Since the Yankees are off today, I thought it would be a good idea to give some news and notes for the off day as the Yankees head to Oakland tomorrow to begin a three game set with the A’s.
Gardner POTY: Brett Gardner was named the American League player of the week for the past week. He hit .520, with five doubles, one homer, six RBI and scored five times. It wasn’t just that he hit, it’s that he made an impact with them, like his three run homer this week, or his hits that started rallies this weekend.
Injury Updates: Derek Jeter took the first swings in his recovery today. Curtis Granderson threw for the first time from 90 feet after his latest injury. Eduardo Nunez took ground balls as he continues to recover from his oblique injury.
Minor League Update: Let’s go down on the farm and take a look at the minor leagues. We’ll start in AAA, where Scranton sits at 27-34, nine games out of the division in next to last place. Thomas Neal is sixth in the International League in batting with a .323 average. On the pitching side, Chris Bootcheck has five wins, which ties him for third.
The Tampa Yankees are currently last in the FSL’s North Division with a 26-35 record. Gary Sanchez is fifth in the league with 41 RBI. Shane Greene is second in the league with 68 strikeouts in 72 innings.
Charleston is tied for the division lead in the South Atlantic League Southern Division. Catcher Peter O’Brien is eighth in the league in hitting with a .327 average. Rafael De Paula leads the league in strikeouts with 91 in just 59.1 innings and is ninth in ERA at 2.43 and tied for second in wins with six. Don’t be surprised if you see him in the futures game at Citi Field in about a month.