Pop quiz, hotshot! You played a game until 2:15 this morning and you have a 1PM start this afternoon. What do you do? What do you do!!?
Well, if you’re Joe Girardi, you trot out this lineup:
1. Eduardo Nunez SS
2. Russell Martin C
3. Nick Swisher RF
4. Alex Rodriguez 3B
5. Andruw Jones LF
6. Jesus Montero DH
7. Brandon Laird 1B
8. Greg Golson CF
9. Ramiro Pena 2B
Not that they’ll need the offense, what with A.J. Burnett on the bump!
Oh, wait. It’s against the Orioles. Prediction: Yankees 7, Orioles 2
Nathan Eovaldi hasn’t pitched in a month due to right elbow inflammation, but he told Chad Jennings of the Journal News today that he expects to pitch out of the bullpen if the Yankees advance to the ALDS against the Royals.
Eovaldi was originally expected to throw a 35-pitch bullpen session today, but the Yankees moved up his timetable after the news that CC Sabathia was checking into alcohol rehab. Instead, he threw 10 pitches in a bullpen session before facing hitters for the first time since his injury.
There isn’t enough time for Eovaldi to get stretched out to start during the ALDS, but he could still play an important role for the Yankees, especially with Adam Warren looking like the most likely option to replace Sabathia in the rotation.
Yadier Molina suffered a mild ligament tear in his left thumb on September 20, but the Cardinals announced Monday that they remain “optimistic” he’ll be on the roster for the upcoming NLDS.
Molina visited a hand specialist Monday and Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that he’ll have a custom splint built in hopes that he’ll be able to hit and catch. He’s still not 100 percent, but even a limited Molina could be better than the alternative. That would be Tony Cruz in this case.
The Cardinals will meet the winner of Wednesday’s Wild Card game between the Cubs and the Pirates. Game 1 of the NLDS will take place Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET in St. Louis.