Alex Rodriguez said no tests are scheduled, but his left foot is too sore to play today. He fouled a ball off the top of his foot during his last at-bat last night, and it was still sore when he woke up this morning.
“It stiffened up a little bit after the game,” he said. “Get some treatment (today). It’s pretty sore.”
Rodriguez said he doesn’t expect to swing a bat at all today and it sounds like he probably won’t be available even as a pinch hitter this afternoon. He hopes to be back tomorrow.
“He’s sore today,” Girardi said. “And I’ll have to see as we go through the day and he gets some treatment whether he’s available as a pinch hitter. But he’s sore today and it’s probably a good day anyway after playing the eight games in a row and the doubleheader and the 14 inning game, he could probably use a day anyway.”
Girardi said Rodriguez was, at the most, going to DH today.
• Let’s face it, with or without Rodriguez, this is CC Sabathia vs. Samuel Deduno. This is a game the Yankees are supposed to win anyway. “We need to win a series today,” Girardi said. “We got CC on the mound and that’s a good thing. We need him to go out and pitch well like he did five days ago.”
• Trying to avoid stacking lefties quite so much is the reason Ichiro Suzuki is batting leadoff today.
• Girardi said he would likely stay away from Boone Logan today. He also talked more about his decision to use Logan last night. He said it had more to do with the way Phil Hughes was pitching rather than Logan’s past success against Denard Span. “Two or three (previous at-bats against a hitter) is not going to be enough for me,” Girardi said. “But you look over time and you look at what your guy’s doing and our matchup sheets, it’s more than just at-bats. There’s a lot of things in there that they tell you. It’s a gut feeling a lot of times, what you’re going to do, and I went with my gut yesterday.”
• Mark Teixeira is supposed to run today in Tampa. At this point, it seems uncertain whether he’ll actually join the team in Toronto. “I’m not erasing any ideas,” Girardi said. “It’s kind of what they tell us and what I hear, how he’s doing.”
• Girardi said the Toronto turf will not keep the Yankees from using Teixeira. Once he’s healthy, he’ll play. “If they feel he’s healthy, we’ll bring him back,” Girardi said.
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