I’m going to try to make these notes fairly quick because I’m worried that, by the time I finish typing them, the “pregame notes” title will be completely inaccurate. It’s already raining here in Cleveland, the forecast is a mess — listed as a 100 percent chance of rain until 8 p.m., and anywhere from 80 to 60 percent throughout the night — so it may be a matter of time before this game is rained out and the Yankees try to play two with a similar forecast tomorrow.
• Speaking of tomorrow, Phil Hughes is sick. He’s scheduled to start tomorrow, but he has some sort of stomach bug. He look rough in the clubhouse where he was trying to eat applesauce because he hadn’t been able to each anything else all day. He said he could still start, but Girardi acknowledged it’s at least possible Hughes will have to skip tomorrow’s scheduled start.
• David Phelps would seem to the natural spot starter if Hughes can’t pitch tomorrow, but Girardi said he won’t go out of his way to avoid using Phelps tonight. “I’ll worry about today, today,” Girardi said. “And if we have to do something and I had to use Phelps, and I couldn’t use Hughsey tomorrow, maybe go to Warren.”
• Derek Jeter ran again today. He also took ground balls and, as scheduled, took batting practice on the field. Girardi said Jeter has a scheduled day off tomorrow. “The fact he didn’t have to back off of the running I think is a good sign,” Girardi said.
• Curtis Granderson did not swing underwater today, and he won’t swing underwater tomorrow. There’s no setback, though. I was told that having Granderson hit underwater was simply an idea that was floated — something for him to do before he’s supposed to take swings in the cage — but doctors shot it down. So, Granderson will stay on his same old schedule except without the pool swings. Nothing to see here.
• Ichiro Suzuki has the day off, and it sounds like one of the other regular outfielder will be out of the lineup tomorrow. “We’re going to try to rotate and give each one of them a day off every once in a while,” Girardi said. “Boesch can maybe get a couple of days in a row to get some at-bats, too.”
• Clay Rapada is going to report to Tampa and throw some down there before being moved up to Triple-A.
• The Indians called up RHP Corey Kluber from Triple-A to spot start tonight. If, you know, there’s actually a game.
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