Nothing about today’s situation is ideal. The Yankees will add an extra player for the day, but they’re also in the middle of playing 16 days in a row. A day off would be nice. Instead, they’re getting the very opposite, a doubleheader in Cleveland that will test the depth of a roster that’s depth has been tested plenty this season.
“That’s where (not having) an off day really hurts,” Joe Girardi said. “You don’t like seeing rain outs, but it’s a part of the game, and we’ll figure it out.”
For the most part, the Yankees bullpen is fairly rested, but there are two exceptions. Mariano Rivera and Dave Robertson have each pitched four of the past five days. The Yankees have done a nice job winning tight games, but all of those tight games have forced Girardi to lean on his go-to, late-inning relievers.
“It is a little bit (of a concern),” Girardi said. “But when they need a day off, I give them a day off. … The thing is, as a manager, you have to worry about tomorrow, tomorrow. Now I’ll worry about how to get it done. (Yesterday) you have to win. If you have a chance to win a game, you win a game.”
A few things about today’s doubleheader…
MANAGING 18 INNINGS
Girardi specifically said yesterday that Robinson Cano will not play second base both games. He also said Vernon Wells will not play the outfield both games. And neither catcher is going to catch both games. With Alberto Gonzalez with the team, there’s a good chance you’ll see him at shortstop at least once today, maybe twice. Both Cleveland starters are right-handed, which means a good chance for Brennan Boesch to play, but maybe not much use for Ben Francisco.
THE 26th MAN
The Yankees can add a 26th player for the day. They will pick one player to call-up and designate as their 26th man for both games. That player cannot change between games. The Yankees can, however, make a player move between games if necessary. They could option a player or put someone on the disabled list between Games 1 and 2. All indications are that RHP Brett Marshall and 2B Corban Joseph will be in town, it’s a matter of which player is the 26th man and which is the just-in-case player. It’s probably worth noting that, with Joba Chamberlain seemingly close to coming off the disabled list, the Yankees could option one of their short relievers to add an extra long man between games.
The second game will be the first big league start for Vidal Nuno.
RHP David Phelps (1-1, 5.02)
RHP Justin Masterson (3-3, 2.63)
12:05 p.m., YES Network
LHP Vidal Nuno (0-0, 0.00)
RHP Trevor Bauer (1-1, 2.70)
Starts approximately 20 minutes after Game 1, YES Network
Means nothing to the Yankees, but it might matter for those who are used to following this blog. It wasn’t possible to fly from Kansas City to Cleveland last night, so I’m flying into town this morning on an early flight packed with beat writers. The chances of me getting to the stadium while the clubhouse is still open are slim to none, so keep an eye on Twitter for pregame updates and I’ll update the blog as soon as possible.
Associated Press photos