• 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 Hughes‘ start back as a result with Hiroki Kuroda and Andy Pettitte starting in their usual spots on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.
• 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
• 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.”
• 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.
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