The Yankees are facing the White Sox ace Chris Sale today in the final game of this three game set and if there’s one thing the Yankees lineup is lacking, it’s their main lefty hitters. Brian McCann, Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury all weren’t in the lineup, but in the case of Gardner and Ellsbury, it had more to do with soreness than it had to do with facing Sale.
“Gardy’s ankle is pretty sore from where he hit the ball off of his ankle yesterday,” Joe Girardi said. “We’re hoping it’s just today. Ells is pretty beat up, so we figured if we’re going to give him a day off, this would be the day against Sale.”
Ellsbury could be used later in the game, but Gardner, who’s celebrating his 31st birthday today, won’t see any game action. The Yankees hope to have Gardner back tomorrow night as the Yankees and Royals make up a rained out game in Kansas City.
“I’m not so sure about Gardy,” Girardi said.. “It’s sore, but hopefully a good day of treatment gets most of the soreness out.”
— After losing 2-of-3 to the Houston Astros, the Yankees are actually in good shape to leave with a winning home stand. If they win today, they’ll be 4-2, and their playoff chances will continue to increase.
“That would be a good homestand, and obviously a good way to go out on a road trip that means a lot,” Girardi said. “The teams that we’re playing – Kansas City, Detroit and Toronto – it would be important.”
— So what’s the plan for David Phelps?
“We’ll leave him home this week and he’ll play catch, and then I’ll look to see where he’s at when we get back,” Girardi said.
— Masahiro Tanaka will throw another simulated game on Thursday, and the Yankees will decide what to do from there. He reported no problems from his simulated game yesterday.
“I have not had any emergency meetings in my office, so that’s a great sign,” he said. “He feels good and he’ll continue to move ahead. We’ll do another simulated game on Thursday in Detroit, and then after that, we’ll see.”