NEW YORK -- Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia teamed up with Twins second baseman Orlando Hudson to commence the second year of Hudson's Around the Mound Tour II program. Hudson started the initiative designed to expose baseball to African-American youth last season on Jackie Robinson Day.
"This offseason, 'O' told me he'd be doing that, and that's a great thing for him to go around the league in every city he plays in to bring kids in from the inner city and get a chance to talk to them, and I think it's a great deal," Sabathia said. "I was all for it."
Sabathia and Hudson met with 30 kids from the ages of 7 to 16 on the field for a half-hour on Friday, with the youngsters sticking around for batting practice and the series opener between New York and Minnesota.
Mitre to start for Yanks in Twins finale
NEW YORK -- Manager Joe Girardi said the Yankees plan on sending right-hander Sergio Mitre to the hill Sunday for the series finale against the Twins.
Girardi had hesitated to name Mitre the starter in case he needed to use the reliever out of the bullpen Friday or Saturday. But the manager is confident enough in the arms he has in the bullpen now.
"If something were to happen crazy in these two games, you'd have to adjust," Girardi said. "But now, [Mitre's] our starter."
Andy Pettitte will get the start on Saturday after having his turn in the rotation skipped in Detroit because of mild inflammation in his left elbow. Pettitte left his last start on May 5 against the Orioles after five innings.
"I threw my 'pen [session] and threw everything, and it felt good," Pettitte said on Friday. "I'm ready to go."
Pettitte added that he's not worried about his elbow acting up down the line because the inflammation was on the outside and not the inside of the elbow, where most serious injuries start.
Girardi did not announce who the Yankees would send to the mound for the two-game series against the Red Sox. Both Javier Vazquez and Phil Hughes could pitch on Monday on regular rest, as both started a game in Wednesday's doubleheader in Detroit.
"I'm not going to share anything with you about that, because we still have internal discussions left to talk about," Girardi said. "I'm just not ready to share anything."
Granderson yet to begin running in rehab
NEW YORK -- Curtis Granderson finally got some company back at Yankee Stadium, with his teammates returning from their seven-game road trip. Granderson, who is eligible to come off the disabled list on Monday, stayed in the Bronx over the past week, working out at the Stadium to expedite his recovery from a strained left groin.
On Friday, Granderson took some light batting practice off of underhand tosses in the cage. He hasn't started running quite yet, but he has worked out on a stationary bike, an elliptical machine, stairs and in the pool to strengthen his lower body. Manager Joe Girardi said Granderson should be able to try some "light jogging" on Saturday.
"I accept the fact that I know I can't do anything right now," Granderson said. "All I've done is walk around, so unless they want me to go out there and walk in center field, I'm not coming off [the disabled list] to play."
Granderson also hasn't thrown the ball yet, but that's not necessarily because of his health.
"I haven't had anyone to throw with," Granderson said, pointing out that Nick Johnson -- the only other Yankee who's been in the Bronx working out with him -- is nursing a wrist injury.
In his spare time, Granderson has paid extra attention to the NBA Playoffs, going so far as to anoint the Celtics his pick to win the title for the second time in three years. And about that NBA topic that's on everyone's mind in the Big Apple?
"I don't think [LeBron James is coming to New York]," Granderson said. "It's very difficult to go from a really good team to a really bad team -- no offense -- to the Nets and the Knicks, but their records speak for themselves."
Jorge Posada was out of the lineup on Friday, with manager Joe Girardi not wanting to play his starting catcher three straight days. Francisco Cervelli got the start behind the plate. ... Nick Swisher was back starting after missing Thursday's game with tightness in his left biceps. ... The Yankees signed right-hander Shane Lindsay off waivers from the Rockies on Friday, granting Christian Garcia his unconditional release to make room on the 40-man roster. The 25-year-old Lindsay, who has spent most of his time as a reliever over the last year, will go to Tampa, Fla., for extended spring camp. The native of Australia is 18-13 with a 3.48 ERA in six Minor League seasons, all in the Colorado organization.
Tim Britton is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.