It's the second week of June. The Yankees are 32-25 with a +30 run differential, they're first in the AL East by 1.5 games over the Rays, and they're in the middle of another all-or-nothing game streak as they come into today's scheduled off-day. Break their season down into streaks and it looks like like: 3-6, 18-6, 1-10, 10-3. Like I said in last night's game recap, I can't explain it but I'm definitely enjoying it right now. Here's a quick round of catch-up on some of the smaller things we haven't touched on lately. - You may have noticed a glaring absence of Michael Pineda in yesterday's game. Nothing wrong with him, the Yankees just elected to skip this start as a way to manage his workload. Pineda has thrown 70.1 innings in 11 starts so far, which puts him on pace for about 220 this season. Considering he'd thrown less than 250 in his whole Major League career coming into this season and only 76.1 over the last 3 because of the shoulder injuries, I'd say this is a smart piece of preventative maintenance.
- The other big piece of starter-related news is the official announcement of Ivan Nova's MiL rehab assignment. He'll make his first rehab start tonight for the High-A Yankees, and I imagine he'll get more than 1 start there close to the team complex where they can monitor him before a decision gets made on next steps. If the Yankees use all of his 20 days, he'll be on track to return by the end of the month.
- Brendan Ryan continues his MiL rehab assignment in Double-A Trenton, getting work all around the infield. He was 1-4 with a double and run as the starting second baseman yesterday. I don't know exactly how much time he has left on his rehab countdown, but I bet the Yankees use all or almost all of it before making a decision on him.
- Carlos Beltran returned to the lineup this weekend, going 2-4 on Saturday and 0-3 yesterday. He missed a few games after fouling a ball off his foot on Tuesday, but all appears well now.
- Also returning to the lineup this past week was Double-A first baseman Greg Bird. He had been out with a shoulder strain, which raised some legitimate concern giving his physical history, but it turned out to be minor and it's good to see him back in action.
- Jacoby Ellsbury was running sprints in the Yankee Stadium outfield before yesterday's game, and he's reportedly started doing light baseball activities. The Yankees are still being vague on his condition and where he's at with his rehab, but so far there have not been any physical setbacks.
- More on yesterday's 6th inning ejections. They were the first ejections of the season for Joe or a player on the team. I haven't looked it up, but I would think that has to be up among the best in the league in terms of time until first ejection. I forget where I read it too, but I believe yesterday was CC Sabathia's first ejection since 2006.
- How about the pitching matchup for tomorrow night? Tanaka vs. Scherzer. Assuming people still go to Yankee Stadium, that's a game you probably want to have tickets for.
- Last but not least, day 1 of the 2015 MLB Draft is today. Despite all the blog coverage and mock drafts that have been happening lately, I honestly had no idea it started today. With no game tonight, the draft is definitely the highlight of the day and while we haven't done much here to cover any pre-draft stuff, we'll definitely have a full report on today's events as they relate to the Yankees.
If nothing else, today should be a pretty eventful first day for the Yanks, unlike last year. They've got the 16th pick in the 1st round along with the 30th pick as compensation for losing David Robertson in free agency this past offseason. They've also got the 15th pick of the 2nd round, 57th overall, so there will be plenty of new blood to discuss and start prospect hugging by the end of the night.
Because I do so little research on pre-draft stuff, I don't have much to offer in the way of predictions or personal desires. I'd like to see the Yankees get a more polished, closer-to-the-show college starter with that first pick and a high-ceiling prep arm with one of the other 2. That's about as much as I can say. TV coverage begins at 6 PM Eastern on MLB Network and the draft itself starts at 7. We'll definitely have an open thread and running draft report post up when the action gets going.