Curtis Granderson felt some soreness around his right elbow while working out today. Joe Girardi said he went to play catch and felt nothing out of the ordinary, but Granderson is going for a precautionary MRI tomorrow just in case.
“I’m just hoping it’s precautionary,” Girardi said. “I don’t like not having him, I’ll tell you that.”
Brian Cashman described his level of concern as a “two or lower” on a scale from 1 to 10.
“We’ll do a precautionary MRI tomorrow to make sure it’s nothing significant,” Cashman said. “We don’t believe it is. Because of the time or year and everything like that, better safe than sorry. Until we have that certainty that there’s nothing significant, we’ll hold him out.”
A situation like this seems to be the reason Justin Maxwell hasn’t been traded just yet. Right now it seems that the Yankees have no room for Maxwell, but if this Granderson injury or the Nick Swisher injury prove more significant than expected, Maxwell could have a spot as a fifth outfielder.
• Following today’s press conference, here are a few things to know about the Joba Chamberlain injury: 1. He felt it upon jumping, not landing, at the trampoline center. 2. It was only Joba, his son, one of Joba’s friend and a facility employee in the building when the incident occured. 3. Despite Joba’s insistence that the bone never penetrated the skin, general manager Brian Cashman clarified with the doctor that bone did in fact rip through causing bleeding. “It wasn’t that painful,” Chamberlain said. “As much as people probably say I’m lying, It wasn’t.”
• Chamberlain said his son Karter saw the injury but handled it better than most people. In fact, when a nurse asked what happened, Karter blurted out: “My dad got owned by a trampoline.”
• Chamberlain got choked up talking about his son. “Never question being a father,” he said. “I felt like I let my team down to be honest with you, and that’s the most frustrating part, but when I look back and realize what was going on, I will never question being a father. (16 second pause to gather himself) I think that’s the biggest thing to know. This game is very important to me. It allows me to do a lot of things, but my son is my pride and joy and I think that was the biggest thing. Don’t be so hard on yourself and realize what you were doing. You were trying to be a great dad.”
• CC Sabathia has one more start before Opening Day. “If the season started tomorrow I’d be ready,” Sabathia said. “I just try to be consistent with my delivery and make sure the secondary pitches are coming along.”
• Today Sabathia pitched six innings, allowing three runs on six hits. He struck out five and walked none. Four of the Blue Jays hits went for extra bases, and Sabathia said he needed to do a better job with two strikes. “The hits they got were extra-base hits,” Girardi said. “You move them over, you get them in. A high-chop base hit didn’t help either. He looked alright to me.”
• Sabathia said he’s still ironing out his two-seamer, but he was happy with his ability to locate his fastball on his glove side, which is usually a key indication that he’s ready for the season.
• Girardi said Nick Swisher will in fact play at the minor league complex tomorrow. Sounds like he came through all of today’s drills just fine. Swisher will only hit. He won’t play the field and he likely won’t run the bases.
• Mark Teixeira was pulled from the game after just five innings. That’s because Teixeira is playing three days in a row and has a quick turnaround tomorrow. He’s fine, just getting a little bit of a break to start this running of playing a lot.
• Dave Robertson got in another game. He threw a hitless inning with one strikeout and one walk. He said he’s still a little rusty but physically feels just fine.
• Not sure whether Robertson was joking, but he did say this in the clubhouse: “I threw the boxes down the stairs yesterday.” Gotta be careful around Yankees camp these days.
• Trying to win a spot as a second lefty, Cesar Cabral gave up a run in the eighth inning, but he faced a bunch of right-handers. Clay Rapada pitched a perfect ninth by retiring three straight lefties.
• Brett Gardner had a two-hit game with a stolen base. … Justin Maxwell had one of his first bad games of the spring, going 0-for-4 with an error in left. … Eduardo Nunez had another hit and is batting .375 this spring.
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