Hope everyone enjoyed the off day. The Yankees are back in the Bronx tomorrow, and before the stadium gates open, I’ll be hosting a chat at noon. Stop by, and I’m sure we’ll talk all about the Yankees deadline activity, the return of Joba Chamberlain and what comes next in these final two weeks.
For now, a few end-of-the-day notes and links.
• Turns out the Yankees didn’t option Ramiro Pena yesterday. They designated him for assignment. Brian Cashman confirmed the move this afternoon. If no one claims him, Pena will clear waivers tomorrow and be removed from the 40-man roster.
• If you hadn’t already heard, the Yankees released Dewayne Wise after he was designated for assignment last week.
• One last DFA note: The Red designated Andrew Brackman for assignment this week after they traded for Jonathan Broxton. The former Yankees first-round pick had a 6.80 ERA between Triple-A and High-A this season. Most of that time was spent in A-ball with a 5.12 ERA. His ERA with Triple-A Louisville was a whopping 9.87 with 16 walks and 13 strikeouts. He just hasn’t been able to locate since that strong second half in 2010.
• Odd story of the day: Someone hacked the Yankees Facebook page. Apparently several other big league clubs had their Facebook pages hacked as well.
• Melky Mesa officially joined the Triple-A roster today. In a crowded outfield, Mesa jumped into the lineup as the starting center fielder. Chris Dickerson moved to DH, Ronnier Mustelier handled left field and Darnell McDonald played right. Kosuke Fukudome started at first base. As far as I can tell, this was his first infield start. At least in the United States.
• About a week ago, the blog Yankees Fans Unite posted an interview with first-round pick Ty Hensley. In the interview, Hensley explains his side of the “shoulder abnormality” that a pre-signing MRI detected. “… Until something hurts or there are symptoms, or until there is instability, there is no reason to be concerned,” Hensley said. “I’m healthy, I’m gonna be healthy and will keep working to stay healthy.”
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