Yankees news, injury updates, draft pick signings and notes to catch up on

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While we’ve all been focused on the Yankees lack of offense there actually has been quite a lot of things going on recently. Here’s the rundown

• Derek Jeter was cleared by doctors on Thursday to begin ramping up his rehab. He’s probably six weeks out now.

• The Yankees didn’t sign any catchers last offseason despite the need for one, but they did try. According to Nick Cafardo, they made two offers to David Ross, who ended up signing with the Red Sox. That would have been nice.

• The following draft picks have signed deals with the Yankees: Eric Jagielo (1st R, $1,839,400), Michael O’Neill (3rd R, $500,900), Tyler Wade (4th R, $371,300), David Palladino (5th R), John Murphy (6th R, $20,000), Kendall Coleman (11th R), Philip Walby (12th R), Cale Coshow (13th R), Caleb Smith (14th R), Jordan Barnes (15th R), Derek Toadvine (22nd R), Sam Agnew-Wieland (24th R), Trent Garrison (28th R), Kevin Cornelius (31st R), Hector Crespo (34th R).

• 1st rounder Aaron Judge took BP with the Yankees in Oakland and said he’s “real confident” that he will sign soon.

• 1st rounder Ian Clarkin will travel to Tampa on Monday to take his physical. He can’t sign until he graduates from high school, but he’s expected to shortly after that day which I believe is June 20.

• Michael Pineda‘s rehab start on Friday has been changed from a Double-A appearance to a simulated game. He is expected to throw 75 pitches.

• Cesar Cabral is finished with his rehab. It’s unlikely that the Yankees will promote him on Friday so they will risk losing him as he will become a free agent as a two-time Rule 5 guy.

• Robinson Cano has been working with hitting coach Kevin Long to improve his approach against lefties. Cano used to crush lefties, but has struggled against them over the past couple of years. He’s hitting .214/.280/.367 against them this year.

• Yankees catching prospect J.R. Murphy has been promoted to Triple-A. Murphy hit .268/.352/.421 in 49 games with Trenton. He was recently ranked as the 9th best prospect in the Yankees system by BBD.

• Mariano Rivera‘s meet and greets that he’s doing at every stadium with behind the scenes employees is being filmed by the MLB Network and will be apart of a show that will air later in the year.

• The Indians announced that they signed Clay Rapada to a minor league contract. Rapada was great as a lefty specialist last season with a 2.82 ERA, a 8.9 K/9 and a 4.0 BB/9 while holding lefties to a .168/.257/.236 line. He had shoulder problems this year which derailed his success with the Yankees.

• The recently DFA’d Cody Eppley has also signed a minor league deal, but with the Minnesota Twins.

• Our readers out in California can buy Yankees tickets for this weekend’s series against the Angels while supporting BBD.

Photo credit: (May 29, 2013 – Source: Al Bello/Getty Images North America).

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