Butler drives in five in Staten Island win

Low-A Charleston manager Carlos Mendoza will manage the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League after the season. Yankees farmhands will play for the same team after spending the last few seasons with the Phoenix Desert Dogs. They rotate the affiliations every few years.

Triple-A Empire State (4-3 loss to Charlotte in 11 innings, walk-off style)
CF Darnell McDonald: 0-5, 1 K
2B Corban Joseph: 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K — eight homers in 72 games, his previous career-high was six in 129 games
SS Eduardo Nunez: 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB — notice the position, he wasn’t playing third despite Alex Rodriguez‘s recent injury
DH Jack Cust, 1B Brandon Laird & C Frankie Cervelli: all 1-5 — Cust drove in a run and struck out three times … Laird scored a run and whiffed four times … Cervelli struck out just once and committed a throwing error
LF Kosuke Fukudome: 1-2, 3 BB
RF Cole Garner: 0-5, 1 K — tied the game with two outs in the top of the ninth when he hit a ground ball and the shortstop made a throwing error
3B Doug Bernier: 1-4, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
RHP John Maine: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 5/3 GB/FB — 60 of 94 pitches were strikes (64%)
RHP Cory Wade: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 8/0 GB/FB — 39 of 56 pitches were strikes (70%) … love that they’re stretching him out like this, the more time he spends on the mound the sooner we’ll find out if he’s fixable
RHP Ryota Igarashi: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GB/FB — nine pitches, seven strikes

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Yankees have inquired about Ty Wigginton

Via Jon Heyman, the Yankees have reached out to the Phillies about the availability to Ty Wigginton following Alex Rodriguez‘s hand injury. We heard the club would explore the trade market and consider all options when looking for a replacement third baseman on Wednesday morning.

Wigginton, 34, owns an 83 wRC+ this year including a 102 mark against left-handers. He has a rep for being versatile but he’s really just a first baseman who plays a bunch of different positions because he managers still think it’s 2005 keep running him out there. Wigginton has a $4M club option in his contract for next season that will surely be declined by whoever employs him at the end of the season. The Phillies may end up keeping him for the remainder of this year because of Placido Polanco’s nagging back trouble, however.

Joba throws scoreless inning in latest minor league rehab game

Right-hander Joba Chamberlain allowed an infield single in an otherwise uneventful and scoreless inning in his latest minor league rehab appearance for High-A Tampa. The baserunner was thrown out trying to steal second before Joba got ground balls to second and first to end the inning. It was his first set of back-to-back appearances during his rehab after throwing a scoreless inning last night. No word on his pitch count or velocity.

The plan now calls for Joba to meet the Yankees in New York so he can throw a bullpen session in front of the coaching staff. He could be activated shortly thereafter but no decision has been made yet. They need to see how he feels and stuff, plus he’ll probably get at least two and maybe three days off following the back-to-back. I’m guessing that if all goes well, he’ll rejoin the team on Monday. Just a guess though.

Wednesday Night Open Thread

(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Well, that was a fun way to end an otherwise dreadful road trip. At least now the Yankees can feel good about the series in Seattle on the long flight home tonight and during the off day tomorrow. That is always appreciated.

Here is your open thread for the evening. ESPN will air the Dodgers and Cardinals (Harang vs. Lohse) a little later and yes, Hanley Ramirez will be in the lineup. Go ahead and talk about that game or whatever you want here. Have at it.

Sanchez, Williams among prospects with most trade value

In an Insider-only blog post, Keith Law ranked baseball’s best prospects on contending teams in terms of their trade value. SS Jurickson Profar of the Rangers tops the list, followed by RHP Gerrit Cole of the Pirates and OF Oscar Taveras of the Cardinals. The Yankees didn’t place anyone in the top ten, but C Gary Sanchez and OF Mason Williams rank 13th and 15th, respectively. They would have ranked higher had it not been for the whole Single-A thing — kids at the upper levels have more trade value because they’re closer to contributing.

On the other side of the coin, Kevin Goldstein posted an article (Insider req’d) looking at prospects who have lost trade value this season. Both LHP Manny Banuelos and RHP Dellin Betances made the list thanks to their disappointing seasons, the former due to an elbow injury and the latter due to control problems. The Yankees are kinda stuck in trade bait limbo right now, with their top chips in the lower minors and their upper level chips struggling.

Game 98: Without Alex

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This seven-game West Coast trip has been a nightmare on the field and unfortunately it’s going to linger over the next few weeks. Nick Swisher is expected back from his mild left hip flexor strain this weekend, but Alex Rodriguez will likely be out until sometime in early-to-mid-September after a pitch broke a bone in his left hand last night. Losing games on the field bad enough, but the Yankees can absorb some of those given their seven-game lead in the AL East. Losing players to significant injuries is another matter entirely. Here’s the starting nine…

RF Ichiro Suzuki
SS Derek Jeter
2B Robinson Cano
1B Mark Teixeira
CF Curtis Granderson
DH Raul Ibanez
3B Eric Chavez
LF Andruw Jones
Russell Martin

RHP Ivan Nova

This afternoon’s game is scheduled to start at 3:40pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Swisher felt fine in batting cage, may not return until Saturday

Via Meredith Marakovits and George King, outfielder Nick Swisher took some swings in the batting cage yesterday and everything went well. He’s nursing a mild left hip flexor strain. Swisher won’t play today and Joe Girardi indicated that he will return to the lineup “probably Friday or Saturday.” The Yankees are off tomorrow and open a three-game series with the Red Sox at home on Friday.

With Alex Rodriguez going down for several weeks with his hand fracture, the club needs to get Swisher back into the lineup pretty soon to add some depth and power. He, Mark Teixeira, and Andruw Jones are the team’s only consistently sources of right-handed power at the moment, and of course the first two are switch-hitters while Jones only starts against lefties. A lineup without Swisher and A-Rod is quite short, so hopefully it doesn’t last very long.