There’s a temporary addition to the outfield here at Kauffman STadium. In left-center field, there’s a chalk outline on the warning track underneath a brown sign with the words, “No Mo Zone” written in bright yellow.
There are unconfirmed reports that bullpen coach Mike Harkey has something to do with the new decoration.
Of course, Rivera is out there shagging fly balls as I type this. He’s in center field, shaded slightly to left, and he just made a running catch on a ball hit pretty deep (he was fine). Before batting practice, when the Yankees finished stretching, Rivera ran out to the scene of the crime to pose for pictures with the sign and the white chalk.
“I’m sure the guys will have a little fun with it today, then try to put it behind us,” Joe Girardi said.
The picture above comes from MLB’s twitter feed.
• There was some misunderstanding yesterday when a reporter thought Robinson Cano said he had an X-ray after last night’s game. He didn’t. He had an X-ray in New York last weekend after he fouled a ball off the big toe of his right foot. That injury got a little sore after a defensive play last night, but Cano’s alright. “It probably was just right on the corner of my toe,” Cano said. “Every time I try to stop you just feel it a little bit, but it’s nothing bad. I can work good. I’m good.”
• When Cano got his 1,500th hit yesterday — an infield single — he, of course, kept the ball. But only after the Yankees played a trick on him. The Yankees gave him a different ball with a fake inscription. “It said, ‘1,500-hopper to the infield,’” Cano said. “That was funny. I was laughing, and then he gave me the real one.” MLB.com has video of the prank.
• Eduardo Nunez took indoor batting practice today and felt fine. Nunez hopes to play tomorrow, and Girardi said he expects Nunez to play tomorrow. If necessary, Nunez could play today.
• Joba Chamberlain threw a bullpen today and will throw another on Sunday. “We can talk about maybe a rehab assignment after that,” Girardi said. “I wouldn’t imagine that he would need much.”
• Girardi wasn’t sure whether Mark Teixeira had a scheduled day off today or yesterday, but either way, Teixeira is scheduled to take batting practice on the field the day after the off day (in other words, Teixeira’s either doing that today or tomorrow). It’s the first time he’s hit on the field since the wrist injury. His other BP sessions have happened in a cage.
• Dave Robertson and Preston Claiborne are not available today. Rivera is probably not available. The Yankees could use some length out of Phil Hughes. “Distance would be important,” Girardi said.
• Still no plan in place for Monday’s doubleheader. Ivan Nova is scheduled to throw a bullpen today, and how he looks and feels could determine whether he starts one of those games. The Yankees also have both Adam Warren and Vidal Nuno as internal options. If the Yankees wanted to have Brett Marshall available — in theory — he could come up for a day. “Monday’s really up in the air, that’s the best I can tell you,” Girardi said. “I might not know until Sunday night.”
• Girardi also said he talked to Larry Rothschild about the possibility of using CC Sabathia to start one of those games. Girardi dismissed the idea last night, but today said it’s at least an option.
• Kevin Youkilis did some rotational workouts in Tampa. It’s the first time he’s done that since going on the DL. He’s obviously nowhere near getting back on the active roster. “I don’t have an expectation of when we’re going to see him,” Girardi said.
• The Yankees have decided to move Triple-A starter Dellin Betances into the bullpen. He’s been pretty much as usual this season: Not hit very hard (19 hits, one homer, 25 strikeouts through 24 innings) but he’s been wild (16 walks, two hit batters, four wild pitches). My thought has always been that Betances will either throw enough strikes to be a good starter, or he won’t throw enough strikes to be useful anywhere, but at this point I can’t blame the Yankees for deciding they’ve got to try something to see if he can get on track.
• No surprise, the Yankees-Red Sox game on Sunday, June 2 has been picked up by ESPN, which means an 8:06 p.m. first pitch.
Associated Press photo of Cano