You know the drill. Here's the latest: - Masahiro Tanaka threw his latest bullpen session this morning at Nationals Park. 29 pitches, no reported issues, and it sounds like he's ready to start his official MiL rehab. The team has yet to announce any formal plans, but both Double-A Trenton and Triple-A SWB are at home later in the week. Assuming Tanaka feels fine tomorrow, I bet he'll be lined up to pitch for one of those teams on Thursday or Friday.
- Sounds like everything is OK with Mark Teixeira's toe. X-rays were negative and both he and Joe sounded optimistic that he would be able to play on Tuesday. Here's hoping. The offense really can't afford to have him start breaking down right now.
- Chase Whitley had his follow-up right elbow exam today with the team doctor and the decision was made to have him undergo TJS to repair the tear in his UCL. The surgery is scheduled for tomorrow and will be performed by Dr. Ahmad.
- If you haven't been able to keep all the roster moves straight, here's the latest round as I knew it. Capuano up yesterday, Bryan Mitchell back down to Triple-A, and Jared Burton released from his contract to open a roster spot on SWB. Jose Ramirez is also back down in Triple-A.
- And if you were wondering how Brendan Ryan is doing, I'd say somewhere between "not well" and "seriously, what the hell is wrong with this guy?" He started taking BP again within the last week and returned to ExST game action on Thursday. He ended up being removed from the game with heat exhaustion and I haven't read anything else on him since then. At this point, who knows?
The Yankees are off tonight, so use this as your open thread to talk about how terrible they are, how awesome the Rangers are, or whatever else. And if none of that tickles your fancy, you can head over to the podcast idea post from last week and let Stacey, Dom, and EJ know what you'd like them to talk about on the next one. Looks like they're fixing to record some later this week, like Wednesday or Thursday, so you've got time to get topics in. You can also tweet questions or ideas to @IIATMS.