"It's happened to me before,'' said Williams, who jammed his right (non-throwing) shoulder into the bag diving back into first on a pickoff attempt in the fifth inning and had to leave the game. "It's usually just a couple of days and I'm back to normal.''
Manager Joe Girardi said no tests were scheduled for Williams and his status is day-to-day. But at least once, in 2012, when Williams did the same thing to his left shoulder, he wound up undergoing surgery. This time, he said he felt no pain in his shoulder.
"It just feels tired,'' he said. "It feels like I have a heavy arm. Like my arm’s a thousand pounds. Besides that it’s pretty good.''
Williams was happy, however, to have been on the field to witness Alex Rodriguez's 3,000th hit on a first-inning home run, and even happier that his dad, Derwin, who was flying to New York from Los Angeles and did not expect to arrive at Yankee Stadium until the third inning, had gotten in early enough to witness the historic shot, too.
"I'm happy for Alex,'' he said. "And happy for my dad. It was awesome for both of them.''
Girardi still won't commit to Warren: Adam Warren pitched the best game of his career, overcoming a shaky, two-run second inning to work a career-high eight innings, allowing just those two runs on seven hits and striking out seven. Girardi called Warren's performance "outstanding,'' but when asked if Warren was making his decision on who to demote to the bullpen more difficult when Ivan Nova returns to action, Girardi evaded the question.
"Let’s just worry about tomorrow and who we’re going to pitch tomorrow,'' Girardi said. "Everyone wants to know what we’re going to do, and I’ve said, and I’ll probably have to say it again tomorrow, we don’t cross that bridge until we have to.''
For the record, Nathan Eovaldi will pitch on Saturday.
Nova so-so in Scranton: Speaking of Nova, the Yankees' recovering right-hander (Tommy John surgery in April 2014) allowed seven hits and five earned runs in five innings of work in a Triple-A game Friday night, which was supposed to be his last rehab start before rejoining the Yankees. Girardi said he had not gotten a report yet on Nova and thus could not say whether he would be reactivated.