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Pregame notes: “He didn’t really believe me, I don’t think”

Carlos Beltran

Taylor Dugas said he was watching last night’s Yankees game in the Double-A clubhouse when Carlos Beltran was pulled with a ribcage injury. Dugas saw it happen, talked about it with his teammates, and it never occurred to him that his door to the big leagues had just opened. It was around 1 o’clock in the morning that he got the call.

First person Dugas called was his father.

“He didn’t really believe me, I don’t think,” Dugas said.

DugasClearly this is an unusual situation. If the Yankees knew Beltran’s injury were going to require a disabled list stint, they surely would have recalled Ramon Flores, but Flores can’t come up yet without putting someone on the DL, and the Yankees aren’t sure they need to do that with Beltran. Basically, they need an extra position player to fill out the bench for a game or two, and Dugas fits the role, despite his ugly numbers in the minors and the fact he wasn’t even invited to big league camp.

“We paid attention,” Joe Girardi said. “He had a tremendous year last year, a guy who really grinds out at-bats and plays hard. We knew who he was.”

This call-up might last only a game. If Beltran’s legitimately hurt, Flores will surely return, and there’s a solid chance Jacoby Ellsbury will be ready by Friday. Right now, the Yankees are hoping Beltran will also be available on Friday. Beltran said he’s ready to test his ribcage/oblique mid-game to see if he’s available to pinch hit, but Girardi said he’ll only ask Beltran to do that if absolutely necessary.

Ideally, the Yankees would like to give Beltran tonight and tomorrow off, then reevaluate the situation.

“Today I woke up feeling better,” Beltran said. “We do some tests, movement. I just feel like tight, but I don’t feel the pain I feel when I took the swing. Of course, I have to go to the cage and test it out.”

For now, the Yankees have their extra outfielder. On Friday, they’ll figure out if they need something more than a temporary placeholder.

“That’s a good sign that (Beltran) doesn’t wake up and feel really sore,” Girardi said. “So we won’t make any move concerning him, and we’ll see what happens in a couple days when we get back.”

Andrew Miller, Brian McCann• To make room on the roster — both the 25-man and the 40-man — Esmil Rogers has once against been outrighted to Triple-A. He’s off the 40-man again, which is surely good news for Bryan Mitchell and Nick Rumbelow, who get to stick around at least a little longer.

• As planned, Andrew Miller threw 20 pitches in the bullpen this afternoon. “Very good,” Larry Rothschild said. “He threw the ball well. First time on the mound, everything was good.”

• Up next for Miller: Another bullpen on Saturday, then possibly a rehab assignment. The Yankees are still hopeful that he’ll be back before the All-Star break. “I would hope so, but we’ve got to make sure (he’s ready),” Rothschild said. “It’s not worth risking one time out before the break to take a chance, but if everything is on schedule and he’s comfortable facing hitters, it’s a possibility.”

• Jacoby Ellsbury is back in the Tampa lineup playing center field. He’s scheduled to play five or six innings, then he’ll play again on Thursday. The Yankees still think it’s possible Ellsbury could be back on Friday. “As I’ve said all along, we’ll just see how he feels and where he feels he’s at, and then we’ll make an evaluation,” Girardi said. “His legs are extremely important, and we have to make sure he feels that he can do everything that he needs to do, and that you can run him out day after day.”

• Beltran will have some tests done in New York, either Thursday or Friday.

• Dugas had a 7 a.m. flight out of Philedelphia. As you might suspect from a guy who was hitting .200 in Double-A, Dugas didn’t think he was on the radar for a call-up. “I can’t say I was expecting it,” he said. “I was kind of in awe, getting that phone call for the first time. It’s a feeling that is hard to explain. Until you go through it, I was just sitting there in shock with a couple of my roommates. It was an awesome feeling, I’ll say that.”

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Beltran not in Yankees’ lineup

Taylor Dugas is listed on the Yankees’ bench, but that’s with 26 players. No roster move just yet. I was told he will be activated, just have to figure out the corresponding move.

