Herzog here, pinch-hitting for Kat for Friday night’s game against the Pirates.
Doug Mientkiewicz held court at his locker before the game, talking about how much he misses being a part of the team and how he hopes to be back by Aug. 1. He will have surgery to repair his broken right wrist on Tuesday, when a pin will be inserted.
He said that even though he was woozy as he was being carted off the field last Saturday in Boston, he could hear the loud ovation at Fenway Park. “I never thought I’d be cheered again in that ballpark,” Mientkiewicz joked, aware of his role as villain for (a) trying to keep the ball after the final out of the 2004 World Series and (b) now wears the uniform of the dreaded Yankees.
Mientkiewicz also confirmed that Mike Lowell had called him at Massachusetts General Hospital Saturday night. Lowell is the Red Sox player who collided with Mientkiewicz Saturday, causing a slight concussion as well as breaking the wrist that had been first been injured sliding into second in a previous game. “I kidded him that if he was half a step faster, he’d have been by me already,” Mientkiewicz said.
Friday night’s Yankees lineup is one that has been working lately:
Johnny Damon DH
Derek Jeter SS
Bobby Abreu LF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Jorge Posada C
Hideki Matsui LF
Robinson Cano 2B
Melky Cabrera CF
Miguel Cairo 1B
Andy Pettitte P
Joe Torre said he will continue using Cairo at first because he likes his defense, “as long as we keep scoring runs.” If he feels he needs another bat in the lineup, then Josh Phelps would return to first base.