Typical for a day game after a night game, news is pretty light at Yankee Stadium this afternoon. The Yankees are out taking batting practice right now, the Orioles are stretching in front of the third-base dugout, and the situation is pretty much the same as it was at the end of yesterday’s game. Except now Chris Dickerson is catching up with the Yankees coaches.
Little surprise that Eduardo Nunez is out of the Yankees lineup. He was hit by a pitch last night and was pulled because of soreness in his right wrist. He couldn’t really throw, and he’ll sit out today’s game.
“He is not available, probably, for me today,” Joe Girardi said. “I could pinch run him maybe, in a pinch. We’re probably looking at more like Tuesday. We’ll see.”
And so the Yankees are back in a familiar position of having no real backup infielder, just like after Nunez was hit by a pitch in Detroit. Brennan Boesch has worked out at first base, and Francisco Cervelli could — vaguely — play second base if necessary, but the Yankees really need these four infielders to play all nine this afternoon.
• The plan is still for Andy Pettitte to pitch Tuesday or Wednesday, but Girardi said that really hinges on whether he’s able to throw a bullpen tomorrow. “There’s concern if he can’t do his bullpen by Sunday, do you maybe move it back a little more?” Girardi said. “It’s really just a day-by-day, deciding what is best for him. … As long as it’s spasms, we know that those are going to go away. It’s when you have other issues that you get more concerned. From what I know now, everything we think, it’s just spasms.”
• Mark Teixeira was out fielding ground balls again today, but as you know, he has not been cleared to swing a bat as he hoped.
• Derek Jeter worked out inside today. He’s still not in games, and it’s likely going to be more of the same for a while. “I’m not going to actively seek it out every day,” Girardi said. “It’s kind of a pain in the rear end.” Have to imagine if Jeter were a day or two away from another significant step, Girardi would be eager for constant updates.
• Girardi said he hasn’t addressed the latest Alex Rodriguez rumors — that he might have attempted to buy the Biogenesis documents — with the team. Rodriguez is still rehabbing and is no longer with the team, and Girardi said all of his conversations with Rodriguez have been about the rehab process. “He’s anxious to get back,” Girardi said. “I think he wants to get on the field. That’s the area that I think he knows the best and he’s anxious to get on it.”
• Kevin Youkilis has played every game this season, but those two rain outs in Cleveland brought everyone a little bit of rest. “There was a plan to probably give him a day off in Cleveland before we got back so he wouldn’t go 12 days in a row,” Girardi said. “Mother Nature took care of that for me.”
• Girardi is still not sure what the CC Sabathia balk was all about last night. I must admit, I was watching at home and didn’t really get it either. “I still haven’t really seen anything,” Girardi said. “The spirit of the rule is, if you’re trying to deceive the runner, he was wiping his hand on his pants is what it looks like to me. I tried to watch it on a video today. If the ball is in his hand, that’s a different story, but the ball was in his glove. It’s pretty hard to really try to deceive the runner if the ball is in your hand.”
• Any concern about Phil Hughes making his first start in a week? “You’re always worried a little bit about their sharpness early in the game,” Girardi said. “You figure they might be a little strong those first couple of innings. But, on thing we can’t mess with is mother nature.”
• It has been officially announced that the Yankees will play a makeup double header in Cleveland on May 13.
• David Aardsma has signed a minor league deal with the Marlins.
• I thought this was cool. Girardi said he still hasn’t seen a replay of last night’s triple play, but his kids were excited about it. “My son said it was awesome when I got home,” Girardi said. “And then my daughter said something, my 6 year old: ‘The triple out was really cool dad.’ So, I thought that was kind of neat. They knew that it was a rare occurrence and you’re not going to see it every day.”
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