Quick Hits: Kuroda, Aardsma, Lineup

Good news from Joe Giradi, who says that Hiroki Kuroda is scheduled to make his next start. The pitcher’s hand was grazed by a line drive in the second inning last night, and clearly had some difficulty throwing the ball after. The Yankees pulled him from the game, and we know that we’re just dealing with bruising, but missing a start was still a possibility. Kuroda is scheduled to pitch Monday afternoon against the Indians in Cleveland.

The Yankees have also officially unconditionally released David Aardsma. The reliever was a victim of the 40-man roster crunch, despite completing his recovery from Tommy John surgery successfully. The Yankees could still offer him a minor league deal, but Aardsma was probably pitching well enough to get some looks for major league bullpens.

Finally, tonight’s lineup courtesy of Chad Jennings.
Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Travis Hafner DH
Vernon Wells LF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Lyle Overbay 1B
Francisco Cervelli C

Andy Pettitte will take the mound against Ryan Dempster as the Yankees look for their first win of the year. The game starts at 7:05 PM and you can catch it on YES or the MLB Network.

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