Dave Robertson and Boone Logan are hurt. Shawn Kelley threw a bullpen this morning, but he’s probably not available until tomorrow. Preston Claiborne has pitched three of four, and Joba Chamberlain is “probably not” available after pitching back-to-back. Phil Hughes should be available, but he hasn’t pitched back-to-back games since 2009. Adam Warren said he feels good enough to pitch today, but he threw 44 pitches two days ago.
Which means the Yankees bullpen, in terms of guys on a normal schedule and full health, looks like this: Mariano Rivera, Dellin Betances, Cesar Cabral, Matt Daley, Jim Miller and Brett Marshall. All behind David Huff, who’s making his first Yankees start.
“You pretty much know the pieces that you have going in,” Joe Girardi said. “Huff’s thrown the ball well, so I have confidence in him. It’s no different than any other day when you don’t have a couple of guys that you can use in your bullpen.”
Miller was called up today. He pitched well in Triple-A and he was solid with the A’s last year, so he’s not a complete unknown. Daley also has big league experience with the Rockies — plus last night’s inning — and is actually the most veteran guy in that bullpen aside from Rivera. It’s unusual, but it’s the reality of the situation.
“I have confidence in the guys that they can go out and get the job done, or they wouldn’t be here,” Girardi said. “I don’t know exactly how many pitches I can use some of these guys and how they’re going to react, but my belief is they’re going to get it done.
“… You probably need one or two guys to step up, like you did in your lineup (earlier in the year). It can be one or two different guys every day. Obviously some guys are going to be called upon to do something that maybe a week ago they didn’t think they were going to be called upon to do, and they have to step up. It’s the bottom line. That’s their job.”
• Kelley threw a pain-free bullpen this morning. “Felt real good,” he said. “Felt better than it has in a few months, actually.” Kelley said he’ll plead his case to be available this afternoon, but he’s expecting to not be available until tomorrow.
• No word on Logan’s status. He’s scheduled for tests on his elbow, but no results yet.
• Robertson said he’ll take a few days without playing catch, but he seems optimistic about his shoulder. “I feel better today, so that’s good news,” he said.
• Just a day off for Alex Rodriguez, who’s played six in a row. Girardi didn’t want him to play a day game after a night game when he’s played a long stretch like this. Seems fair considering the way Rodriguez has seemed to be dragging a few times this year. He seems to need days off now and then.
• As for the choice to fill in at third base, Girardi went with Eduardo Nunez instead of Mark Reynolds. “He’s been swinging the bat really well,” Girardi said. “The way he’s been playing (is good), so I decided to put him there. He has pretty good numbers off Lackey, too.”
• Girardi said, if he needs a long man behind Huff, it would probably be Marshall. “I could piece it together, though,” Girardi said.
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