Brian Heyman here for Chad today. The Yankees got in at 3:30 a.m. from Tampa, so the players were allowed to report late and batting practice was cancelled. Also, it’s hot, 102 here right now. We’re still waiting on the Yankees’ lineup, although Curtis Granderson said he’s good to go.
There’s a memo up on the clubhouse door instructing players how to beat the heat. Not surprisingly, No. 1 is drinking lots of water and Gatorade. The players were also told not to drink alcohol after the game because that leads to dehydration, cramps, strains and pulls. There were also told to soak their legs in cold tanks afterward.
Joe Girardi said he has seen players use different methods to stay cool over the years, including putting lettuce on their heads.
As far as the rehab guys, the Yankees would like to see Eric Chavez play back-to-back games of nine innings in the minors and Rafael Soriano pitch in back-to-back games. Girardi said it’s “definitely possible” the two will return during this 10-game homestand.
Hideki Matsui is back in the Bronx as the A’s DH. He said it still “feels a bit to be on the other side” here. He hit his 500th homer Wednesday, combined between the majors and Japan. So how did he celebrate?
“We just celebrated with everybody with champagne and then put a hole in the ceiling,” Matsui said through an interpreter.
He was kidding. Matsui, who kept his apartment in the city, said he celebrated with a nice dinner in New York Thursday night at “a secret Japanese place that I can’t tell you.”