Catching up with the Yankees: transactions, injury updates, and MiLB news

ivan-novaThe Yankees split the four game series with the Rays over the weekend, hosted Old Timer’s Day, and there was even a flurry of minor moves. Let’s get right into the weekend recap.

TRANSACTIONS

• The Yankees obviously activated Ivan Nova over the weekend. Manager Joe Girardi would not say if they were planning on him staying around for a while or if he’s ticketed back to the minor leagues soon. Thomas Neal was demoted to make room for him on the roster.

• The Yankees recalled Nova because of Tuesday’s rainout and Wednesday’s doubleheader.  The Yankees will also push Phil Hughesstart back as a result with Hiroki Kuroda and Andy Pettitte starting in their usual spots on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.

• Reid Brignac was designated for assignment on Friday and replaced with Alberto Gonzalez. Brignac hit just .114/.133/.136 in 17 games with the Yankees.

• With all the injuries in both the majors and minors, the Yankees needed some extra bodies down in Triple-A. As a result they traded a player to be named later to the Cubs for Brent Lillibridge and signed Corey Patterson. Lillibridge has a career .207/.271/.339 line in the majors and Patterson hit just .252/.290/.400 during his career. These were strictly depth moves.

• Righty reliever Chris Bootcheck cleared waivers and has been assigned to Triple-A Scranton. He does have an August 15 opt-out date if he’s not in the majors though.

NEWS AND NOTES

• A “baseball official with knowledge of the team’s thinking” said that the Yankees have no interest in signing Manny Ramirez to a deal.

• The Dodgers recently DFA’d and released catcher Ramon Hernandez, but the Yankees are “probably not” interested in him with Francisco Cervelli expected back within the next few weeks.

• Since this is his last season some people have suggested that Mariano Rivera start the All-Star game, but he says no. “I’ve been told about it, but I don’t like it,” he said. “And the reason why I say that is it’s not what I do. What I do is close the games; I don’t start the games.”

INJURY UPDATES

• Alex Rodriguez has been cleared by doctors to return to game action and he is expected to begin rehab games next Monday, a week from now. That puts him at a July 21st return assuming he needs the full 20 days of rehab.

• Unsurprisingly, Mark Teixeira is still experiencing pain in his wrist a week after having a cortisone shot. It seems possible that he’ll be able to avoid surgery, but he very well could miss an extended amount of time.

• Curtis Granderson had the pin removed from his broken hand last week. He’s still working on exercises to fully open and close the hand and pool, dry swings, and batting practice follows that. My guess is that he’s 2-3 weeks away at this point.

Michael Pineda is expected to make his next rehab start with Double-A Trenton on Tuesday.

ON THE FARM

• Minor league catching prospect Peter O’Brien has been promoted to High-A, but with Gary Sanchez there he will play some third base. Just speculating here, but this is probably to give him another option and I expect he’ll go back to catching full-time once Sanchez is promoted.

• Relief prospect Mark Montgomery has been placed on the minor league DL. No word why exactly, but he was recently on the DL with a minor shoulder injury.

• There have been a few minor league promotions lately, but one disappointing demotion: Angelo Gumbs has been sent from High-A to Low-A.

Photo credits: (June 22, 2013 – Source: Al Bello/Getty Images North America).

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3 Responses to Catching up with the Yankees: transactions, injury updates, and MiLB news

  1. Tanned Tom says:

    Should be very interesting when the injured players start to return, particularly Pineda. Would seem to mean Chamberlain or Hughes gets traded.

  2. vinnny says:

    i still say Joba never recovered from the knat incident in cleveland..that was a dirty trick the ground crew constructed..releasin millions of knats when it was Joba time

  3. vinnny says:

    gnat