The Yankees have arrived at Target Field. The workout just started here in Minnesota, and our own Sam Borden is playing the part of photographer. The clubhouse was open to the media for a little more than half an hour before the players took the field.
In that time, most of the focus was on what’s not going to happen in the Division Series. Javier Vazquez is not going to be on the roster, and A.J. Burnett is not lined up to make a start. Burnett will be in the bullpen while CC Sabathia, Andy Pettitte and Phil Hughes fill the rotation.
“Those three have been our horses all year,” Burnett said. “It would be silly for Hughesy not to start.”
As you might expect, both Burnett and Vazquez said they were disappointed but not surprised. Burnett obviously could still play a role this postseason, especially beyond this series. We’ve seen in the past that some managers, when they’ve made decisions like this one, have lost the player. Some players feel slighted, not taken care of.
“Joe’s the best manager I ever played for,” Burnett said. “He’s done more for me this year probably than any manager has ever done. He cares about me as a person and as a player. I’ll be down in that pen and be ready to get one out or two outs or whatever I’ve got to do for him.”
• There might be more, but I saw three non-roster players still with the team here in Minneapolis: Vazquez, Chad Gaudin and Chad Moeller.
• Vazquez on being left off the roster: “It’s nobody’s fault. It’s my fault.” Vazquez said he was only told that he won’t be on the Division Series roster. He’s still holding out some hope that he might eventually be active for a series.
• Hughes said he threw a bullpen on Sunday and he’ll throw another either tomorrow or Thursday. “I feel like that inning in Fenway helped,” he said. “Hopefully I’ll be ready when the time comes.”
• The bubble players found out whether they made the roster on Saturday. Vazquez said Girardi called to give him the news.
• Brian Cashman is here. Butch Wynegar is also still here. Last I knew, he was fully expecting to go home after the Boston series.
• Girardi is addressing the media after the workout, so we should have more notes whenever the Yankees finish taking batting practice.
• Just to kind of set the scene right now: Alex Rodriguez just finished taking ground balls at third. Ramiro Pena was working on turning double plays at second, now he’s taking balls at third base. Curtis Granderson is in center and Brett Gardner is in left, both taking turns fielding bouncing balls in the outfield grass and throwing to a cutoff man behind second.