The rain has started falling again here at Yankee Stadium.
The sky cleared for a while and there seemed to be some hope that the Yankees would play tonight — and that might still be the case — but it’s certainly taken a turn in the past 15 minutes or so. When A.J. Burnett heard reporters making small talk with Phil Hughes about the possibility of a rain out, Burnett emphatically said the Yankees would play tonight.
Joe Girardi said the Yankees would probably push all of their starters back a day if they’re rained out tonight, but that’s not set in stone. I have to assume that means Freddy Garcia would be skipped again, but Girardi didn’t go into detail.
“The idea is that you could push everyone back if you have to do that,” Girardi said. “Is that exactly what we’ll do? I don’t know. I try not to get too far ahead, as you know. We discussed it briefly today, but we believe that we’re going to play, so I didn’t put too much into it.”
Here’s Girardi’s pregame press conference.
• Pedro Feliciano played catch this afternoon, but he was throwing lightly and said the session didn’t really tell him whether he’s fully healed from the triceps injury. That said, he feels good, and he’s going to talk to the doctor later today to get an idea of what’s next.
• It’s been 14 days since Feliciano last threw a baseball. Girardi said that’s a slightly off schedule from what the Yankees expected out of spring training. They were expecting him to take 10 days off. “Today’s a big step because you want him to be able to say that he feels good after he plays catch, and then you go one from there,” Girardi said. “You go at the pace that you can go at but you can’t rush it because you don’t want any setbacks.”
• Girardi talked to Alex Rodriguez yesterday and said he was fairly certain he’d have his third baseman back in the lineup today. “I talked to him a little bit yesterday and suspected that he would be fine today,” Girardi said. “He said he was good to go.”
• The plan is for Russell Martin to have a day off on Friday when Freddy Garcia is scheduled to start. Of course, that could change if tonight is rained out.
• Phil Hughes usually throws two sides between starts. This time he threw only one because he’s been doing more long toss to try to build arm strength. “If it’s not there I still have to find a way to pitch,” Hughes said.
Brian Roberts 2B
Nick Markakis RF
Derrek Lee 1B
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Luke Scott LF
Adam Jones CF
Mark Reynolds 3B
Matt Wieters C
Robert Andino SS