On Thursday, the New York Yankees unconditionally released Slade Heathcott, a move they made in order to add Richard Bleier to the 40-man roster; Heathcott, a former first round pick of the Yankees back in 2009, has had an injury-plagued career and never quite turned into the player the team was hoping for.
While Mark Teixeira will not have to be put on the disabled list with neck spasms, he will miss at least three games for the New York Yankees after receiving a cortisone shot; Teixeira will hope to be back for the team on Sunday when the Yankees are at Tropicana Field against the Tampa Bay Rays.
On Thursday, the New York Yankees wasted a terrific outing by CC Sabathia, as the offense went cold in the series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays, losing 3-1 at Yankee Stadium and dropping two of three to Toronto; in his first game back from the DL since May 3, Alex Rodriguez went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
Just before the New York Yankees played their series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday afternoon, Alex Rodriguez was officially activated from the 15-day disabled list; the Yankees also recalled left-handed pitcher Richard Bleier and to make room for them, Rob Refsnyder was optioned back to Class-AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and placed Chasen Shreve on the 15-day DL with a shoulder injury.
During a ceremony honoring the 1986 American League Championship Boston Red Sox team, Wade Boggs was seen during the ceremonies wearing his World Series ring from when he was a member of the 1996 New York Yankees team.
When asked this week if he would consider waiving his no-trade clause to help facilitate a trade in the summer, Carlos Beltran said he would give it some consideration if the New York Yankees asked him about it around the trade deadline; however, Beltran did mention that it's currently too soon for the idea of being traded to be mentioned, especially with the Yankees getting themselves back in the division race.
After taking a foul ball off his thumb in a game on Tuesday night, New York Yankees top catching prospect Gary Sanchez has suffered a non-displaced fracture in his right thumb and was placed on the minor league disabled list; the Yankees will re-evaluate Sanchez in about two weeks.
Russell Martin had a big night against his old team as he smacked two home runs in the game and lead the way for the Toronto Blue Jays to take the second game of the series against the New York Yankees on Wednesday night in an 8-4 win at Yankee Stadium.
Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez Crushes Two-Run, 407 Foot HR for Class-AA Trenton Thunder on Wednesday (Video)
Watch as New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez hits a two-run home run to dead center field in the second inning of his second rehab game for the Class-AA Trenton Thunder at Arm & Hammer Park; the home run was a 407-foot bomb. A-Rod is expected to be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Thursday from a hamstring injury.
The New York Yankees have announced their starting lineup for Wednesday night's game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium; Dustin Ackley will make the start at first base for the Yankees due to Mark Teixeira being out due to a neck injury. Ivan Nova will look to pitch the Yankees to their seventh straight victory.