“Every game playing for the Yankees in the American League East is the big stage, in a sense,” Girardi said. “So I don’t see [Sunday] being any different. He’s pitched against the Red Sox, he’s pitched against Tampa.”
It took Derek Jeter 2,337 games to reach 326 career steals, tying Rickey Henderson’s franchise record. Henderson did it in 596 games.
“It’s hard to believe. Rickey was only here what? A year-and-a-half?” Jeter said with a laugh. “But if you play long enough and try to be consistent, I guess good things happen.”
Phil Hughes is still throwing, but there still is no clear plan for when the right-hander will go on a rehab assignment or pitch again for the Yankees.
“I really won’t know for sure until I get a competitive atmosphere and I’m throwing 100 percent,” said Hughes, who has been on the disabled list since April 15 with right shoulder inflammation. "I’m just worried about getting on a mound for now.
"I haven’t even been able to wrap my mind around [pitching in the big leagues] yet. I know I’m throwing Monday, and I’m just trying to take it a day at a time. I feel good now, so I’ll be pushing to get on a mound as soon as I can."