7/12/2014 8:45 P.M. ET
Tanaka opts for rest over trip to Minnesota
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
BALTIMORE -- Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has decided not to attend Tuesday's All-Star Game at Target Field, the Yankees announced on Saturday.
Tanaka is currently on the 15-day disabled list with a small tear in his right ulnar collateral ligament, and he's scheduled to begin a rehab program that the Yankees hope can get him back on a Major League mound in six weeks.
Manager Joe Girardi said that Tanaka, who issued a statement on Friday apologizing to the Yankees and their fans for the injury, would prefer to skip the trip to Minneapolis and focus on his rehabilitation.
"I think it's really unfortunate, because he had a great first half and he's not able to be a part of it," Girardi said. "But for some reason, I think he's going to get a chance to be a part of another one."
Tanaka, 25, was selected as an American League All-Star after going 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA in 18 starts. Following the injury, Red Sox manager John Farrell replaced Tanaka on the AL squad with Boston reliever Koji Uehara.
McCann remains in after fouling ball off toe
BALTIMORE -- Brian McCann underwent X-rays that came back negative after fouling a ball off his right foot during the Yankees' 3-0 victory over the Orioles on Saturday. The catcher believes that he should be able to play on Sunday night in the team's final game before the All-Star break.
Serving as New York's designated hitter, McCann fouled a ball off his instep in the seventh inning, an at-bat in which he singled to center field. McCann was 3-for-4 for the afternoon, but he limped down the first-base line on his last hit.
"It hit me right on the bone, right on the first toe," McCann said. "I put pressure on it, and it hurt pretty bad. I was hoping for the best."
Since July 2, when hitting coach Kevin Long revealed that McCann had eliminated a toe-tap from his stance, McCann is 14-for-35 (.400) with four runs scored, two doubles, a home run and three RBIs.
Francis has respect for Yanks' rich history
BALTIMORE -- Jeff Francis has appeared in 238 Major League games with four clubs, but the left-hander has never had an opportunity to pitch in Yankee Stadium, something that the 10-year big league vet is looking forward to.
"It's probably been said a hundred times over, but that's a building with a lot of history, even though it's new," Francis said. "The team has a lot of history, so it's something that I'm looking forward to."
The present, and not the organization's history, was on the Yankees' mind when they acquired Francis along with cash considerations from the Athletics on Friday in exchange for a player to be named.
The Yankees could use help soaking up innings out of the bullpen, where Adam Warren described the squad as "not fresh, obviously, but I wouldn't say we're going out there pitching injured."
Francis had been working as a long reliever with the A's, for whom he was 0-1 with a 6.08 ERA in nine appearances. He started the year with the Reds, making one start.
"Right now, he's probably a two-inning guy and another left-hander," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Maybe he gets stretched out during some games for us. That's not really what you want, but maybe it happens. It's just another guy that can give you multiple innings."
To create room for Francis on the active roster, the Yankees designated right-hander Matt Daley for assignment. Daley was called up on Friday when the Yankees designated righty Jim Miller.
• Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda is inching back toward game action. Pineda threw a 25-pitch bullpen session on Friday at the club's complex in Tampa, Fla., and reported no issues. His best-case scenario is a big league return in mid-August.
• On this date in 1951, Allie Reynolds no-hit the Indians in a 1-0 Yankees victory against Bob Feller at Cleveland's Municipal Stadium. It is the first of two no-hitters that year for Reynolds, who also no-hit the Red Sox on Sept. 28 in the first game of a doubleheader.