Bus ride injury: Boesch out

TAMPA, Fla. -- These days, it seems as if the Yankees can't even ride a bus without getting hurt.

Brennan Boesch, in the mix to be part of an outfield platoon with Ben Francisco until Curtis Granderson's broken arm heals, got off the 2-1/3 hour bus ride to Ft. Myers and the first thing he did was ask trainer Steve Donouhe for a heat pack.

"Why?" Donohue wanted to know.

Well, because the bus ride apparently aggravated something in Boesch's left side, and he was scratched not only from today's game against the Twins, but for tomorrow's game against the Tigers, too.

According to GM Brian Cashman, Boesch's soreness was in his ribcage, and not related to an oblique injury that had bothered him in Tigers camp before Detroit released him earlier this month. "I don’t think he described it as significant, but we banged him just as a precaution," Cashman said. "So he won’t play today or tomorrow regardless of how he may feel he can. We’ll see more, a little bit more tomorrow."

Cashman said he did not know if any other tests were scheduled. But Boesch does have to ride the bus another 2-1/2 hours back to Tampa tonight.