Remember a few years back when Carl Pavano was out with the infamous “bruised buttocks?” Well, Chan-Ho Park was supposed to throw live batting practice for the first time this spring today but was scratched with what Joe Girardi termed a “sore glute.”
Now, to be fair, Pavano’s injury was really more of a lower back injury but still – what are the odds? Park apparently irritated a muscle while running and despite saying he felt fine today the Yankees opted to be cautious. Brian Cashman spoke to Park and told him “don’t rush – you’ve made the team,” which is basically the same speech he gave to Nick Johnson when Johnson said he felt fine after tweaking his back.
Francisco Cervelli is a different story. He didn’t get that speech, Cashman said, and so there could be some concern that Cervelli would try to rush back from his concussion. When it comes to head injuries, though, the Yankees are cautious and Cashman said it’s “a medical decision” on when Cervelli could return. He’ll see a neurologist today.
As mentioned, Mariano Rivera and Damaso Marte threw live BP on a back field with no issues and will throw bullpens on Thursday. For those fans hoping to see Rivera in action this spring – his appearances are rare – he has now been scheduled to pitch on March 17, though that could change since it’s a road game. In fact, it almost surely will change.