Just a few notes and links from the off day, beginning with news about a fading pitching prospect…
• According to Josh Norris in Trenton, the Yankees have placed Dellin Betances on the Double-A disabled list. His past three starts have been ugly — total of 12 innings, 20 earned runs — and now he’s been shutdown with a sore right shoulder. Betances, Manny Banuelos and Jose Campos – the three players widely considered the Yankees top three pitching prospects entering this season — are all now on the DL. Campos and Banuelos have been there most of the season.
• Looking for better young pitching news? Brett Marshall was ranked by Baseball America as the Yankees fourth-best pitching prospect heading into this season, and he’s 13-6 with a 3.24 in Double-A (though his past three starts haven’t been particularly good). Adam Warren — ranked as the Yankees fifth-best pitching prospect entering this season — has a 2.68 Triple-A ERA since the All-Star break. That includes five shutout innings on Wednesday.
• Here’s a video of Joe Girardi’s shouting match with a heckler last night. I wish I’d known Girardi was going to go after a guy, I would have stood on that side of the scrum!
• Roger Clemens isn’t ruling out the idea of pitching in the big leagues again, and Tyler Kepner writes that it should happen. He makes the case that neither Clemens nor the Astros have anything to lose from a big league contract.
The Yankees won’t see him this weekend, but their former prospect Zach McAllister — traded away in the Austin Kearns deal two years ago — is pitching well for the Indians this season. McAllister has a 3.50 ERA through 15 starts. When the Yankees were in Detroit a few weeks ago, Austin Jackson specifically mentioned McAllister to me. Jackson said McAllister is throwing harder than when he was with the Yankees and looks filthy at times.
• Weird news out of Seattle: Some guy broke a team store window so that he could steal 16 discounted Ichiro Suzuki jerseys.
• Unfortunate news out of Seattle: Neither of the newspapers that cover the Mariners full time will be traveling the rest of the season. Budgets are what they are, but that’s a real shame.
• Finally, do yourself a favor and take the time to read Wright Thompson’s story on the life and death of Greg Halman. I went to college with Wright, and I can tell you that he’s been this talented for a very long time.
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