular day to rest.
That’s a cell phone picture of Rodriguez from yesterday’s simulated game.