The Yankees are delaying activating Brett Gardner from the 60-day disabled list as they ensure he is healthy enough to return from a strained right elbow, but another factor is that Girardi said roster decisions still have to be made. The Yankees will need to clear a spot on their 40-man roster to activate Gardner, and they already made a move Wednesday to activate starter Andy Pettitte, moving Dellin Betances to the 60-day disabled list.
Alex Rodriguez hit cleanup as the designated hitter for the Yankees in Game 1 of their doubleheader, and Girardi started the slugger at third base for the nightcap.
David Phelps originally appeared to be the long reliever on tap to follow Pettitte once the 40-year-old reached around 70 pitches in his return from the disabled list, but the doubleheader forced Phelps back into the rotation to start the nightcap. After Pettitte worked five innings in the matinee, Girardi used six relievers to close out the win: Clay Rapada, Derek Lowe, Joba Chamberlain, Boone Logan, David Robertson and Rafael Soriano.