Yanks look to start new string behind Hiroki Kuroda
Other than Vidal Nuno, who pitched three scoreless innings in his big league debut, there weren’t many people in the Yankees’ clubhouse who had anything good to say about Monday’s 9-1 loss to the Astros.
They’ll try for better results tonight as Hiroki Kuroda (3-1, 2.79) and Phil Humber (0-5, 7.99) link up in a 7:05 p.m. ET contest here at Yankee Stadium.
Injuries are, once again, the story of the day around the Yankees – Kevin Youkilis went on the disabled list with a back strain and GM Brian Cashman said it was “a mistake” to allow Youkilis to play on Saturday against the Blue Jays. With Youkilis out, the Yanks have recalled infielder Corban Joseph from Triple-A; he’ll be in line to make his big league debut, asked to back up at second base, third base and first base.
Joe Girardi’s pregame chat also included injury updates, with Curtis Granderson (still taking BP, could soon advance to Minor League games) and Mark Teixeira (still taking only dry swings, unlikely to return in May) among them. It was last week that Girardi was asked, following the hits to Ivan Nova and Francisco Cervelli, if he was ready to shake his fist at the baseball injury gods. In case you’re wondering, he still isn’t at that point.
“There’s not a whole lot I can do about it, in a sense,” Girardi said. “I can’t really worry about it. You have to go put a lineup up today and just concentrate on the game today. That’s what I try to do.”