UPDATE: Roster move is official. Esmil Rogers outrighted back to AAA. Beltran basically taking two days off before deciding whether he needs a DL stint.

Brett Gardner CF
Chase Headley 3B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Garrett Jones RF
Chris Young LF
Didi Gregorius SS
Stephen Drew 2B

RHP Nathan Eovaldi

 
 

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Minor league notes: Dugas on his way up

DugasNot a name you probably expected to read about today, but it looks like Taylor Dugas is on his way to the big leagues.

Joel Sherman was the first to report late this morning — and a team source confirms — that the Yankees will recall Dugas from Double-A. The Yankees have been playing with a short bench here in Los Angeles, and Dugas presumably will give them an extra player just in case Carlos Beltran can’t play tonight.

The fact it’s Dugas on the way and not Ramon Flores makes me think Beltran is not a lock for the disabled list. A few things to consider about why the Yankees could call up a guy who’s hitting .200 in Double-A right now:

1. The Yankees’ only 40-man position player eligible to be recalled is Gary Sanchez, who’s a catcher doesn’t help much in terms of adding flexibility. It’s been less than 10 days since Flores and Gregorio Petit were option, and Tyler Austin is on the Triple-A disabled list. If the Yankees knew Beltran was going on the DL, they could bring back Flores. If they’re not sure, they’d have to pick a non-40-man player, so Dugas fits the description.

2. This is probably a very short-term move, especially with Jacoby Ellsbury possibly coming back on Friday. With that being the case, the Yankees wouldn’t want to add a guy like Aaron Judge or Rob Refsnyder to further clog the 40-man roster. Dugas can be added today and possibly designated for assignment tomorrow (he’s certainly not a bad player, just incredibly redundant in the Yankees’ system). Reminds me of early in the year when the Yankees had to recall non-40-man pitchers and chose Matt Tracy and Joel De La Cruz instead of Jaron Long or Luis Severino. There’s a solid chance Dugas will clear waivers. Judge, Refsnyder or Ben Gamel probably wouldn’t.

3. Dugas really isn’t a bad player at all. This year’s numbers are ugly, but he’s hit .281 with a .401 on-base percentage in his career. He has a little bit of speed, a good eye at the plate, and he can play all three outfield positions. Just last year he hit .305/.394/.356 in Triple-A. Dugas isn’t going to be lost at the plate if the Yankees need him tonight.

4. Obviously the Yankees will have to open a 40-man roster spot for Dugas, and if Beltran isn’t going on the disabled list, they’ll also have to find another way to open a 25-man roster spot. That could mean another DFA of Esmil Rogers, who was brought back over the weekend to give the Yankees an extra long man (something they don’t need now that Warren is in the pen and the rest of the relievers are well rested). They could also send down either Nick Rumbelow or Bryan Mitchell and DFA one of their Triple-A right-handed relievers. The Yankees have a ton of those guys and probably don’t need all of them (kind of like they have a ton of left-handed outfielders, which makes Dugas so thoroughly redundant and overshadowed).

Here are a few notes from around the minor league system:

Jagielo• Bad news for third base prospect and former first-round pick Eric Jagielo. Out since mid June because of a knee injury, a Tuesday MRI revealed loose bodies that might require surgery. That’s according to Nick Peruffo at The Trentonian. “He’s going to be out for awhile,” manager Al Pedrique told Peruffo. Jagielo was having a really nice season, hitting for good power, and seemed to be earning a few more believers. The initial expectation seemed to be that Jagielo’s injury might be nothing more than a bruise.

• Better news for top position prospect Aaron Judge. Last night Judge went 4-for-4 with a double, raising his Triple-A batting average to .279. It was his first multi-hit game since coming up from Double-A. It was also the first time Judge played center field as a professional. Ramon Flores was in the lineup — so there was a more experienced center field option available — but the Yankees chose to put Judge in center. Not sure it means much (the Yankees have no shortage of center field options in the upper levels) but it’s interesting to see him get a turn at the position.

