Tuesday, May 7, 2013

New York Yankees notes from Denver

Eduardo Nunez is feeling better but he is not ready to play in a game. The Yankees will hope he is better in the next couple of days but in a NL park it isn’t helping them much. They are going to be short since the pitcher has to bat. Girardi said it is too early to make a move but if you think it is going to be close to the two weeks then you would DL him and get someone else in there so you have the extra body. The Yankees really don’t have a backup and Corban Joseph was just sent down and couldn’t be called up yet without Nunez going on the DL. 
The Yankees are officially on their third string left side of the infield. Jeter and Arod were the starters and then Nunez and Youkilis were the backups, it is crazy to have backups to the backups now playing. Girardi said it really tests the depth and I agree, I have never seen a season especially so early in the year with so many guys injured. Robertson was going to play catch pregame and if he still felt fine he would be able to pitch on Tuesday night.

Ivan Nova is going to pitch in an extended spring game on Wednesday. He could possibly start one of the doubleheader games on Monday in Cleveland because that will put him on schedule for that. Travis Hafner has no chance of playing the field so basically in Colorado he will get one pinch hit appearance each night. Granderson had five at bats in extended spring, Teixeira hit in the cage, Cervelli and Jeter aren’t doing anything yet and Arod did what he did yesterday which isn’t much. These updates were from Joe Girardi.

Brett Gardner had the day off because of the Yankees facing a lefty and that is it. Clay Rapada is now in AAA, he will get in some games there. He signed a minor league contract, it is possible he gets called back up to the big leagues at some point.

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