With Chien-Ming Wang on the DL, the Yankees will audition Sergio Mitre in the number five spot of the rotation. Manager Joe Girardi knows Mitre well – Mitre pitched for him in Florida back in 2006. Mitre had a good May and June that year, but fell off after that. He’s been injured – and then missed 50 games this year after testing positive for androstenedione. The 28 year old pitched well in three minor league stops, but has never had any extended period of success in the majors. At this point, one wonders why the Yankees insist on not using Phil Hughes – though Hughes has been successful in the eighth innings as Mariano Rivera’s caddy. [FoxSports]
Detroit reliever Joel Zumaya returns to the DL with an injured shoulder, suffered in last night’s loss to the Yankees. [SI] Ryan Perry gets the nod from AAA Toledo.
Milwaukee slugger Ryan Braun is day to day with a wrist and thumb injury. He left last night’s game saying he couldn’t grip the bat. [MLB]
Cub starter Ted Lilly will miss today’s start against Washington due to a sore knee. Randy Wells moves up a day, and Kevin Hart will pitch tomorrow. [SI]
Lilly’s teammate, the struggling Alfonso Soriano, will miss a few days (at least) with a dislocated pinky. He says he hurt it diving into first base on a pickoff play. [SI]
Is Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez done? Texas released him from his minor league contract. [FoxSports
The injury riddled career of Reds reliever Mike Lincoln hit another bump… Lincoln will have surgery to replace a disc in his neck. [FoxSports]