Just landed in Texas, where my rental car might be nicer than my hotel room. That’s not a knock on the room, which is perfectly nice, but free upgrades are outstanding and this car is seriously the nicest vehicle I’ve ever driven.
Obviously the focus of tonight will be in Trenton where Andy Pettitte is making a rehab start for the Thunder. He should be good for four innings or 65 pitches. As long as there’s an opportunity for him to make a second rehab start, he will.
“If we run out of minor league games he could (come back after one),” Brian Cashman said. “If we have minor league games still going, no matter how good he is tonight, we’d like for him to keep going.”
That’s all a precautionary thing. This is a controlled environment where, to some extent, Pettitte can ease himself back up to game speed.
A few other tidbits from the minor leagues:
• Jesus Montero had surgery to clear out some infection in his ankle. “It’s minor, but I think he’s going to be out for the (Triple-A) playoffs,” Cashman said.
• Wilkin De La Rosa has been designated for assignment to make room for minor league lefty Steve Garrison who was claimed off waivers from the Padres. It’s basically a swap of one young lefty for another, but the Yankees are hopeful De La Rosa will get through waivers. Baseball America did not have Garrison among the Padres Top 30 prospects, but the Yankees have a guy who knows a little bit about the Padres minor league system. “Kevin Towers obviously was involved in that process,” Cashman said.
• J.B. Cox has been suspended after an altercation with manager Tony Franklin. I’ve always gotten along with Cox and was happy to hear he was coming back this season after considering retirement, but a dugout blowup doesn’t sound good.
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