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Saturday, July 3, 2010
Pregame notes: Mitre making progress

By Ian Begley

Right-hander Sergio Mitre threw in the bullpen on Friday in Tampa and is scheduled to throw two "innings" in the bullpen on Monday. Mitre was placed on the 15-day DL on June 15 with a strained left oblique. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said it would be "reasonable" to expect Mitre back soon after the All-Star break.

Girardi said Mitre is further along in his rehabilitation than righty reliever Alfredo Aceves. Aceves is slated to throw 40-45 pitches in a bullpen session on Monday, using his full repertoire of pitches. He went on the disabled list on May 12 with a strained lower back.

STILL NICK'ED UP: DH/OF Nick Johnson will take swings with a fungo bat today and hit 20 balls off of a tee. If Johnson doesn't suffer any setbacks, he will head to Tampa to continue rehabilitation from right wrist surgery. There is no timetable for Johnson's return.

Johnson had surgery on May 18 to repair the injured wrist.

"I just want to keep moving in the right direction," said Johnson, who has been on the disabled list nine time in a 10-year career.

ALL-STAR ALMOST ALL DONE: Girardi said he has done his due diligence regarding All-Star selections and is nearly through with the process. Girardi will manage the American League team in the All-Star Game in Anaheim on July 13 in Anaheim.

The starters for the game are selected by a fan vote. The remaining reserves and pitchers are selected by a player vote and Girardi. The team will be announced on Sunday at noon.

"I've made my decisions for the most part," Girardi said.

If Girardi were managing the National League, it sounded as if he'd bypass Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg. Strasburg (2-2, 2.27 ERA) has 48 strikeouts in 31 2/3 innings.

"The kid is a great talent, but there are a lot of guys who have logged in 100 innings already," Girardi said.