It’s been pretty quiet for the Yankees before tonight’s game, but there were some small notes lingering here and there before tonight’s series finale.
– Joe Girardi said the other day he was going to rest Brian Roberts for a few days, mainly because he was beat up. It was odd to Roberts, considering he felt good for it being almost August.
“I don’t know if there’s anybody who’s ever not tired in August, probably,” Roberts said. “I certainly didn’t walk in and tell him I was tired and needed days off. It’s his decision, that’s why managers do what they do. They’re supposed to watch things and make decisions and that sort of stuff. I said, ‘Whatever you want to do is fine.’”
It doesn’t hurt to mention Roberts is hitting .171 since the All-Star Break, so maybe the rest will do him some good.
“I hope (the rest) pays off, sure,” Roberts said. “I’m not 20 anymore. Nobody wants days off, but you trust the people in charge to make decisions that hopefully benefit everybody. Hopefully that’s what happens.”
– The Yankees bullpen was absolutely awful last night, and Joe Girardi had been checking to see if everyone is still available. One person who’s not available is Matt Thornton, even though he didn’t pitch last night. Girardi did say he wanted to rest his bullpen before the series against the Boston Red Sox.
– Is Joe Girardi expecting a new Yankee to be on the roster by 4 p.m. tomorrow afternoon?
“Not necessarily, no,” Girardi said. “There’s less than 24 hours, right, if something’s going to happen. You do expect that there’s going to be some movement in baseball. A lot of times there’s more talked about than actually done. Wait ..read more