Noah K. Murray/The Star-LedgerChris Stewart is in the lineup for Russell Martin.
ARLINGTON, Texas – a few notes from Joe Girardi’s session with reporters…
One more day: Michael Pineda’s dye-contrast MRI was pushed back to tomorrow because of a scheduling conflict. He is still scheduled to undergo the additional test on his right shoulder.Behind the plate: Chris Stewart will start in place of catcher Russell Martin. It’s the second straight time Stewart will catch CC Sabathia, though Girardi stressed he is not the lefty’s personal catcher.
“I think it’s important that as a catcher you’re familiar with one or two guys,” he said.
Girardi notes he could have also used Stewart on Wednesday for Phil Hughes, who he has caught once this season. but Girardi liked the liked the idea of back-to-back off days for Martin, who will play the rest of the road trip.
“I figured with those four long games that we had in a row – the two at home and the two in Boston – I’d give him two days in a row,” Girardi said.
No errors, guaranteed: Eduardo Nunez gets the start against lefty Derek Holland. but he will be the Yankees’ designated hitter, with Derek Jeter at shortstop and Alex Rodriguez at third base.
“Jeet’s had a couple of days,” Girardi said. “Alex has had a couple of days. I could DH Alex one of the days and play (Eric Chavez). I was just figuring (Jeter’s) our everyday shortstop, so get him out there. He can play three days in a row here.”
If you missed them earlier, here are the starting lineups.
Ready for more Freddy?: Girardi said embattled right-hander Freddy Garcia is “absolutely” going to stay in the starting rotation, even though the team hasn’t decided whether he’ll make his next start. the Yankees may move Garcia to allow CC Sabathia to pitch Saturday against the Tigers on regular rest. Whenever it is, Garcia will get a next turn.
“Freddy’s going to start again,” Girardi said.
On Pudge: Ivan Rodriguez will be honored tonight by the Rangers. the longtime catcher retired after 21 major league seasons, which included a stint with the Yankees in 2008.
Said Girardi: “Tremendous player. One of the greatest players of all time. it was enjoyable to have a chance to play against him and a short time to manage him. It’s remarkable what he did on the offense side seeing that he played here and the heat that he had to deal with on a consistent basis. 2,800-plus hits for a catcher is amazing.”
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