Pregame notes: D-Rob, Martin, Lineupgate
May, 28, 2012
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- David Robertson, out of action since May 14 with a strained left oblique, played catch today in Tampa and according to Joe Girardi. "Everything went well,'' he said, which only means his ribcage is still attached. Robertson will play catch again tomorrow, but the manager had no more information to offer on when his erstwhile 8th-inning guy and short-lived Interim Closer might return. ... No such uncertainty with Russell Martin, who has apparently recovered from the stiff neck he suffered lifting some dumbbells -- not the human variety -- on Saturday and was rewarded with a start tonight against Jered Weaver, against whom he has pretty good numbers: 8-for-24 (.333) with a home run and three RBI. ... Girardi was a little perturbed to learn the Angels had released their lineup before the Yankees had gotten a look at it. Girardi was particularly interested in whether Torii Hunter, who has been on the restricted list since May 14 dealing with the arrest of his teenaged son, had been reactivated. "Someone said they saw a Tweet from him saying, 'I'm back,'" Girardi said. "But since I don't deal in Tweets, so I don't know. We haven't seen a lineup yet.'' Told the Angels lineup was already available in the pressbox and yes, had been Tweeted, Girardi said, "The lineup? They already had the lineup cards out? I mean, that’s bull. How long was it out?'' Upon learning the lineup had been out for more than a half-hour, he had one question: "Is (Hunter) in the lineup?'' Told he was not, Girardi calmed down. "OK, then. My guess is, if he’s not in the lineup, he’s not active."