Andy, Brett still not ready
Andy Pettitte is at least another week away from rejoining the Yankees. The lefthander had told reporters in Clearwater, Fla., after his 96-pitch outing that he felt ready for the majors, but the Yankees want him to make one more minor-league start over the weekend before considering bringing him back to the Bronx.
Pettitte is likely to make his next start Saturday or Sunday. Barring complications, he would be recalled by the Yankees during the next homestand when the Yankees face the Rays and the Mariners.
Brett Gardner is eligible to come off the disabled list Thursday and was expected to be activated that night when the Yankees open a four-game series at Kansas City. Now plans call for him to go on injury-rehabilitation assignment and play several minor-league games before rejoining the Yankees. Man, the Yanks must really like Eduardo Nunez in left field.
Pitcher Michael Pineda has surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, which according to surgeons David Altcheck, the Mets’ team physician, and Chris Ahmad, the Yanks’ team physician, went well. The recovery period for Pineda will be at least 12 months.
David Robertson, who struck out the side in the eighth inning Monday night, extended his stretch of scoreless innings this season to 11 and has not allowed a run in regular-season play for 24 1/3 innings since Sept. 1, 2011. That is the longest streak for a Yankees pitcher since 25 innings by Phil Hughes June 10 through July 30, 2009. Robertson has a career strikeouts ratio of 12.17 Ks per nine innings, the best among active pitchers with at least 200 innings pitched.
Derek Jeter closed out play April 30 with 37 hits, the most in the major leagues. The Elias Sports Bureau reports that it is the fourth time the Captain has led or tied for the major-league lead in hits at the end of a calendar month and the first since last August when his 41 hits matched that of the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera.
The Yankees-Red Sox game from April 22 at Fenway Park that was postponed due to inclement weather will be made up as the first game of a split-admission doubleheader at 12:35 p.m. Saturday, July 7. The second game will start at 7:15 p.m., as originally scheduled. Fans holding ticket for the April 22 rainout, which was Game No. 9 at Fenway, may use those tickets for the 12:35 p.m. game July 7.