With his team and his career going nowhere in Seattle, the Mariners' longtime right fielder was sent to the Bronx Monday night -- but actually just went across the tunnel after holding a press conference (left) since the Yankees are in Safeco Field!
He cost the Yankees only Scranton/Wilkes-Barre pitchers D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar. Brett Gardner is out for the year, Nick Swisher is ailing and the Yankees need some offense other than home runs. I bet Ichiro will get rejuvenated in a year where he was batting a career-low .261 and playing for a last-place team.
Now he's in first place, has a chance to take advantage of the short porch and the alleys at Yankee Stadium and show he can still play in the final season of his five-year, $90-million deal. Ichiro is in the lineup batting eighth and playing right field for tonight's 10:10 p.m. start on YES
“I am going from a team with the most losses to a team with the most wins,” Suzuki said. “So I am not able to contain my excitement in that regard.”
Meanwhile, back in the big city, there was lots of chatter before the Mets' game against Washington in Citi Field earlier Monday. Former Bisons ace Matt Harvey threw a bullpen session prior to the game and got the word from the New York brass not to try to be a savior.
"We just said, 'Look, don't approach this that you're the savior,' that you're going to turn this thing around because you're in the rotation now," said manager Terry Collins. "There's a lot of things we've got to fix. Our starting rotation is only one part of it. Just go out every fifth day and pitch effectively and learn from the start before to get better, and hopefully at the end of the year we have a real good read on what the future may hold."
"It was awesome," Harvey said of finally getting the call. "We had a game yesterday and I went home and was getting ready to go hang out with my parents. And Wally [Buffalo manager Wally Backman] called. I was pretty much getting ready to lay down for a while. As soon as he told me I popped right out of bed and called my parents. And obviously they were extremely excited."
Harvey spent Monday on the Mets' taxi squad and will be added to the roster today in preparation for his start Thursday in Arizona. The Mets will have to make room on the roster for him and it looks like struggling outfielder Lucas Duda is in danger of coming to Triple-A at some point soon.
(2:30 p.m. Tuesday update: The Mets called up reliever Manny Acosta from Buffalo around midnight Monday and have just sent Duda to the Herd)
(11 p.m. Monday update): Duda got a stay late Monday night as Pedro Beato was sent back after blowing up in the 10th inning of the 8-2 loss to Washington)
Adam Rubin of ESPNNY.com has this update on Duda's struggles. Duda is batting only .241 on the season with 12 homers and 44 RBIs but is just 9 for 62 (.145) since June 24 with only one homer and two RBIs.
Duda hit .302 with 10 homers and 24 RBIs in a 38-game stint with the Bisons early last season. He was at .314-17-53 in 70 games for the Herd in 2010 before getting his first big-league callup.
Getty Images photo: Ichiro meets the media Monday in Seattle along with his new manager, Joe Girardi