Apr 18, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi watches the top of the 9th inning against the Minnesota Twins from the dugout at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE
Good morning, Pinstripe Alley!
- Let's start off with the bad news. Brett Gardner is headed to 15-day disabled list with an ailing right elbow. He was a late scratch from the lineup on Wednesday (which looked okay at the time considering Andruw Jones had absurd numbers against Jason Marquis) after experiencing discomfort during batting practice. He may have injured himself on a diving catch during Tuesday's 8-3 win. RHP Cody Eppley will be called up from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
- Phil Hughes is running out of chances to prove himself and the Wall Street Journal explains how his final auditions are upon us. That's because Michael Pineda and Andy Pettitte are approaching a return to the Bronx, leaving Freddy Garcia and Hughes on the outside looking in at this point. Hughes will take the ball to the mound tonight in hopes of salvaging a series split with the Minnesota Twins. Thus far in 2012, Hughes has tossed 8.0 innings, allowing 13 hits and 8 earned runs while walking 4 and striking out 11.
- Speaking of Pettitte, he'll be pitching for Class-A Tampa on Friday. He's scheduled to throw about 65 pitches.
- I don't remember hearing this, but former Yankee broadcaster Dom Valentino died on Tuesday at the age of 83. He called games on the radio alongside Phil Rizzuto during the 1975 season. He also called games for the New York Islanders and New Jersey Nets.