• The Yankees have pushed veteran reliever Andrew Bailey to Double-A, which seems to be his most significant step in his long road back from shoulder surgery. Bailey pitched an inning and a third on Friday, allowing one run on a triple, a walk and a costly wild pitch. He threw 33 pitches. Afterward, he told Matt Kardos that he feels good and feels like his stuff is “pretty much” back to normal. “I’m just another guy, like everybody else, I have to produce,” Bailey said. “If my name is called, that would be fantastic. I think I could compete at that level or else I wouldn’t be doing this, so hopefully I get that chance to help the team win at some point.”

• Another young pitching prospect had Tommy John surgery. Brian Cashman confirmed that Austin DeCarr — last year’s third round pick — is the latest to need the procedure. Add him to the list with Ty Hensley and Domingo German, each of whom also had T.J. this year.

Campos• Better news regarding Tommy John surgery: On Saturday, Vicente Campos made his second official start since the surgery, and he went five scoreless innings. He faced 17 batters and struck out nine of them. Each of the Campos starts has come in the Gulf Coast League. Wonder how long it will be unti the Yankees push him to a full-season league. Also recovering from Tommy John, lefty Dietrich Enns has also made two starts in the Gulf Coast League. He pitched again yesterday and now has 6.1 innings without an earned run (but with five hits and six walks). The former 19th-round pick pitched pretty well as both a starter and a reliever before the elbow injury.

• Not exactly a Yankees’ minor league note — at least, not anymore — but certainly a name that’s familiar. Manny Banuelos is reportedly in line to make his big league debut on Thursday. Another injury in Atlanta finally opened a door for the former Yankees’ prospect, who was traded for David Carpenter and Chasen Shreve this offseason, and who had been pitching quite well for Triple-A Gwinnett. Banuelos has a 2.29 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in Triple-A this season. Here’s an updated Baseball America scouting report on the lefty.

 
 

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Workload issues linger throughout Yankees’ rotation

Adam Warren

It started in spring training when the Yankees kept Masahiro Tanaka on a relatively light schedule. CC Sabathia, too, moved along a little slower than most.

It continued in April when Chase Whitley came up from Triple-A to make what was supposed to be a spot start, strictly to give the rest of the rotation an extra day of rest. Then came the decision to have Michael Pineda skip a start entirely. Now the decision to move Adam Warren into the bullpen.

“Going into the season, we had some concern about a lot of guys and how many innings (they could throw),” Joe Girardi said. “We knew that it was going to be something that we would have to balance and play with all year long. And that’s what we’re doing right now.”

Right now, the Yankees don’t have a single starter on pace to throw 200 innings this season. That’s mostly a bad thing because guys haven’t consistently worked deep into games. Rounding slightly up or slightly down, each of the Yankees starters is basically averaging six innings per start (most are slightly below six innings; Michael Pineda is slightly above). If some guys increase their innings-per-start, there are a few who could approach or exceed the 200-inning threshold.

Using their current innings-per-start, and estimating another 16 starts this season — certainly not an exact figure, but 16 should be roughly correct for a healthy second half — here are the current innings and the innings estimates for each Yankees starter. The Yankees should hope that each pitcher exceeds the current estimates by averaging a little more per start in the second half, but this is the best we can do right now.

Masahiro TanakaHere are the numbers, along with some previous workload statistics (official minor league starts are included).

