There is going to be actual baseball tomorrow, the real deal, with more than home field advantage on the line. The Angels are coming to Yankee Stadium for a 7:05 first pitch. It’s going to be Hiroki Kuroda vs. C.J. Wilson, and four days later, CC Sabathia is going to come off the disabled list.
Here are a few notes at the end of this All-Star break.
• The Yankees announced today that Joba Chamberlain will pitch two innings in the Gulf Coast League on Saturday. This will be the first two-inning outing of his rehab. Brian Cashman said today that there’s a good chance Chamberlain will need less than the full 30 days of rehab before he’s activated.
• The Yankees also announced that David Phelps’ option has been transferred from Double-A to Triple-A. That certainly seems to indicate that the Yankees have no plans of bring Phelps back to the big leagues right away and will keep him stretched out in the minors.
• Dr. Lewis Yocum and Dr. Christopher Ahmad have recommended that David Aardsma rest for another two weeks before resuming his throwing program.
• Brooklyn Nets Guard Joe Johnson will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Friday’s game. Nets head coach Avery Johnson will join the Bleacher Creatures for the first-inning Roll Call.
• The Major League Baseball Players Association announced today that Curtis Granderson is the Yankees winner of the Heart and Hustle Award, given to active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit, and tradition of the game. One player from each team is chosen, and an overall winner from those 30 will be announced in November. Former Yankees Melky Cabrera and Austin Jackson were chosen from the Giants and Tigers.
• It’s also been announced that Dave Robertson is the Yankees nominee for the Branch Rickey Award for humanitarian service.
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