Looks like we know the move for Darnell McDonald.
The Trenton Thunder announced today that David Phelps has been optioned to Double-A and will start on Monday. The move will keep Phelps stretched out and should let the Yankees carry an extra position player this weekend (assuming no other move happens tomorrow).
Phelps pitched well on Wednesday, but he wouldn’t have been available to pitch this weekend anyway. By optioning him today, the Yankees start the clock on the 10 days he has to stay in the minors before being recalled. If the Yankees want him, they should be able to bring Phelps back almost immediately after the all-star break.
Thank you to my friend Mike Ashmore for texting me a heads up while I was walking around Newbury Street.
A few other notes and links from this off day in Boston:
• The Yankees announced that RHP Chris Schwinden was claimed off waivers by the Mets. He had been designated for assignment earlier this week. He made one Triple-A start for the Yankees. He’s been with the Mets, Blue Jays, Indians, Yankees and now the Mets again this season.
• Speaking of guys designated for assignment, Brian Cashman said today that infielder Matt Antonelli has been released. He was designated for assignment when the Yankees claimed Chad Qualls. The Yankees had claimed him off waivers from the Orioles, but the former first-round pick has never hit like people expected.
• Heading into this weekend’s series, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedrioa is bothered by a sore thumb. He didn’t play in Wednesday’s game. Rookie third baseman Will Middlebrooks is also hurt. He hasn’t played since Sunday because of a hamstring injury.
• Mason Williams, Gary Sanchez and Tyler Austin have each cracked Baseball America’s mid-season Top 50 Prospects list. By the way, Josh Norris reports that Austin is fine after a HBP on Tuesday night.
• The Mariners have optioned Hector Noesi to Triple-A. The former Yankees long reliever — a piece of this winter’s Jesus Montero trade — was 2-11 with a 5.77 ERA and had lost eight straight starts. In somewhat related news, the Pirates have optioned former Yankees prospect Jose Tabata to Triple-A. He was hitting .230.
• Yu Darvish and David Freese won the fan voting for the final spots on the All-Star teams. Bryce Harper finished third in the National League voting.
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