MASAHIRO TANAKA
2015 innings: 53.1
On track for: 148
2014 innings: 136.1
2013 innings: 212
Career high: 226.1 (Japan in 2011)

MICHAEL PINEDA
2015 innings: 92.2
On track for: 191.2
2014 innings: 84
2013 innings: 40.2
Career high: 171 (Seattle in 2011)

CC SABATHIA
2015 innings: 95
On track for: 190
2014 innings: 52
2013 innings: 211
Career high: 253 (Cleveland and Milwaukee in 2008)

IVAN NOVA
2015 innings: 27.2 (15.2 in rehab starts)
On track for: 123.2
2014 innings: 20.2
2013 innings: 157
Career high: 187 (Triple-A and New York in 2010)

NATHAN EOVALDI
2015 innings: 82.1
On track for: 175.2
2014 innings: 199.2
2013 innings: 127
Career high: 199.2 (Miami in 2014)

ADAM WARREN
2015 innings: 82.2
On track for: 183 (if he’d stayed in the rotation)
2014 innings: 78.2
2013 innings: 77
Career high: 152.2 (Triple-A in 2012)

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Postgame notes: Beltran status uncertain with ribcage injury

Yankees Angels Baseball

Carlos Beltran felt some tightness in his ribcage last night. He played through it then, and played through it again tonight until feeling “a little pinch” when he fouled off a pitch in the fifth inning. Now Beltran’s status is up in the air.

“We’ll see how he feels tomorrow and we’ll make a decision on what we’re going to do,” Joe Girardi said. “He says it probably wouldn’t bother him swinging left-handed; we’ll just have to see how he feels tomorrow.”

The Yankees do face a right-handed pitcher tomorrow, so that might help Beltran stay in the lineup. Girardi said it’s doubtful the Yankees could get a replacement here before the game anyway, so either Beltran can play or the Yankees will play with a two-man bench. Beltran said he’s hopeful it’s not a disabled list situation.

“I hope not, no,” he said. “The way I feel right now, I don’t think so. But tomorrow will be the day where, once I go to the cage, once I test it out, then I will know where I am.”

Beltran said he first felt some tightness yesterday. Nothing particularly unusual, he said, so he played through it. He woke up feeling alright the morning, but the tightness returned when he started hitting the cage. Again, nothing he hadn’t played through before, so he stayed in the lineup. He was still playable until that foul ball. Even then, he stayed in to finish the at-bat before Girardi pulled him.

“If I worry about how tight I feel, then you don’t play,” Beltran said. “As a ballplayer, every day you feel something. I decided to play through it, and I was fine.”

Beltran said he was examined by the Angels’ doctor, who only said that it’s a ribcage/oblique issue. Beltran’s not expecting any tests.

“Any time a player leaves a game, you’re concerned,” Girardi said. “We’ll just have to see how he feels tomorrow.”

Yankees Angels Baseball• Wouldn’t know it these past three games, but the Yankees actually have a pretty productive lineup. They’ve scored the second-most runs in the Majors, and they have the game’s highest team OPS for the month of June. They’ve actually hit pretty well, but they’ve now gone three straight games with only one run. “We just didn’t do much offensively tonight,” Girardi said. “It’s hard to figure out.”

• Last night the Yankees really did seem to hit into some bad luck — hit a lot of balls hard with nothing to show for it — and there might have been some of that tonight, but even Girardi wasn’t ready to completely use that as an excuse. “We’ve had some unlucky things happen to us here,” Girardi said. “The balls Chris (Young) hit yesterday, they’ve made some good plays. We need to score some runs, that’s the bottom line. Whether tough things happen to you or not, you need to score runs to win.”

• Only two hits for the Yankees. The solo homer by Mark Teixeira and yet another hit for Brett Gardner, who has a .486 batting average during an eight-game hitting streak. “Basically the only guy getting on base is just Gardner,” Beltran said. “And we haven’t been able to rally off of him. It’s tough, but at the end of the day, we have to continue to fight.”

• Teixeira is tied for third in the American League with 19 home runs. This was his first homer in 42 at-bats, snapping his longest homerless streak of the season. He entered the game averaging one home run every 13.7 at-bats. He leads the American League with 54 RBI.

• One run through seven innings for rookie Angels starter Andrew Heaney (Yankees kind of oddly had a bunch of lefties in the lineup against him). “He threw a good ballgame against Houston and he threw a good game against us,” Girardi said. “He’s got some angle to him where it looks like he’s going to be able to get in on right-handers and be somewhat difficult on left-handers with the sweeping breaking ball. Only time will tell as you go around the league a couple times and people see, but the young man has a good arm and is off to a good start.”

Ivan Nova• Another strong start by Ivan Nova who pitched into the sixth inning and allowed his only runs on back-to-back homers by Albert Pujols and Erick Aybar. “Physically, I feel good,” Nova said. “Even that I gave up two runs, for me it doesn’t feel like a good outing because I want to win the game for the team. Like I said, it’s good that I’m feeling good.”

• Nova questioned his decision to challenge Pujols. “I think first pitch fastball right in the middle to Pujols was a little bit up,” Nova said. “I shouldn’t throw that pitch.”

• Adam Warren came out of the bullpen for the first time this season and pitched 2.2 scoreless innings to give the Yankees a chance. “Once I kind of got settled in, I just felt like last year, back where I was last year,” he said. “I felt like I got more comfortable as I went.”

• Getting loose quickly was something Warren hadn’t done in a while. He said he focuses on getting his fastball locked in, and once he has that, he feels good to go. Took him a few pitches to do that in the bullpen, but he was loose and ready by the time he was called into the game. “The first couple of throws down in the bullpen, trying to get hot quick was a little tough,” he said. “But once that adrenaline kicked in it was easy.”

• Let’s give the final word to Alex Rodriguez. “I think (the key) is just maintain our aggressiveness,” he said. “For the most part, over the last two weeks, we’ve swung the bats well, and I’m confident we can continue to do that. What I’m most encouraged about is tonight we saw a preview of what that bullpen is going to be like for us the rest of the year with Nova (in the rotation) and Warren (in the pen), and those guys on the backside — I’m really optimistic about the rest of the year.”

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Yankees waste another solid start by Ivan Nova

Ivan Nova

Another good start for Ivan Nova. Another bad night for the Yankees’ offense. With only two hits and three double plays, the Yankees squandered the few opportunities they had in a 2-1 loss to the Angels. It was the Yankees’ third straight loss, and they’ll try to avoid a sweep tomorrow. Young Angels starter Andrew Heaney struck out seven through seven innings. Nova stranded five runners in the first two innings, and he seemed to have found a groove heading into the sixth inning. That sixth inning, though, started with back-to-back home runs by Albert Pujols and Erick Aybar. Quite suddenly the lead was gone, and two batters later, so was Nova. His second start back from the disabled list was another good one – 5.2 innings with two runs and seven strikeouts – but the Yankees’ offense did little to back him. Mark Teixeira homered in the second inning, which was enough for an early lead, but it was also one of only two Yankees hits. Adam Warren relieved Nova and delivered 2.2 scoreless innings in his first relief appearance of the year.

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Game 78: Yankees at Angels

Ivan NovaYANKEES (41-36)
Brett Gardner CF
Chris Young LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Carlos Beltran RF
Chase Headley 3B
Didi Gregorius SS
Stephen Drew 2B

RHP Ivan Nova (1-0, 0.00)
Nova vs. Angels

ANGELS (40-37)
Johnny Giavotella 2B
Kole Calhoun RF
Mike Trout CF
Albert Pujols 1B
Erick Aybar SS
David Freese 3B
Matt Joyce LF
C.J. Cron DH
Chris Iannetta C

LHP Andrew Heaney (0-0, 1.50)
Heaney vs Yankees

TIME/TV: 10:10 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: It actually rained today. I didn’t even realize the Angels had a tarp, but they do.

UMPIRES: HP Paul Schrieber, 1B Fieldin Culbreth, 2B Jim Reynolds, 3B Manny Gonzalez

BRETT THE HITMAN: Brett Gardner is hitting .500 with 15 runs, seven doubles, one triple, four homers, 11 RBI and five walks in his past 11 games, raising his season average from .262 to .305, eighth in the AL. Gardner is tied for the Major League lead with 58 runs this season and tied for second in the A.L. with 15 stolen bases. He is the only A.L. hitter with at least nine homers and 15 stolen bases.

