If the Yankees don’t get rained out again, Curtis Granderson has been cleared to play in minor league games tomorrow and Wednesday. If he’s able to play in those two games, Joe Girardi said it’s likely he’ll be able to play on Opening Day.
Today Granderson did the same drills he did yesterday, he just did more of them.
He’ll stay behind when the team breaks camp tomorrow night, skip Wednesday’s workout so he can play at the minor league complex, then he’ll fly to New York on Wednesday night and be there in time for Thursday’s game.
Basically, if everything goes to plan, Granderson will be in the lineup on Opening Day. If there’s a slight setback, he might not be there.
• The Yankees are going to wait to officially add Gustavo Molina to the roster, and they’re going to wait before naming a replacement for Pedro Feliciano. They’re going to check on the availability of other players before making any sort of final decision. “As of right now, (Molina) is going with us tomorrow,” Girardi said.
• Luis Ayala and Steve Garrison are the in-house options to take Feliciano’s place in the bullpen.
• Mark Prior will stay in Tampa strictly because of the weather. The Yankees want him to pitch more than one inning at a time, and they want him to get into back-to-back games, and when it gets warmer, he’ll go north to join (probably) Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
• Prior has an opt-out in his contract that kicks in mid-summer. He wasn’t sure of the exact date, but he said it’s not something he’s thinking about. All along he’s expected to be assigned to the minor leagues for a while to build innings.
• Girardi said the choice of Eduardo Nunez over Ramiro Pena was his most difficult decision, but the team believes Nunez is a better base-stealer and his minor league numbers suggest he’ll be a better hitter. “It hurts me to send (Pena) down,” Girardi said.
• Talked to both Jesus Montero and Austin Romine. Both seemed to take the news incredibly well. “I have more to come in the future,” Montero said. Girardi said the Yankees might have taken one of them if they were 24 or 25, but because they’re so young, they didn’t want to rush them.
• Obviously the pitching plans were scrambled by today’s rain, but Girardi said right now the plan is to have Rafael Soriano pitch in tomorrow’s big league game and to have Mariano Rivera pitch at the minor league complex.
• A.J. Burnett was supposed to start today and instead threw a kind of sim game inside. He didn’t face hitters, but threw his regular number of pitches. CC Sabathia also threw an indoors side today.
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