Barring an emergency situation, the Yankees will be without Mariano Rivera for a second straight night.
According to Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York, Rivera still felt some tightness in his right triceps muscle while long-tossing with Boone Logan before tonight’s game against the Indians.
“I feel better today but I think we’re going to do another day off,” Rivera said about an hour before the beginning of Tuesday night’s game between the Yankees and Indians at Progressive Field. “I felt it a little bit. I could pitch, yes, but if they can get by another day, it would be much better. And wiser I would say so.”
While Rivera maintained that he is “not concerned” about the injury, he acknowledged that “after 17 years of doing this you’re going to have some soreness.”
Rivera, 41, has a 1.91 ERA, 21 saves and a 28/5 K/BB ratio over 35 appearances this season. He is currently on pace for 68 appearances, which would be his most since 2005.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw entered Wednesday night’s start against the Marlins without having issued a walk in his previous three starts. In fact, his last walk came on April 3 when he issued a free pass to Paul Goldschmidt with the bases empty and two outs in the bottom of the first inning. All told, Kershaw was on a streak of 26 walk-less innings before he took the mound at home to take on the Marlins.
Kershaw started off Wednesday in character, striking out the side in the first inning. He issued a walk in a tough second inning, but escaped without allowing a run. Kershaw walked two more in the third and again danced out of danger. In the fourth, Kershaw walked Lewis Brinson to load the bases with no outs and — you guessed it — didn’t end up allowing a run. His errant control finally came back to bite him in the fifth when Kershaw issued back-to-back two-out walks, then served up a three-run home run to Miguel Rojas down the left field line. His night was done when he completed the inning. Five innings, three runs, five hits, six walks, seven strikeouts, 112 pitches.
The six walks Kershaw issued over five innings marked his first six-walk outing since April 7, 2010 when he issued six free passes to the Pirates in 4 2/3 innings. The only other time he walked as many was on August 3, 2009 against the Brewers in a four-plus inning outing. Kershaw hasn’t even walked five batters in an outing recently — the last time was September 23, 2012 against the Reds.