Quiet pre-game here at the Stadium. Just a few items:
--The Yankees put Russell Martin in their starting lineup tonight, and then they scratched him, citing lower back stiffness. Given that this is the fifth game in six that he'll be missing, it would certainly make sense to get another catcher up here to help Francisco Cervelli, even for the short term if they want to wait out Martin's condition a litlte longer before putting him on the disabled list.
Jesus Montero missed time over the weekend with an eye infection, so if he isn't ready, then call up Austin Romine. We'll see if more information surfaces.
--Kerry Wood, who was a logical trade target for the Yankees and other teams in need of bullpen help, went on the disabled list today with a blister on his right index finger.
--Jose Reyes climbed over Jimmy Rollins in the NL All-Star balloting, going from third place to second place, but he still trails leader Troy Tulowitziki by nearly 600,000 votes. Hey, Mets fans, if you love this guy so much, then get him the starting slot.
--Have a great night.
--UPDATE, 7:10 p.m.: OK, a few extra items:
--Checked in with Yankees GM Brian Cashman, who wrote (in a text message) that Martin was not a possibility to go the disabled list at this time.
--The Yankees have scratched David Phelps from his start for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. "Just preserving all options," Cashman wrote. Phelps is still my bet to get the start.
--I missed this earlier; apologies: The Mets announced that Johan Santana stopped throwing, back on June 3. Sandy Alderson doesn't consider it to be that dramatic, and frankly, neither do I, although whereas Alderson seems to express confidence about Santana in 2012 and beyond, I wonder whether Santana ever can be a good pitcher again.