As expected today the Yankees welcomed Jacoby Ellsbury and Andrew Miller back from the disabled list after they both missed extended time with injuries.
Ellsbury is starting in center field and leading off tonight against the A’s after being sidelined since mid-May with a sprained right knee.
Miller has been out for a month with a strained forearm, but manager Joe Girardi indicated Tuesday that he’ll jump right back into the closer role and push Dellin Betances into his usual setup role.
New York sits atop the AL East with a 44-39 record and now the Yankees are getting healthy.
Left-hander Tom Gorzelanny went unclaimed on waivers after being designated for assignment by Detroit and will remain with the Tigers at Triple-A.
Gorzelanny signed a one-year deal this offseason with plans to be a setup man for the Tigers, but they cut bait after he allowed 17 runs in 24 innings. He looked as bad as those numbers suggest, but Gorzelanny has a pretty solid track record when healthy and could find himself back in Detroit at some point.
For now the 32-year-old veteran of 11 big-league seasons will pitch for Toledo.
Nationals center fielder Denard Span sat out Tuesday’s game with a back injury and afterward admitted that he’s “tried to play through it for the last month.”
Span first had back spasms on June 7 and Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com notes that Tuesday was the eighth time he’s had to either sit out a game or leave a game early since then, so the Nationals may decide he needs a disabled list stint.
It’s a tough decision, because when healthy enough to be in the lineup Span has hit .329 with 13 walks, eight steals, and a .430 on-base percentage during the past month to remain a huge key atop the Nationals’ lineup. And because the outfield is already missing injured left fielder Jayson Werth the Nationals would be patching together the other two spots alongside right fielder Bryce Harper.