6/23 – Yankees at Braves
Wang RHP (0-5, 12.30 ERA)
Hanson RHP (2-0, 4.08 ERA)
– CC Sabathia did not play catch on the field, instead opting to give his tired left arm a little extra rest. The plan is that Sabathia will throw a light bullpen session tomorrow, dropping his workload from 45 pitches to 20-25, and then see how he feels. He continues to insist that he is pitching on Friday and Joe Girardi said he would expect the same if Sabathia gets through tomorrow’s bullpen fine.
– Johnny Damon is out of the lineup for one more night to protect his sore right calf, though he is available for pinch-hitting duties. Damon said he had plans of playing today and wanted to test the calf during batting practice but the Yankees medical staff was concerned that he still feels something in the calf.
— MLB has denied the Yankees’ formal protest of Sunday’s 6-5 loss to the Marlins, meaning it will remain just that, a loss. … The Yankees have talked about playing Hideki Matsui in the outfield during this series, but there are physical concerns about his ability to hold up for nine innings … Girardi said that Alex Rodriguez could rest one game of this series.
— Xavier Nady could realistically re-join the Yankees next week if all proceeds well at Triple-A … It sounds like Cody Ransom will be activated tomorrow with Angel Berroa leaving and Ramiro Pena staying on the roster. Girardi said the Yankees would make defense the priority in the Berroa-Pena decision.
With a third-inning double, Derek Jeter logged the 425th two-base hit of his career, surpassing Babe Ruth for sole possession of fourth place on the Yankees’ all-time list.