Brian Heyman here at Yankee Stadium for this series finale against the Rangers. As you could see in the previous post, Alex Rodriguez is not in the lineup. The oblique/lower back problem that forced him out of Saturday’s game is still not right. Girardi talked to him and A-Rod said he was sore.
“We’ll take it day by day,” said Girardi, who didn’t totally rule out having him for one at-bat tonight if he feels able. “We’ll shoot for Tuesday. If he can’t go Tuesday, we’ll shoot for Wednesday.”
Also, did you see who isn’t leading off against a righty starter? Derek Jeter is batting first against Alexi Ogando and Brett Gardner is hitting ninth. The leadoff platoon may be off for a bit. Gardner is off to a dreadful .146 start.
“If we get him going, we can move him back up if we want,” Girardi said.
Girardi said the Yankees were close to sending Phil Hughes down to AAA.
“But after talking everything out, we realized there’s something going on here. Let’s be smart here,” Girardi said.
So Hughes went on the DL. He’s supposed to start a long-toss program today to try to build arm strength. While Hughes has said he feels fine physically, Girardi also revealed that the 24-year-old righty has been put on anti-inflammatories.
“I think you can look at every pitcher’s arm and probably see some inflammation,” Girardi said.
The Yankees have named their starters for the two games in Toronto. A.J. Burnett gets Tuesday night and Bartolo Colon takes the Wednesday night start. There’s an off day on Thursday, the second of the week. Girardi said they were undecided on the rotation for the weekend series in Baltimore.