Greetings from The Trop. I spoke today with a person in the loop on the Ubaldo Jimenez's situation - not a Colorado employee, but someone whose club has been engaged in discussions with the Rockies _ and here was this person's take:
"I think this is just Colorado assessing the market for Jimenez. It's the equivalent of putting a 'For Sale' sign on your house because you're curious as to what you could get for it. I don't think he'll be traded."
If that holds true, then the Yankees will have to look elsewhere for pitching help. And that makes the performances in the first three games of this Rays series - with A.J. Burnett going tonight, Bartolo Colon tomorrow night and Freddy Garcia Wednesday - all the more important as we approach the non-waivers trade deadline. CC Sabathia's start Thursday is less important. We have a pretty good idea who he is and what he can do.
--Jose Reyes played a rehabilitation game in Brooklyn, and he's good to go for his return to the Mets tomorrow night.
--Speaking of minor-league rehabilitation games, those who go to Steinbrenner Field tomorrow night should see both Rafael Soriano and Eric Chavez perform, as the setup man and backup infielder try to come back from their respective injuries.
--The Rays definitely seemed tired and down after their 16-inning home loss to Boston last night (into this morning). Said Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon: "We lost a very difficult game last night, but you've got to show up the next day." The onus falls tonight upon young starting pitcher Alex Cobb, who has never faced the Yankees, to keep the visitors quiet early.
--Rangers president Nolan Ryan was hospitalized after experiencing chest discomfort. The Rangers are saying it isn't serious.
--Finally, we'll have a live chat tomorrow at noon. It's been a while. Who will be our Trade Deadline Live Chat MVP? You can even sign up for an e-mail reminder.
--Have a great night.