Here are some news and notes from the New York Yankees Universe.
CC Sabathia Update
He threw 34 pitches down in Tampa and will continue his road to recovery by throwing a rehab start this Saturday in the Gulf Coast League. In between, Sabathia will have a bullpen session or throw another simulated game to continue building arm strength.
WFAN's Sweeny Murti reports Sabathia could be on a 30-day clock now that his rehab has officially begun, thus he could be back by the end of July.
Girardi said CC Sabathia will begin official rehab assignment this wknd. That starts a 30-day clock. Back end of July?? We will see.
— Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) June 24, 2014
Carlos Beltran Feels Pain Throwing
While Carlos Beltran seems to be swinging a bat without pain, the same can't be said for his forearm when he throws.
According to Daniel Barbarisi of The Wall Street Journal, Beltran felt pain while throwing in his attempt to get back in the outfield, but it didn't go so well and he will be shut down from that activity for now.
Carlos Beltran's return to outfield shut down indefinitely after throwing this weekend caused forearm problem; he's perma-DH for time being
— Daniel Barbarisi (@DanBarbarisi) June 24, 2014
In the meantime, Beltran is not having any issues swinging a bat, so he'll remain as the team's designated hitter for now. Beltran still hasn't taken the field since he came off the disabled list.
The Yanks may want to explore another outfield option just in case Beltran can't get back in the field and are doing so by scouting John Mayberry Jr. of the Philadelphia Phillies, who also plays first base and could serve a dual purpose for New York.
Heath Bell Released
According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Bell was nothing short of horrific with a 7.50 ERA in just five appearances:
The Yankees took a look at RHP Heath Bell at AAA, where he had a 7.50 ERA in 5 appearances. He was released today.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) June 24, 2014
Not a big deal there considering the Yanks have one of the best bullpens in Major League Baseball and Bell simply would've added more depth to it.