Two nights, two rainouts in Cleveland
The Yankees and Indians were rained out for the second consecutive day on Thursday at Progressive Field, prompting Joe Girardi to question how teams’ schedules are set for the early part of the season.
Girardi’s Yankees won the first two games of the series against the Indians before inclement weather forced the postponements of contests on Wednesday and Thursday. No makeup dates have been announced, and this is the Yankees’ only scheduled trip to Cleveland this season.
“I don’t think you can come to cold weather cities [in April] if you’re only going to go there once,” Girardi said. “I think you’ve got to stay within your division first.”
Thursday’s game was scheduled as a 7:05 p.m. ET game and officially announced as postponed at approximately 9 p.m.
“I know teams want night games and I understand that,” Girardi said. “But if you would’ve had a day game today, it gives you a longer window to play the game.”
Girardi said that he expects the two games to be made up as a day-night doubleheader on May 13, a mutual off-day for New York and Cleveland, but that has not been finalized or officially announced.
“I don’t think there’s anything else you can do,” Girardi said.
Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes said he never warmed up on Thursday and will now be assigned to the bullpen for a few days. CC Sabathia will start as scheduled against the Orioles on Friday at Yankee Stadium.
Ivan Nova had been scheduled to start on Wednesday against the Indians and is also will be in the bullpen behind Sabathia on Friday, when more inclement weather is in the forecast.
“We’ll just keep everyone on target as much as we can, as many guys as we can,” Girardi said. “The other two guys, I know it’s tough, but it’s what we’re going to do.”
Hughes said he that will be in the bullpen on Friday and Saturday, and is lining up to pitch next Tuesday against the D-backs in New York. He had no issues with how Thursday’s game was handled.
“We’ve gone through rain delays before,” Hughes said. “You just have to sit it out and wait. Everybody was looking at the radar and it didn’t look good. We were just kind of holding tight and hoping we would get a window in, but obviously that didn’t happen.”