Prior to tonight’s subway series opener, a half-resigned (and maybe half-irritated) Joe Girardi noted that he gives updates almost daily on the status of the injured Yankees. Of course, such is the interest level when just about every hobbled regular is a former or potential All-Star.
So, here’s the latest from Girardi and the Yankees on everyone except Derek Jeter:
Curtis Granderson (hand) will see the doctor Tuesday.
Andy Pettitte (back) will throw a simulated game Tuesday.
Alex Rodriguez (hip) took grounders and batting practice today.
Mark Teixeira (wrist) and Kevin Youkilis (back) each had five at-bats and played five innings today in an extended spring training game. Teixeira will play a simulated game Tuesday and is still scheduled to go to Trenton for games Wednesday and Thursday.
“It’s how they feel and when we feel they feel that they’re ready,” Girardi said. “It has to be both sides, not necessarily one. It’s tricky for Tex because he needs left-handed and right-handed at-bats.”
Girardi said the key with Youkilis was that he needed to prove he could play back to back to back.
Michael Pineda (shoulder) is scheduled to throw 60 or 70 pitches this week in a simulated game.
Eduardo Nunez (ribs) did not participate in any baseball-related activities today.
Here’s audio from Girardi, which focuses a good bit on the injuries:
• Joba Chamberlain (oblique) said he will be activated from the DL Tuesday. Joe Girardi wasn’t as concrete to say the least, as you can hear above, but it does sound like Chamberlain is in line to return tomorrow.
Girardi expects to use him in the seventh or the eighth, the latter being if David Robertson is unavailable for some reason.
• Chamberlain threw two innings in Tampa on Saturday. He cranked it up to 95 or 96 m.p.h., he said, noting twice (at least) that he did so at 10:30 a.m.
“If you can throw 95, 96 at 10:30 in the morning, usually you should be OK,” Chamberlain said. “It’s one of those things that we wanted to make sure that in between inning we saw how it reacted in between innings.”
More from Chamberlain:
• An interesting note, albeit expected, on Teixeira is that Girardi will treat him as an everyday player upon his return. (That come come as soon as this weekend, although the manager said that was speculation based solely on Trenton going on the road after Teixeira’s two rehab games there this week.)
However, Girardi compared Teixeira to Granderson, who played three games before taking the fourth off when he returned from the DL. It certainly sounds like Lyle Overbay will have a few starts at first, but how long will that last?
The same can be said for David Adams at third whenever Youkilis returns.
“I’ll continue to take the approach that I’ll handle it when I have to handle it,” Girardi said. “Right now, I have to focus on the guys in the room. I’m hoping we get these guys back soon, but I’ll worry about that when it happens.”
• As for the Subway Series, Girardi said he didn’t mind the consecutive two-game series and even said the alignment makes it easier for the coaching staff to prepare to meet the Mets, so to speak. But he did offer one suggestion:
“I never had a problem with the number of games you play. The only problem I had is I think it should be an odd number so that there’s a winner every year. That’s my only issue.”
• The Yankees face Mets phenom Matt Harvey Tuesday night. Girardi remembered watching Harvey’s first start last summer against Arizona. He called a friend who was a Met fan.
“I told him, you have something to be excited about,” Girardi said. “He has a great arm. He’s been impressive all year long. I’ve seen some of his games on TV. I saw a game he pitched against the Phllies — it was a Sunday night game — and we’ll get a chance to see him in person tomorrow. He has a good swing, too.”
• In more Mariano Rivera is a great guy news, Rivera met with fans in the Jackie Robinson Rotunda this afternoon. He was then in the stands during batting practice signing autographs.
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