Bombers bits

Bombers bits

• Yankees right-hander David Robertson (strained left oblique) is scheduled to pitch in his first Minor League rehabilitation game on Sunday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He could rejoin the Yankees on Friday in Washington.


• Yankees GM Brian Cashman is encouraged by the progress of rehabbing right-hander David Aardsma, who is about ready to begin pitching in Minor League rehab games. Aardsma is returning from Tommy John surgery performed last July, but the Yankees do not want to put a timetable on his big league return.


• Cashman called it "a good sign" that right-hander Joba Chamberlain has been able to participate in sprints at the club's complex in Tampa, Fla. Cashman said that the Yankees have had pitchers in the past who have been unable to run and instead were limited to riding bicycles -- Mike Stanton, Randy Johnson, Darren Holmes -- but said Chamberlain seems to be an exceptional healer.


• On this date in 1928, Tony Lazzeri went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and Lou Gehrig hit a solo homer in a 7-3 win at Cleveland. The Yankees improved to 39-8, giving them a 10-1/2 game lead in the American League after just 47 games.