Thursday Mid-Morning News And Notes

There's a handful of happenings that have gone untouched over the last few days.  Such as... - Carlos Beltran played catch before Tuesday night's game as the Yanks continue to try to get him back to a point where he can physically play right field.  It would be great if it could happen, both to create some roster flexibility and get Ichiro back to the bench where he belongs.  But given how quickly the bone spur flared up the first time he tried throwing again, I'm not saying I'm optimistic.

- Michael Pineda is also working his way back.  Again.  He threw live BP at the Tampa complex over the weekend, and via Chad Jennings, he's slated to throw a simulated game today.  The limit is set at 2 IP or 30 pitches, whichever comes first.  Again, not optimistic that Pineda will make it back to help this season, but it would be nice if he did.

- Fellow injured starter CC Sabathia had his knee surgery as scheduled yesterday.  After the rain-shortened game, Joe told reporters that the surgery "went well".  Start the countdown to the big guy showing up to camp next year "in the best shape of his life".

- The news is apparently not so good for latest injured starter Masahiro Tanaka.  Cash was on Michael Kay's show yesterday and told him Tanaka "is still feeling it" in his elbow over a week after getting the PRP shot.  I think they estimated a 6-week recovery timetable for him, so it's still early.  Hopefully the elbow starts to feel better in the next few days.

- Minor trade rumbling from Tuesday.  According to Jon Heyman, the Yanks "have checked in on" John Danks of the White Sox.  Nothing is close to happening and Heyman says the teams "may be in only the early stages" of trying to work out a deal, but I wouldn't be interested.  Maybe a few years ago, not now.  Torn shoulder capsule, 4.35/4.70/4.72 slash in 124 IP this season, and owed $34 mil through 2016?  No thanks.