Game 46: Yankees at White Sox
We’ve changed locales to the South Side of town, as the Yankees and White Sox open a four-game series here at U.S. Cellular Field tonight. Here’s the quick hits of what you need to know:
- Derek Jeter played against and with Robin Ventura, and he believes that Ventura’s temperament was perfect to handle the responsibilities that go with a move from the lineup to the manager’s office. It’s still not a career path that Jeter has any interest in pursuing.
“I’m not going to manage,” Jeter said. “My temperament would be all right to be a manager, but I’m not. No. Write that down. No.”
Jeter has made similar comments numerous times in the past, good-naturedly reiterating the point Thursday to a group of local reporters at U.S. Cellular Field. Jeter has often said that he’d like to call the shots as a team owner.
- Yangervis Solarte was something of a mystery to most of the Yankees’ coaching staff earlier this year, but the versatile switch-hitter made an impression on infield coach Mick Kelleher, who saw great potential in those early days of spring.
“He’s hungry. He’s a worker. He’s a quick learner and a heads-up player,” Kelleher said. “None of us knew him, really. He’s got a lot of great qualities to have that you look for in a player.”
- Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda is rehabbing in Tampa, Fla. and has been scheduled to pitch to live hitters on Saturday, according to manager Joe Girardi. Pineda has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 6 with a right shoulder muscle injury, and has thrown bullpens of 20 to 30 pitches to this point.
“He’s progressing like we want,” Girardi said. “Everything is going according to plan so let’s keep going forward.”
- This marks the Yankees’ first trip to U.S. Cellular Field since last August, a visit which was marked by Alex Rodriguez’s 2013 season debut, immediately following an appeal of what was then a 211-game suspension.
The suspension was later reduced to 162 games, spanning the complete 2014 campaign. Manager Joe Girardi said that he had not given any thought to Rodriguez’s situation. Asked if he had contacted Rodriguez recently, Girardi replied: “I’m not going to say.”
- Girardi has been pleased with the work of 23-year-old catcher John Ryan Murphy, who started behind the plate on Thursday to give Brian McCann a break against White Sox left-hander Chris Sale.
“He’s improved, there’s no doubt about it, but I was pretty impressed with him when he came up last year,” Girardi said.
Here are the lineups:
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
David Phelps RHP (1-0, 3.33)
|WHITE SOX (23-25)
Adam Eaton CF
Chris Sale LHP (3-0, 2.30)