TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees are on the road to Ft. Myers today, but a couple of them are headed elsewhere. Clay Rapada, who has been shut down with bursitis in his shoulder and only just started throwing again, is almost certainly headed to the disabled list. Phil Hughes probably is, too, backdated 10 days because he needs more work and the Yankees won't need him until April 6. That's the first day he would be eligible for reactivation.
And Travis Hafner, who has won the lefthanded DH job despite his .129 spring batting average, is headed over to the minor league complex to take as many at-bats as he wants in the Class A game today at 1:05 p.m.
Also: Derek Jeter will hit on the field at The Boss at 10:25 this morning, then take some infield practice to test out his sore ankle. If all goes well, he could play in a minor league game this weekend. A trip the DL to start the season is still not out of the question.
-- Phil Hughes will throw 45-50 pitches in a minor league game today. He, too, could start the season on the DL, backdated like Jeter to be eligible to play on April 6, the first time the Yankees will need a fifth starter. At the same time, Hiroki Kuroda will pitch in another minor league game, both at the same complex across the street from The Boss.
-- Joe Girardi said with the Jeter injury, there could be room for both Eduardo Nunez and Jayson Nix on his Opening Day roster. And for the first time, he acknowledged that Vidal Nuno, who has had an outstanding spring, might be considered for a role on the pitching staff, although he did not say what that role would be.
-- Robbie Cano went to Ft. Myers for the game against the Twins today, but he gets the day off tomorrow when the Yankees travel to Lakeland to play the Tigers. Hafner, Nix, Nunez, Brett Gardner, Kevin Youkilis, Brennan Boesch and Dan Johnson will make the trip, however. Andy Pettitte will make the start.