Tonight's lineup: Gardner 7 Jeter 6 Ellsbury 8 Teixeira 3 McCann 2 Soriano 9 Solarte 5 Roberts 4 Whitley 1— Erik Boland (@eboland11) May 15, 2014
Brett Gardner, Derek Jeter, and Jacoby Ellsbury continue to make up the top of the lineup. Mark Teixeira, Brian McCann, and Alfonso Soriano are in the heart of the order, while Yangervis Solarte and Brian Roberts continue to hit at the bottom of the lineup, despite them being two of the team's best hitters right now. Chase Whitley not only gets to make his first start, but he also gets to bat because of National League rules. Yay.
Carlos Beltran is not listed on the active roster for tonight's game so it looks like he has been placed on the disabled list because of his bone spur injury. He was given a cortisone shot to hopefully keep the pain down and allow the right fielder to get through the season relatively pain free. It is believed that surgery to remove the spur is inevitable, it's just a matter of whether it happens now or after the season. It seemed like the plan was to wait a few days to see if the shot was effective before making a DL decision, but now it looks like that decision has been made. Word is, they'll wait until the end of the 15 days to decide on surgery.
Moving Beltran to the DL gets Chase Whitley onto the active roster, but there's still no word on how he has fit onto the 40-man roster. With a full roster, someone needed to be designated for assignment or placed on the 60-day disabled list to make room. Matt Daley and Alfredo Aceves were prime candidates to be cut from the roster, but the presence on tonight's roster says otherwise. Bruce Billings could have been transferred to the 60-day DL as he begins his rehab assignment, but if Beltran has been placed on the 60, it must mean that surgery has already been scheduled and he could miss anywhere from 6-8 weeks.
UPDATE: Bruce Billings has been designated for assignment to get Whitley onto the 40-man roster. There, that wasn't so hard.