(Check all the updates for news. Lots of stuff today)
Notes: With CMW on the DL, Billy Traber has been recalled from Scranton. He comes equipped with a new slider. … The teams are playing for the first time since 2004 when the Yankees took two of three at the Stadium. … The Yankees have won four straight, five of six and seven of their last nine. … Pettitte was terrific in his last start, holding Oakland to one run over eight innings. He is 3-1, 2.74 against the Padres in his career. … Andy is tied with Ron Guidry with 170 wins as a Yankee. That’s fourth in team history. Lefty Gomez is third at 189.
Back later with some updates.
UPDATE, 5:10 p.m.: Dan Giese is officially the starter for Saturday. … Spoke to Chien-Ming Wang. He said he was injured while running on the grass past third base. It came when he pushed off his leg. He will have to wear the boot for 6 weeks even when he’s sleeping. He hopes to come back in September. “I’m going to do rehab every day,” he said. “I’ll try.”
Wang got a supportive text message from Larry Bowa, who told him not to let this injury keep him down. Ron Guidry, who is very close with Wang, called him.
“You can pitch,,” Guidry told him, jokingly. “But you can’t run.”
Wang also is in favor of using the DH in interleague games. “Better for the pitcher,” he said.
You have to feel bad for the kid. The Yankees fought him for $600,000 in arbitration. And now this freak injury will cost him money if they go to arbitration next year.
UPDATE, 5:15 p.m.: Don’t know if you’re watching Omar Minaya’s press conference. But it’s a total disgrace. He’s actually blaming the media, saying the atmosphere around the team forced him to fire the manager.
How can you be an executive in New York and think that way? Ask Ernie Accorsi and Jerry Reese, who stuck with Tom Coughlin and won the Super Bowl.
Minaya goes next. It’s just a matter of when. Over/under is the All-Star break.
UPDATE, 5:19 p.m.: Here’s Hal Steinbrenner on Wang’s injury:
“I think weâ€™re going to stick to the young guys. Weâ€™re always out there looking, researching, doing our recon work, and weâ€™ll continue to do that. Losing Wang hurts us, heâ€™s our ace, but the good news is it looks like heâ€™s going to be back before the end of the season, and I know weâ€™ll need him.
“Weâ€™ve had a lot of injuries this year and every one of themâ€™s upsetting, but you strengthen your resolve and keep pushing forward. Weâ€™ve been good at that all year and weâ€™ll continue to do that, and weâ€™ll be there at the end.”
UPDATE, 5:21 p.m.: Ian Kennedy is not under consideration to pitch the second game of that Mets doubleheader on June 27. The Yankees seem determined to get him some time in AAA. That’s likely a very good idea.
Meanwhile, I went to the Padres clubhouse to speak to Trevor Hoffman for my Sunday column. What a tremendous guy. We got to talking about Mariano Rivera and here’s what he said:
“It’s an honor to be mentioned in the same sentence as that man. I have tremendous respect for him. I’m hoping that sometime in the next three days I can shake his hand and tell him that.”
How great is that?
UPDATE, 5:30 p.m.: Lots of people in the press room here at the Stadium watching Minaya’s presser. It has veered off the road from being simply embarrassing to being making you want to cringe.
The Mets are a Triple-A team playing in a big stadium. What a mess. It’s total clown college.
UPDATE, 5:35 p.m.: Morgan Ensberg was signed by Cleveland. This from the AP:
Former All-Star third baseman Morgan Ensberg signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday after getting cut by the Yankees earlier this month.
Ensberg was assigned to Buffalo of the International League. The Indians are looking for hitters with Victor Martinez and Travis Hafner on the disabled list.
The 32-year-old hit just .203 with a home run and four RBIs in 28 games for New York this season. The Yankees designated Ensberg for assignment on June 1.
The Yankees still owe him the remainder of his $1.7 million deal in case you were wondering.
UPDATE, 5:59 p.m.: OK, you’ll love this.
Mussina wrote “The ice cream is back” on his message board. The Moose made a deal with Girardi that if he got to 10 wins, they’d put the ice cream freezer back in the player lounge. Now there are incentives for 12 wins (donuts) and 15 (candy, maybe).
Mussina went on one of his Dennis Miller-riffs on how he’s pitched well for so long on Mountain Dew, donuts and M&Ms. It was very funny.
Just spoke to Brian Cashman. The Yankees are very, very, very intrigued with Alfredo Aceves and his potential as a starter. But they want to see him in AAA first. “At least a small sample,” Cashman said.
No draft signings in recent days. Gerrit Cole? “That’s going to take a long time,” Cash said.
UPDATE, 7:26 p.m.: Cashman said it was too early to discuss the idea of Willie Randolph rejoining the Yankees in some capacity. Then he said several times what a good baseball man he was. “There’s a lot of baseball left in him,” he said.
UPDATE, 7:28 p.m.: That’s three home runs in as many days for A-Rod. No. 13 this year and No. 531 career. Only 232 left to erase the stain on the game.
UPDATE, 7:31 p.m.: Not so fast, A-Rod. That’s No. 16 for The Big G.
Not a good audition for Randy Wolf so far.
UPDATE, 7:36 p.m.: Brian Bruney threw a 27-pitch bullpen session today in Tampa. The Yanks are hopeful he’ll return after the All-Star break. That would be a big lift.
UPDATE, 7:59 p.m.: You want more news? We got more news. Brian Cashman said the Yankees would stick with three catchers for a while longer. “We’re going to be very careful with it to make sure everything is OK (with Jorge Posada) and we’re protected going forward. We’re not a team that goes to the bench much. I’m not belittling the bench but we could stick with three catchers for an extended period of time just to be certain.”
Cashman even held out the possibility of keeping three catchers all season. But he cautioned not to read anything into it.
“Jorge is not having any complaints, he feels great,” Cashman said. “Muy bueno.”
Yes, he said “muy bueno.”
UPDATE, 8:08 p.m.: What do figure the Yankees would go in the National League? 161-1? No, let’s be fair. 140-22.
To be serious, the Astros aren’t very good and the Padres are dreadful. But the Yanks have outscored their NL foes 27-5 the last four games (so far, anyway).
Meanwhile, Giambi is never going to shave. The power of the ‘stache could supply energy to several Third World countries. That seems pretty obvious at this point.
UPDATE, 8:47 p.m.: Here’s why I love the people who comment on my blog (for the most part): Folks are discussing the pitchability of Alfredo Aceves.
Meanwhile, Andy Pettitte has allowed one run over his last 14 innings and fanned 13.
UPDATE, 8:49 p.m.: Journal News operatives just snuck into Brian Cashman’s office and stole his list of possible trade candidates for the rotation. Here it is:
UPDATE, 9:09 p.m.: I do believe that is it for Pettitte. Another great outing for him. 7 5 0 0 1 9. Last two starts: 15 10 1 1 2 15. Jose Veras up next.
UPDATE, 9:36 p.m.: A-Rod has shown off his arm tonight.
Meanwhile, Robbie Cano is 5 for 8 since starting Saturday’s game on the bench. Guess a little break was beneficial for him.
Some skinny guy wearing No. 42 is up for the Yankees. Mo hasn’t worked since Thursday in Oakland.
UPDATE, 9:53 p.m.: Talk about setting the tone for the series. You score eight runs and your pitchers strike out 14.
Thanks for reading. Back later.