Lovely day here in St. Petersburg, and here inside the Trop...it's 72 degrees. It always is.
It's interesting - we say these are tense times around the Yankees, and sure, they are. But that doesn't mean that no one is smiling. It was a relaxed scene today as new arrival Chris Dickerson joked around with reporters, and as some of the players and coaches watched the end of the Astros-Braves game.
Joe Girardi and Larry Rothschild hung out in Girardi's office, watching some of last night's Cubs-Reds game. Rothschild was curious to see how his former charge Carlos Zambrano unraveled.
Of course, the one person who never smiles, Rafael Soriano, was back in New York, and we won't see him on the mound for a little bit. The Yankees put Soriano on the 15-day disabled list with what they're calling right elbow inflammation. Soriano underwent an MRI that showed nothing particularly concerning, but if your elbow is bothering you, then you can't pitch.
Dickerson took Soriano's roster spot and will start tonight in rightfield, hitting ninth; Nick Swisher is sick. Girardi said the Yankees recalled an outfielder to replace Soriano because they felt they had enough coverage with a 12-man pitching staff.
--Jorge Posada is back in the starting lineup, hitting seventh as the DH. It's of course his first start since his Saturday walkout.
I spoke with Don Zimmer, here as the Rays' senior baseball adviser, about the challenge of manging guys like Posada and Derek Jeter as they age and fade. I'll use some of Zimmer's sentiments in my column for tomorrow. I'd appreciate if you didn't tell the competition.
--Have a great night.