NOVA ON THE ROAD: Ivan Nova ranks third among active pitchers (minimum 30 decisions) with a .645 career road winning percentage (20-11). He?trails only David Price (.697, 53-23) and Adam Wainwright (.652, 58-31). Nova?has gone 5-8 over his last 13 road decisions after beginning his career with a 15-3 road record.

WELCOME TO THE SHOW: Tonight marks the Yankees’ 13th game going up against an opposing rookie starting pitcher this season. They are 9-3 in the first 12 games. Those rookie starters have combined to go 2-5 with a 4.81 ERA.?Yankees’ batters are hitting .280 nine homers against rookie starters in 2015.

UPDATE, 10:15 p.m.: Nice dig by Teixeira to help out Nova and get the first out in the bottom of the first.

UPDATE, 10:23 p.m.: Nova leaves runners at the corners for a scoreless first inning.

UPDATE, 10:26 p.m.: Mark Teixeira managed to hit a ball where Mike Trout couldn’t catch it. Solo homer. That’s No. 19 for Teixeira this season. Yankees up 1-0 in the second.

UPDATE, 10:43 p.m.: Nova’s managed to put five runners on base in the first two innings without allowing a run. He’s also thrown just 33 pitches, which is pretty good considering he’s already faced 11 hitters.

UPDATE, 11:13 p.m.: Quietly moving into the bottom of the fourth with the Yankees still up 1-0 on that Teixeira home run. Nova settled in a little bit in the third inning, getting some help from a caught stealing (I thought Trout was safe on replay, but apparently not).

UPDATE, 11:17 p.m.: Four scoreless for Nova.

UPDATE, 11:31 p.m.: Clearly something was bothering Beltran during his fifth-inning at-bat, now he’s out of the game in the bottom of the inning. Garrett Jones playing right field. If Beltran can’t play tomorrow, it would probably be tough to get a player out here in time for the game.

UPDATE, 11:51 p.m.: Back to back home runs in the sixth have put the Angels in the lead. Now a double by Joyce has chased Nova from the game, and here comes Adam Warren to make his first relief appearance of the season.

 
 

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Pregame notes: “I was a little frustrated at first”

Adam Warren

Four months ago, even Adam Warren didn’t know what to do with Adam Warren.

“I wasn’t really sure what my identity was,” he said. “Am I a starter? Am I a bullpen guy? I struggled with that a little bit in spring training, and once I figured out my routine as a starter, (after) my first couple starts of the season, I started getting back into the rhythm. I really started to figure out, ‘Yeah, I want to be a starter. I want to do this, get that confidence and kind of roll with it.’”

He was on a roll, alright. Nine straight starts with no more than three earned runs. Lowest ERA on the team. He’d become perhaps the most dependable starter in the Yankees rotation, yet last night he found himself sitting the bullpen trying to visualize the old routine. He went down there after Joe Girardi told him the news. Warren sat in the pen and tried to remember when he should start getting ready and how he could lock into a game when he’s not pitching? He tried to figure out what it takes to thrive as a relief pitcher, when he’d finally proven himself as a big league starter.

“I was a little frustrated at first,” he said. “Because I want to be a starter. But I understood. They sat down and talked to me about it, explained it. I understood where they were coming from. I told them I’m not going to be unhappy in the bullpen; I enjoyed being out of the bullpen the last couple years. I’m not upset by any means at that. For me at this point, it’s just getting back into the routine in the bullpen and we’ll go from there.”

There were no surprises in Joe Girardi’s explanation. We’ve all seen this move coming for weeks — even Warren said he knew it was inevitable — so there was nothing Girardi could say in explaining it that would come as a shock.

The Yankees are worried about Warren’s innings. They believe he can be the right-handed reliever they’ve lacked since Opening Day. They know Warren can slide back into the rotation should someone get hurt. They need CC Sabathia to find consistency, and they’ve seen enough positive signs to keep him in the rotation.

