The lineup for tonight’s game against the Rays is as follows:
- Jeet SS
- Grandy CF
- Tex 1B
- Cano 2B
- Swish Dog
- Martin C
- Andruw Jones
- Eddie Nunez 3B
- Gardy LF
I’m stymied as to why the hottest, fastest hitter will be getting the fewest at-bats. Whatever. Fabulous Freddy will be going against David Price; first pitch is at 7:10 and the game can be seen on the YES Network.
Update: Swish Dog was moved to DH and Jones will be starting in right.
- Grandy had his left ankle iced and wrapped after last night’s game. He said it started to hurt after he was beaned in the first inning and he felt it all game. There was no swelling though and he said the ice was just precautionary. It must not be that bad of an injury if he’s in the lineup tonight.
- So (right elbow inflammation) threw his first rehab appearance last night with Single-A Tampa; he went 1 1/3 innings. His first inning was perfect but he gave up a homer and a hit in the second before getting yanked.
- Eric Chavez went 0-for-3 with a walk (as a DH) in his first rehab stint — also with Tampa — last night, but bounced back to go 4-for-5 this afternoon. All four hits were singles, and Girardi said if all goes according to plan the Yanks could have him and So back “in the near future.” I’m not sure what that means, but it seems encouraging.
- In another blow to the rotation, SuperNova was hurt in last night’s game with Triple-A Scranton. Girardi said that Nova rolled his ankle on a play in the second inning. He allowed three hits on 44 pitches in 1 1/3 innings before the injury.
- In case you missed it yesterday, the Yanks put Sergio Mitre on the DL with right shoulder tendinitis and recalled LHP Steve Garrison from Double-A Trenton to take his place. Garrison pitched a little in spring training but has yet to make his ML debut. This should be fun, I’m looking forward to making plenty of South Park jokes at his expense.
- The hour-long Jeter special “Derek Jeter 3K” will air on HBO on July 28 at 9 p.m. ET. In case you couldn’t deduce from the title, the thing chronicles Captain’s chase for 3,000 hits. Apparently he was mic’d up for a pair of games — including the game on July 9 when he went 5-for-5 and got The Hit — and even let camera crews follow him around. It should be good, mainly because Jeter has been so guarded throughout his career and this will be a rare glimpse behind the scenes.