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New York Yankees News & Notes: 7/13/12

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July 2, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez (13) workout during batting practice prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
July 2, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez (13) workout during batting practice prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

- As Matt posted last night, the Yankees' first-round draft pick Ty Hensley signed for $1.2 million. Hensley was committed to Ole Miss but decided to take the money with the Yankees ahead of the 5 p.m. deadline this afternoon. They originally agreed upon $1.6 million before asymptomatic shoulder abnormalities were found on Hensley's MRI.

- Joba Chamberlain will pitch two innings for the Gulf Coast Yankees on Saturday. Brian Cashman thinks it will take less than 30 days for Joba to finish his rehab and be activated. After his most recent setback, Dr. Lewis Yocum and Dr. Christopher Ahmad have instructed David Aardsma to rest for two weeks before resuming throwing.

- Reggie Jackson apologized for any disruption he caused the Yankees and his comments to Sports Illustrated, saying that he should have expressed greater care in expressing his views.

- YES Network profiled five Yankees to watch in the second half, including Ivan Nova, Phil Hughes, and Alex Rodriguez.

- Matt Imbrogno at The Yankee Analysts looks at how the catching situation as it currently sits may bode well for Russell Martin remaining with New York after his contract is up this season. Scarier words have never been written.