A few minor league notes…
Sergio Mitre wrapped up his rehab assignment with 4.2 innings tonight in Scranton. Mitre allowed four hits — all singles — while walking two and striking out four. He left with runners at the corners and Eric Wordekemper let them score on a three-run homer.
Donnie Collins reports that Mitre did not allow a ball to be hit in the air. Donnie is also reporting that both Romulo Sanchez and Jonathan Albaladejo — logically the best call-up candidates for tomorrow — are with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre tonight.
It’s worth noting that Double-A third baseman Brandon Laird started at first base on Saturday night. It was only his fourth game there this season, and his first since June 12. Laird has also started taking fly balls in the outfield before games.
As Mike Ashmore reported, manager Tony Franklin said not to make a “big deal” out of Laird’s time at other positions, but it’s hard not to notice that: 1. He’s blocked at first and third in New York, and 2. He’s been one of the breakout stars of the minor league system this year. It’s true that the Yankees, as a matter of course, often have players get at least a little work at other positions. But with a bat like Laird’s, it’s curious to see him working in in the outfield for the first time, especially considering it’s a spot where the Yankees system is pretty thin.
Spring training’s feel-good story might have taken a turn. Major League Baseball announced three minor league suspensions today, beginning with this one.
Jonathan Weber, a retired player, has been suspended for 100 games following his third positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The suspension of Weber will be effective immediately upon his return to Major League Baseball.
That’s the same Jon Weber who had such a huge spring training with the Yankees, an incredibly good guy who, at 32-years-old, had routinely played well at Triple-A without getting a taste of the majors. Weber was released out of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre earlier this season, signed with Toledo, then suddenly retired on Thursday.