Jose Bautista (suspension) is in the Blue Jays' starting lineup Thursday versus the Yankees.
Bautista had his one-game suspension appeal hearing Thursday morning in New York City, but a ruling probably won't come for another couple days. He is batting leadoff Thursday afternoon against CC Sabathia.
Mark Teixeira received a cortisone injection for his sore neck on Thursday.
He's expected to miss the next three games, including Thursday afternoon's series finale against the Blue Jays. Teixeira began experiencing renewed discomfort in his neck on Wednesday, but an MRI ruled out anything serious. He should back in action Sunday if the cortisone has the intended effect.
Jacoby Ellsbury is not in the Yankees' starting lineup on Thursday against the Blue Jays.
Aaron Hicks will start in center field and bat second with Toronto throwing left-hander J.A. Happ. Ellsbury went 0-for-5 on Wednesday and has a relatively underwhelming .271/.338/.429 batting line for the year.
Troy Tulowitzki (quad) is out of the Blue Jays' starting lineup again on Thursday.
Tulo is feeling better, per manager John Gibbons, but the parties involved felt it wise to get the veteran shortstop one more day of rest. Darwin Barney is starting at short Thursday afternoon against the Yankees.
Yankees placed LHP Chasen Shreve on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder injury.
Shreve surrendered three runs on two homers and a single Wednesday in the Yankees' loss to the Blue Jays, watching his season ERA rise from 4.00 to 5.21. And he apparently woke up Thursday with an abnormal amount of discomfort in his throwing shoulder. Richard Bleier is taking over the vacant bullpen spot.
Yankees optioned INF/OF Rob Refsnyder to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Refsnyder had a two-run double in three at-bats during his short stay at the major league level. The 25-year-old could take on some fantasy value later this summer if injuries open a regular job for him, but he's not worth stashing in standard leagues.
Yankees activated DH Alex Rodriguez from the 15-day disabled list.
A-Rod is at DH and batting fifth Thursday against the Blue Jays after missing the last three weeks with a strained hamstring. He went 3-for-6 with a home run and three RBI on his two-game rehab assignment with Double-A Trenton, but the 40-year-old returns Thursday to a rough .194/.275/.444 batting line. He offers a bit of power but not much more in what is technically his age-41 season.
Yankees purchased the contract of LHP Richard Bleier from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Bleier had registered a 2.57 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 15/6 K/BB ratio through 35 innings (five starts, one relief appearance) this season at the Triple-A level. He will presumably work as a long reliever in New York. The 29-year-old left-hander has never appeared in a major league game.