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.