Some quick news

  • The Yanks released lefty reliever JC Romero today. (You may remember him as the reliever who helped the Phillies win the World Series in 2008 but definitely didn’t cheat.) He put up good numbers — a 2.92 ERA — in 11 games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but supposedly his fastball velocity had dropped recently. He asked to either be brought up to the majors or released, so the Yanks dipped him. It’s kind of surprising that they didn’t bring him up seeing as how they only have one lefty (Boone Logan) in the bullpen.
  • Following knee surgery, A-Rod — who hasn’t played since July 7 — could play in a rehab game as early as this Friday. It’s unclear how many games he would need before being activated from the DL, but he has upped the intensity of his workouts in the last couple of days. Cashman said he’s still hoping for a mid-August return from The Gambler.
  • The Yanks announced their rotation for the upcoming series with the Angels, and Philthy will be skipped following his relief appearance on Sunday night/Monday morning. AJ will start Tuesday’s opener, SuperNova will go on Wednesday and Cy Colon will pitch in the finale on Thursday.
  • Pedro Feliciano began throwing bullpens today and could start throwing batting practice sometime next week.