Garcia will miss Sunday’s start

Joe Girardi announced during his postgame press conference that Freddy Garcia will miss tomorrow’s start because of a cut on his finger. A.J. Burnett will start instead, and will be followed by Ivan Nova, Bartolo Colon, and CC Sabathia in Kansas City. Garcia tried to throw his splitter off flat ground today and couldn’t, though they’re hopefully he’ll just miss one start. Girardi called it a kitchen accident. Either way, it gives Garcia some extra rest and keeps Phil Hughes in the rotation for at least one more turn. Win win? Win win.

Saturday Night Open Thread

Jorge turned back the clock today, eh? (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Well that was a fun afternoon, wasn’t it? Vintage performance by the offense, with a ton of deep counts and lots of extra base hit. Phil Hughes was pretty good as well. Can’t wait to see his stuff play up out of the bullpen next week. /wrists

Anyway, the weather’s nice, so it’s a great night to head out and do whatever the kids do these days. Maybe grab some dinner, catch a movie, hang out with friends, all sorts of stuff. In the meantime, use this thread to talk about whatever your heart desires. Have at it.

HEAD EXPLODES: YANKEES SIGN SCOTT PROCTOR

The Yankees have signed Scott Proctor to a minor league contract, so says Mark Feinsand. No, seriously. At least Joe Torre’s not around to run him into the ground again.

Proctor was released by the Braves earlier this week, mostly because he was terrible. His 6.04 FIP was so bad that he racked up 0.8 wins below replacement level in 29.1 IP with Atlanta. Check out these peripherals: 5.52 K/9, 5.83 BB/9, 1.53 HR/9, 28.4% ground balls. He hasn’t been effective since the Yankees traded him away in 2007, mostly due to Torre-induced injury. Anyway, Proctor is going to Triple-A and will report there sometime early next week.

Game 118: Jorge’s Return

It's baseball. Smile. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

It’s been exactly a week since Jorge Posada last played a game for the Yankees, but he’s back in there today at his usual position, the one that doesn’t require him to take the field. Hip hip.Here’s the rest of the lineup…

Brett Gardner, LF
Derek Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Eric Chavez, 3B
Jorge Posada, DH
Russell Martin, C

Phil Hughes, SP

There’s a special pregame ceremony on the field for Jeter’s 3,000th career hit at 3:45pm ET, and you’ll be able to watch live on MLB.com. I don’t think it’ll be on YES since there’s no pregame show today, and Mo knows FOX won’t show it. The game itself will start a little after 4pm ET and can be seen on (yep) FOX. Enjoy.

2011 Draft: Yankees will not sign 36th rounder Ryan Thompson

Via Kevin Gray, the Yankees will not sign 36th round pick Ryan Thompson, with the right-hander saying “we were pretty far apart.” Thompson, a draft-eligible sophomore out of Franklin Pierce, was not a 36th round talent. The former UConn Huskie throws his sinker in the 89-92 mph range and backs it up with a slider and a changeup. He has a starter’s build and some projection left (6-foot-3, 190 lbs.), and he held his velocity deep into games. Thompson was expected to go somewhere in the 5th-8th round range and I was a fan, seems like a guy that could take some big steps forward with pro instruction (like a David Phelps). Alas, the price was was apparently not right.