Friday, April 19, 2013
Pre-game notes: Andy, Tex, Grandy, Jeter
By Wallace Matthews
TORONTO -- Andy Pettitte has not pitched in 10 days, since complaining of back spasms that caused him to be scratched from his last scheduled start. Generally speaking, Pettitte has historically not been adversely affected by extra rest -- his record is 21-15 with a 3.56 ERA in starts with more than 6 days rest -- and Joe Girardi said he expects to see the Pettitte who won his first two starts this season with a 1.20 ERA.
"I expect him to be normal," Girardi said. "Routine. I'd love for him to get his seven innings in. We feel that the back [issue] is behind him. We’ll watch him a little bit closely, but I haven't told anyone to be on red alert."
Pettitte is 22-13 lifetime against the Jays with a 4.10 ERA; at the Rogers Centre, the numbers are 15-6, 3.84.
Other topics of discussion:
• Derek Jeter, of course. Girardi said he had not spoken to Jeter since the announcement that he had suffered another fracture in his left ankle and will lost until after the All-Star break, but the manager continued to maintain he expected Jeter, who will turn 39 in the interim, to be the same player he's always been when he returns.
"I really believe that when he’s healed, he’s going to be a good player for us," Girardi said. "It’s a just a matter of when. Everything about Derek is he’s always been the same guy. That’s the history that he has. So that’s what I think we’re going to get. It’s just a question of when."
• Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson: Girardi said both players are "going through the process" of working their way back from injuries -- Tex's partially-torn wrist tendon sheath and Grandy's fractured right forearm. Neither has taken more than light swings and neither has swung at a baseball yet. Still Girardi said Granderson was on schedule for an early May return.
• Francisco Cervelli is playing tonight with is left index finger taped up, the result of getting clipped with the bat on the first of his two catcher's interference infractions Thursday night. Otherwise, everyone seems to be healthy.