New York Yankees News: 5/18/12

May 17, 2012; Toronto, ON, Canada; New York Yankees catcher Chris Stewart (19) during batting practice before their game against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

- It's only May, but Mike Axisa at RAB is already looking ahead to the trade deadline to analyze which players the Yankees might be interested in obtaining. Injuries have been a real issue so far this year, so it's not a stretch to think they might make some kind of move, unlike last year. Who is on your radar?

- The Yankees claimed infielder Matt Antonelli off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles yesterday. Antonelli is a former first round draft pick with the San Diego Padres, and can play first base, second base, third base, shortstop, and left field. He will report to AAA Empire State this weekend.

- Mark Teixeira plans to talk to Joe Girardi about whether taking a day off makes sense after battling problems with his health for weeks. After seeing him hacking while playing defense last night, I don't know how there is any question to this. I'm not sure if his illness is hurting his play at the plate, but I can't imagine it's helping at all.

-After spraining his ankle against the Orioles in his last start, Ivan Nova's status for Saturday was in question, but it now looks like he won't miss his turn after all. Very good news, since it seems like every seemingly small injury is DL-worthy with this team right now.

- For all the talk of Alex Rodriguez having a slower bat speed of late, Michael Eder at The Yankee Analysts breaks down A-Rod's numbers, and finds that this is really just a conjectured narrative. Plenty of people have said that Rodriguez can only catch up to the slower stuff he's thrown, but Eder uses his fancy numbers to put that to rest as well. A-Rod hasn't been hitting for the power we expect of him, though I truly believe it will come around, but a lot of the criticism for why it hasn't been there so far is unfounded.

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