The Yankees and Twins will have to find a mutual open date to make up this rainout since MLB usually wants the whole 162-game schedule played. This is Minnesota’s first and last scheduled trip in, and today is the series finale. The teams will stay on turn with their pitchers, so it will be A.J. Burnett and Francisco Liriano pitching.
Freddy Garcia, who was going to finally make his debut as the fifth starter Wednesday night, won’t be starting for a while longer. Joe Girardi was talking about a week from this Friday. That would be April 15 here in the opener of the Texas series. That would be 16 days between starts, since Garcia last pitched in the exhibition finale March 29. Garcia said he would be available out of the bullpen today and may pitch a simulated game early next week.
“Disappointed, but that’s the way it goes,” Garcia said. “They make a decision to put me in the bullpen tomorrow. If I don’t pitch, I’ll have to wait. The good thing is I’m feeling good. The time will come. Hopefully it’s good.”
Brian Cashman, the man who said he wasn’t in favor of signing Rafael Soriano and that Pedro Feliciano was “abused” by the Mets, had a serious and lighthearted view on the Soriano mini-firestorm over not meeting with the media in the wake of Tuesday night’s eighth-inning meltdown.
Both Cashman and team president Randy Levine called Soriano’s agent, Scott Boras, to tell him what was going on, and that the Yankees would be speaking to Soriano. Cashman said they wanted to be proactive. Boras told Soriano has to meet with reporters not matter what happens in the games, and Soriano apologized the media.
“Listen, there’s a whole laundry list of people having to be accountable,” Cashman said. “They don’t have to be accountable all the time. It’s also OK not to talk to people if they’re not in the best frame of mind. It just can’t be that way most of the time. … Dealing with the press is important, and it’s an aspect that’s important also on behalf of teammates. A lot of little things can add up to be a big thing down the line that nobody needs, especially him.”
Cashman also said: “It’s hard not to make a mistake. I make them. I’ve learned some days it’s best not to talk, believe me. So I should pull an exit. I guess Soriano needs to be more available and I need to be less available. Right? Maybe I’ve ‘abused’ my platform, talking to the press too much.”