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… because High-A Tampa’s game in Lakeland was rained out. What, were you worried it was something else? Sorry.
The weather isn’t looking too promising for tomorrow either, so I don’t know what the plan is for his rehab going forward. The 30-day rehab window doesn’t officially begin until he actually appears in a game, so that’s not an issue. I’m sure we’ll find out the plan eventually.
While Nuno is clearly the team’s sixth starter at the moment, they still have Ivan Nova in Triple-A and Michael Pineda due to start his rehab assignment today. The Yankees still have enough rotation depth despite cutting Chien-Ming Wang loose yesterday. Hopefully Nuno makes it back soon, but groins can be tricky.
The Yankees are still a few hours away — aren’t West Coast night games on the weekend just the worst? — so use this as your open thread until the regular game thread comes along. The Cardinals and Reds will be on MLB Network (Wainwright vs. Leake), plus there’s some NHL playoff action on as well. Talk about either game or anything else here. Have at it.
Right-hander Chien-Ming Wang has exercised an opt-out clause in his contract and the Yankees have granted him his release, the team announced. I guess he had more opt-out clauses than the five that were originally reported. Ken Rosenthal says he will sign with the Blue Jays and join their rotation next week.
Wang, 33, pitched to a 2.33 ERA (3.36 FIP) with 58% ground ball rate in 58 innings across nine starts for Triple-A Scranton this year. Rumor has it he was seeking a big league contract before opting out of his contract, and it looks like Toronto is willing to give him one. The Jays are dealing with a ton of pitching injuries and need the help. The emergency of Vidal Nuno and Michael Pineda‘s encouraging rehab pushed Wang further out of the picture, so it’s no surprise he opted out. Oh well.
With their back-to-back supplemental first round picks (32nd and 33rd overall), the Yankees selected Fresno State OF Aaron Judge and California HS LHP Ian Clarkin, respectively. Click the links for my write-up of each player. These were the compensation picks for Nick Swisher and Rafael Soriano leaving as free agents.
With their first pick in this year’s draft (#26 overall), the Yankees selected Notre Dame 3B Eric Jagielo. Here’s my write-up on him. Earlier today we heard New York was seeking a college bat with their top pick, and that’s exactly what they got.
The Yankees are out on the West Coast, which means tonight’s game doesn’t start until 10pm ET. We’ll have a regular game thread when the time comes, but for now use this as your open thread. The Mets are playing the Nationals (Marcum vs. Gio), plus you’ve got NBA and NHL playoff action. Oh, and the 2013 MLB draft starts at 7pm ET, so that’s cool. I’ll have a liveblog up in a few minutes. Talk about any of that stuff and more here. Enjoy.
Via the NY Daily News: Biogenesis chief Anthony Bosch tried to extort money from Alex Rodriguez before agreeing to cooperate with MLB’s investigation into the South Florida performance-enhancing drug pipeline. A-Rod refused the apparent six-figure request.
In return for cooperating with the investigation, MLB will drop their lawsuit against Bosch, cover any legal bills and civil liability, and provide him with bodyguards. Trying to extort Alex before rolling over for the league doesn’t exactly help Bosch’s credibility here. This is some shady business.
In his latest mock draft (subs. req’d), Keith Law has Stanford LHP Mark Appel going to the Astros first overall. He says they’re trying to nail down his price tag leading up to the draft tonight, but could still wind up taking another player and spreading any savings around. Oklahoma RHP Jonathan Gray goes to the Cubs with the second pick, San Diego 3B Kris Bryant to the Rockies with the third pick.
Law has the Yankees selecting Notre Dame 3B Eric Jagielo (#26), Texas HS OF Billy McKinney (#32), and California HS LHP Ian Clarkin (#33) with their three first rounders. Click the links for my write-up of each player. Law says New York is expected to grab a college player with their first pick, with Jagielo ahead of Stanford OF Austin Wilson on their board. Arizona SS Dustin Peterson, Mississippi JuCo LHP Cody Reed, and UC Irvine RHP Andrew Thurman are mentioned as possibilities at various spots as well.
In his latest mock draft, Baseball America’s Jim Callis has the Astros selected Oklahoma RHP Jonathan Gray with the first overall selection. He cautions that Houston could look to cut a deal with another player and spread the draft pool savings around on later picks. Stanford RHP Mark Appel and San Diego 3B Kris Bryant are projected to go second and third overall to the Cubs and Rockies, respectively. The mock draft is free for all, by the way.
The Yankees have three first round picks, and Callis has them taking Notre Dame 3B Eric Jagielo (#26), New Jersey HS LHP Rob Kaminsky (#31), and Texas HS OF Billy McKinney (#33). Click the links for my write-up of each player. That would be a pretty great haul and it might represent the most realistic best-case scenario for tonight. Callis also connects New York to Mississippi JuCo SS Tim Anderson, North Carolina HS RHP Hunter Harvey, Florida RHP Jonathon Crawford, California HS RHP Phil Bickford, Indiana State LHP Sean Manaea (who might have a labrum tear in his hip, according to Callis), Stanford OF Austin Wilson, Tennessee HS RHP Kyle Serrano, Oklahoma HS C Jon Denney, and Georgia HS OF Josh Hart. So basically everyone.