From Newsday -
Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle was placed on the bereavement list Thursday following the death of his grandmother.
The assignment is for a minimum of three days and maximum of five.
To replace Lidle on the roster, the Yankees purchased the contract of pitcher Brian Bruney from their Columbus affiliate. Bruney was signed to a minor league contract by the Yankees after being released by Arizona July 1.
I thought that Bruney pick-up might come in handy.
If I had to guess, I would say that Lidle’s grandmother was at least 74-years old. She could be as old as 94, as far as I know. Based on Lidle’s age, the range of 74-94 seems to be right.
Given her age, I doubt that Lidle is so shocked over her passing that it will casue him to miss his next start in Fenway.
In a way, this helps the Yankees – an extra arm to mop up, if needed, in the first four games of the Boston set – and then Lidle comes back to make his start.
Larry Lucchino will probably demand to see the death certificate when he hears this news.