Game 66: Yankees at Athletics
NEW YORK YANKEES (34-31) at OAKLAND ATHLETICS (40-26)
RHP David Phelps (1-4, 4.88) vs. RHP Sonny Gray (6-2, 2.83)
Friday, June 13, 2014 • O.co Coliseum • 10:05 P.M. ET
Game #66 • Road Game #37 • TV: YES • Radio: WFAN 660AM/101.9FM
Hello from the o.Co Coliseum in Oakland, forever home of the Flip Play. We’ll have a long feature appearing on Yankees.com tonight about Derek Jeter and that iconic moment in 2001, and that was fun to write, so stay tuned for that.
Here in 2014, these are the quick hits from tonight’s Yankees notes as the team tries to keep rolling after a three-game sweep of the Mariners up in Seattle.
Francisco Cervelli is eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list on Friday, but the Yankees have decided to keep him on a Minor League rehabilitation assignment with Double-A Trenton until the team returns to New York.
“He won’t join us this weekend, and then we’ll make a determination after this weekend,” manager Joe Girardi said. “He’ll play the next few days with Trenton, and then we’ll probably see him next week.”
The Yankees have signed right-hander Heath Bell to a Minor League contract and plan to audition the veteran reliever at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Bell, 36, was 1-1 with a 7.27 ERA in 13 appearances for the Rays this season. He moved to the Orioles organization and opted out of his Minor League deal after posting a 4.22 ERA in 10 2/3 innings with Triple-A Norfolk.
Michael Pineda has not resumed throwing and will not rejoin the Yankees rotation before August, manager Joe Girardi confirmed on Friday.
Pineda was scratched from a June 1 intrasquad outing when he felt soreness behind his right shoulder, and is essentially starting from zero because this is his second setback.
“It really is [disappointing]. I don’t think we’re going to have to limit his innings,” Girardi said.
The Yankees have signed right-hander Austin DeCarr, their third round selection in the First-Year Player Draft, MLB.com has confirmed.
DeCarr, the 91st overall selection in the Draft, received a $1 million signing bonus. The recommended slot value for the pick was $585,100. The 19-year-old is expected to begin his professional career with the Gulf Coast Yankees.
Jacoby Ellsbury was in the Yankees’ lineup as expected on Friday, one day after he was removed from New York’s 6-3 win at Seattle with right hip tightness. Manager Joe Girardi said that Ellsbury “came in and said he feels good.” He extended his hitting streak to 17 games with an RBI single in the first inning.
Yangervis Solarte “just looks like he could use a day off,” according to Girardi, so the rookie third baseman was out of Friday’s lineup. Solarte is hitless in his last 12 at-bats; Kelly Johnson made the start at third base instead.
The A’s are expecting three consecutive sellouts this weekend at o.Co Coliseum, including one for Sunday’s pregame Derek Jeter tribute.
“Maybe that’s why people are calling me asking for tickets, because you can’t buy them,” Girardi said.