Here are a few New York Yankees’ notes as we wait for Bionic Bartolo Colon to deliver the first pitch of this weeked’s Yankees-Boston Red Sox series.
— Phil Hughes threw for the first time today since receiving a cortisone shot to relieve inflammation in his shoulder and receiving word he does not have thoracic outlet syndrome.
— The Yankees optioned reliever Buddy Carlyle to AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre and recalled Hector Noesi to give them some bullpen depth. Amaury Sanit, who threw 81 pitches in 4 2/3 innings of relief, was rewarded by being kept with the big-league club. That might be a bit surprising since Sanit will not be available for a few days.
— Alex Rodriguez was struck in the head by a foul ball during batting practice Friday, but apparently escaped injury and is expected to be in the lineup against Boston
— Sad news today that Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew will stop treatment for esophogial cancer and will enter hospice care.