Update (5:13 p.m.): The Yankees have regained their third baseman while losing their starting pitcher. A.J. Burnett will not make his long awaited start against Josh Beckett tonight as he has been scratched with back spasms. Dustin Moseley with start in his stead tonight, and Phil Hughes will go tomorrow. Burnett, who felt the spasms yesterday, is scheduled to pitch Tuesday against the Rangers as long as his back holds up.
In other injury news, Alex Rodriguez is currently penciled into the lineup tonight as the clean-up hitter and third baseman. A-Rod missed yesterday’s game after taking a line drive to the shin during batting practice. He walked off the field under his own power but with a slight limp, and his x-rays were negative. While A-Rod is right now set to play, Girardi told reporters that the final lineup will be a game-time decision. “I can’t tell you that will be our lineup at 8 o clock,” he said.