Here’s the status of Alfonso Soriano’s sore thumb.
“It’s not normal, but it’s OK,” Soriano said. “… If it’s not September and we’re not in the race, I’d take a couple more days off. I think we’re in the race and it’s not time to take a day off. I just want to do the best I can and help the team to win.”
Even at less than 100 percent, it’s hard to keep Soriano out of the lineup right now. Same with Alex Rodriguez, who’s clearly not running very well but continues to play through his tight hamstring.
“We have 13 games left,” Joe Girardi said. “And we need to win a majority of them.”
Soriano hit in the cage today and said he felt a lot better than yesterday. He received no cortisone injection — that surely would have forced him out of the lineup for at least a game or two — but will wear a small protective guard at the base of his right thumb. He said it doesn’t affect him throwing the ball, he only feels it when he hits.
“I just try to swing good contact, good pitch,” he said. “That’s what I’m going for.”
• Boone Logan was sent today to see Dr. James Andrews about his sore elbow. The appointment is tomorrow, but Logan left today. “He actually played catch yesterday, and he played better catch,” Girardi said. “But just to reassure everything’s OK, we sent him there.”
• Brett Gardner has rejoined the team, but it’s going to be at least a week before he does any sort of baseball activity, and he doesn’t sound optimistic about coming back this season. “I hope I can, but you’ve got to be realistic about it too,” he said. “We’re running out of time, and the only way I can come back is if I’m at 100 percent. Hopefully I get there, but we’ll see. It all depends on how quickly I heal, and how well I take care of it, I guess.”
• Although Girardi has said Gardner might come back as a pinch runner before he’s back as a full player, Gardner seemed to think that’s unlikely. Running is going to impact the oblique, and he’s not allowed to run at all right now. “I think if I can run 100 percent, I can swing and do everything else 100 percent,” he said. “But I’ve never had this kind of thing happen before, so I don’t know. We don’t have a lot of time left, so we’ll see.”
• Phil Hughes will start next time through the rotation. His turn comes up on Wednesday.
• Same idea with Hughes? He starts with David Huff piggybacking? “Whatever we need,” Girardi said. “But if I need Huff a lot tonight or on Tuesday, I’ll change my approach.”
• Brendan Ryan has been the Yankees regular shortstop since being acquired late Tuesday night. He’s clearly ahead of Eduardo Nunez in the pecking order right now. “Ryan is playing extremely well,” Girardi said. “We’re just kind of staying with the hot hand. He’s playing really good.”
• Girardi said he has not decided whether to try Rodriguez in the field in Toronto. He considers the situation day-to-day, but he didn’t check with Rodriguez before putting him in the lineup today.
• Although Ivan Nova has sounded uncertain about the status of his sore triceps, the Yankees seem to have no such concerns. “Because as I’ve told you, this has not been a one-time thing,” Girardi said. “He’s dealt with this for a while now, and we’ve managed it and continue to manage it. … There’s been other times (before Tuesday) that he’s mentioned it and I haven’t told you.”
• The Red Sox are going to honor Mariano Rivera before tonight’s game. Girardi has said he fully expects Boston fans to give Rivera a warm ovation. “I think he has as much history here as (against) any club he has it with because of not only the regular season but the postseason as well, the couple of times that he’s faced them,” Girardi said. “I’m sure it will be a great ceremony and I’m sure it will mean a lot to him.”
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