I honestly hope none of you have planned your days around reading through all the Yankees pregame news coming out of Toronto. Typical of Sunday road games, there’s just not much going on here today. There was a fairly late report for the team, and the players are now out taking batting practice.
A few updates…
• As expected, Kevin Youkilis is out of the lineup after being pulled from yesterday’s game with a tight lower back. “I feel good,” he said. Sounds like there’s no plan to use him today, but Youkilis said he’s available to pinch hit or even play the field if necessary. Joe Girardi didn’t completely rule out the idea. “I’ll have to see as the day goes on,” Girardi said. “I just want to try to clear it up if we can. It’s good that he feels a lot better. That’s a positive thing for us.”
• The priority seems to be having Youkilis available when the Yankees face left-handed starters on Monday and Tuesday. “I’m hoping he’ll be available,” Girardi said. Against a lefty, this lineup badly needs Youkilis. Without him, the only right-handed hitters would be Vernon Wells, Ben Francisco, Eduardo Nunez, Jayson Nix and one of the catchers.
• Mark Teixeira continues to take dry swings with a light fungo bat. Girardi said he’s still on the same rehab schedule, it’s just a long process. Girardi also said it’s likely Teixeira will come back to New York with the Yankees after the Tampa trip. There was initially a plan to keep him in Tampa to get closer to game action.
• Speaking of Tampa, the Yankees expect to see Curtis Granderson at some point in the next three days. “I’m sure we’ll see him, but he’ll continue to work out at the minor league facility,” Girardi said.
• Girardi on Ivan Nova’s previous start: “I thought he had a pretty good sinker. I thought he had a pretty good curveball that day. Those are probably the two main pitches for him, and he needs to continue to do that. And he was able to throw his curveball for strikes. And sometimes, when you’re searching for other things – a little bit of command here and there – that helps because that gets you back in the count.”
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