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Yankees pregame: Realignment/Martin scratched

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Jun 13, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Hi, Brian Heyman here today at Yankee Stadium for the series finale against the Indians.

There’s an ESPN.com report out now that states Major League Baseball and the players association are talking about a plan that would do away with the AL East and all the other divisions for that matter. There would just be two 15-team leagues with Houston or Florida possibly switching to the AL to even them up. The top five in each league would make the postseason.

Nick Swisher didn’t give the plan two thumbs up.

“I think baseball is the greatest game ever invented,” Swisher said. “I don’t think you need to change a thing.”

What do you think?

*Joe Girardi still doesn’t have a starter for Thursday’s series finale against Texas. Hector Noesi would be a good candidate the way he has performed as a long man. “It’s something we would definitely consider,” Girardi said. But Girardi also said he would have to see first whether he needed him in relief the next couple of nights. If so, it’s expected he will go with a Triple-A option.

*Phil Hughes is scheduled to make his first rehab start in the Gulf Coast League tomorrow.

“I think it’s very realistic that it’ll be sometime in July,” Girardi said of Hughes’ return.

*As for some other players trying to come back from their injuries, Damaso Marte is supposed to play catch today; Rafael Soriano will see a team doctor tonight to determine when he can start playing catch; Pedro Feliciano is scheduled to throw again on flat ground tomorrow; and Eric Chavez has been swinging in the batting cage but has yet to run.

Update, 6:08: Russell Martin was just scratched with lower back stiffness. Francisco Cervelli will catch and bat ninth. Brett Gardner will move up from ninth to eighth.

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