I feel like I spent my entire off day traveling. I hope some of you had more productive and exciting Thursdays. There really didn’t seem to be much going on with the Yankeees. This was just the day after the labrum announcement. That news still hung over pretty much everything.
Just a few notes and links from today…
• Over at ESPNNewYork, Andrew Marchand talked to Curt Schilling about Schilling’s experience coming back from labrum surgery. Schilling believes Michael Pineda can be back sooner than 12 months, though past cases suggest it’s hard to know anything for certain. “He clearly had a very weak shoulder,” Schilling said. “When you have a weak shoulder, your shoulder will start to droop and you will start to tax muscles and you get tears.”
• Pineda’s former teammates weren’t happy to hear about his injury. “I’m not calling him because he’s probably a little frustrated,” Felix Hernandez said. “He’s just got to work hard and come back, because he’s a great pitcher.”
• Mike Ashmore posted last night’s Andy Pettitte press conference on YouTube. You can also find yesterday’s Brian Cashman’s press conference (this was after the conference all announcing the Pineda injury).
• The Yankees Triple-A affiliate was officially sold today, a plan that’s been in the works for a long time. The intention seems to be keeping the team in Northeastern Pennsylvania in a new stadium, and plans for that new stadium were also released today. Looks perfect for that space.
• Before this weekend’s series against the Yankees, the Tigers cut ties with Brandon Inge, who had become a significant offensive drain. Inge has said he’d like to play elsewhere. Can’t really see him as much of a fit for the Yankees.
• First President Obama, now CC Sabathia. The Yankees ace will be on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight. I ate dinner in a restaurant next to Fallon once. I’m betting he’ll have a longer conversation with CC than he had with me.