First off, I apologize for the pregame notes being five/six innings late. I had a slight emergency but with everything cleared up, I now have time to write out the notes and publish it. As it turns out, Brian McCann coming out of the lineup was the Yankees main news of the afternoon. Here’s a truncated version of the pregame (in-game) notes.
— Brian McCann was originally in the Yankees lineup but about 15 minutes before first pitch, Joe Girardi took him out since McCann is still battling a sore foot. He had x-rays on his foot and they came back negative. McCann is listed as day-to-day. Girardi didn’t sound completely concerned with McCann’s foot during pregame and I gather it’s still mostly a non-issue.
— Brett Gardner has been a constant in the Yankees lineup, not to mention their hottest hitter. So it was rather surprising to take a look at the original lineup and not see Gardner there. If we couldn’t remember the last time Brett Gardner took a day-off, that’s fine–Joe Girardi can’t remember either.
“I don’t remember the last time Gardy had a day off. I really don’t,” Girardi said. “Think about, he’s played a bunch of days in a row. He had two day games after night games. He’s about the only guy that hasn’t had a day off. I was watching him run, and you could see him stretching a lot. You get a little bit concerned, so you just take the initiative. You know what, I’m going to give you a day.”
— Girardi said he spoke to CC Sabathia yesterday to offer words of encouragement since his season and career could be in peril.
“I told him, we’re going to get through this,” Girardi said. “You’ve got to stay positive and we’re going to get through it. We don’t know what the course of action is going to be, but stay positive.”
— Girardi said it’s possible to see Michael Pineda in a game later this year, especially after his two recent setbacks. Pineda is still about six weeks fro returning to the team so maybe late August is a possibility.
“He’s playing catch,” Girardi said. “He’s up to 90 feet. I think the hope is that at the end of the week, next week, we start to get him on a mound.”