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Injury updates

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 07, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Hideki Matsui (right knee): Took BP again and could DH as soon as Monday.

Alex Rodriguez (right lat): Was 1 for 2 as the DH. Will DH again tomorrow, sit Sunday and likely play third on Monday.

Jorge Posada (right lat): Had two at-bats as the DH today after playing catch and reporting no problems with his shoulder. Will DH tomorrow, take Sunday off and likely catch on Monday.

Can they blame Marty Miller for right lats?





59 Responses to “Injury updates”

  1. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 7th, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    o-o I expect these are not serious injuries?

  2. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex" ) (I slay the Anti) March 7th, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    according to PSP Eduardo Nunez was hitting some bombs in BP today :D

  3. Joe from Long Island March 7th, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    I was at the game today. Bruney came into a tough situation with the bases loaded, but this is what relief likely do. He almost got out of it, but then gave up a hard hit single up the middle, as I recall.

    Veras was flat-out disappointing in the 9th.

    Overrall, I thought, Scott Patterson, or Ross Ohlendorf, advanced today. But it’s still early, 3-plus weeks to go. Someone will have to step up – If they do, they have a job.

  4. Joe March 7th, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    Girardi said if it were a regular season game, both guys would be playing in their regular positions. So, the word from the team is the injuries are not serious.

  5. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 7th, 2008 at 5:58 pm


    Good. Big sigh of relief here.

  6. whoa March 7th, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    A little soreness is a good thing. It indicates that you’re getting in better shape, in this case, baseball shape.

  7. Doreen March 7th, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    Maybe they should start running while doing handstands????

  8. Josh March 7th, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    its just part of spring training.. just be fortunate theres nothing more serious.. and knock on wood that it stays that way.

  9. The_Amitiza_Nation_2 March 7th, 2008 at 6:21 pm


  10. Westerner99 March 7th, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    Of all of the relievers (long and short), non Mo division, Karstens and Traber have looked the best so far.

  11. Ranting Guy (no whining allowed) March 7th, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    I’m with the thinking that it’s probably just some early-season soreness for A-Rod and Posada. I’m not surprised … just shaking the rust off.

    I doubt they’re being whiners or Pavanos … just being careful. By next weekend they won’t even feel it and/or something else could be sore.

  12. ellen March 7th, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    Be grateful we don’t have the Mets’ injury report. Yikes.

  13. Fran March 7th, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    I am sure that if it were anything serious with Alex or Jorge they would not have even DH’d today. Plus they both said they would have played their positions if this were a regular season game.

  14. Derek - RETIRE 21!!!(please?) March 7th, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    Exactly. Just a couple of well conditioned men knowing it takes times for those torn muscles to heal a lil after strenuous use for two straight weeks…

  15. Derek - RETIRE 21!!!(please?) March 7th, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    Has posada really not had any hits all spring? I just saw a boxscore on Sliding Into Home and it showed his BA was .000… but that cant be right I coulda SWORN Pete mentioned a few doubles here n there…

  16. Ranting Guy (no whining allowed) March 7th, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    Ellen – Or the Cardinals’

  17. Peter Abraham March 7th, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    Not serious injuries at all. They would not have let them hit if they were.

  18. Ranting Guy (no whining allowed) March 7th, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    I remember being young (barely :) ) and getting in shape for softball season. Aches everywhere, including my lats. Nothing to be alarmed about if that’s all they’re dealing with.

  19. Doreen March 7th, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    So, Pete, I am venturing a guess that you learn how to read between the lines where injuries are concerned?

  20. Derek - RETIRE 21!!!(please?) March 7th, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    soooooooo no one knows about posada’s .000 avg? that boxscore today threw me off.

  21. Yankee4life! March 7th, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    From what we have seen so far the bullpen should look like this on opening day:
    Rivera,Joba,Farnsworth,Hawkins,Karstens,Ohlendorf,and Traber

  22. Doreen March 7th, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    Just guessing, but maybe the hits you remember Posada getting were in the first game, which was an exhibition game against the college team? Those stats don’t count.

  23. Yankee4life! March 7th, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    Posada- 0 hits in 10 ABs. 0 walks. 0 Ks. 0 RBIs.
    Hes making contact but not well.

  24. Doreen March 7th, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Posada had a double and a triple in the very first game against the college team whose name I can’t remember! But they definitely don’t count in the stats.

  25. Wolf In Pinstripes March 7th, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    Pete –

    Any word on when the next round of cuts is expected?

  26. Derek - RETIRE 21!!!(please?) March 7th, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    I hope we hold onto this kid Gardner for the remainder of the spring… Arizona Fall League 27 runs scored in 26 games. Beats out DP balls then steals second AND third? I think we need that kind of dominating speed off the bench, and he should be the first callup if there’s any injuries or if Matsui isnt ready, cause it looks like Shelley and Ensberg are virtual locks for the last two spots.

    Tho Ensberg better prepare himself for a rousing amount of boo birds once Shepard’s kid says “Number Twenty-One”….

  27. pat March 7th, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    Everytime a player has a muscle “tweak”, I think back to Doug Mientkiewitz last year saying he usually doesn’t get muscle pulls because you can’t pull fat.

