Usually I try to start these notes with one bigger issue or topic, but today’s biggest pregame issue is kind of a three-way tie. So we’ll just hit on all three.
What’s going on with Derek Jeter?
No baseball activities today. The Yankees want him to rest that sore left ankle for a second day, and they’ll reevaluate the situation tomorrow. Will he be available tomorrow?
“To play?” Joe Girardi said. “I don’t know. We’ll go a day at a time with him. We’ll just try to keep him off it from doing a lot of baseball activities; see how it is tomorrow.”
It’s worth noting that Girardi said he would probably use Jeter in an emergency.
“Not like I have a number of shortstops lying around,” Girardi said.
What’s going on with the rotation?
Right now, the Yankees have only four starting pitchers listed on the lineup card. Phil Hughes, David Huff, Adam Warren and Brett Marshall — and any other active player you can imagine as a possible starting option — are all listed as available relievers.
“We’re going to get through these three days and see where we’re at,” Girardi said. “I’m not saying I’m changing anything, but if we need Huff (out of the bullpen), we need Huff.”
Basically, we’re going to have to wait to know for certain who starts on Thursday. Sounds like there’s still a chance Huff will get the ball, but choosing a Thursday starter isn’t the priority. With a short bullpen — and only one other healthy left-handed reliever — Huff’s going to be available if necessary.
What’s going on with the bullpen?
Well, we know Huff is available (though he just started two days ago, so he’s probably not an ideal option right away). We also know that both Dave Robertson and Boone Logan are still unavailable. The question is whether Mariano Rivera or Shawn Kelley is available.
On Rivera: “I’ve got to see him play catch and see what he says,” Girardi said.
On Kelley: “I’m not sure if I would use him today because he threw a side the day before (yesterday) and then threw in the game, so it was like throwing two games in a row coming off an arm injury. I’ll have to talk to him and see how he feels.”
• It hasn’t been done this year, but it’s not exactly shocking to see Alex Rodriguez batting second today. Makes some sense, actually. “He’s done a really good job of getting on base against right-handers and swinging the bat well against right-handers,” Girardi said. “Trying to break up our left-handed hitters. Sori’s done a good job behind Robbie, so I just kind of decided to go with Alex.”
• Robertson is going to play catch today, and he hopes to throw a bullpen tomorrow. He seems fully confident that playing catch and throwing a pen will be no problem, said his shoulder feels normal again. Is there a chance the Yankees would make Robertson available on Tuesday even after throwing a bullpen earlier that day? “I’ll do what the training staff and everyone tells us he’s ready to do,” Girardi said. “I’d take him today if I could have him.”
• Chris Stewart is “probably not” available because of that left foot issue. Looks like J.R. Murphy is second on the depth chart today.
• Speaking of the depth chart, Zoilo Almonte is here and fully available.
• Girardi said he had not heard any update on Dr. Anderson checking Jeter’s CT scan. How’s Jeter’s mood? “He’s OK,” Girardi said. “He’s anxious to get back there. It’s normal Derek Jeter stuff.”
• The key for CC Sabathia tonight? “Command of his fastball is the big thing for him, and his changeup, which we talk about all the time,” Girardi said. “Get some quick outs. If he does that, it’ll be a good night.”
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