Hope everyone's enjoying the middle portion of their 3-day Labor Day weekend. I'm still coming to terms with Wisconsin's loss last night and the fact that I'm sitting in my company's office while I write this, and I thought a quick notes post might be therapeutic. - It sounds like it's all but a done deal that CC Sabathia will rejoin the rotation on Wednesday. He's been throwing bullpens without issue since getting another injection in his knee, and he threw a 4-inning, 60-pitch sim game before Friday night's series opener against the Rays. Sabathia's return will give the team the 6-man rotation it was hoping to use this month to give guys an extra day of rest, and hopefully the time off and new knee brace will help him pitch more like he was before his last start. The Yankees can't afford to have more bad CC starts at this stage of the season.
- Mark Teixeira told every reporter within earshot that he was "100%" confident he would play again this season the other day. Then he hobbled away on crutches. If the team has said how long they expect him to be on those crutches, I missed it, but I'd say I give him 30-35% change at best of coming back this year. Coming back from leg injuries is a longer process than something upper body, and he'll need to work back up to full speed baseball activities. If only the team would have put him on the DL when he first got hurt...
- Somebody on Twitter mentioned that there were a few more empty lockers in the locker room before yesterday's game, which means a few more call-ups have to be coming. I would imagine they will be Nick Goody and Slade Heathcott.
- Belated shout out to James Pazos for making his MLB debut yesterday. He got the first 2 outs of the top of the 9th and got a nice ovation from the crowd when Joe took him out.
- Chasen Shreve walked 2 batters yesterday, giving him at least 1 walk in each of his last 4 appearances and 6 total. His BB rate has gone up every month since April and it was 18.2% in August. I know the concern is all focused on Millances, but maybe Shreve is a little overworked right now.
- Lastly, it sounds like this offseason will be the year the Yanks finally lose assistant GM Billy Eppler. According to Bob Nightengale, Eppler is the frontrunner for the Angels' GM opening after finishing runner-up to Jerry Dipoto the last time Anaheim made a change. He hasn't been interviewed yet, but I imagine that's because the season is still going. If Eppler does end up getting the job, good for him. This has been a long time coming.