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Bruney back tomorrow; Wang decision looming

Brian Bruney will be activated from the disabled list tomorrow, Yankees manager Joe Girardi has confirmed. The Yankees will lose a reliever as Girardi said it was unlikely they will carry a 12-man staff.

Bruney had some interesting comments pre-game in which he blamed Major League Baseball’s use of instant replay for his strained flexor tendon. He attributes it to the April 19 game at Yankee Stadium, where a Jorge Posada home run was reviewed by umpires.

The original call on the field stood, with Posada credited with a two-run dinger off Cleveland’s Jensen Lewis, but the review took 8 ½ minutes to complete and Bruney said that he continued throwing throughout the delay.

“I turned around to see the replay, and it was obvious to me by the first replay that it was a home run – which is what they called it anyway,” Bruney said. “I don’t know what the 8 ½ minutes was all about.”

Bruney appeared two days later on April 21 but felt weak, allowing a run on two hits to the A’s, and was subsequently placed on the disabled list. Bruney said he lodged a complaint with the MLB Players Association about the delay and was told the play was reviewed from a remote location.

“I don’t know if somebody was on a lunch break or what, but something went wrong,” Bruney said. “That’s a long time for any pitcher to be throwing. That’s a long inning, plus another long inning. But I’m back.”

Chien-Ming Wang will come to New York for “a change of scenery” tomorrow and throw a bullpen, after which the Yankees will make a decision about his next start, but it does not sound like it will come with the Yankees. There are still concerns about command, as his sinker was high in the zone. His velocity was OK, averaging between 88-92 mph, Girardi said.

Additionally, Brett Gardner has a contusion of his right rotator cuff after his slide into home plate yesterday. He had an MRI today and Girardi said he is day-to-day.

Closing thoughts from Clearwater

Just finishing things up here in Clearwater, where the skies are still overcast and it’s beginning to look like a good thing that I’ve been keeping a fleece sweater in the trunk of my car since … oh, say, February 11.

It appears that Derek Jeter has taken to the friendly skies after Team USA’s loss, hoping to make it back for the Tuesday night game against the Red Sox.

“He’s planning on being here tomorrow night,” Girardi said. “Are we surprised?”

Girardi said that he’s planning on accommodating Jeter and re-writing his lineup card. They don’t necessarily have to do anything special with Jeter for the rest of camp – all things considered, Girardi said Jeter should be able to have had close to 60 at-bats this spring, which is enough.

Chien-Ming Wang took Brett Tomko’s innings today, so the Yankees will stretch out their long relief candidates on Saturday against the Braves. Tomko and Dan Giese will both get a lot of work while Wang stays behind in Tampa … weather permitting. The Yankees didn’t take a long reliever out of camp last year, but this year one may be more crucial because of the limitation on Joba Chamberlain’s innings.

Brian Bruney (7.42 ERA) is having a rough spring. He was half-joking today when he said that he hopes he can still make the team, and Girardi said that he doesn’t need to worry about that – they still want him to be the eighth inning man. But they’d also like to see him not give up two-run bombs to Matt Stairs.

Girardi said the Yankees need to find a way to get him going. If they don’t (me talking, not Girardi), imagine how quickly the ‘Joba needs to be in the bullpen’ crowd will take it to the next level?

Talkin’ a little baseball

And let’s do it today, because tomorrow is going to be all Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez, all the time …

– Francisco Cervelli was sent out of camp today with an upper respiratory ailment, the same one that bothered Christian Garcia and Brian Bruney earlier. Joe Girardi is trying to quarantine his clubhouse, sending him home after a doctor’s appointment today. Jason Johnson was excused from camp today with a personal issue.

– The Yankees are not expecting anyone to be late this spring with visa problems.

– Girardi said he is OK with keeping both Xavier Nady and Nick Swisher around: “I don’t think you can have too many players. You don’t know what’s going to happen in the next seven weeks, if we come out of Spring Training completely healthy. You can never have too many players.”

Teixeira arrives in camp

I was chatting with Brian Bruney downstairs when Mark Teixeira walked in, an Angels bag slung over his left shoulder. Bruney shot up and the two exchanged pleasantries, with Bruney welcoming him to the team and Teixeira saying he was glad to be here.

“This team,” Bruney was saying later, “is going to be the best one, personality-wise, since I’ve been here. These are all good guys we’ve brought in.”

Teixeira certainly seems to fit the part. He shook hands with every single reporter within the county limits and swears that he’s going to try to learn all of our names. The fans should enjoy having him around too – Teixeira said that he is going to have the best year of his career in 2009 and is determined to get off to a fast start.

He’s also ready to get a crash course in the Yankee three-ring circus when Alex Rodriguez takes to the podium tomorrow. Teixeira said he is among those who will be on hand to lend A-Rod support.

“I’ll definitely be there,” Teixeira said. “I’m going to open my arms to Alex.”

Are the Yankees done?

telephone.jpgBrian Cashman may be on vacation this week, but Ken Rosenthal suggests that the Yankees aren’t done yet. At FOXSports.com, he wonders if they’ll make a few serious calls about Ben Sheets and/or Juan Cruz before all is said and done.

The Yankees did kick the tires on Sheets back at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, but Sheets has had trouble finding a club willing to take a chance after he experienced injury problems late last year.

With the Andy Pettitte standoff dragging on and his chances apparently dwindling by the day, Sheets represents another choice should the Yankees really not be comfortable with selecting their fifth starter out of the group of Phil Hughes, Alfredo Aceves, Ian Kennedy and Phil Coke.

Cruz would be an addition to a back end of the bullpen, and a welcome one to those who have their doubts about Damaso Marte and Brian Bruney setting up. The rest of the relief corps is certainly amenable to an upgrade, with contenders like Edwar Ramirez and Jose Veras not promised anything heading into the spring.

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