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Yankees News and Notes from out West

By Gary W. Marchese Jr.

Oakland, CA (July 5)-The New York Yankees began a three game series with the Oakland Athletics tonight, it is also the beginning of a seven game roadtrip to close out the first half of the season.  I know technically the first half ended yesterday but after this roadtrip is the All Star Break.  Here are the news and notes from tonight.

Alfredo Aceves had seemed to be making progress but felt pain in his lower back today and had to be shut down.  He is going back to New York to be evaluated and Joe Girardi did not rule out surgery.  It is a shame because he had performed so well last season and the Yankees haven’t been able to find anyone to take his spot.  They thought maybe Chan Ho Park could be that guy but he hasn’t pitched well once he goes more than one inning.

Girardi said that Jorge Posada who sprained his left ring finger yesterday will be an emergency player for them tonight.  Girardi said that he told Posada he was going to give him a day and he didn’t argue so that told him he must be pretty sore.  Posada is only expected to miss a couple of games.  The Yankees right now will just go with Cervelli but if it is more than a couple of days they may need to call up a third catcher.

Brett Gardner was hitting leadoff tonight but Girardi said that decision was only to break up the lefties.  It looks like it will only be until Posada gets back than Swisher will go back to the second hole and Jeter leadoff.  Sergio Mitre was scheduled to pitch two innings tonight for High A Tampa in his rehab but the game was rained out.  Girardi said weather could lead the Yankees to change Mitre’s rehab schedule.  Andy Pettitte was added to the All Star roster to take Clay Bucholz place.  Nick Swisher is leading the final vote competition for the last spot on the All Star roster.  He seems like he is pretty happy about having this chance and making the most of it.  If you haven’t done so already you can vote at mlb.com and as many times as you want.

gmarchesej Posted by on July 5, 2010. Filed under MLB News,News and Sports with Gary W. Marchese Jr.,Sports,US Sports. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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