Busy night in the Bronx
Plenty to talk about at Yankee Stadium as the Yankees have returned home for a nine-game homestand, opening up with Kenny Rogers and the Tigers.
First, the festivities: The Yankees called a 3 p.m. ET press conference to announce their plans for the All-Star Game this July in the Bronx, including the All-Star FanFest to be held at the Javits Center in Manhattan. Derek Jeter and Yogi Berra were on hand for the conference in the Stadium Club, as was New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Second, the injuries. The Yankees are hoping for better news at some point on Jorge Posada but, as of right now, they believe he may be able to dodge the knife. Posada will see another doctor on Thursday and has refused further comment outside of releasing a statement. Brian Bruney is hoping the same thing but he’s waiting on a third diagnosis after the first two doctors recommended surgery.
A roster move? Yeah, we’ve got one – Chris Britton out, Edwar Ramirez in. A Yankees debut? There’s Chris Stewart behind the dish with Jose Molina getting a day off. And a good human interest story surfaced as well — Harlan Chamberlain is out of the hospital and resting comfortably.
I forgot what it was like to cover a home game in the Bronx. Meanwhile, Phil Hughes could have used a better start than that. You have to wonder what would have happened if he’d gone longer than two innings at Chicago when he was really dealing.