For whatever reason everything took a little longer than usual today, so I’m going to try to make these notes quick with first pitch a little less than an hour away.
• The league office, Joe Torre in particular, called Russell Martin to discuss Wednesday’s incident with Laz Diaz. Martin said they were just trying to get his side of the story. He’s hoping no one is fined because of it. “It was just one of those childish things, both sides kind of,” Martin said. “I doubt there’s going to be an issue next time. Professionally, there shouldn’t be on my part or his part.”
• Dave Robertson was supposed to play catch today, but he was rained out in Tampa. Girardi said that likely means he will throw off a mound for the first time on Sunday instead of Saturday. He’s still a long way from rejoining the team because he’ll have to throw some bullpens, then batting practice, then pitch in multiple minor league games.
• Brett Gardner took full batting practice inside today. He’ll next take BP on the field, and Girardi said it’s not out of the question that he could return next weekend or the series after.
• Andruw Jones was feeling a little sick last night, but Girardi said he also likes putting Jayson Nix in the outfield because it keeps him available to move to shortstop if necessary (harder to do that if he’s the DH).
• Martin is physically fine after being hit in the neck on Wednesday.
• After an appeal to Major League Baseball, Robinson Cano is now credited with an RBI double for the ball that skipped on Coco Crisp’s glove on Friday. It was originally ruled an error.
• The Yankees-Mets game on June 24 is now an ESPN game and will begin at 8:05 p.m.
• Twenty years ago today, the Yankees drafted Derek Jeter. “It’s hard to believe it’s been that long,” Girardi said. “You think about what he’s done over his career, it’s remarkable. Twenty years ago is way too fast is probably what comes to mind the most.”