“I obviously played there for a while and still have a lot of friends over there,” Reynolds said of an Orioles club that lost to the Yankees in last fall’s Division Series. “It’s going to be a tough series.
“I don’t think we can lose many more games if we want to have a chance at this.”
A corner infielder by trade, Reynolds might be forced into his second straight start at second base tonight if Robinson Cano is still hampered by a bruised left hand suffered Tuesday night in Toronto.
After resting and receiving treatment for two straight days, Cano said he’d test the hand during batting practice this afternoon. But his understudy at second base could be lost for days if not weeks.
Eduardo Nunez’s MRI on his right knee was negative, and he’s day to day. In Tuesday night’s eighth inning, Nunez caught a spike on the artificial turf and twisted his right knee. He complained of additional soreness and stiffness during Wednesday’s pre-game drills.
If not for the injuries to Cano and Nunez, Girardi might have given A-Rod off Wednesday night.
Now, the Yankees enter “a tricky stretch,” Girardi said of balancing rest for his veterans while the Yankees play 17 critical days in a row.
As far as playing shape, Girardi said that Rodriguez might be “a little bit further ahead” of Jeter, since Jeter only returned from the disabled list Monday; he’d been sidelined since Aug. 3 with a strained calf.
But generally, “I feel pretty good about them,” Girardi said yesterday, when the Yanks completed a 2-4 road trip with a 7-2 loss to the last-place Blue Jays.
“Fortunately that one loss isn’t going to make or break our season,” said Chris Stewart. “But for us to get back to the playoffs, we’ve just got to start playing better baseball, get some wins and get back to where we need to be.”