Yankees have also tried to get Chipper and Rolen out of retirement, and other notes

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With Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, and Curtis Granderson each on the DL for at least the first month and a half of the season, the Yankees are getting desperate.

Yesterday, I told you that they tried to get Derrek Lee out of retirement, but it didn’t end there. The Yankees also checked in with Chipper Jones and Scott Rolen to see if they could convince them to lace em up one more time.

Brian Cashman called the agent for Chipper, who apparently got a good chuckle out of the call, but it doesn’t sound like he’s interested in returning. As a 40-year-old, Jones hit .287/.377/.455 last season.

As for Rolen, he turned down $4 million offers by both the Reds and Dodgers. It’s possible he could still come out of retirement, but he wants guaranteed playing time and money and that’s just not going to happen with the Yankees. Rolen hit just .245/.318/.398 in his age 37 season last year.

This shows how desperate Brian Cashman really is and could potentially be a sign that Teixeira’s injury is worse than they’ve let on.

• Michael Pineda is expected to throw a 35-pitch bullpen session today that will include sliders. Anytime someone coming off shoulder surgery does that it’s a big deal. Let’s hope for no setbacks today.

• More roster cuts for the Yankees. 11 players were cut in total including Austin Romine, who was competing for a starting catcher gig. Francisco Rondon, Dellin Betances, Brett Marshall, Manny Banuelos, Nik Turley, Jose Ramirez, Ramon Flores, Chase Whitley, J.R. Murphy, and Luke Murton were also cut. Just 54 players in camp now.

• Open mouth, insert foot. That’s usually how it works with Goose Gossage and this week was no different as he says that Mariano Rivera is not necessarily the greatest closer ever.

• Phil Hughes (back) threw a 26-pitch bullpen session and felt fine afterward. No word on when he’ll actually pitch in a game.

• David Aardsma (groin) threw a bullpen too and also felt fine. Boone Logan (elbow) will throw one today.

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2 Responses to Yankees have also tried to get Chipper and Rolen out of retirement, and other notes

  1. ldubinsky says:

    this out-of-retirement thing probably has gone too far as the story just broke about Yogi getting into game shape

  2. Michael R. says:

    Idubinsky– Those were the exact thoughts I had.