Yankees, Mets, trade rumors, free agents, off-the-wall predictions and other MLB musings.
Greetings from the Subway Series
The tarp is down here at Yankee Stadium, but it isn't raining, and it looks as though the weather has cleared. We should get ourselves a ballgame tonight.
Joe Torre is here; not sure yet if he's working on anything specific, although Major League Baseball is looking into the Nationals' behavior Thursday following Phil Cuzzi's terrible, ninth-inning call.
But it got me to thinking: Wouldn't it be fun to tribute the three living men who have managed both the Yankees and Mets? Have Torre, Yogi Berra and Dallas Green (I know, I know, he wasn't very good with either club) throw out ceremonial first pitches together, with some sort of acknowledgement of Casey Stengel, as well?
--Since I spent the week with the Yankees, I didn't write a great amount on the Mets. But this David Wright situation sure merits monitoring. Wright is completely shut down with his lower back condition. He underwent a test called a SPECT scan and is awaiting the analysis of that.
At the least, it's hard to see Wright getting traded this season if only because the Mets would be selling low, when you combine concerns about his health with concerns about his performance.
--Chris Dickerson is still active for the Yankees, despite suffering a concussion Wednesday night. Joe Girardi said he wasn't certain whether the Yankees would place Dickerson on the new seven-day disabled list for concussions. Why they wouldn't is beyond me. Dickerson seems to be a nice reserve, but is he so valuable that you'd rather go with 24 players for a day (as the Yankees did last night) than let him rest for seven days and get someone else in there?
--On the injury front, the Phillies placed Shane Victorino (strained right hamstring) on the 15-day disabled list on recalled hotshot prospect Domonic Brown; the Indians placed Travis Hafner (strained right oblique) on the 15-day DL; and the A's placed two starters, Brandon McCarthy (stress reaction in his right scapula) and Tyson Ross (left oblique strain) on the 15-day DL.
--The Rays, on the other hand, activated J.P. Howell, who underwent surgery to repair his labrum a year and a day ago. And Josh Beckett says he'll be able to make his next start, despite leaving the game early last night with neck stiffness.
I learned the Beckett thing on Twitter.
--Have a great night.