Aside from the coaching staff, the Yankees never actually came to Fenway Park this afternoon. The team knew roughly when the Red Sox would make their decision on whether or not to play, so Joe Girardi rescheduled the buses to let the players stay at the hotel if they could.
They’ll fly to Texas later tonight.
As it stands, there is no makeup date for tonight’s rainout, but Girardi mentioned the three-game series immediately before the all-star break. There’s a mutual off day on the Thursday before that series starts. The team could play a makeup game that day, or they could use the off day and the all-star break to make it a little easier to deal with a double header during that weekend series.
“If you have an off day before a double header, it’s a little easier to manage,” Girardi said. “And then, you know you have an off day shortly after, it’s a little easier to manage. I don’t get too involved with it. A lot of times it comes up with the players, what they decide to do. It’s nice knowing you have an off day on both sides if you do have a double header.”
As you can imagine, notes were pretty light this afternoon. It’s been raining pretty steadily here in Boston and it’s supposed to get worse and worse as it gets later and later.
• Nothing new on Michael Pineda. He’s been back to a doctor in Tampa, but he won’t see Dr. Ahmad until tomorrow in New York. Girardi said there won’t be anything new until tomorrow’s visit. Brian Cashman has confirmed that Pineda will have a dye contrast MRI.
• Joba Chamberlain is coming to New York next week. He’ll see Dr. Ahmad on Thursday just to have his ankle checked out, and he should be with the team over the weekend. He’s been throwing with his leg on a stool. Girardi said he’s been doing that for a while now.
• Andy Pettitte’s plan remains the same: He’ll pitch for Trenton on Wednesday.
• The Yankees plan to stick with 13 pitchers through the Texas series. “Then we’ll reevaluate where we are,” Girardi said.
• Girardi said he’ll wait to decide whether to skip Freddy Garcia over the weekend. Still absolutely no plans of moving David Phelps into the rotation.
• Until reporters asked about it, Girardi had not realized that Hiroki Kuroda would be lined up to face Yu Darvish. “I can’t imagine (the reaction in Japan),” Girardi said. “I really can’t. What time will it be there? They’re like 13 hours ahead of us, so, 8 o’clock in the morning? There’s going to be a lot of people late for work. They should make it a day off.”
• One interesting thing in talking to Girardi about Phil Humber’s perfect game: As a former catcher, Girardi’s reaction wasn’t about whether or not the final pitch was a swing, he was focused entirely on A.J. Pierzynski getting the out at first base. Girardi said he had no thoughts on whether it was a swing, he just wanted to see the catcher get the out. “I would have felt really bad for A.J. if the guy had been safe,” Girardi said. “I know for me, that was a huge fear.”