The most glaring injury situation is Joba Chamberlain’s rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery. Cashman praised Chamberlain’s work ethic and dedication to the process, but Cashman also stressed that he does not expect to have Chamberlain back until June at the earliest.
“If you wanted a scale of 1-10, and want someone to be so fully committed to doing the rehab and not cutting any corners and getting everything necessarily done that you need to do to be the best you possibly can be, he’s done that at the highest scale,” Cashman said. “That still doesn’t erase the typical time frame from this surgery regardless of how good a patient you are. He’s too important to us to all of a sudden make a mistake of buying into that, ‘Oh it’s going so well, we can cut the corner and bring him back earlier.’ I won’t rule out any of those things as being possible, but I think for all of our sakes, we have to be careful for him and for us.”
A few other injury updates…
• Andruw Jones is going to report to camp a little early because he had knee surgery this winter. It was little more than a scope to cleanup the area, and Cashman made it sound like no big deal. The Yankees actually had some knee concerns before they signed Jones last winter, but he played through those issues, then got them resolved before re-signing this offseason.
• Cashman said Alex Rodriguez is “good to go” after his winter surgery.
• Francisco Cervelli is back to 100 percent after last year’s concussion. Cashman said there are no problems with Cervelli right now.
• Rule 5 pick Brad Meyers hurt his shoulder during a weight lifting session this winter. “He’s throwing on flat ground,” Cashman said. “But he won’t be out of the gate as quickly as others.” That’s obviously not a great situation for a Rule 5 guy who needs things to break his direction even under the best circumstances.
• Pedro Feliciano was in camp this morning, and he has a locker with all of the regular relievers, but it’s still uncertain whether he’ll be pitching in the big leagues this season. “It’s going to be tough,” Cashman said. “If he gets back for us, it would be toward September, most likely. His rehab is going well and I think he’s more optimistic, but he had a significant surgery that time-frame wise is going to cut it close.”
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