The Yankees do not appear to be content to have just Alfonso Soriano and Alex Rodriguez as their main right-handed power threats down the stretch.
Mets outfielder Jordany Valdespin has been suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball for his ties to the Biogenesis of America clinic. Valdespin will accept the 50-game ban without an appeal.
The appeals process could take months and if the suspension is upheld A-Rod could miss games into the 2015 season.
“I told (Brian) Cashman and Randy (Levine) that I’m ready to play, that I want to play tomorrow,” A-Rod told Francesa. “I made it very clear … Obviously I’m very, very disappointed.”
An MLB source told CBS Evening News’ Jim Axelrod that the five-time American League home-run champion could be looking at a lifetime ban. So will the three-time American League MVP cut a deal with the league?
Soriano made his major league debut with the Yankees in 1999. He hit .284 with 98 home runs, 270 RBIs in parts of five seasons with New York.
According to CBSSports.com/WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman, the third baseman “is all but assured of a Biogenesis-related MLB ban being levied against him.”
The Texas Rangers have signed Manny Ramirez to minor league contract. He has agreed to cut his dreadlocks.
Chien-Ming Wang has opted out of his minor league contract with the Yankees to sign with the Blue Jays, according to WFAN and CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman.
The pair was notified in a meeting of the possibility that they could be demoted imminently, WFAN’s Mike Francesa reported on Wednesday. Manager Terry Collins confirmed the meeting later in the afternoon.
Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli left Friday’s game against the Blue Jays with an apparent hand injury.
Curtis Granderson will soon resume throwing and could return to the lineup in May. If all goes well for the Yankees, they could have Granderson, Jeter and Teixeira back by May 1.
Derek Jeter is taking part in long toss and undergoing therapy in Tampa, according to CBSSports.com/WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman, so he doesn’t exactly appear to be on the fast track back to the Bronx.
As of now, newly-signed Brennan Boesch is slated to be the starting left fielder. But if and when Wells becomes a member of the Bronx Bombers, he’ll immediately take over as the everyday left fielder, according to a report.
Wells is on the verge of becoming the latest addition to the Yankees’ injury-depleted lineup.