Derek Jeter is back in the city where he made The Flip — and if you hadn’t heard, he’s retiring at the end of this season — so there’s going to be a lot of pregame stuff going on. I have to run back down to the field shortly, but I wanted to get a few real notes posted real quickly. I’ll come back with some more stuff later.
• Joe Girardi made it official that Francisco Cervelli will not join the team until next week. With the Yankees planning to start Brian McCann all three games here in Oakland, the Yankees didn’t think it made sense to activate Cervelli and have him sit on the bench. Might as well let him get three more days of at-bats in Trenton.
• This was becoming pretty obvious, and Girardi acknowledged it today: Michael Pineda won’t be back until August. He seemed on the verge of returning from that sore upper-back muscle near his right shoulder, but when he experienced a setback, he essentially went back to square one. And because 10 days of rest apparently wasn’t enough last time, he’s going to rest more than 10 days this time. He’s still not even playing catch.
• CC Sabathia is throwing. He hasn’t thrown a bullpen, but the Yankees think he could throw one next week. After bullpens is when the Yankees will have a better idea of when he’ll come off the disabled list, but Girardi said it “would be tough” for Sabathia to be back before the break.
• The Yankees made a minor move today, signing reliever Heath Bell to a minor league contract and assigning him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. To make room for him in that Scranton bullpen, Mark Montgomery was demoted to Double-A Trenton. Bell was previously with the Orioles and Rays this season. Despite pretty solid numbers, Montgomery’s prospect status has faded since he got into the upper-levels of the system.