Kuroda, Pettitte 'fine' after Subway Series
On the day the Yankees learned Mariano Rivera had successful surgery to repair his torn ACL, a handful of banged-up and oft-worked Bombers on the active staff were the main focus of Tuesday’s pre-game media session.
In terms of “minor” injuries, both Hiroki Kuroda and Andy Pettitte are “fine” after suffering minor injuries during last weekend’s Subway Series.
Kuroda, who bruised his foot during Friday’s victory over the Mets, was able to sprint on Tuesday and successfully threw a short bullpen session. The 37-year-old declared himself “ready to go,” and manager Joe Girardi expects Kuroda to make his start as scheduled on Wednesday.
As for Pettitte, who suffered a bruise to his pitching hand while bare-handing a comebacker in the sixth inning of Sunday’s victory, the lefty also threw a bullpen session on Tuesday and said his hand felt great, so he is on schedule to make his next start on Saturday against Washington.
The starters may be good to go, but the bullpen may be a little short, at least on Tuesday night.
Rafael Soriano, who was unavailable for Monday night’s game due to a blister on his right index finger, told YES Network’s Meredith Marakovits that his finger feels fine – but Girardi said that Soriano is a “game-time decision” and he will try to stay away from his closer if possible.
“I’m going to let him play catch and see how it feels today and we’ll go from there,” Girardi said.
Holding Soriano out may be tough, as the skipper also wants to stay away from righty Cory Wade and lefties Boone Logan and Clay Rapada, who have all pitched on three consecutive days. If that trio and Soriano are all unavailable, Girardi would be left with just three men – Cody Eppley, Freddy Garcia, and David Phelps – to pitch behind CC Sabathia.
“We’re going to need some distance out of CC, and some other guys are going to have to help us out,” Girardi said.
The bullpen should be getting a boost later this week, however, as David Robertson is on schedule to be activated for Friday’s series opener against the Nationals. Robertson threw a perfect inning in his second rehab outing for Triple-A Scranton Tuesday afternoon, and Girardi said he will rejoin the team Wednesday in Atlanta ahead of his activation.
“He’ll be here tomorrow, and it everything goes okay, he’ll be activated Friday,” Girardi said. “We just want to see how he feels first.”
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