Swisher day-to-day with biceps strain

Update (11:01pm): The MRI came back negative, thankfully, and Swish is day-to-day. They’re calling it a slight sprain. I’m assuming he won’t play tomorrow, and if we don’t see him until Monday, I won’t complain.

8:33pm: It is indeed the biceps, and Swisher has been taken to the hospital for a “precautionary MRI.” The absolute last thing the Yankees need is an injury to another outfielder right now.

8:04pm: Nick Swisher was removed from tonight’s game after three innings and one at-bat for an unknown reason. He missed yesterday’s game with a sore biceps, and was shaking his arm while at-bat and in the field earlier this game. Hopefully it’s just a little sore and they’re playing it safe. We’ll update this post if we find out anything more.

Trenton one hits Binghamton for eighth win in a row

The Yankees released outfielder Joe Talerico, their 21st round pick in 2009, before he ever played a game in the minors. That happens more often than you might think.

And speaking of releases, in case you missed it earlier, Chris Garcia was granted his. Donnie Collins spoke to GM Brian Cashman about the move, and he said it wasn’t really a difficult decision. Cash also said the team is grooming Kevin Russo into a Jerry Hairston Jr. kind of player.

Triple-A Scranton (6-1 win over Charlotte)
Kevin Russo, 3B: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HBP, 1 E (fielding)
Reegie Corona, 2B: 0 for 5
Eduardo Nunez, SS: 3 for 5, 1 R – nice little five game hitting streak
David Winfree, 1B: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K – 11 for his last 28 (.393)
Jon Weber, RF: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Jesus Montero, C: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 K – picked a runner off second with a snap throw … yeah, the outfielder misplayed the triple, but it’s a line drive in the box score
Chad Huffman, LF: 0 for 4, 1 K
Reid Gorecki, CF: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Robby Hammock. DH: 0 for 2, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 CS
Chan Ho Park: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 0-1 GB/FB – 10 of his 12 pitches were strikes … apparently the wild pitch went to the backstop … he went down to the bullpen to throw some more pitches afterward
Romulo Sanchez: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K, 8-3 GB/FB – 66 of 109 pitches were strikes (60.6%) … first outing since he pitched in relief of A.J. Burnett in Boston … that’s as good as it gets right there
Jon Albaladejo: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1-0 Gb/FB – 11 of his 19 pitches were strikes

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Game 35: Coming home to beat the Twins

That title doesn’t come off too good, does it? Eh, oh well.

The Yankees went a cool 10-0 against the Twins last season (playoffs included), outscoring them 56-31. That’s pretty ridiculous. If you go back three years, the Yankees are 21-6 against Minnesota, so they certainly have their number. Considering how lethargic the team has looked over the last five days, it’ll be good to see the Yanks at home and taking on a familiar whipping boy.

On the mound will be A.J. Burnett, who’s coming off his worst start of the season in (where else?) Boston. The Twins are essentially a league average team against fastballs and slightly below against curveballs, so the matchup favors the Yanks’ starter. Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau are no joke in the middle of the lineup though, and those two can win a game all by themselves if Burnett’s not careful.

Here’s the lineup that’ll take on Scott Baker, who’s a lot better than he gets credit for…

Jeter, SS
Gardner, CF
Teixeira, 1B
A-Rod, 3B
Cano, 2B
Swisher, RF
Thames, LF – noooooo!!!
Miranda, DH
Cervelli, C

And on the mound, Allen James Burnett.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET, and can be seen on YES. There’s a chance of some rain tonight, but it looks like they’ll have no trouble getting this one in.

Photo Credit: Paul Sancya, AP

Draft Links: BA Mock Draft, Klaw’s Top 100

A collection of draft related links…

Baseball America’s Mock Draft v1.0

Jim Callis posted the first version of his mock draft today, and right now he has the Yankees taking Clemson outfielder Kyle Parker, who also doubles as the Tigers’ quarterback. Even though he’s an elite athlete, Parker’s only standout tool is his raw power. Everything else is questionable, including his ability to hit for average. Scouting director Damon Oppenheimer has targeted players with super-high ceilings with four of his five first round picks, and Parker doesn’t really fit that mold. Here’s his MLB.com scouting report, complete with video.

Meanwhile, make sure you also check out BA’s draft podcast (download). Makes for great subway listening on the way home from work or for the ride to the Stadium.

KLaw’s Top 100 Draft Prospects

Keith Law posted an updated list of his top 100 prospects, and the big story is that LSU righthander Anthony Ranaudo is dropping like crazy because of injury concerns and unimpressive recent performances. He came into the year as a potential candidate to go number two overall behind Harper, but KLaw has him ranked 20th overall now. The Scott Boras client could continue to fall, and he looks like a prime candidate to not sign (because he won’t get the money Boras is looking for) and head to indy ball before next year’s draft. If he doesn’t show that he’s healthy and effective between now and the draft, yes, I would be against the Yankees taking him with their first round pick.

Also, check out KLaw’s individual scouting reports. They’re Insider only, but they have breakdowns, 20-80 scouting scale grades, some have video, stuff like that. Make sure you check ’em out.

Draft Mechanics

Allan Simpson at Perfect Game wrote a great breakdown of basically everything you need to know about the draft. The who, what, when, and where, plus stuff like eligibility rules, compensation draft pick rules, etc.It’s about time someone put all that info together in one place, in a nice and easy to read format.

I have no idea why, but the original article has disappeared from PG’s site, so the link goes to the Google Cache version. Apologies in advance for the ugliness.

Yankees release Chris Garcia, claim Shane Lindsay

Via LoHud, the Yankees have released Chris Garcia, who had his second Tommy John surgery last month. They could still re-sign him to a minor league contract, similar to what they did with Humberto Sanchez last year. That would remove Garcia from the 40-man roster and keep him in the organization without allowing him accrue service time, which a 60-day DL assignment would.

The move frees up a roster spot for righty Shane Lindsay, who the Yanks claimed off waivers from the Rockies. Baseball America ranked Lindsay as Colorado’s 23rd best prospect coming into the season, noting his “mid-90’s fastball that can touch 98, as well as a knuckle-curve that he can throw for quality strikes.” He’s strictly a reliever, but his numbers this year are ugly: 13.2 IP, 15 H, 10 R, 10 ER, 17 BB, 19 K, 4 WP.

RAB Live Chat

RAB elsewhere on the internets

As we gear up for the chat at 1:30, here are a few RABbi links to tide you over until then.

Ben on the Bloomberg Sports podcast.

Listen to Ben as he talks Yanks baseball with Rob Shaw and Wayne Parillo. I really enjoyed this one. Makes me want to start up the RAB Radio Show again.

Joe answers questions for Twins fans.

Alex Halsted of FoxSports North asked me a few Yankees-related questions. You probably already know the answers, but yeah, check it out anyway.

Catch Mike at RotoGraphs.

Did you guys know that Mike is writing at RotoGraphs, the fantasy arm of FanGraphs? He’s got something today on not falling for Corey Patterson steals trap.

We’ve seen this before from Andruw Jones.

I mentioned in the chat reminder that I’d give you guys some time to read my latest on FanGraphs. Andruw Jones is off to a hot start, but he got off to a nearly identical start last year. Check it out.