Yankees Notes: Thames, Huffman, Posada, and Vazquez

The Yankees are going for the sweep today against the Houston Astros after beating them 9-3 yesterday behind a strong performance by Javier Vazquez and a grand slam by Jorge Posada.

Here are some notes:

  • Vazquez is 5-2 in his last seven appearances. He has a 2.93 ERA in 40 IP during that time.
  • Posada has struggled since he returned from injury. He was batting .133 with a .431 OPS going into yesterday. Hopefully yesterday’s grand slam was a sign he’s coming around.
  • Posada is also expected to catch today for the first time this year.
  • Marcus Thames is going on the DL with a strained hamstring. An MRI was negative.
  • The Yankees haven’t made an official announcement yet, but they are expecting to call up OF Chad Huffman in his place.
  • Huffman is batting .279 with a .760 OPS and five homers in 53 games.

The Yankees claimed Huffman off of waivers earlier in this season from the San Diego Padres. It is likely that former Padres GM and current Yankees scout Kevin Towers had a lot of input in that move.

Phil Hughes is on the mound for the Yankees today as they go for the sweep against the Astros.

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