Yankees notes & quotes: Good news for Kuroda, Phelps

Getting ready for first pitch here at Tropicana Field, as Vidal Nuno and Matt Moore link up in the pitching matchup under the oatmeal-colored roof. Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know this afternoon:

READY TO MEET THE METS: The Yankees have announced their probable pitchers for the upcoming home-and-home Subway Series, with both Hiroki Kuroda and David Phelps included after their respective injury scares.

Kuroda said that he still feels some soreness in his right calf, which was struck by a liner in his last start on Wednesday against the Orioles, but he expects to start opposite Mets right-hander Matt Harvey on Tuesday at Citi Field. Kuroda tested the calf in a bullpen session on Saturday and said he was able to complete the full session.

“There’s a little tightness,” Kuroda said through an interpreter. “It’s not zero. It’s not like I don’t feel anything, but I’ll be OK.”

Phelps had his right forearm in a compression wrap and said it was sore on Saturday, one day after he was struck by a Ben Zobrist line drive in the eighth inning of his start against the Rays. He said that he will try to throw a bullpen on Sunday and is listed as the Yanks’ probable starter for Wednesday against the Mets at Yankee Stadium, starting opposite Jeremy Hefner.

“Nothing that I wasn’t expecting,” Phelps said. “I slept pretty good last night. I woke up, it was just a little stiff, a little sore. We’ll get treatment done and be ready to go in five days.”

GRANDY SHELVED: The Yankees officially placed Curtis Granderson on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday, recalling Brennan Boesch from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to replace him on the active roster.

Boesch, 28, was batting just .179 (5-for-28) at Triple-A, but Joe Girardi said the Yankees were looking for a left-handed hitter with experience to take Granderson’s roster spot. Boesch had been excited about going down to the Minors to get regular at-bats, but Girardi said he’ll work Boesch into the mix here as the Yanks play 17 games in a row.

NEW ARM: The Yankees claimed left-hander David Huff off waivers from the Indians on Saturday. Huff, 28, made three relief appearances for Cleveland this season, allowing five earned runs in three innings.

If his name sounds familiar, it’s because Huff was struck in the head by an Alex Rodriguez line drive on May 29, 2010 while pitching for the Tribe at Yankee Stadium. Huff will have 72 hours to join the Yanks; not sure exactly how he fits in. The move was announced after Girardi’s session with the media.

ANDY FEELS DANDY: Andy Pettitte said that he felt good after throwing a bullpen on Saturday at Tropicana Field and expects to come off the disabled list when he is eligible on June 1.

RO KNOWS NUNO: Catcher Austin Romine got the start behind the plate on Saturday because of his familiarity with left-hander Vidal Nuno, manager Joe Girardi said. Chris Stewart is expected to be behind the plate on Sunday to catch CC Sabathia.

CHAIN LINK BASEBALL: Mark Teixeira (right wrist) had five at-bats in a Gulf Coast League game on Saturday in Tampa, Fla. and felt good, while Kevin Youkilis (back) played three innings and also felt fine.

Also on Saturday, right-hander Joba Chamberlain (oblique) threw two innings and 24 pitches on Saturday. The effort was not without incident, as Chamberlain took a one-hopper off his right calf, but Girardi said that Chamberlain had no issues. His next outing could come at the big league level.

8 Comments

robert G as much as I agree with you I have to tell you IF I have to give the ball to a Yankee starter in the playoff or to win a big game, I give that ball to Andy (assuming he’s healthy). Totally agree with you about CC, the velocity & pitch placement is NOT there. He’s like a lot of pitchers his age. He needs to make an adjustment and become a pitcher.

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I would add my thanks to Seeknay’s for your comments and responses Bryan. The team keeps winning but not today. Seems that CC got bombed and obviously has been struggling this year with his command and velocity. Can CC adjust soon enough to start becoming more of a finesse pitcher than a power pitcher which he has been all his career. Other great pitchers have had to do it. Freddy Garcia is an example. Maybe he needs to take a couple of starts off and work on his mechanics and velocity. But maybe he’s giving all he is capable of giving and if so someone has to make a decision whether CC should stay in the starting rotation or go to the bullpen. I guess the team is more important than any individual. I think we need to start thinking that Kuroda is the ace of this Yankee team right now and not CC. I hope he can come back and be the dominant pitcher he’s been in the past but I’m beginning to doubt.

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Bryan thanks for the responses. robert G. totally agree about Mo. He is truly one of a kind. I hope that if this is his last year that not only does he close with a save in the WS BUT also 5 years from now he is unanimously elected into the Baseball Hall Of Fame. He is worthy of that honor. This team just keeps winning!!!!!!

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Hey, how amazing is Rivera! Rodney, the Ray’s closer, blows a save and gives up 2 runs in the 9th. He’s blown quite a few this year. Mariano comes on with a 1 run lead and strikes out 2 for the win. The guy is superhuman. And at the age of 40 no less, after being off most of last year with a serious injury. Unbelievable. Sad it’s going to be his last year? Who will replace him? He’s irreplaceable. Robertson is good but not automatic or as consistent as Rivera is game in and game out, year in and year out. Great win against a real tough starter. And it’s Overbay again. The old Jays cast off who does it. Someone blogged here about letting Overbay go to another team once Tex gets back. Geez I hope not. I wish he could play another position but we need him to spell Tex off and in fact if Tex doesn’t get it done maybe Overbay is the #1 and Tex spells him off. These veterans have been terrific. Even Boesch got a pinch hit double first game back. These are the geriatric kids.Great win!

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Can anyone tell me why Gardner would try to steal 2nd base with Cano at the plate, 2 outs,and the Yankees have just tied it up in the 9th? Gardner’s percentage for stealing is not that high this year. He’s been caught a few times. Why take a risk? Cano might have put one out of the park here with Rodney on the ropes. I know it’s easier to score from 2nd on a single than from 1st but it’s a big risk with the score tied in the 9th. Over aggressive on the base pads? Or a good risk in this situation? Some will argue either way.

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Excellent question, especially considering how Gardner said earlier this year he didn’t want to run because it’d take the bat out of Cano’s hands.

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Might have three guys off the DL (Teixeira, Youkilis, Chamberlain) within the next 10 days, Girardi said. That’d do a lot to change the complexion of the roster.

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Folks this team has got to get back it’s everyday players ASAP.

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