From Sam Borden we get a cornucopia of news about the Yankees roster:
1) Brian Bruney will return tomorrow for the start of the Yankees series with the Orioles. I think that although Edwar, Aceves, and Albie have options, Jose Veras will be DFA’d. The Yankees have thrown him into important spots with regularity and he has repeatedly come up short. I think they risk losing him rather than sending down a more effective reliever. Joe Girardi said that Bruney will go back to pitching the 8th inning immediately. Thank god for that. A pen with Bruney in the 8th, Coke and Aceves in the 7th, and eventually Damaso Marte available for a stretch of tough lefties, does not look that bad.
2) Chien-Ming Wang is going to throw a side session in front of the Yankee staff tomorrow to determine whether he is ready to return. I bet they give him one more minor league start, which means two more MLB starts for Phil Hughes. Hopefully both of them make use of the opportunity.
3) Steven Jackson was claimed by the Pirates today. I liked Jackson, and I think he has a future as a decent middle reliever, especially in the NL. The Pirates now have Jackson, Eric Hacker, Ross Ohlendorf, Jeff Karstens, and Dan McCutcheon. I guess we are going to find out if Scranton could actually win 80 games in the majors.
4) Brett Gardner hurt his shoulder on the play at the plate yesterday and is unavailable tonight. He is listed as day-to-day.