Here’s a few minor moves before tonight’s game. I’ll be back with the pre-game notes in a little bit.
— The Yankees have announced they have optioned Zelous Wheeler and Zoilo Almonte back to Triple-A Scranton to make a roster move for Stephen Drew and Martin Prado. Kelly Johnson being traded to Boston cleared a spot for Esmil Rogers.
— The Yankees also announce which numbers the three new Yankees will wear: Rogers will wear 53, Drew will wear 33 and Prado will wear 14. So I guess 33 and 14 aren’t being retired for Brian Roberts and Johnson after all.
— Martin Prado isn’t in the starting lineup for the Yankees because he wasn’t in the clubhouse when Joe Girardi made the lineup card. Girardi said it’s possible Prado could pinch-hit later in the game but he wasn’t going to change the lineup because Prado arrived late.