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Around the Yankee Galaxy: Eiland's back and the Hughes Rules

Dave Eiland returned from his month-long leave of absence last night (though that didn't help Phil Hughes), and he said "he thought he knew what was wrong with Burnett and expressed confidence he could rectify it." Well, that's good news, but I doubt it will be easy.

  • Is it just a coincidence that Hughes had his worst game of the year after nine days of rest? (Not a rhetorical question. I really want to hear your opinion.)

"It's still a little swollen, a little bit stiff. Hopefully, I can swing a bat tomorrow."

X-rays taken on Monday came back negative, and Gardner spent Tuesday receiving treatment on that wrist. The speedy outfielder was expected to be available as both a pinch-runner and a defensive replacement for the Yankees' series opener with the Mariners, and he's cautiously optimistic about starting on Wednesday.

I already miss the little guy.

  • After throwing a complete game against the Yankees, Cliff Lee tried to deflect trade talk -

"Obviously, I do have preferences, but I'm not going to sit here and tell you who I'd like to go to," said Lee, whose contract does not contain a no-trade clause. "I'm not going to consume time talking about it, worrying about it."

My guess is the Mets get him for a package headlined by Jenrry Mejia.