Brendan Ryan was sent for tests on his sore upper back, and Joe Girardi acknowledged that the chances of Ryan breaking camp with the Yankees seem fairly slim.
“It probably all depends if he’s ready by Tuesday,” Girardi said. “If he’s not, then it really becomes in jeopardy. If he’s ready Tuesday, then you could think maybe, but he’s still really not built up a whole lot. … He was pretty stiff today. He wasn’t moving real good. You get back spasms up there, you kind of lock up. I don’t think it’s worse than yesterday. I noticed it more today because I was around him.”
The video above is Girardi talking about the Ryan situation as well as the latest on Jacoby Ellsbury. A few quick notes:
· Ellsbury hit on the field today. He also went through fielding drills and he was going to do some conditioning, but Girardi wasn’t sure whether Ellsbury’s conditioning would include running. It seems possible Ellsbury will play before the end of the weekend. “Sunday would be possible,” Girardi said. “And if not Sunday, then shoot for Tuesday.”
· Is Mark Teixeira going to be the cleanup hitter in the regular season? “It’s a possibility that we could have,” Girardi said. “I’m not saying that’s what we’re going to do, but it’s a possibility that we could have.”
· Larry Rothschild is seriously making every pitching decision down here this spring. Girardi might set the final roster, but it’s Rothschild who decides who pitches and when during spring training. Girardi wasn’t sure exactly how many pitches CC Sabathia would throw today, and he wasn’t sure whether Dave Robertson would pitch the ninth. Totally up to Rothschild.
· If Ryan isn’t available to open the season, Girardi said it will not change the early playing time for Derek Jeter. The Yankees open with 13 games in a row before their first day, and Jeter will almost certainly get a day off at some point in there. “I find that doubtful (that Jeter will play all 13),” Girardi said. “… I have told Derek all along, there is no magic number. It depends on how I feel that he’s moving and our communication; if he feels he needs a day. That’s how I’ll look at it.”