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Yankees pregame

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on May 20, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Greetings, Brian Heyman here for the Subway Series. The tarp is on the field right now, but players have been running and throwing in the outfield. It isn’t raining at the moment.

Alex Rodriguez didn’t get his hip examined today. Joe Girardi said the appointment was cancelled because the Yankees have been putting in a lot of late nights lately and because A-Rod has been feeling fine. He wasn’t sure when he would be examined.

Nick Swisher delivered his first hit with two outs and runners in scoring position, Thursday night in Baltimore, going the other way with a three-run double to left. He drove in four in all. Swisher said he looked at video with Kevin Long and discovered he had been moving a lot while in the batter’s box. Girardi hopes that big hit is the beginning of something for his slow-starting right fielder.

“His right-handed at-bats have been really good all year long,” Girardi said. “Left-handed it’s been a struggle. This might be the thing that gets him going.”

Chris Dickerson sat for a computerized exam for 15-20 minutes in Gene Monahan’s office, testing his memory, shape recognition, reaction time, etc., all thanks to that beaning Wednesday night. Dickerson indicated the test would’ve been difficult for someone without a mild concussion. But he said, “I’m sure I did fine.” He doesn’t expect to have to go on the 7-day DL for concussions. He had a headache this morning but said that’s gone.

“Other than that, I feel fine,” Dickerson said. “My energy is back.”     

Phil Hughes is scheduled to meet tonight with team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad. Hughes will be examined and then the next steps in his throwing program will be determined. Hughes has just been playing catch, the last time from 90-100 feet. He’s hoping to be allowed on a mound this coming week. Hughes said he has been having no problems.

Pedro Feliciano is trying to come back this season and avoid surgery on his shoulder. He said he’s sore but coming along well, “getting strong.” He hopes to throw early in June to see where he’s at.  He had been looking forward to pitching in this Subway Series. “Maybe in the second one, hopefully I’ll be healthy and I’ll pitch again,” he said.

Eric Chavez said he’s been feeling good walking around on that foot that was badly bruised. He hopes to have more of an idea on a timetable in the middle of next week.




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