Yankees first-round draft choice James Kaprielian on Tuesday paid his respects to Yankees tradition when he said all the right things in a conference call with the New York media, but if he made any news, it was when he revealed that the agent advising him is Scott Boras, who knows a thing or two about making the Yanks pay their respects monetarily.
When asked how soon he might sign, Kaprielian said: "I'll let the business stuff work itself out. I'm still a student right now." Kaprielian also said he "absolutely" envisions himself capable of being on the fast track to the majors. If he makes it, Kaprielian will come equipped with a sense of Yankees tradition. When he visited New York as a youth, Kaprielian said: "We went to Cooperstown, and we went to old Yankee Stadium. That was a special moment. I haven't been to the new Stadium."
The righthanded pitcher from UCLA grew up in California rooting for the Angels but said he also rooted for the Yankees, looked up to Mariano Rivera and several of his youth teams were named Yankees.
When his name was called for the 16th overall pick of the draft, Kaprielian said, "Obviously, the Yankees are a special organization. To hear your name called from them on the first day of the draft was tremendously exciting for me and my family."
Manager Joe Girardi said Ivan Nova (right ulnar collateral reconstruction) will make his next rehab pitching assignment at Scranton / Wilkes-Barre, but it's uncertain if he then would be ready to return to the majors . . . Brendan Ryan (right calf strain) is expected to continue playing rehab games . . . Jacoby Ellsbury (right knee sprain) is making progress but not to the point where the Yankees are prepared to schedule rehab games . . . Alex Rodriguez entered Tuesday night three RBIs short of becoming the second to officially reach the 2,000 mark after Hank Aaron (2,297 RBIs).