The Yankees have set their rotation for after the all-star break, and it includes CC Sabathia in the last spot.
To give Sabathia and this strained adductor muscle a little extra rest, the Yankees will wait until July 17 to activate him from the disable list. Sabathia threw a 43-pitch bullpen today (his regular between-starts routine) and he’ll throw another bullpen on Tuesday in Kansas City (while he’s there for the All-Star Game). A simulated game on Friday will be relatively brief, just something to let him face a few hitters before making his first start since June 24.
Sabathia said the injury hasn’t bothered him in several days, and he had no problem getting through today’s bullpen.
“I’ve been feeling pretty good,” he said. “I’m running, doing everything. Threw a flat ground, felt great. No problems out there today. … Whenever (the Yankees are ready). I’m ready to go.”
The Yankees post-break rotation:
Friday: Hiroki Kuroda
Saturday: Freddy Garcia
Sunday: Ivan Nova
Monday: Phil Hughes
Tuesday: CC Sabathia
• Oh good, controversy. Vicente Padilla finally spoke publicly about Mark Teixeira’s comments that Padilla throws at hitters. Padilla took things a step further claiming that Teixeira doesn’t get along with Latin teammates, once threatened Padilla with a bat and should play a “women’s sport” if he doesn’t like the aggressive way Padilla pitches. Teixeira literally laughed off the comments calling them “hilarious,” “crazy,” “erroneous,” and “unfortunate.” “But I wouldn’t expect anything else really,” Teixeira said.
• Teixeira completely denied that he ever threatened Padilla with a bat. I don’t know Teixeira especially well, but what I know of him, something like that really doesn’t fit his personality.
• About the accusation that he doesn’t get along with Latin teammates: “If that’s the case, then I ask you guys to interview every one of my Latin teammates in this clubhouse right now and ask them. That’s why it’s funny. It’s completely erroneous.” The only Latin player I saw to talk to was Ivan Nova, and he’s pitching today (pitchers don’t talk to the media before a start).
• Girardi said he won’t go out of his way to avoid a Teixeira-Padilla matchup in a key spot tonight — “I’m not going ot get caught up in it. If it happens, it happens,” Girardi said — but Girardi also said he would “think about” pulling a player if he thought the situation clearly called for that player to be hit, kind of like Terry Collins did with David Wright once.
• Brett Gardner did 25 tee-and-toss swings today, but there’s still no word on when he’ll get in a game. “I don’t know exactly when they have him going,” Girardi said. “He’s got to do some BP in the cage, and then some BP in the field, and then they’ll give him some at-bats. It’s been that last part that’s been the problem.”
• Joba Chamberlain is still on track to begin a rehab assignment as early as Tuesday.
• David Aardsma is scheduled to see Dr. Lewis Yocum on Monday to review those test results.
• Russell Martin is out of the lineup just to give him a little longer break. “It was a tough half for Russell,” Girardi said. “I gave him one extra day and I told him, come back after the break and be the player you’re capable of being. Put the first half behind you.”
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