After hitting in the cage yesterday, Rodriguez took full batting practice on the field today. He said he still feels some discomfort in his thumb, but he doesn’t expect that to completely go away any time soon. Whenever he’s cleared to play, he’s going to have to deal with a little bit of pain. The key is that the Yankees medical staff has told him he can’t aggravate the injury through normal game activity.
“We’re just going to take maybe, at least one more day,” Rodriguez said. “This is probably the most conservative approach we’ve taken. I think we realize the next two months are the most important ones. Once we see the green light, we don’t want to come back and have any more setbacks.”
Rodriguez said that he could play if this were a playoff game. Since it’s not, the Yankees will stay extra cautious.
• Joe Girardi said Mark Teixeira will more or less make the decision about when he gets back in the lineup. “Tex is real good about when he can go, he can go,” Girardi said. “He’s honest. I told him he’s not going to play today, and we’ll just go day-by-day.”
• Girardi still has not made a decision about who to drop out of the rotation. “We’ll talk about it the next couple days,” he said. “Most of us got to our places about four in the morning last night, so we didn’t talk about it much today. We’ll sit down and talk about it; we’ll have some time here.”
• The Yankees have decided that CC Sabathia will start Sunday and Freddy Garcia will start Monday. That means Sabathia is not getting an extra day of rest after his 128-pitch outing. “He said he felt fine,” Girardi said.
• Boone Logan has pitched three days in a row, so it’s safe to assume he’s not available tonight. Girardi said he needed to check with most of his other relievers to decide how deep or thin his bullpen will be tonight. “I’m not sure what I’ll have in my bullpen or on the field, but we’ll have something by 7:07,” Girardi said.
• Jesus Montero is not in the lineup today, but Girardi said it’s not out of the question that he’ll get some starts against right-handers. “There are times that he’s probably going to DH against some right-handers,” Girardi said. “With playing every day, there might have been some DH days that he would have gotten if we didn’t play every day. There might be a day where I rest Cano and DH him, where I rest Jeet and DH him, and that might cost him some at-bats. But we want to see what this kid can do.”
• Word from my friend Mike Ashmore is that Ramiro Pena’s rehab assignment has been moved from Double-A Trenton to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.