Obviously there was still plenty of talk today about the benches-clearing situation from last night’s game, when Mark Teixeira took exception to Fausto Carmona hitting him and Joe Girardi was captured on camera screaming at Indians manager Manny Acta.
Girardi was asked today if he heard anything from his kids about being so angry during a game and he said his oldest daughter, Serena, said, “I don’t know if I’ve ever seen you that mad,” to which Girardi responded – jokingly – “You keep acting the way you do sometimes and you’re going to see it again!” (Serena laughed).
In terms of carry-over, both Girardi and Acta said they thought the teams would move on. Acta said the Indians have enough trouble “trying to win a ballgame to be worrying about that stuff”and Girardi said, “Idon’t have any hard feelings toward Manny.”
Carmona, who didn’t speak to the media after the game, held a short (and somewhat terse) interview this morning in which – through an interpreter – he basically said that the pitch got away. When asked about Teixeira’s comments – that Carmona has pitched him down and away for years and yet, suddenly after a home run, he’s coming up and in – Carmona said he was trying to mix up his approach and that Teixeira was diving out over the plate. Make of that what you will.
When the conversation turned toward Carmona’s decision to not speak for himself last night – something generally expected by teammates who don’t want to have answer for someone else’s situation – Carmona ended the interview and walked away.
• In terms of Yankee news, there isn’t a ton of fresh stuff with such a quick turnaround. Russell Martin is out today but hopes to be back in the lineup tomorrow. Even if he’s not, Girardi said he doesn’t feel a need to get another catcher on the roster.
• What did Girardi say to Kevin Whelan on the mound last night that got him to laugh in the midst of his rough outing? “I just told him, ‘we’ve all been there,”” Girardi said. “I asked him how fast his heart was beating.” As for the four walks Whelan issued, Girardi said, “I don’t make too much of that. It’s different the first time out.”
• I’m sure this won’t be the last time I (or anyone) writes some version of this but … No, the Yankees aren’t currently considering Phil Hughes as an option for the bullpen. “Our plan is to have him as a starter,” Girardi said. “I never say never on anything because I don’t think you should in my position but our plan is to have him as a starter.”
• Eric Chavez is doing some light hitting drills but hasn’t started running yet. “That’s the big test,” Girardi said.
• Rafael Soriano (remember him?) is hoping to start throwing next week. There’s no more specific timetable available on him beyond that.