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Pregame notes: Cano cleared to DH

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Sep 04, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Today’s lineup was subject to change until just a few minutes ago when Robinson Cano finished taking batting practice and said he was good to go.

“He went through his treatment and said he felt alright, but he hadn’t really tested it,” Joe Girardi said.

Cano said he felt “a little” better than yesterday, but he said the difference was minimal. He felt some tightness in his left hip while bending over to reach for a groundball that got past him in the eighth inning last night.

“It’s not like hurt, just tight,” Cano said. “I don’t think it’s something big or anything.”

For the most part, the Yankees seem to be getting healthier these days, and losing Cano for a significant period of time would have been a significant blow.

“He’s an important bat for us,” Girardi said. “Hopefully this is not something that will linger and he’s OK and we can move on. That would be a definite loss for us.”

• Ivan Nova threw roughly 20 pitches during live batting practice this afternoon. Nova said he felt “really good” and threw all of his pitches. His slider, he said, was especially sharp, and he felt no discomfort in his right shoulder. “No, thanks God,” he said. “Finally.”

• The Yankees won’t decide what’s next for Nova until they check with him tomorrow. “I thought his arm strength was good, and whenever you have tendonitis, that’s what’s your concerned about,” Girardi said. “I told him this, I want to make sure you feel OK tomorrow before we decide what’s next.”

• Speaking of tomorrow: Andy Pettitte is scheduled to face hitter tomorrow. It will be either a sim game or a live BP (more or less the same thing) and it should give the Yankees some idea of how much longer Pettitte will be out.

• Girardi said, at this point, he doesn’t expect either Nova or Pettitte to go on a rehab assignment. It’s more likely that both will get their work in with simulated games.

• Mark Teixeira has decided his strained calf isn’t ready for sprinting just yet. He’s hoping to start running in a few days, and although Thursday hasn’t been ruled out as a day to come off the disabled list, it’s more likely that Teixeira won’t be back until the weekend. “I’m not ready to run yet, so we’ll see where we are the next couple of games,” Teixiera said. “I’d still like to be back sometime during the weekend.”

• When he’s back, Teixeira should be able to play first base. He’ll be able to play the field before he’s able to hit. “The lateral movements at first probably won’t bother me too much,” he said. “But it’s that first step out of the box when you have to hit double or try to run down to first on a ball in the hole or something. That’s going to be the test.”

• Alex Rodriguez was going to play third base today with or without the Cano injury.

• Girardi said he felt Ichiro Suzuki needed a day off. Ichiro’s been struggling lately. “I just felt that Ich needed a day,” Girardi said. “He’s been going hard, and he’s a little bit beat up, and I just felt that he needed a day. Dickerson has played well, though.”

• It’s likely that Eduardo Nunez will only play shortstop if he’s used in the field. Jayson Nix is still the true utility man on the roster.

• Girardi scoffed at the idea that the Yankees aren’t playing with urgency. “No, it’s not hard to figure out where we are and where we want to get to,” he said. “I don’t think there’s any lack of that.”

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