6/25/2014 12:18 A.M. ET
McCann bidding to be two-league All-Star backstop
By Bryan Hoch and Jamie Ross / MLB.com
TORONTO -- Yankees catcher Brian McCann snapped his 0-for-9 streak at the plate Tuesday night, and later hit his eighth double of the season in a 7-6 loss to the Blue Jays.
McCann is currently third among American League catchers in 2014 All-Star balloting with 1,344,076 votes, trailing the A's Derek Norris (second place, 1,486,850 votes) and the Orioles' Matt Wieters (1,852,770), who's currently injured.
McCann is a seven-time National League All-Star, and was an All-Star MVP in 2010 when he was with the Braves. The 30-year-old is hitting .223 with eight homers and 34 RBIs with the Yankees this season.
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15 on FOX.
O'Brien, Severino named to Futures Game roster
NEW YORK -- Impressive slugger Peter O'Brien and talented right-hander Luis Severino have been tabbed to represent the Yankees at this year's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday.
O'Brien will play for the U.S. team and Severino will be in uniform for the World team in the July 13 contest at Target Field in Minnesota. The U.S. Team has won each of the last four Futures Games.
The 24-year-old O'Brien has been showcasing his raw power at Double-A Trenton, where he entered play on Tuesday with 15 home runs and 35 RBIs in 42 games, owning a .228 (37-for-162) batting average.
O'Brien has seen time at catcher, first base, right field and designated hitter this season, with the organization looking to find a place to keep his bat moving through the pipeline.
A second-round pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, O'Brien batted .321 (36-for-112) with 10 homers and 19 RBIs in 30 games with Class A Advanced Tampa before being promoted in early May.
The 20-year-old Severino was 3-2 with a 2.79 ERA in 14 starts for Class A Charleston this season, hurling 67 2/3 innings with 62 hits, 24 runs (21 earned), 15 walks and 70 strikeouts.
A product of the Dominican Republic who signed with the Yankees organization in 2012, Severino is currently with Tampa, where he has made one start. He is ranked as the Yankees' No. 9 prospect by MLB.com.
The 16th annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game will take place at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 13, at Target Field in Minneapolis, and it can be seen live on MLB.com and MLB Network, and followed live on MLB.com's Gameday. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on MLB Network Radio XM 89 and Sirius channel 209. MLB.com will also provide complete coverage before, during and after the game.
Fans can stay updated by following @MLBFutures on Twitter and can send and receive tweets to and from the U.S. and World Team dugouts during the game by tagging tweets with the hashtags #USDugout and #WorldDugout.
Major League Baseball, in conjunction with the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, MLB.com, Baseball America and the 30 Major League clubs, selected the 25-man rosters for each club. Each Major League organization is represented, and players from all full-season Minor Leagues were eligible to participate.
CC slated to make first rehab start on Tuesday
TORONTO -- Injured starter CC Sabathia had a productive outing in a simulated game on Tuesday, and he will make his first rehab start on Saturday with Class A Advanced Tampa.
The left-hander, who's been on the 15-day disabled list with a right knee injury for the past six weeks, threw two innings without experiencing any pain on Tuesday, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
"It's good, he'll start again on Saturday," said Girardi. "Forty to 45 pitches. ... Everything came out well. Obviously, you're curious to see how he feels tomorrow, but he felt it was successful."
Sabathia is one of three Yankees starters currently on a the disabled list. Michael Pineda is on the 60-day DL with a right shoulder injury, and could return in August. Ivan Nova, meanwhile, is out for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in late August.
There's no exact timetable for the 33-year-old's return, but depending on team needs and how well his rehab progresses, there is a slight possibility Sabathia could return by the All-Star break, Girardi said.
"It's getting closer," he said. "You're not sure how many starts he needs to get built up, but once you start to get to that point, four or five starts, it could be a possibility. I wouldn't count on it [before the break], but who knows? Sometimes need has something to do with it."
Beltran no longer throwing, will only DH for now
TORONTO -- Carlos Beltran's return to the outfield won't be happening anytime soon after it was revealed on Tuesday that he experienced forearm tightness while throwing over the weekend.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he was shutting down Beltran's return to the field, and indicated the 37-year-old would be locked into the designated hitter role for the time being.
"He's not throwing," Girardi said prior to Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays. "It kind of bothered him in a different place. A little bit, not a lot, but we just kind of shut it down."
Beltran hasn't played the outfield since he suffered a right elbow injury in May, which landed him on the 15-day disabled list. Since he was activated June 5, the veteran outfielder has only be used as a DH.
Beltran said the tightness in his forearm occurred on Sunday, and the pain is likely related to the elbow injury he sustained last month.
"It has to be compensation or something that I'm doing," Beltran said. "I was feeling pretty good [on the throwing program], but the forearm was really tight."
Girardi said the using Beltran exclusively as a DH handcuffs him from giving other Yankees position players the opportunity to slide into the role when they need a bit of rest. Players like Brett Gardner and Mark Teixeira could benefit from a day as a DH, he said.
"You'd like to be able to rotate the DH," said Girardi. "But right now, you can't."
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.