Yankees Notes: Swisher, Marte, Aceves, Johnson, Pettitte

Phil Hughes did not pitch well last night as he allowed five earned runs in just 3.2 innings. Javier Vazquez came on in relief and pitched pretty well with the exception of a solo-shot by Aaron Hill in the 5th. The Yankees’ bats were silent for most of the night, although they nearly mounted a comeback in the 9th. They were eventually shutdown in a 6-3 loss to the Blue Jays.

Here are some notes:

  • Today is the 1st off-day for the Yankees after playing 20 straight games. They went 11-9 over that span.
  • Nick Swisher sat again yesterday after fouling a ball off his knee the other night. He should be back in the lineup on Friday.
  • Damaso Marte was scheduled for a bullpen this week, but it was scratched. It is possible that he might not return at all this season.
  • Alfredo Aceves is scheduled for at least two more rehab appearances before he rejoins the team.
  • Nick Johnson undergoes surgery today. He’s done for the season and his Yankee career, once again, appears over.
  • Andy Pettitte will throw a bullpen tomorrow and it’s a big one. At this point if he has another set-back it could put any comeback at all in jeopardy. The Yankees would probably want him to throw a pair of bullpens and a pair of minor league rehab starts before he starts in the Bronx again this season.

Swisher should be back on Friday, Aceves seems like he’s on track. Marte and Johnson don’t appear to be coming back, but the Yankees seem to be getting along without either anyway. Pettitte is the big one, if he can’t comeback the Yankees chances take a big hit this year. It’s funny how fast he went from ahead of schedule to a pair of setbacks, but like I always say, groin injuries on pitchers tend to linger. Never expect them back on time.

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