6:25 PM — Spent quite a bit of time on the field and in the clubhouse. A few things…
* Jason Johnson told us that the Yankees plan for him is to make one start here, and then he’s going to Scranton. He said he made four rehab starts in Tampa before coming here and feels fine. He said he’s capable of throwing all his pitches and going deep into a start.
Johnson is a great, great guy to talk to…he’s been through a lot. Eye cancer, partially torn labrum, diabetes since age 11. I’m supposed to be impartial, but here’s hoping he pitches well tomorrow. I’ll have a feature of some sorts on him shortly.
* J.B. Cox is no longer physically here. His bags are packed and by the door of the clubhouse. Can’t be good.
* Spoke to Brad Harman and Mike Zagurski from Reading, as well as Kyle Drabek as I mentioned earlier.
5:05 PM — Franklin said that he will not accompany the team on their trip to Connecticut before the Futures Game — both so he can coach in the game and attend a wedding — and that Jody Reed will manage the club for five days. Reed, a former big league infielder, serves as the Yankees Infield Instructor, and according to Franklin has served in this capacity through the organization.
4:50 PM — Tony Franklin confirmed that Jason Johnson is here and will start tomorrow. However, he is not on the active roster yet. J.B. Cox was placed on the disabled list and Eric Wordekemper was activated, however the roster remains at 24 players and a move would need to be made to accomodate Johnson tomorrow.
Wilkin de la Rosa is also getting closer to returning, according to Franklin.
4:35 PM — Oddly, the Thunder are taking batting practice without anyone in the field. All of the position players on the team are gathered behind the cage,
4:25 PM — Just spoke to Christian Garcia on the phone. Turns out, he had elbow surgery last Friday and is done for the season. He can’t pick up a ball for three months.
“It sucks going through the rehab process all over again,” Garcia said.
“But it was frustrating to be pitching through pain, too. Whatever it takes to get it fixed for good, I’ll have to do.”
Garcia told me that he had a bone spur and a bone chip removed and scar tissue that was rubbing against a nerve pulled away.
Just awful, awful news for such a good kid. He was doing so well and was on the right track. He made five starts for Trenton this year, going 2-0 with an 0.71 ERA. He held Eastern League batters to a .172 average against.
He’s currently down in Tampa, but is rehabbing in St. Petersburg with a former Mets trainer.
4:15 PM — Just got done speaking to Kyle Drabek for another backlogged “Around The EL” feature. If you read his scouting report in BA, it mentions things about how he’s immature and so on, but he couldn’t have been any nicer to me.
3:55 PM — Starting Lineups…
Quintin Berry, CF
Ozzie Chavez, SS
Michael Taylor, RF
Brian Stavisky, 1B
Neil Sellers, 3B
Jeremy Slayden, DH
Kevin Mahar, LF
Brad Harman, 2B
Tuffy Gosewich, C
Joe Savery, P
Austin Krum, CF
Reegie Corona, 2B
Eduardo Nunez, SS
Jorge Vazquez, 1B
Jesus Montero, C
Noah Hall, LF
Chris Malec, DH
Edwar Gonzalez, RF
Marcos Vechionacci, 3B
3:45 PM — Jason Johnson has joined the club and is wearing #57. He is expected to start tomorrow. No word on a corresponding move. He made four starts for Scranton this year, going 1-1 with a 5.14 ERA, but has not pitched since the end of April after suffering a partially torn labrum.
Johnson, 35, has a 56-100 record in the big leagues over parts of 11 seasons. He’s pitched for Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Baltimore, Detroit, Cleveland, Boston, Cincinnati and the Dodgers.
3:00 PM — Not too much going on here that I’m aware of…I’ll head down to the field in a bit and see if there’s anything going on.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com