Things are usually quiet before a day after a night game, and today’s pregame clubhouse was nearly silent.
Not that the place was empty — there were a handful of players coming and going — just not a ton of buzz. The situation is what it is, everyone seems to understand it, and the Yankees have another nearly must-win game this afternoon.
In these next five weeks, the Yankees have to hope they go through a lot more days just like this one.
• September call-ups are coming tomorrow, but Joe Girardi wouldn’t announce any names this morning. “We haven’t made a final decision, so I have to talk to Cash today,” Girardi said. “Obviously the (40-man) roster sometimes comes into play there, so Brian and I will probably talk about it tonight and we’ll see some new faces tomorrow.”
• Just guessing here, but David Adams and Dellin Betances seem to be locks for promotions, and obviously Preston Claiborne will be back after Class-A Tampa’s season ends on Monday. Melky Mesa seems like a safe bet assuming his hamstring issue isn’t serious enough to keep him out of consideration. J.R. Murphy would have to be added to the 40-man, but that’s probably not a significant hurdle for a third catcher who has to be added this offseason anyway. Brett Marshall as a mopup man fits an obvious role, and he’s an easy call-up since he’s on the 40-man. Beyond that, it’s all about what the Yankees want and need. Another utility type? Another lefty? Another middle reliever?
• Another utility man might not be essential because Girardi said today that Eduardo Nunez is available as a backup player and could probably be in the lineup if necessary going forward. “We’ll go through BP today and he could be more than (a reserve) as we go forward,” Girardi said.
• Mark Reynolds how now played two in a row against right-handed pitching. “We like what we see and we’re going to continue to play him,” Girardi said.
• Alfonso Soriano gets a relatively rare turn at DH: “Just throw a day here and there at him,” Girardi said. “The thing is, you want to be able to play him every day, that’s the thing, so if you can get him a little time off his feet, you hope it’s helpful. Day game after a night game, I thought it was a good idea to do. We’re going to see a lot of lefties in a row, so he’s going to be out there.”
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