Mariano Rivera was not available tonight because of soreness in his right elbow. He initially felt it after last night’s game, and it lingered today.
“I’m not concerned about it, I can tell you that,” Rivera said. “I’m not concerned at all, just things that happened.”
Rivera soreness is in the muscle. Joe Girardi said it’s basically at the bottom of his triceps. Rivera is hopeful that he’ll be available to pitch tomorrow.
Luis Ayala was also unavailable tonight because he’d pitched three out of the past four days. Girardi said he might have changed his seventh-inning strategy if he had a full bullpen available. It seems the pitching situation might also have affected the Yankees decision to option Chris Dickerson. They didn’t want to send out Ramiro Pena because Eduardo Nunez’s hamsting is still a little sore, and they didn’t want to lose a pitcher because the bullpen was down two arms.