Yesterday, Joe Girardi pretty quickly dismissed the idea of Lyle Overbay getting some DH at-bats in favor of Travis Hafner. Today, that’s exactly what happened. Yesterday, David Adams was the only Yankees hitter to drive in a run. Today, he’s the only Yankees infielder on the bench. Yesterday, Girardi mentioned Thomas Neal as a player brought up specifically to help against lefties. Today he’s in the lineup against a right-hander.
Welcome to the world of day-to-day lineup decisions.
“I just thought I’d do it this way,” Girardi said. “I liked Neal’s at bats yesterday. I’m giving him a chance in left, too. … Just give Wellsy a day off, get Lyle in there. Probably get Haf back in there tomorrow.”
Girardi specifically mentioned the fact that Overbay has seen Hanson in the National League as a reason to play him today. Overbay is 0-for-3 in his career against Hanson.
The video above is Girardi talking a little bit about tonight’s lineup, and balancing the idea of letting guys play and giving them some mental and physical breaks.
“I think you stay the course for the most part,” Girardi said. “You might give a guy a day off here or there, but I think you stay the course. Just let the guys do what they do. … I think always you’d probably rather be in there. But I think sometimes it can help when you give them a day off. You know, the 18 inning game the other day was kind of long, too, so I think sometimes you can give them a little chance to catch up physically.”
• Alex Rodriguez ran the bases today. Girardi said it was at about 75 percent effort. He hadn’t done that yet, so it’s a fairly significant step forward. “I’m curious to see how he feels tomorrow or the next day,” Girardi said. “But that’s something that he hasn’t been doing, and that’s good.”
• What’s next for Rodriguez? “I’m not real sure,” Girardi said. “I don’t get too involved in what exactly they’re doing because it’s hard enough to keep track of what they do on this day, let alone what they’re going to do in a week. The normal thought is that he’ll increase the intensity.”
• Asked which DL player will be back first, Girardi said, “You would think it would be Cervelli, but I can’t tell you exactly who.” Hard to say whether Girardi was including Kevin Youkilis in that group, or whether that makes a difference.
• Francisco Cervelli’s rehab has moved fairly slowly, and Girardi explained why: “He’s had a hard time getting the swelling out of the hand, and that’s gone now,” he said. Cervelli still hasn’t swung a bat.
• Curtis Granderson will see the doctor next week, but the Yankees aren’t sure he’ll have the pin removed from his broken hand. “You got see how weak his hand is, how long you think it’s going to take to where he can swing a bat,” Girardi said.
• By the way, if it weren’t already clear, Girardi said he’s not expecting any of these guys back before July. Basically, it’s going to be at least two weeks for everyone.
• As expected, Mark Montgomery has been activated in Triple-A. Just a short stint on the DL to deal with some shoulder fatigue, according to VP of baseball operations Mark Newman.
• Mariano Rivera met with Angels fans and employees today. He’ll be honored on the field before tonight’s game.
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