Newman: Laird is OK and may play in ASG
Big thanks to Yankees senior vice president of baseball operations and guru of all things minor leagues, Mark Newman, for calling us back this morning on an obviously chaotic day in the Yankees’ universe with the passing of owner and chairman George Steinbrenner.
Newman gave us an injury update on Thunder slugger and Eastern League Most Valuable Player candidiate Brandon Laird, who was carried off the field at Prince George’s Stadium in Bowie, Md., Monday after fouling a ball off his left ankle in the sixth inning of a 10-5 win over the Baysox.
“The X-rays are negative,” Newman said. “He may play in the (Eastern League) All-Star Game (tomorrow) depending on how he feels. We don’t know what the day after brings, that’s always a little tricky, but it looks like just a bruise according to the X-rays.”
Newman refuted a report out of Harrisburg yesterday that Laird, the EL leader in home runs, runs batted in and total bases, had been scratched from tomorrow’s All-Star Game at Metro Bank Park in Harrisburg.
Laird, a 27th-round draft pick of the Yankees in 2007, also is scheduled to participate in the Home Run Derby.