Hinske could benefit from roster adjustment

If Eric Hinkse packed on a few more If Eric Hinkse packed on a few more pounds he could resemble this comedian Photo Credit: Getty Images

advertisement | advertise on newsday

Joe Girardi said he would "sleep" on the final decisions regarding the Yankees' 25-man World Series roster but said "we'll probably make some changes," which is good news for Eric Hinske and possibly Brian Bruney.

Indications are that Hinske, left off the ALCS roster because Girardi wanted Freddy Guzman as an extra pinch runner, will make the World Series roster. Hinske would give Girardi another pinch-hitting option. That's especially important in Games 3, 4 and 5 in Philadelphia, when National League rules will be in effect and the designated hitter will not be used.

"Obviously, you play a little different style of baseball when you go into a National League park," Girardi said. "So you have to think about adjustments that you might have to make."

Hinske could start at DH at Yankee Stadium if Hideki Matsui, who is 7-for-30 this postseason, continues to struggle. He also can play the corner infield and outfield spots.

Bruney, a likely roster addition if the Yankees choose to go with 12 pitchers, threw a simulated inning after the team workout.

The Yankees have until 10 a.m. this morning to complete the roster.

advertisement | advertise on newsday

 

More simulation

After Bruney threw his simulated inning, Chad Gaudin, a possibility to start either Game 4 or 5, threw a simulated game that was observed by Girardi, pitching coach Dave Eiland and bullpen coach Mike Harkey. Jerry Hairston Jr., Hinske, Brett Gardner and Freddy Guzman served as the hitters.

 

A brief sit-down

advertisement | advertise on newsday

Mariano Rivera said Monday that he talked to Phil Hughes, who has struggled this postseason. Hughes, who had a 1.40 ERA in 44 relief appearances in the regular season, has a 5.79 ERA in six postseason games. "All I said was, don't try to change anything," Rivera said. "Be confident and enjoy it. That's it."

Girardi said Hughes still will be Rivera's main setup man, though matchups could alter things and adjustments will be made as needed.

 

$relatedItem.caption
Running man

advertisement | advertise on newsday

During the Yankees' media session, which featured players on risers (similar to the Super Bowl's media day) in the Stadium's Great Hall, Derek Jeter was asked how he thought he would do in Sunday's New York Marathon.

Jeter said with a laugh, "I have enough trouble scoring from first."

 

$relatedItem.caption

Extra bases

MLB announced that Gerry Davis will be crew chief for the six-man umpiring crew assigned to the Series. Davis, a 26-year veteran, will be joined by regular-season crew chiefs Dana DeMuth and Joe West and veteran umpires Brian Gorman, Jeff Nelson and Mike Everitt, all of whom have Series experience. The assignments were prompted by the number of blown calls in the first two rounds of the postseason.

$relatedItem.caption

>>INTERACTIVE Yankees vs. Phillies scouting report

$relatedItem.caption
>> COMPLETE COVERAGE: Yankees go for 27th World Series title

>> PHOTOS: Reasons to fear the Phillies | Yankees celebrate 40th AL pennant | ALCS highlights

>> BLOGS: Yankees postseason | Ken Davidoff's MLB Insider

>>  FUN: SimSeries | Yankee pie chart (walkoff wins) | Tale of Two Cities: NY vs. Philly | Core Four: Who's the best?

>> MORE: World Series pitching capsules | VOTE: Who wins?

Subscribe to Newsday’s sports newsletter for stories, photos and videos about your favorite New York teams plus national sports news and events.

You also may be interested in: