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From the Yankees:
Via the New York Post’s George King comes this tidbit: the Yankees will haze their rookies tomorrow as they depart Safeco Field en route to Anaheim. The theme of this year’s dress-up disaster: the campy 1960s ‘Batman’ TV series.
King reports that Mark Melancon will be dressed as Batman. Catwoman will be played by Ramiro Pena and Mike Dunn will be dressed as The Riddler. Video coordinator Anthony Flynn will be in Robin garb and massage therapist Lou Potter will don The Penguin’s clothes. Radar gun operator Brett Weber will be The Joker.
CC Sabathia is taking the ‘cast’ to dinner in California, as Jason Giambi used to do. Last year’s hazing took place in Boston, when the youngest Bombers had to walk out of Fenway Park dressed as the Village People after a rainout on the next-to-last day of the season.
In 2007, they walked out of Yankee Stadium dressed as characters from ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ complete with the soundtrack blaring from the clubhouse speakers.
The Yankees have promoted Francisco Cervelli, Ramiro Pena, Mark Melancon, Edwar Ramirez and Mike Dunn as their Sept. 1 callups, according to Chad Jennings of the Scranton Times-Tribune. We’ll have more updates and information from the clubhouse here at Camden Yards.
The Yankees have purchased the contract of RHP Josh Towers from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and optioned RHP Mark Melancon to Triple-A. LHP Damaso Marte was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
This is really just a complementary move to get some innings up after last night’s 15-inning marathon, but it’s a good opportunity to dredge this story up from the archive: Yanks, Jays empty benches twice. Wonder if Tony Pena will be waiting with open arms to welcome Towers into the Yankee clubhouse?
“I heard somebody chirping when I was talking to Lyle [Overbay],” Towers said. “I
asked who it was, and Tony Pena is running his mouth. I was like, ‘What
is this guy running his mouth for?’ He’s a quitter. He was managing a
team and he quit in the middle of a season, because he couldn’t hack
it. Hey, he’s going to run his mouth at me?”
Mark Melancon has been summoned to join the Yankees bullpen for tonight’s game against the Angels, according to the Scranton Times-Tribune.
After yesterday’s game, Joe Girardi told reporters that adding an arm to the bullpen would be “something we’re going to have to talk about,” after five relievers backed up an ineffective Alfredo Aceves and helped the Bombers post an 8-6 victory over the Twins, completing a three-game sweep at the Metrodome and running New York’s road winning streak to eight games.
A roster move will be announced before tonight’s game. Dave Robertson walked in two runs yesterday and did, in his words, “a terrible job,” so he could be the leading candidate to be sent to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Jonathan Albaladejo picked up the win with 1 2/3 scoreless innings, Phil Coke recorded two outs and Phil Hughes added four more to get the ball to Mariano Rivera.
The right-handed Melancon, 24, was 4-0 with three saves and a 2.50 ERA in 25 appearances at Triple-A. In 39 2/3 innings, Melancon allowed 25 hits and 14 runs (11 earned), walking nine and striking out 42 while holding opponents to a .175 batting average.
He made four appearances with the Yankees from in late April and early May, allowing two runs in 3 1/3 innings (5.40 ERA).
One of the running jokes of the Yankees ’08 season was bringing up Kei Igawa’s name any time there was a need for a starting pitcher. That happened a lot, and after a one-shot deal in Detroit on May 9, Igawa was never the guy they called up to start.
Joe Girardi’s last assignment to Igawa was to record the final three outs in a June 27 game at Shea Stadium, with the Yankees leading 9-0. Igawa got the job done (cue Cosmo Kramer: “Did the K-man do it, or did the K-man do it?”) but gave up two hard singles in the process before inducing Luis Castillo to hit into a game-ending double play.
He was not heard from again on the big league level. There’s no clearer sign than how far Igawa’s star has fallen than the fact he is no longer on the Yankees’ 40-man roster, a Triple-A filler part with $12 million still owed to him through the 2011 season.
So it seems that in the much-rumored trade that would plant Mike Cameron in center field at Yankee Stadium, while shipping Melky Cabrera to the Milwaukee Brewers, the holdup may be Igawa. The New York Post reported that the Brewers want to pick up as little of his salary as possible, as Milwaukee is dropping Cameron’s $10 million deal for 2009 as a salary dump.
The Post reported that the Brewers asked for Phil Coke, Jose Veras and Mark Melancon before Igawa’s name surfaced, but the Yankees quickly said no. That brings the Brewers to Milwaukee, a touted import from Japan who may need this chance more than anyone to revive his stalled career.