    Don’t know if it was original but I had never heard it before and it made me laugh.

  28. big joe March 7th, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    Pete, I was at the game today and I think I saw George Steinbrenner on the outside of the box sitting two seats down from Hank, during the later innings. Has he been to many games this year?

  29. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 7th, 2008 at 9:36 pm


  30. fleas (almost always negative) March 7th, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    Edwar Rameriz is my nemesis. To me he represents all things awful with the Yankees pitching staff until I start thinking about Kei Igawa than I think he is also my enemy.. then I my thoughts wander to Sean Henn, Brian Bruney, Kyle Farnswoth… need I go on?

    Postive me (for the day, have to say positive along with the neg)

    Mariano was nasty today. When he is on, he is on.. there is no denying it. Hitting 94 on the gun.. wow! Now, this year I would like to see him use his change up some more…

    If I had to say who is looking the sharpest (SP) right now, I’d have to say Phil…


    L. Hawkings said, “LaTroy’d to go in on ‘em and he Hawkin smashed that ball”

    Please don’t make this a constant Latroy, k.. thanks.

  31. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex" ) (I slay the Anti) March 7th, 2008 at 10:25 pm


  32. 108 stitches March 7th, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    This coming week is critical for many players. Opinions are being formed by Joe Girardi and coaches in a preliminary way. The margin for error lessens each day.
    Players on the bubble know who they are by now.

  33. Jim PA March 7th, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    Injuries? Shake it off, boys. Three weeks to opening day. Put a little Windex on it and suit up.

  34. back bench March 7th, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    In case anyone is interested, Tim Marchman of the NY Sun penned some thoughts on how the innings limitation (old news) may impact the team’s ability to compete effectively in the post-season (Optomist fan club here). Here is the link

    Marchman uses 6 innings per game as the rule for the starters (obviously, some may sometimes go deeper, and sometimes not). But that leaves 486 innings to divy up between the relievers. Assuming Mo carries over the workload from ’07 (71 innings), can some of the thoughtful folks on the blog comment on which BP candidates can step up to the other 415. Is it right to expect a Ramiro Mendoza seacon (130 IP) from Joba?

  35. back bench March 7th, 2008 at 10:31 pm



  36. CB March 7th, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    “Edwar Rameriz is my nemesis. To me he represents all things awful with the Yankees pitching staff until I start thinking about Kei Igawa than I think he is also my enemy..”

    Edwar Ramirez was one of the best and most sophisticated player acquisitions the yankees have made over the past few years.

    He’s not ready to pitch in the majors yet. But the way the yankees got him was very impressive and speaks volumes as to how innovative the organization has become.

    Edwar was floating around in the Independent League. Andy team in baseball could have signed him. Now even though the yankees have a $200 million payroll, pay more in the draft to get talent than any other team, and are as aggressive as any other team in international signing, they set up a program to find talent any where it is, including the independent league.

    They data mined performance of Independent League pitchers and found Edwar.

    This is also how they got Scott Patterson.

    Now Edwar isn’t ready but he might be in the near future. His changeup is rated as a 70-75 by scouts. In other words his change up is on a level similar to Johan Santana’s.

    A change up alone isn’t enough to be successful – but look at it this way. The yankees identified a completely unknown player who has one of the best change ups in all of the game.

    And they gave up nothing to get him! That’s a remarkable feat. If nothing else he is an asset that would bring back value in a trade. Again – they gave up nothing to get him – not money or talent. And they found something of real value in him by sheer hard work and innovativeness.

    No team has less reason to scour the independent league for talent than the yankees. Few teams sign any players from the independent league. They just don’t bother.

    The yankees found three valuable players from the independent league last year – Edwar, Scott Paterson and Stephen Aaretz.

    Edwar Ramirez is a limited pitcher at this point, nonetheless, there’s been a strange pendulum with fans and Edwar. Last year everyone loved him while he was putting up crazy strike out rates in the minors. Now people are done with him.

    He’s older but in still developing. He just added the change up two years ago and is learning how to be a change up oriented pitcher.

    It’s a devastating weapon. Hopefully he can harness it. And if not – nothing at all was lost.

  37. Pale Blue Dot March 7th, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    Can anyone show me step by step how to burn rental movies from itunes onto a dvd? Specifically how do I remove the DRM cra p ?

  38. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex" ) (I slay the Anti) March 7th, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    CB what happens w/ Greg Porter, Woodward and Ensberg possible trade bait ?

  39. Buddy Biancalana March 7th, 2008 at 10:49 pm


    Excellent post, would have been a great pinch hitter post, but in actuality it was.

    Fascinating stuff!

  40. yankee21 March 7th, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    CB- I’ve got to agree regarding Edwar, but until he can control a fastball, ML hitters will sit on his change-up and he will be toast.

  41. CB March 7th, 2008 at 10:55 pm


    Good question. If Ensberg doesn’t make the team I think he has it in his contract that he’ll be completely released which will free him to sign with any team. He’s having such a strong spring so someone will definitely take him.

