Sunday Morning News And Notes: 9/14/14

There's been a lot happening off the field in the last few days that's gone unmentioned here.  This morning seems like the perfect time to play a little catch-up. - VP of baseball ops Mark Newman told the team he plans to retire after this season, according to George King.  Trey Hillman is the early favorite to replace him and there could be other organizational changes as well.  The Yankees desperately need some new eyes, new thoughts, new blood, and a new direction, so this is a very welcome and needed change in my opinion.

- All physical and neurological tests came back clean on Chase Headley after he took a pitch off the chin on Thursday night.  He has rejoined the team in Baltimore, but did not play Friday night or yesterday and isn't expected to play tonight.

- Brett Gardner's abdominal issue apparently isn't as bad as it was first reported to be earlier this week.  He returned to the lineup on Friday night and is 1-6 with 2 BB and a stolen base in the last 2 games.

- The 2-3 days of rest must have worked because Carlos Beltran resumed taking light swings on Friday.  According to David Waldstein, he is not going to have the elbow surgery now and will try to return to game action.  That's probably lipstick on a pig at this point.  Just have the surgery and start rehabbing.

- Francisco Cervelli has rejoined the team after getting some treatment for his headaches.  He said he's ready to start playing again.  We'll see if Joe agrees.

- The D'backs house cleaning has continued in the form of GM Kevin Towers getting the axe.  As he was with the Padres earlier this season, Billy Eppler was considered a favorite for the job, but via Ken Rosenthal, the D'backs will not be interviewing Eppler.  Good.  He's one of the FO guys I'd like to keep around.

- Last but not least, Masahiro Tanaka remains on track to throw his next sim game on Monday.  No word yet on the plan after that.