See You In July

The Yankees claimed Jeff Marquez off of waivers today and sent Hector Noesi down to AAA. To make room on the 40-man roster, Eric Chavez was moved to the 60-day DL, which means he won’t be eligible to return to the bigs for another month.

Marquez was picked by the Yankees 41st overall in the 2004 draft, a miserable effort put in by the Yankees decision makers. Other than Phil Hughes, Marquez and Michael Dunn are the only two players who reached the majors as Yankees (Marquez does so tonight) and Dunn only gave them 4 innings. The Yankees took Chris Davis in the draft, but didn’t sign him, he has hit 42 homers for Texas over parts of four seasons. Not one other player from that draft class even made the bigs. It’s an amazing display of futility considering the Yankees had 5 picks in the first 100 that year and another reason that Brian Cashman taking control of the entire organization in 2005-06 was a good thing.

I wouldn’t expect Marquez to be around for long. Clearly, Noesi wasn’t going to be available for awhile after throwing 71 pitches last night but I don’t expect that the Yankees will keep him in the minors any longer than the ten days he has to stay. By opening a spot on the 40-man, the Yankees could have promoted anyone they wanted from the minors. Choosing a guy with 1 career appearance in the bigs and a 3.97 in AAA this year leads me to believe that Marquez will be on a very short leash.

Two other notes before tonight’s game. First, Mark Teixeira is in the lineup and playing first. He is one tough hombre. Second, best wishes to Jorge Posada and his son who underwent his 8th operation today for craniosynostosis.

And let’s add another note to this post because the word just came down that Joba is headed to the DL and Amaury Sanit is coming back up. Joba has a strained flexor and will start throwing in 10-14 days. That’s a huge loss and I guess you can assume Ayala is the 7th inning guy and Robertson the 8th inning guy right now. Buddy Carlyle threw four innings in AAA the other day, so I assume that is why Sanit got the call.

Finally, Russell Martin’s back locked up and he is “day-to-day”. Since Posada is with his son, Francisco Cervelli better stay healthy tonight.