– The Yankees are returning Chien-Ming Wang to the rotation and shifting Phil Hughes to the bullpen.
It’s the latter part of the announcement that comes as a surprise, as I
figured that Hughes would head back to Triple-A once Wang took his
spot. Hughes has never worked as a reliever at any level, and odds are
that the Yankees will need him back in the rotation at some point. I
think it’d make more sense to give George Kontos or another minor
leagues a try. Alfredo Aceves should be getting the higher-leverage
middle-relief innings anyway.
– Jose Reyes experienced a setback with his calf injury and no longer appears likely to return Friday as hoped.
Reyes will be examined back in New York on Thursday. Now it
definitely appears as though this calf injury is going to linger for a
while, so even if he does return next week, he may not be much of a
threat on the basepaths for the foreseeable future.
– Scott Hairston, seemingly in the midst of a breakthrough season, went on the disabled list after suffering a strained biceps muscle during Tuesday’s game.
Can’t say I didn’t see this coming. It was meant to be something of a joke, but I posted the following Monday on Rotoworld:
Scott Hairston went 2-for-4 with his eighth homer Monday in the loss to the Phillies.
Gonzalez and Hairston went back-to-back off Joe Blanton in the sixth.
Hairston is finally fulfilling his promise with a .331 average and a
.579 slugging in 145 at-bats this season. That can only mean he’s due
to suffer a major injury any day now.
I’ve always really liked Hairston, but he is injury-prone and it
seems like he always gets hurt at the worst possible time. This comes
less than two weeks after the Padres traded Jody Gerut in part to free
up more playing time for him in the outfield.