Join us for late night baseball, won't you? We're just one game into the Yankees' west coast trip and it's already proven to be disastrous. Hopefully tonight is different.
#yankees lineup: Ellsbury CF, Jeter SS, Beltran RF, Teixeira 1B, Soriano DH, McCann C, Solarte 3B, Gardner LF, Roberts 2B.— Brendan Kuty (@BrendanKutyNJ) May 6, 2014
Jacoby Ellsbury, Derek Jeter, and Carlos Beltran lead off the lineup, Mark Teixeira, Alfonso Soriano, and Brian McCann make up the middle, and Yangervis Solarte, Brett Gardner, and Brian Roberts make up the lower third.
With last night's game being official, Michael Pineda has been reinstated from his 10-game suspension and can now finally be put on the disabled list. Brendan Ryan has been activated off the 15-day disabled list and will join an infield mix that includes Derek Jeter, Brian Roberts, Kelly johnson, and Yangervis Solarte. No one has to be pushed out just yet, but it could mean someone is going to start losing playing time. The Yankees will also continue with an eight-man bullpen, at least until Michael Pineda is ready to return.
In other news from around the organization, Jose Ramirez has been activated from the DL and Ronnier Mustelier has been released by the organization. The little fire hydrant that could nearly made the team out of spring training last season until an injury at the end of camp cost him what little chance he had. This season he suffered an injury in the offseason that kept him out of action for months, resulting in him not even being invited to spring training. He's now 29 years old and has averaged a .715 OPS over the last two seasons. Oh well.
Mustelier joins Charley Short and Nik Turley as the latest relatively high-profile minor leaguer to be released from the Yankees organization. Turley has been dealing with an arm injury since spring training and was released to clear up a spot on the 40-man roster, While Musty and Short seem to be a case of cleaning house.