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So when can I start leading off, Joe?
So when can I start leading off, Joe?

Phil Hughes began his throwing program and continues to throw, but there is still no news on his timetable. Christopher Ahmad, the team's physician, told Hughes that he checked out fine and that he can continue to make throws from 90-100 feet. Hughes is itching to get back on the mound, but neither he nor the Yankees know when that will happen. Hughes had this to say:

I really won't know for sure until I get a competitive atmosphere and I'm throwing 100 percent. I'm just worried about getting on a mound for now.

If and when Hughes comes back, I'm interested in what will happen with the rotation. If he were ready to return tomorrow, I'm not sure if I would remove anyone from the rotation.

Due to Nick Swisher's struggles, Joe Girardi told him to take a few days off and get everything together. Swish has taken his batting practice and gotten his work in, and even took a page out of Yogi Berra's book. When discussing his recent issues at the plate, Swish said:

I feel like I'm making good contact. Like Yogi said, 'I'm not in a slump, I just ain't getting no hits.' I guess I should just take a page out of his book.

Yogi has always been a little whacky to say the least, but he knew the game. Maybe it wouldn't hurt Swish to talk to him for a few minutes.

Alex Rodriguez is the new "straw that stirs the drink," according to Sean Hartnett of CBS. From a purely offensive standpoint, I agree. When A-Rod goes, so do the Yankees. Off the field, he is no Reggie Jackson. The article is definitely worth a read.

Yankees hitters truly seem to respect Kevin Long. A-Rod swears by him, and Curtis Granderson gives him all the credit in the world. Curtis referenced the mechanical changes Long made with his swing during a road trip in Texas last August, as well as the daily batting practice encounters. He had this to say:

It's been working with Kevin Long and the ability of him to throw lefthanded BP day in and day out. But its constantly battling, trusting what we've been working on, the changes that we made, definitely never second-guessing what Kevin Long and myself started on last August.

With the results, how could he argue?

Links:

The Wall Street Journal discusses a midseason call-up for Jesus Montero.

It doesn't look like Jorge Posada will DH against left handers anytime soon.

Robinson Cano says his struggles at the plate and in the field are temporary.

Since April 28th, and not including last night's game, Brett Gardner is absolutely raking. Is there a team in baseball that would allow someone hitting .377/.457/.507 over their last 24 games to hit 8th or 9th?