“I know everyone a lot of times only wants to think about today and tomorrow and next week and two weeks and a month (from now),” Girardi said. “But we want Adam for a long time, and (his workload) is a concern. … He’s done a great job in the rotation, right? I’ve said that. But I’ve also said he could help us maybe four times a week, and then maybe you strengthen your bullpen.”

Warren’s past bullpen success was an obvious factor in this decision — and there was clearly some process of elimination involved — but Girardi said Warren’s workload was the biggest issue involved. At 82.2 innings, Warren’s already pitched more this season than in either of the past two seasons. Girardi thinks that, if Warren spends the rest of the year in the bullpen, he could get close to 130 innings, which would be about 20 away from Warren’s career-high in the minors.

Clearly Warren wants to stay in the rotation, but he said he the numbers make sense.

“Definitely having a good reason helps,” he said. “It’s still a little frustrating; I feel like I’ve gotten into a little bit of a groove. I understand where they’re coming from and that they mean well by it. … My arm has felt great, but it’s only half the season. I was talking to somebody about this last night; the inning issue is tough, because you usually don’t know how much is too much until it’s too late and you get hurt. I am glad that they’re looking after my health and trying to take care of me. That means a lot to me. But how do know how many innings you can throw? It’s hard to say.”

Jacoby Ellsbury• Here’s how Girardi explained the Jacoby Ellsbury issue: “He’s got just some general fatigue. I guess the running we’ve done the last couple of days has kind of worn him out, and it’s not only in the one leg, it’s in both legs. So, we’ll give him a day off today, and hopefully he’s back in there tomorrow. … We’ve worked him pretty hard because he had to pass a number of tests to get through to where we felt that he was ready to play, so I guess it kind of caught up to him.”

• With Ellsbury unable to play tonight, could he still be back on Friday? “That’s my hope,” Girardi said. “I’ve said all along though, we have to wait and see how he feels. What I hope for and sometimes what really happens are two different things. You’ve got to see how he’s playing and how he’s moving and how his body is responding.”

• Andrew Miller played catch with Larry Rothschild this afternoon. He’s scheduled to pitch off a mound tomorrow. It will be his first time off a mound since the forearm injury, but Girardi said he’s not sure what Miller might do next if tomorrow goes well. “I think you have to see how he feels after he throws tomorrow,” Girardi said.

• This will be Ivan Nova’s second start back from Tommy John surgery. What stood out last time? “Probably his command of all his pitches,” Girardi said. “The quick innings that he had. The groundballs that he got. His curveball, the first one he threw, he overthrew it, and then he kind of found it right away. That’s what really stuck out to me.”

• Warren said he will be available tonight.

• What’s Warren’s role? “I think he can pitch anywhere I ask him to,” Girardi said. “Sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth if I needed him to pitch in the ninth. I wouldn’t hesitate to put him anywhere.”

• Here’s Warren on where he sees himself fitting in the bullpen mix: “Hopefully maybe take some of the workload off those guys. Those guys have worked pretty hard here lately and they a ton of games already, and it’s only halfway. If I can take some of the workload off of them, that’s kind of the goal. Give them another right hander to help out.”

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Ellsbury scratched with general fatigue

EllsburyJacoby Ellsbury was supposed to play center field tonight. He is instead out of the Tampa lineup because of what Joe Girardi described as “general fatigue.”

Girardi said the issue is in both legs — not only in the bad knee — and the Yankees believe it’s a product of the work Ellsbury did the past week or so to get ready for game action.

The hope is that Ellsbury will play again tomorrow, and Girardi said he still would not rule out having Ellsbury back this weekend. Said it’s possible, but clearly depends on how he feels.

 
 

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More lefties in the lineup for second game in LA

Brett Gardner CF
Chris Young LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Carlos Beltran RF
Chase Headley 3B
Didi Gregorius SS
Stephen Drew 2B

RHP Ivan Nova

 
 

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