The storm clouds have opened here at Steinbrenner Field. It’s officially pouring, and at this point, my guess is that the Yankees and Rays won’t play tonight’s game.
Three days before Opening Day, no sense having Brett Gardner and B.J. Upton running around on a wet outfield. If they decide it’s safe, they’ll play. If it keeps going like this, they probably won’t.
I’ll have more in just a bit, but here are the quick items from the clubhouse.
• Curtis Granderson was supposed to do a lot of work on the field this afternoon, but the rain has cancelled those plans. He’s not sure how much this sets him back — if it sets him back at all — but he’d like to get in a game before Opening Day. He thinks he’ll be 100 percent healthy very close to Opening Day. “Very close to it, if not on it,” he said. He doesn’t expect to go on the disabled list.
• Pedro Feliciano said he expects to be out a couple of weeks. He’ll stay in Tampa to rehab, but said he’ll only need “a couple of bullpens” to be ready for the season.
• Francisco Cervelli was walking around in shoes today. He still has the protective boot, but he’ll lose that for good tomorrow.
• As the clubhouse closed, Romulo Sanchez was packing his bags and saying goodbye. He’s clearly going somewhere, just don’t know where.
• Chris Dickerson said his hamstring issue is “manageable.” He thinks he got a little dehydrated from traveling, and what he thought was a minor one-time-only cramp before the game didn’t quite go away during the game.
• Bartolo Colon said he was not disappointed to end up in the bullpen. “I didn’t pitch last year, so I’m just glad that I made the team,” he said.
• Kevin Millwood has arrived. He said the Yankees haven’t given him an exact plan, but he feels like he could throw about four innings right now.
• As you have probably gathered, no roster decisions have been announced and no lineup has been posted.