LADY AT THE BAT: Tough Extra Innings Loss Tops Eventful Day for Yankees

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Tough Extra Innings Loss Tops Eventful Day for Yankees

Happy Wednesday, everyone.  The halfway point of the week has come after some interesting developments in Yankees Universe, the last one being a tough 12-inning loss to the Detroit Tigers.  The Yankees have two more games in which to try for a split of the series, and everyone is hoping they can win by a margin bigger than two runs or less.  But, again, that wasn't the only news yesterday:

1) Earlier in the day it was announced that lefty reliever Matt Thornton was claimed off waivers by the Washington Nationals.  The Yankees feel they can do without Thornton, who has one year remaining on his current deal. However, contrary to what a lot of perpetually embarrassed Yankee fans want to believe, this is less of a salary dump than a look to the future. GM Brian Cashman is banking on a couple of lefty prospects who are just about Major League ready.

2) After a light throwing session on Monday, Masahiro Tanaka was right back out there yesterday, increasing both the intensity and the number of throws. This is a bit surprising to me, since I had thought they would wait a day or so before the second session.  At the same time, it is good news, because it means there were no ill-effects from the first session.

3) More information about CC Sabathia's knee surgery was revealed: Doctors removed a cyst and shaved off a bone spur. They are now saying he will not need the micro-fracture surgery which could have ended his career. He will need a stem cell injection later this month. Sabathia is hopeful that he'll be ready for Spring Training 2015, but it is probably best for all involved to temper their enthusiasm.

4) Anthony Bosch surrendered to the Feds yesterday, taking Alex Rodriguez's cousin, Yuri Sucart, with him, and guaranteeing that more players will be exposed as dirty.  At this point, the only player that would shock me would be Derek Jeter.  Anyone else? Yeah, whatever.

Enjoy your Hump Day, everyone.

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