Johnson, Cano leave game with injuries

10:36pm: Johnson appears headed to the disabled list. For shame.

10:29pm: Cano’s knee is sore, and he’s day-to-day, but Johnson is going back to New York to have tests performed on his wrist, which is not a good sign at all. There will be a callup before tomorrow’s game; my money is on Kevin Russo given his impressive Spring Training showing and versatility.

8:48pm: As if the Yankees need another injury, Nick Johnson was pinch hit for in the 5th inning of tonight’s game because of a sore right wrist. It’s the same wrist he had surgery on in 2008, which caused him to spend 137 total days on the disabled list.

Meanwhile, Robbie Cano took a fastball off the left knee in the 6th inning, and left the game as well. Jorge Posada missed a handful of games two weeks ago after a similar HBP. We’ll update this post with more info as it comes.

Game 28: You again

"I wish I had Brett Gardner's wOBA." (Photo Credit Winslow Townson, AP)

Didn’t the Yankees just play a series in Fenway? I hate these games, they’re always so drawn out and overmedia’d, it takes the joy out of baseball. Can’t wait for tomorrow’s FOX broadcast and Sunday’s ESPN broadcast. At least now they won’t have to play in that place again until the final series of the year.

The Red Sox probably feel pretty good about themselves, since they just beat down on the wimpy Angels for four games and have their Opening Day starter on the mound. For the Yankees … meh, it’s another series. They’ve got nothing to prove. Here’s tonight’s lineup…

Jeter, SS
Johnson, DH
Teixeira, 1B
A-Rod, 3B
Cano, 2B
Swisher, RF
Gardner, CF
Cervelli, C
Winn, LF

And on the mound, St Phil.

If you’ve missed all today’s roster news, then make sure you check this out. Nothing major, just a little furniture being rearranged. First pitch is at 7:05pm ET, and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Photo Credit Winslow Townson, AP

Park making progress

Facing injuries and ineffective relievers, the Yanks today have scrambled to restructure their pitching staff, and as the hullabaloo over the roster moves died down, some good news emerged from Tampa. According to Marc Carig, Chan Ho Park has thrown 45 pitches from the mound, and although the Yanks haven’t yet put a timetable on his return, this side session is, as Carig says, a big step forward for a key piece of the Yankee bullpen. When Park comes park, the late innings will feel decidedly less stressful than they have lately. I would guess that, barring a setback, he should return within a week or two.

Up, down and out with Romulo, Greg and Jorge

Updated 4:47 p.m. (scroll down for more on the rotation and Mariano): As the Yankees gear up for a weekend showdown with the Red Sox, the team announced a pair of complementary roster moves this afternoon. With Andy Pettitte expected to miss a start and Sergio Mitre all but officially penciled in for Tuesday, the Yankees have recalled Romulo Sanchez from AAA. To make room on the roster, the team has optioned Greg Golson back to Scranton.

Meanwhile, Jorge Posada isn’t in the lineup tonight, but neither he nor Pettitte are going on the disabled list yet. For the Yankees, then, the team is effectively struggling to make do with a 23-man roster. Until they know the extent of Posada’s and Pettitte’s injuries, they will play with a short bench and a long bullpen. Sanchez, scheduled to start tonight for Scranton, will replace Mitre as the team’s long man, and Randy Winn will be expected to be the versatile back-up outfielder in the event of a catastrophe out there. Hopefully, this roster holding pattern will clear up soon, and for what it’s worth, Posada, who says his tight calf may limit his running, says he could play tomorrow.

Going forward, this move suggests that the Yankees will send out Sergio Mitre, Javier Vazquez, Phil Hughes and CC Sabathia to pitch against Detroit next week. Pettitte wants to pitch, but the Yanks keep saying no no no, according to Amy Winehouse Jon Heyman. Posada, who took BP today, should be back in the lineup soon, and if he’s not, then Chad Moeller will be activated. The team can’t go too long with Ramiro Peña as the emergency catcher.

