BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 24: Rick Ankiel #24 of the Washington Nationals reacts after striking out against the Baltimore Orioles during an interleague game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 24, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
While Brett Gardner is set to undergo surgery on his right elbow that is likely to end his season, according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com is reporting that the New York Yankees have no interest in Rick Ankiel, who was designated by the Washington Nationals yesterday, or Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Juan Pierre:
#yankees dont seem interested in rick ankiel. should help someone. good skill set for backup: pop, good glove, GREAT arm— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 20, 2012
When it comes to outfielders, the Yankees will have one veteran option available this summer. Darnell McDonald, who was designated to make room for left-hander CC Sabathia, has cleared waivers and was assigned to New York’s Triple-A affiliate.
While the Yankees have been tied to outfielders recently given Gardner’s unknown status, the club has also been connected to starting pitching. One of those starters, Houston Astros left-hander Wandy Rodriguez, isn’t even on New York’s radar, according to Marc Carig of The Star-Ledger.
Are the Yankees looking at Wandy Rodriguez? I'm told, "he's not even on their radar." Alrighty then.— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) July 19, 2012
Do the Yankees need to add an outfielder and/or starting pitcher?