Alex Rodrigruez and Andy Pettite both came through this morning’s simulated game with no major issues, although neither was quite ready to call it a smashing success. “I felt good,” Rodriguez said. “[Pettitte] looked great. I’m glad I don’t have to face him every day.” Pettitte was a little less than glowing about his own performance. “It is a step in the right direction,” Pettitte said. Thanks for that, Andy. Don’t go too far out on a limb. The lefty does hope to pitch in a minor league game on Wednesday – if that goes according to plan, he could be on the bump for the Yanks 5 days later. That night? The opener of what could be a crucial series in Steinbrenner-land against the Rays. Keep your fingers crossed, Yankees fans. As far as A-Rod possibly being activated tomorrow when he’s eligible, Joe Girardi says the team will wait until tomorrow morning to make that decision. One lighter note about the simulated game…the umpire. None other than Mr. October himself, Reggie Jackson was camped out behind the cage calling balls and strikes, even punching A-Rod out once. Not literally, of course. No Billy Martin action here.
One pre-game note from today’s actual game. Nick Swisher is a late scratch once again, so Marcus Thames moves into Swish’s spot in right, and the A-Rod driller Lance Berkman takes over at DH. And, speaking of returns, keep an eye on Javy Vazquez as he returns to the rotation this afternoon.