Sanchez, 26, is a big guy with two cups of coffee in the majors. Listed at 6′ 5″ and 260 pounds, the right-hander made 26 appearances for the Pirates in 2007 and 2008, and he arrived on the Yanks in a trade last year for Eric Hacker. In his limited big league career, he has thrown 31.1 innings while giving up 16 ER on 14 hits and 14 walks. He has struck out 14 as well. This year for Scranton, he was 0-2 with a 6.48 ERA but impressed the Yankees during Spring Training.

According to Greg Fertel at Pending Pinstripes who has a full scouting report on Sanchez, the righty can dial his fastball up to 99 but sits in the mid-to-upper 90s. He has a good change and some decent enough breaking pitches that he has trouble keeping under control. Despite starting at AAA, the Yanks seem to view him as a bullpen option only in the big leagues, and for the weekend at least, he’ll be the team’s 25th guy on a rather inflexible roster.

Mitre to pitch Monday; Rivera available tonight

The updates for the walking wounded continue to pour in. Joe Girardi announced a few minutes ago that the team is reshuffling its rotation next week to give Andy Pettitte a few days off. Sergio Mitre will start Monday’s game against the Tigers, and Javier Vazquez will pitch on Tuesday. Pettitte, says Girardi, will likely pitch next weekend against the Twins and will avoid a trip to the DL. No word yet on why Mitre and Vazquez are getting flip-flopped. The Yankees, though, are in need of a long outing from Vazquez.

In good news, Mariano Rivera is available to pitch tonight, and if the Yanks have a late lead, Girardi will not hesitate to call upon his future Hall of Fame closer to save a win. Take that, Sports Illustrated cover jinx.

RAB on The Shore Sports Report

Just a reminder, my weekly appearance on The Shore Sports Report with Mike Krenek and Joe Giglio is coming up at 4:05pm ET today. You can listen in on either FOX Sports 1030 AM or WOBM 1160 AM, and I’m willing to bet that you’ll be able to stream it online via one of those links as well.

The last time Posada hit the DL

The news doesn’t exactly look good for Jorge Posada. He left Monday’s game with a strained calf, which came just five days after a Jeremy Guthrie fastball hit him in the knee. He hasn’t played since the incident, though there was some optimism that he could play this weekend against the Red Sox, perhaps starting as early as this evening. As we have learned so far today, that might not be the case.

In the early a.m. Mark Feinsand and other Daily News writers filed a report which included an update on Posada. Brian Cashman said that Posada “might need more time,” suggesting that he might not start tonight. The phrase was ambiguous enough to even suggest a possible DL stint. To that end, the recent AAA roster move seems to signal that something will happen this afternoon.

The Yankees offense will certainly miss Jorge’s bat. Francisco Cervelli has filled in admirably, but who knows how long that will last. The offense could suffer even more, because Curtis Granderson is already on the DL with a strained groin. Many lineups would fade quickly after losing two starters at the same time, but the Yankees have enough depth to cover these injuries for a short period. They even covered for Posada just last year.

Posada hit the DL on May 5 last year after straining his hamstring. He stayed on for 24 days, which isn’t too long. With Jose Molina also out for most of that time, Francisco Cervelli got the call. From May 7 through May 26 he started 12 games and hit .300/.317/.325. That’s not a stellar line by any means, but the team couldn’t have asked for more from an emergency catcher.

The Yankees weathered a DL stint from Posada last year, and they can probably handle another 15-day absence this year. His injury actually seems less serious than last year, so chances are he’d only miss the minimum. The Yankees can backdate the move to May 4, so Posada would be eligible to return on May 18. It would be nice if they had an off-day before that, but even without one it’s only 11 more games. He’d be back in time to catch the second of the two-game Boston series later this month.

This might all be moot, however. Joel Sherman just reported that Posada was taking batting practice with the team. Maybe he won’t hit the DL after all.

A roster move on the horizon?

Here’s a hint of what we might see this afternoon. Josh Norris of the Trentionian tweets that the the SWB Yankees have activated catcher PJ. Pilittere from the disabled list. With Jesus Montero and Chad Moeller already on the roster, that gives SWB three catchers. That could signal a major league roster move, which would be Moeller heading to Boston to back up Francisco Cervelli. The Yanks would have to find a free 25-man roster spot, and would also have to first call up Chris Garcia and place him on the 60-day DL. We’ll keep an eye out this afternoon to see if anything comes of this.