Monday, September 9, 2013
Pregame notes: Who's Starting Thursday?
By Wallace Matthews
BALTIMORE -- This Yankee season seems destined to end the way it began, with a slew of important players injured and not available to play.
Derek Jeter is doing no baseball activity today although Joe Girardi said, rather unconvincingly, that the Yankees 39-year-old captain could be available "in an emergency," although it's hard to imagine a situation more dire than the one they're already in.
Chris Stewart, who injured the ligaments in his left foot yesterday, is probably not available tonight. Neither is David Robertson (right shoulder tendinitis). And neither, of course, is Boone Logan, who had a cortisone shot in his left elbow on Saturday. And oh yeah, there's no guarantee Mariano Rivera, who blew the save yesterday and worked two innings, will be able to go tonight.
Girardi said Logan is unlikely to be available at all this series. The best hope he could offer was that maybe Logan cold be ready to go by Thursday's series finale here.
-- David Huff, who started and got shelled in Saturday's game against the Red Sox, was back listed among the relief pitchers on today's roster. So was Phil Hughes. In fact, only four pitchers were listed as starters -- tonight's starter, CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, who goes tomorrow, Andy Pettitte who goes on Wednesday, and Hiroki Kuroda, who is slated to open the weekend series against the Red Sox in Boston on Friday.
So who starts Thursday? That was supposed to be Huff's day, but after his flameout on Saturday (9 earned runs in 3 1/3 innings), that would appear to be in doubt. But Girardi said that so far, he had yet to make any changes to his rotation.
"We're going to get through these three days and see where we're at," Girardi said. "I'm not saying I'm changing anything, but if we need Huff (out of the bullpen), we need Huff."
-- The Yankees added OF Zoilo Almonte to the expanded September roster today, but since he was up earlier in the season, he does not constitute a new franchise record for number of players used in a single Yankee season. The number stands at 54 different players used this season.
-- Sabathia is 18-5 with a 3.33 ERA in 29 career starts against the Orioles. Two starts back, Sabathia beat the O's 8-5 at Yankee Stadium, allowing five earned runs in 5 1/3 innings. Orioles starter Chris Tillman is 3-4 with a 7.43 ERA in nine career starts vs. the Yankees.