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Pregame notes: Martin scratched with sore toe

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on May 30, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Russell Martin has been scratched with a sore toe. Girardi said pregame that he made the lineup before checking with Martin, and he would change the lineup if he had to. Turns out, he had to.

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada DH
Nick Swisher RF
Brett Gardner LF
Francisco Cervelli C

• Phil Hughes played catch today and could face hitters this weekend, but Joe Girardi said Hughes is still a long, long way from rejoining the rotation. He said it might not be a full six-week spring training program, but it will probably be similar.

“It’s got to be pretty close to that to get built up,” Girardi said. “Do you need six starts? I don’t know, but you’re going to need at least, I would say, four or five. At least. So when you’re coming into a game and you’re coming to helps us, you’re not going three innings and then we got to go to somebody else. You’ve got to be able to give some distance and then bounce back.”

• Girardi said he’d sign up for having Hughes back at the all-star break. It might be earlier than that, Girardi said, but if right now you could guarantee the all-star break, Girardi would be onboard.

• I never really knew him, but there was a lot of love for Hideki Matsui today. He’s incredibly popular with the players, the coaches and the media.

• Girardi was laughing at Lance Pendleton, who was complaining about how cold it is in San Francisco. Girardi guessed that the Yankees rookie had never been in the Bay Area. It gets cold here. That’s just the way it goes. Things will warm up this weekend in L.A.

• Girardi said this ballpark should work well for Bartolo Colon, who’s a strike thrower in a park that’s not especially hitter friendly. “This is similar to Seattle,” Girardi said. “You can’t afford to walk people here because the ball is not going to carry here. There’s a lot of foul territory, so you want to make them put it in play and you want to throw strikes.”

• Hats were a big topic of conversation in the clubhouse this morning. For Memorial Day, the Yankees — and all of Major League Baseball — are wearing one-day-only caps. The Yankees are mostly blue, with white in the front and a red, white and blue logo. Great reason to wear the hats, but they’re not necessarily a good look. One everyday player loved them. Another seemed to be leading the charge against them, disappointed in everything from the look to the fit.

• The Yankees got into the Bay Area late last night, and the team had a pretty late bus to the ballpark in Oakland. Some guys showed up two hours before first pitch, at best. Still having batting practice and all that, just giving guys a chance to rest through back-to-back day games in two different cities.

Coco Crisp CF
Daric Barton 1B
David DeJesus RF
Josh Willingham RF
Hideki Matsui DH
Kurt Suzuki C
Mark Ellis 2B
Kevin Kouzmanoff 3B
Cliff Pennington SS




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