Girardi said he has no doubts that Hiroki Kuroda, who left Wednesday night’s game against Baltimore with a bruised right calf, will make his next scheduled start.
Third baseman Alex Rodriguez, coming back from hip surgery in January, continues fielding grounders and hitting in an indoor cage as he wraps up his third week of on-field work.
“He’s progressing pretty well,” Girardi said.
A-Rod could return after the All-Star break.
Girardi said shortstop Derek Jeter is still rehabbing in New York. There is still no timetable for when Jeter, recovering from a broken left ankle in last year’s AL championship series, will make his season debut.
Reliever Joba Chamberlain, sidelined by a right oblique strain, said he is scheduled to throw two innings out of the bullpen Saturday in his second extended spring training game.
“Everything feels good,” Chamberlain said. “Continue to build up strength.”
New York may not decide on the next step for Chamberlain until finding out how he feels on Sunday.
The Yankees are in Florida for a three-day weekend series against the Rays.
NOTES: C Chris Stewart (groin) was back in the starting lineup. … SS Eduardo Nunez (left oblique strain) could soon take part in a simulated game. … To make room on the roster for Nova, the Yankees optioned RHP Dellin Betances to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.