Assorted news and updates
Joe Girardi hosted his second annual ‘Remember When, Remember Now‘ fundraiser to benefit Alzheimer’s research last night at the Grand Central Oyster Bar in New York, and there were a few baseball related tidbits to report:
• It sounds a lot like the Yankees expect to activate Brian Bruney before tonight’s game, which is no surprise. Girardi said that he thinks it will have to be a pitcher for a pitcher, since the Yankees are about to head to National League parks, which means Angel Berroa’s roster spot remains safe yet again. The best guess is the Yankees will decide between Jose Veras and Brett Tomko.
• The mystery of Damaso Marte continues, as Dr. James Andrews took a look and couldn’t find anything that needed to be operated on. That means Marte will return to Tampa, Fla. and continue his throwing program, having had Dr. Chris Ahmad and Dr. David Altchek also look at his left shoulder and tell him to keep chucking.
“They’re not telling him to have surgery, so they’re telling him that
they believe he can get back,” Girardi said. “That
leads me to believe that he can get back. It’s frustrating, because
we’d love to have him and we need him. It’s great to have two lefties
in your bullpen.”
• A.J. Burnett’s appeal of his six-game suspension has been postponed to June 30; it was supposed to take place today. Also, don’t forget, Chien-Ming Wang is expected to become a daddy today. So good luck and congratulations to them.
These bullets from the Yankees:
• Prior to tonight’s game vs. Washington, Alex Rodriguez will greet fans in Monument Park from 4:10-4:30 p.m.
• Robinson Cano will serve as the “Principal for a Day” for PS 55 in the Bronx today.
• The first 18,000 fans in attendance at Tuesday’s game vs. Washington will receive a “Strikeouts for Scholarships” keychain, courtesy of WCBS 880 AM, in support of Yankees media member Ed Lucas’ charitable endeavors with Seton Hall University. Through the “Strikeouts for Scholarships” program, established in 2008, WCBS 880 AM donates $10 to Seton Hall’s Ed Lucas Scholarship Fund every time a Yankees pitcher strikes out an opposing batter.