Hiroki Kuroda’s right middle finger isn’t completely healed, and he doesn’t know if it will affect his pitching today. “I would be lying if I said it wasn’t bothering me,’’ said Kuroda, slated to start this afternoon against the Indians in Cleveland. “At the same time, I have to deal with it.’’ Kuroda left Wednesday night’s game against the Red Sox in the second inning when he was struck by Shane Victorino’s line drive. Kuroda threw a bullpen session at Comerica Park Friday and threw off flat ground yesterday. Asked what was bothering him, Kuroda was evasive. “Nothing specific,” he said. “Until I get on the mound, I won’t be able to see how I feel.’’ If Kuroda needs early help, it would come from Adam Warren, a rookie right-hander who provided 5 1/3 innings of relief against the Red Sox. * Eduardo Nunez attempted to throw yesterday and couldn’t. Unlike Saturday, the shortstop didn’t even try to swing a bat on the advice of the medical staff. “It feels better, but I can’t throw,’’ Nunez said of his right biceps, bruised when hit by a pitch by the Tigers’ Doug Fister on Friday. Nunez, who was replaced by Jayson Nix for a second straight game, is hoping to be back in the lineup today against the Indians, but the fact he wasn’t allowed to swing and was unable to throw are not positive signs. He entered yesterday’s 7-0 win over the Tigers as a pinch-runner for Travis Hafner in the eighth and scored a run. * For the first time in the young season, manager Joe Girardi started the same catcher in back-to-back games. Francisco Cervelli, who caught CC Sabathia on Opening Day, was paired with the ace yesterday. Cervelli, who also started Saturday’s game, went 2-for-4 yesterday with a pair of RBIs. After two consecutive ineffective outings, Girardi said Boone Logan was unavailable yesterday. The Yankees’ lone lefty reliever has been bad in three appearances, and horrific in the past two outings against the Tigers.
Kuroda not 100 percent
New York Post | Apr 8