Forgive my absence for the past few days. Every year I typically take a few days off for the Fourth of July off to spend with my family. I find it a good way to get re-energized for the trade deadline which can often be hectic. It can be a slow news week occasionally as well, but not this year with so many players on the Yankees getting hurt and rehabbing. So let’s catch up.
• Jayson Nix landed on the 15-day DL with a Grade II hamstring strain. He was replaced by infielder Luis Cruz, who signed after recently being DFA’d by the Dodgers. He has hit .241/.277/.329 in 183 MLB games.
• David Phelps was placed on the DL with a forearm strain and has been shut down for at least 10 days. The Yankees activated Eduardo Nunez from the 60-day DL to take Phelps’ spot on the roster (and subsequently moved Mark Teixeira to the 60-day DL to make room on the roster for Nunez).
• Francisco Cervelli was rehabbing from a broken hand, but has now suffered a stress reaction in his right elbow. It sounds like he was compensating for the broken hand and aggravated an old injury.
• Michael Pineda‘s rehab stint is officially over! But he’s been optioned to Triple-A Scranton where he is scheduled to start again on Thursday. He made five official rehab starts with none of them more than 80 pitches. His latest was on Saturday with Triple-A Scranton where he gave up two runs in five innings, walked two, and struck out seven.
• Pineda had to come off the 60-day DL so the Yankees switched Curtis Granderson from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL to make room for Pineda on the 40-man roster. This means Granderson is not eligible to come back until July 23rd at the earliest.
• Alex Rodriguez has begun his rehab back from hip surgery. He’s played in four games, two with Low-A Charleston and two with High-A Tampa, and has gone just 1-for-9 with no walks and a strikeout in those games.
• Meanwhile Derek Jeter has also begun his rehab. He’s played in two games, both with Triple-A Scranton, and has gone 1-for-4 with three walks. Jeter should return after A-Rod, but both players are still prone to setbacks.
• Travis Ishikawa was claimed off waivers from the Orioles. Kevin Youkilis was moved to the 60-day DL to make room on the roster for Ishikawa, but as I write this there has not been a corresponding move to the active roster yet. Ishikawa has no options so the Yankees will either have to cut Lyle Overbay (both are left-hand hitting first basemen) or send David Adams back down to the minors.
NEWS AND NOTES
• The Yankees signed Yonauris Rodriguez, a righty hitting shortstop out of the Dominican Republic for $575K. They have $1.877 million to spend on IFA’s.
Photo credit: (July 20, 2012 - Source: Andy Lyons/Getty Images North America).