The Yankees are a half-game up on the Baltimore Orioles in the American League East, but they have competition from everyone in that division. The AL East is the best division in baseball as it stands right now. Here’s more on the Yankees:
- Brett Gardner was on his way to returning to the Yankees lineup. The speedy outfielder was playing a rehab
game earlier this week and looking forward to a return to Major League. Unfortunately, that return will be delayed even longer as Gardner aggravated the elbow injury that landed him on the disabled list in the first place. Gardner is expected to miss 3-4 more weeks as he rests the elbow. The Yankees may look for outfield help come the trade deadline to give them a contingency plan for Gardner’s absence.
- David Robertson was pegged to take over closer duties when Mariano Rivera went down to his knee injury. Unfortunately, Robertson was soon placed on the disabled list himself. After earning one save and posting a 2.51 ERA on the year, Robertson hit the DL with a strained left oblique. Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News says the Yankees will activate Robertson today, but he won’t return to a closer role.
- Buster Olney reported last night via Twitter that the Yankees are still waiting for their need to be defined before pursuing trades. It would seem the team could use some pitching help and some outfield help, but they have already declared themselves out of the running for Carlos Quentin who many think the Padres will trade.
- What do the New York Yankees and the Miami Heat have to do with each other? They have two of the most hated players in their respective sports today. Alex Rodriguez recently told Michael Kay of ESPN Radio that he feels bad for LeBron James. He says he can relate to the hatred being thrown at James. Rodriguez fell from grace with his admission to steroid use. James fell due to the way he handled his move to the Miami Heat.
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