There’s a lot of negativity surrounding the Yankees right now: they’re not playing well, they have a losing record at home, their offense is more dead than the zombies in The Walking Dead and the pitching has given up the small leads the Yankees offense has given them. However, there is some positive news coming the Yankees way on the injury front. They already have Mark Teixeira back in their lineup and the next person we should expect is Carlos Beltran.
“He could possibly be in the lineup tomorrow. We’ll make a decision tomorrow, see how he feels, and he could be in the lineup tomorrow,” Joe Girardi said. “I just didn’t reveal it because sometimes if a guy has a day setback, it becomes a huge story. And I don’t want it to become a huge story.”
Along with Carlos Beltran, Shawn Kelley is still scheduled to have a rehab start on Saturday, and if that goes well he could return to the Yankees bullpen shortly. CC Sabathia is still far away from returning to the Yankees rotation, but he was able to play catch while standing up and he’s happy to report he felt nothing in his knee.
“I didn’t know how I was going to react to standing up and playing catch, but being able to land on it, and I didn’t feel anything,” Sabathia said. “I’m confident going forward that we can try to pick things up.”
– Joe Girardi was asked if Jose Ramirez was a short term move in the bullpen, and he said Ramirez is legitimately getting a chance to be a part of the Major League roster.
“The nature of the business is that if you play well, you’ll usually stay. If he pitches well, then he’s going to pitch more. That’s the bottom line,” he said. “We don’t bring up a guy usually and say that it’s for a day, unless it’s a split doubleheader. He’s getting an opportunity to be apart of our bullpen.”
– John Ryan Murphy gets the start for the Yankees tonight behind home plate while Brian McCann is once again the DH. Girardi wouldn’t outright say it, but it seems Murphy is Vidal Nuno‘s personal catcher, especially since Murphy has caught Nuno almost every time.
“I wouldn’t catch (McCann) today and tomorrow,” he said. “Mac has caught Tanaka most of the time – I think every time – and Murph has caught Nuno all but once, so I figured, let’s just do it this way.”
– Neither Dellin Betances or Adam Warren are available tonight after each pitcher threw 24 pitches. They both had rough outings on Tuesday, but Grardi’s not concerned about it, especially since they’ve both had rough outings before.