A-Rod continues rehab in SWB loss

Austin Romine has been activated off the disabled list, so hooray for that. R.J. Baker hit the phantom DL to make room on the roster. Scott Proctor has been added to the Triple-A roster and Greg Smith was released to accommodate him. Meanwhile, Penn League Report continued to count down their list of the top 30 prospects in the NY-Penn League today, with numbers 21-25. Personal fave Bryan Mitchell ranked 22nd, and the report reaffirms everything we already know: great stuff, hella inconsistent.

Triple-A Scranton (2-0 loss to Durham)
Alex Rodriguez, 3B: 1 for 3 – hit a line drive off the wall in his first at-bat, one of those “he hit it so hard it was only a single” jobs … flew out to deep left-center in his second at-bat … popped up to second the third time up … he fielded one ground ball in his six innings, and all he had to do was step on third for the force out to end the inning, so no throw … he also failed to make the catch on a foul pop-up after over-running the ball … the Yankees supposedly want him to play two full nine-inning games before bringing him back, so I guess he’ll he here until at least Thursday
Kevin Russo, 2B: 0 for 4
Chris Dickerson, CF & Doug Bernier, SS: both 1 for 3 – Dickerson walked, stole two bases, and committed a fielding error … Bernier doubled and struck out
Terry Tiffee, 1B: 0 for 1 – took over for A-Rod
Jesus Montero, C: 1 for 4, 1 K – batted behind A-Rod, which is hopefully something we’ll see in the Bronx relatively soon
Mike Lamb, DH: 0 for 3, 1 HBP
Brandon Laird, 1B-3B: 0 for 4
Jordan Parraz, RF: 2 for 4, 1 2B - .296/.369/.445 this year … sneaky good
Greg Golson, LF: 0 for 2, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP
Adam Warren, RHP: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 2 HB, 5-3 GB/FB - 58 of 101 pitches were strikes (57.4%) … sat 92-93 on the gun
D.J. Mitchell, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB – seven pitches, five strikes … lots of rain outs and stuff lately, plus David Phelps is coming back, he just needed to get some work in
George Kontos, RHP: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0-2 GB/FB – all ten pitches he threw were strikes
Andrew Brackman, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 0-2 GB/FB – seven of nine pitches were strikes
Kevin Whelan, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 2-0 GB/FB – nine pitches, five strikes

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Yankees claim Raul Valdes off waivers from St. Louis

Via Bryan Hoch and Erik Boland, the Yankees have claimed lefty reliever Raul Valdes off waivers from the Cardinals. Jeff Marquez has been 60-day DL’ed to clear up a 40-man roster spot.

Valdes, 33, had been designated for assignment earlier this week when St. Louis signed Arthur Rhodes. You might have seen him pitch with the Mets last year, his first taste of the big leagues after spending a bunch of time in various independent leagues. His splits against left-handed batters are terrible (.327/.377/.602 against in 107 PA), which isn’t all that surprising as a high-80’s fastball/mid-70’s curveball guy. Valdes definitely has minor league options left, so I expect him to go to Triple-A.

Game 120: Revenge

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

A little more than three months ago, the Royals tattooed Ivan Nova for ten hits and eight runs in just three innings of work, easily the worst start of his young career and one of just eight starts in the majors with that many hits and runs allowed in three or fewer innings this season. Nova’s been pitching very well since coming back up from Triple-A starts ago, so here’s his chance to exact some revenge against the team that embarrassed him back in May. Here’s the lineup…

Derek Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Andruw Jones, DH
Russell Martin, C
Eduardo Nunez, 3B
Brett Gardner, LF

Ivan Nova, SP

It’s another 8pm ET start because of the Midwest game, and My9 will have the broadcast. Enjoy.

Freddy to test finger in bullpen session

Via Erik Boland, the bandage is off Freddy Garcia‘s cut index finger, and the big right-hander will test the digit out in a bullpen session today or tomorrow. Apparently it only gives him trouble when he throws his splitter, which is by far his most important pitch. Plus if it’s not healed all the way, he could end up tearing the cut back open and missing even more time. That would be bad.

Your favorite reporters on Darwin Barney’s bat

We’ve got some time to kill on a slow afternoon before tonight’s game, so enjoy. I lost it once Heyman got involved.