The early April schedule wasn't especially kind to the Yankees from a scheduling standpoint, but since that first 13-game stretch they've actually had one of the more favorable deals in MLB with scheduled off-days on each of the last 3 Mondays. The timing of those off-days has been a huge benefit in each of the last 2 weeks, as they gave the Yanks an extra day to deal with the losses of Francisco Cervelli and Ivan Nova and extra time off for some older players who needed it to rest some sprains and strains. They have a few more bumps and bruises after this weekend series and once again the off-day comes up at the absolute perfect time.
- Brett Gardner was held out of last night's game after getting hit by a pitch on the foot on Saturday. He could have been used in a pinch last night, but this extra day off should have him ready for tomorrow.
- Ditto Yangervis Solarte, who Joe scratched with a sore shoulder before last night's game. It doesn't sound too serious and right now Solarte is expected to be ready to go tomorrow as well.
- He isn't hurt, but Derek Jeter went without a day off all weekend despite a Friday night/Saturday afternoon schedule in the first 2 games. He had the quad issue a few weeks back that the day off on the 14th really helped. A day off his feet today should do his body good.
- Also not injured, but D-Rob has pitched in 3 of the last 4 days and threw 24+ pitches on Saturday and Sunday. If the Yanks were playing tonight, he probably wouldn't be available.
New York's next scheduled off-day is Thursday, May 8th, when they'll travel from LA to Milwaukee. The day off today should be enough to prepare them for the next 9-game stretch.
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