A.J. Burnett was scheduled to start tonight's game against the Braves but instead just finished up a three-inning simulated game, throwing 50 pitches to Jorge Posada.
"“Got a lot out of it, it was good work,” Burnett said. “And the fact that Jorgie stayed late meant a lot. Shows you how much he wants to work with me, too, so that meant a lot.”
*** With tonight's game getting canceled, three pitchers not scheduled -- Dave Robertson, Royce Ring and Jonathan Albaladejo -- to go to Viera for tomorrow's game against the Nationals, will now make the trip. Four young pitchers not really contending for roster spots -- Wilkins Arias, Christian Garcia, D.J. Mitchell and Zach Segovia -- now won't make the trip.
Of course, tomorrow's game is very much in doubt as the forecast for Viera is for thunderstorms much of the day. The Yankees' bus is scheduled to leave at 7:45 a.m. for the nearly three-hour drive to Viera. They hope to know before leaving if there's a decent chance the game is going to be played.
"If we get postponed tomorrow, my thought is we'll do something to have like a simulated game here to make sure Andy and all of our pitchers get work," Joe Girardi said. "Probably an intrasquad [game]."
*** Girardi said he “encouraged” C Francisco Cervelli, who suffered a concussion Saturday after getting beaned, to wear the oversized Rawlings S100 batting helmet that David Wright experimented with last season.
Cervelli, already dubbed the “Great Gazoo” by Jorge Posada, called the helmet “ugly” but said he’d wear it.
“[Girardi] said, ‘We want you to stay healthy for the next 15, 20 years or whatever,” Cervelli said.
"To me it just makes sense," Girardi said tonight. "If you have something that you've had to deal with, if there's some way to improve the protection or keep you maybe from being injured again, it makes sense to use that device. It is much more padded. It really is unbelievable. You look at it and say, why don't more people wear it? Why doesn't everybody wear it?"