Notes: Mussina feeling better

Notes: Mussina feeling better

NEW YORK -- Mike Mussina, who sustained a groin injury on Friday night, said he didn't have any problems getting out of bed before Saturday's day game.

Mussina said he felt fine this morning after leaving Friday's game having pitched just four innings. He and manager Joe Torre said they expect Mussina to start sometime next week before the All-Star Game.

"He's scheduled to pitch Wednesday and we'll still go according to that schedule," Torre said.

Mussina, who has suffered groin injuries before, said he's used to the rehabilitation routine he'll have to go through. Mussina had his normal catch and jog before Saturday's game and plans to throw off a mound on Sunday. He said he would have a better idea of his condition after the bullpen work.

Torre said Friday's rain delay in the bottom of the fourth inning could have been a favor for the Yankees because it got Mussina off the mound. The right-hander felt he could have pitched more innings after the injury, but neither he nor the coaches wanted to risk any further damage to the groin.

"I've pulled groins in younger days and not missed a turn," Mussina said. "I just wrapped it up and pitched. Here, they don't let you do that. And I'm not quite as young as I used to be."

Mussina said he would still like to go to the upcoming All-Star Game, should he be selected. Whether he pitches in it depends on if Mussina throws again for the Yankees between now and then.

There is a possibility that Mussina could be pushed back in the rotation if he experiences some pain before his next start. The All-Star break would provide more time for him to get rest afterwards.

Bubba starting: Bubba Crosby was thankful to be in Saturday's starting lineup. It meant the outfielder could warm up his once-ailing hamstring a little bit easier.

Since being activated from the disabled list on June 15, Crosby said he's had more trouble getting ready to come in late in games.

"I used to be able to take half an inning [to get ready]," Crosby said. "If I knew I was going in in the eighth, I would start getting loose in the seventh. Now I get moving around in the fourth.

"It's a lot easier [starting]," he added. "I know what time the game starts, so I can start moving around."

All-Star nominations: While Joe Torre said he would like to see Robinson Cano, Mike Mussina and Mariano Rivera make this year's American League All-Star team, the Yankees' Double-A Trenton Thunder affiliate already has five All-Stars in this season's Eastern League All-Star Game.

Philip Hughes, Justin Pope, Charlie Manning, Gabe Lopez and Bronson Sardinha were named to the Northern Division roster. The game will be held on July 12 in Altoona, Pa.

Hughes will not be able to participate because he is playing in the XM Satellite Radio Futures Game in Pittsburgh on July 9.

Flashing the leather: Yankees utility infielder Miguel Cairo had an up-and-down start in the Subway Series opener on Friday.

Cairo, who played for the Mets last season, let a fairly routine ball slip under his glove in the first inning. The error didn't cost the Yankees a run, but it forced Mussina to throw more pitches to get out of the inning.

"Something I take pride in is my defense," Cairo said. "That was very disappointing to me. I could have gotten that ball and I was just lazy. But after that, you have to put it behind you."

Cairo did just that, keeping Mussina's no-hit bid alive with diving plays in the next two innings.

"It's huge," Torre said of the plays. "We have to do that. We have to pitch and play defense."

A missing voice: Yankees public address announcer Bob Sheppard missed his second consecutive game on Saturday. Sheppard had to leave Friday night's game in the first inning with laryngitis.

Senior director of media relations Rick Cerrone has taken over for Sheppard in his absence.

Mark Feinsand is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.