Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Pregame notes: Reynolds All-Purpose Wrap
By Wallace Matthews
TORONTO -- The Yankees have used a lot of different players at a lot of different positions, but until last night, they had used only two second baseman -- Robinson Cano, and four times when Cano was the DH, David Adams.
And then, suddenly, they needed three second basemen in one game -- Cano, who left in the first inning after being hit by a pitch; Eduardo Nunez, who lasted until the top of the ninth, when he was forced to leave with a knee injury, and Mark Reynolds, who finished up and even turned the game-ending double play.
Well, Reynolds -- who has played all of three innings at second in his entire career -- is the starting second baseman tonight now that Nunez was a late scratch after pregame warmups.
"I’m comfortable there," Reynolds said. "I came up [at second], played in the Fall League there, a lot in the minor leagues there. Whatever they need, I’ll be ready to go."
Joe Girardi, who has used Reynolds at third and first so far, calls him "Mr. Everything."
• Girardi said the Yankees are still on rotation for the weekend series against the Orioles at home, meaning Phil Hughes is still scheduled to make his start on Sunday. But Girardi left open the possibility that that could change. "We could address it," he said, "But right now, that's what I have."
• Girardi, who gave Alex Rodriguez a day off after playing two straight games on the Tropicana Field turf -- which has a conventional skin infield -- is starting A-Rod for the third straight game on the Rogers Centre turf, which covers the infield except for small sliding boxes. "Well, I mighta done something different today if we were not in the situation we’re in," Girardi said.
• Girardi said Michael Pineda, who was shut down a couple of weeks ago after experiencing some shoulder soreness, would throw a side session in Tampa, but David Phelps, who has a sore right forearm, has yet to throw a ball. It is highly unlikely either of them will be among the September callups when rosters expand on Saturday.
• Slightly better news about Travis Hafner (shoulder) and Zoilo Almonte (ankle). Girardi said both have progressed to "tee and toss," and would move on to live batting practice later this week. Almonte had a minor setback when he needed to have four wisdom teeth pulled, but Girardi said he expects both to be recalled in September.
• Hiroki Kuroda is 4-1 with a 3.03 ERA lifetime versus the Blue Jays, including eight shutout innings against them at Yankee Stadium in May. Blue Jays starter Todd Redmond has never faced the Yankees.