    I was thinking about this yesterday – how much would the Mets love to have him right now? They are desperate for a right handed bat.

    I don’t know how Woodward or Porter’s contract are structured so I don’t know if it’s their option on whether to got o Scranton or get released. They would both be really useful to have at Scranton. The AAA team is a bit thin on position players. But I don’t know what their thinking would be. Perhaps Woodward stays thinking the yankees may give him a call up at some point?


    Thanks – don’t know if its a real post – just some comments. In some ways I’m more impressed with the way they’ve gotten talent from the Independent League than the draft.

  42. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex" ) (I slay the Anti) March 7th, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    great post CB I also read somewhere that Pedro Martinez as much as we hate that guy and whip his butt, he taught Edwar how to throw a cutter this offseason he said he’s working on it in camp plus a slider, I haven’t seen this yet but it should be interesting to watch him progress hopefully it clicks for him.

  43. Buddy Biancalana March 7th, 2008 at 11:03 pm


    Your own blog is in your future, you have an excellent writing style.

  44. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex" ) (I slay the Anti) March 7th, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    I was also thinking that CB if we keep Ensberg would they make an offer I doubt it but they sure are waiting for us to DFA him, w/e this brass chooses I hope it’s a decision that benefits us, because if we keep Ensberg and can get a Feliciano type that would be a solid move I would think.

  45. CB March 7th, 2008 at 11:04 pm


    I completely agree and felt that way last year when the brought him up. He was rushed, but it was a desperate bull pen situation and his numbers were so good.

    The thing I starkly remember about Edwar’s call up was this – the week before it happened I read an interview with Dave Eiland who was the Scranton pitching coach. Now last year many blogs and people following the minor league system were literally besides themselves about how “dumb” the yankees were not to call up this amazing pitcher Edwar Ramirez. What else did the guy have to prove.

    I always thought that was silly – I mean Cashman and Mark Newman aren’t stupid – they know how to read an ERA and K/9 statistics off of as well as the next guy.

    What Eiland said was that Edwar has a lot of potential but he does not have the fastball command needed to succeed at the major league level yet. When I read that things made sense as to why he was still down there.

    That was the week before he was called up. So I had my doubts about him succeeding. That’s partly why i really never criticized Torre much for not using him for 3 weeks. That can happen with the 12th guy in a pen.

    Edwar simply wasn’t ready then and he isn’t ready now. But I don’t write him off. He’s working on his repertoire.

    That’s what prospects do. His main issue now is that he needs to approach AAA like most pitchers do spring training.

    He should not throw his change up much. It’s clear that AAA hitters can’t touch it. He needs to keep throwing his weaker pitches in order to get better.

    If he keeps relying on that change in Scranton he’ll never find success in the majors.

  46. CB March 7th, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    “because if we keep Ensberg and can get a Feliciano type that would be a solid move I would think.”

    If Ensberg hits this spring I would not trade him. If you assume that the chasm his career fell into was from that shoulder injury he suffered him 2006 and it looks like that injury is healed – well then you have yourself an absolute gold mine. A gold mine of a player because before that injury he could flat out hit.

  47. sunny615 March 7th, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    Apologies if this has been posted before: Jon Heyman’s Arod’s Return

  48. Andrea - anti-anti March 7th, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    Ensberg’s not so good with the throwing.

  49. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex" ) (I slay the Anti) March 7th, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    good PH vs LHP ;)

  50. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti March 7th, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    Crazy off the wall question/ Does anyone know if you can block text messages from email accounts? I keep getting text messages, and have to turn off my phone since it is so annoying. and verizon is closed for the night so I can’t even call to complain. UGH!!

  51. Buddy Biancalana March 7th, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    Who are the texts coming from?

  52. Buddy Biancalana March 7th, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    How is Sam?

  53. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti March 7th, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    Crazy off the wall addresses I figured it out. There are tons of sites on how to block.

    He is doing much better. He is almost done with his meds and is eating a lot better and chirping again. He hasn’t really spoken too much. Thanks for asking.

  54. Buddy Biancalana March 7th, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    That’s good, he will be saying it is high, it is far, it’s gone before you know it.

  55. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti March 7th, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    Damn what I wrote makes no sense.

    You can block the unwanted spam. I found lots of sites discussing this, apparently it is a huge problem. Some people were even charge 9.99 on their cell bill!! So I have to remember to call them tomorrow and let them know I was spammed! Ugh just want I want to do.

  56. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti March 8th, 2008 at 12:00 am

    Or the yankees win thuuuu Yankees win. :lol:

    Seriously he says hello baby and can I come out. He said a lot more when he was a baby but I guess he lost it somewhere.

  57. Buddy Biancalana March 8th, 2008 at 12:07 am

    Well, he is saying more than my 18 month old daughter. She calls the cat, meow-meow.

  58. bartap March 8th, 2008 at 2:21 am

    I’m tired so forgive me if I’m missing something, but does Pete’s article say that both AROD and Posada will be DHing tomorrow? There’s still only one per team, right?

  59. MoreRun March 8th, 2008 at 5:28 am

    I still blame Marty Miller. Anyway, somebody needs to be blamed for injuries.

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