Kevin Youkilis (back) took three at-bats in an extended spring training game on Tuesday.
It appears to be his first bit of game action since landing on the disabled list with a lumbar spine sprain. Youkilis' recovery has gone slower than expected, but he's finally made some strides. The Yankees haven't revealed a timetable for his return, but early June seems about right.
Alexi Ogando (biceps) has been playing catch but said he is only throwing around "40 percent."
"I don't know when they'll let me throw hard," the right-hander added. Ogando said that he's feeling better, so there's definitely some progress even if it might be coming slowly. There is no structural damage in Ogando's biceps, but it's unclear when he'll return.
Chris Narveson (finger) is scheduled to face live hitters on Friday.
It will come after another successful bullpen session on Tuesday. If Friday's session goes well, Narveson will begin a rehab assignment early next week. "The finger felt good. Just kind of taking it day by day and see how it goes Friday against hitters," Narveson said. "You’re just trying to prepare yourself and get your body ready to pitch again. I think you expect yourself to hit the ground running once you come back."
Tom Gorzelanny (shoulder) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Friday.
Gorzelanny threw 20 pitches in a live batting practice on Tuesday with no issues. He'll be making his return when first eligible.
The Blue Jays are considering calling up pitching prospect Sean Nolin to start on Friday against the Orioles.
Chad Jenkins is probably still the favorite to get the ball, but he'll be available out of the bullpen over the next few days. Ranked by Baseball America before the season as the club's 19th-best prospect, Nolan holds a 1.17 ERA while striking out a batter per inning this year at Double-A New Hampshire. The 23-year-old has made just six starts above A-ball.
Hector Santiago will get the start Wednesday in place of the injured Chris Sale (shoulder).
Santiago will be starting on short rest, though he lasted just 3 1/3 innings and 80 pitches in his last outing. It could be the left-hander's last start for a while, as he's an option to be bumped from the rotation when John Danks returns.
Chris Sale has been scratched from Wednesday's scheduled start against the Red Sox due to mild tendinitis in his left posterior shoulder.
It's obviously a tough break for Sale's fantasy owners, but the good news is that the move is viewed as precautionary and he's expected to be ready to start next Tuesday. Hector Santiago will get the ball Wednesday in Sale's place. He'll be pitching on three days' rest.
Blaine Boyer has agreed to a contract with the Hanshin Tigers of Japan’s Central League.
Boyer opted out of his minor league contract with the Royals over the weekend after he learned that he could get a more lucrative deal overseas. The righty hasn't appeared in the majors since 2011.