Lots going on in Yankeeland these days outside of the on-field stuff. Here's the latest: - Masahiro Tanaka threw a 30-pitch bullpen session yesterday at The Trop and all went well. He said he felt no pain in his wrist or forearm and he reportedly threw all his pitches. Chad Jennings had video. He's about halfway through his estimated 1-month recovery period.
- Via Mark Feinsand, the Yankees are planning on using Stephen Drew as the backup to Chase Headley at third base and limiting Alex Rodriguez to DH duty going forward. Joe explained that it was about keeping A-Rod healthy, and I imagine the little hamstring issue from Monday night had something to do with that decision, whether Joe admits it or not.
Say what you want about Drew, but it's hard to argue with a plan designed to keep A-Rod healthy and keep his bat in the lineup as much as possible. That's where all his value comes from anyway.
- Chris Capuano threw 6 innings of 2-run ball for the SWB RailRiders last night in his latest rehab start. He was scheduled for 90 pitches but was done after 76. No word yet on whether he'll make one more start to stretch out a little more or rejoin the big league club.
- Ivan Nova's rehab outing was also a positive one yesterday. He threw 33 pitches in his ExST outing yesterday morning and reportedly looked pretty good, flashing some plus curveballs and 95 MPH on his fastball. I don't hate that.
- Yogi Berra celebrated his 90th birthday yesterday to a lot of fanfare, and justifiably so. He's one of the oldest living MLB HOFers and a link back to some of the greatest years and teams in Yankee history.