Here’s the one bit of news I thought we might get out of Joe Girardi’s end-of-the-season press conference this morning: Some sort of injury update or announcement.
I thought maybe, just maybe, the Yankees had some guys hurt at the end of the year but didn’t want to bring attention to it at the time. I thought maybe there wre nagging injuries that Girardi didn’t want to discuss two weeks ago, and that maybe he would be willing to discuss them today.
Maybe Mark Teixeira’s wrist was bothering him again. Maybe Hiroki Kuroda was feeling the strain of all those innings. Maybe Nick Swisher or Robinson Cano or Dave Robertson or someone had something going on that we didn’t know about.
“Are there any other guys?” Girardi said. “I don’t think so. Obviously you have the Derek situation that we’re dealing with, and you have CC’s situation that you’re dealing with. Is there anyone else? Russell’s thumbs were kind of beat up, but it’s nothing that time won’t heal. In a couple of weeks his thumbs will be as good as new. But as far as (anyone else), no, I don’t think so.”
Not particularly helpful if you’re trying to come up with a story for a tomorrow’s newspaper. These are the only real injury updates Girardi offered today.
• CC Sabathia is going to see Dr. Andrews, but that hasn’t happened yet. “You’re always concerned that maybe it’s more than you think it is,” Girardi said. “I think that’s always your biggest concern. But you think about both the games he pitched against Baltimore were pretty good. The start before that was pretty good. September was pretty good. That makes me feel like it’s something that we’re going to get through and we’re going to have him in spring training.”
• Derek Jeter just had ankle surgery and it’s too early to have a defined timetable beyond the four-to-five-month recovery window. “We expect him to be back, playing for us next year (on) Opening Day,” Girardi said. “But I think, whenever a guy goes through something, there are some concerns because a player can rush it and tweak something else, because he’s rushing it. And he’s tired of being on crutches, or whatever Derek’s going to be for a while, so I think there’s always a concern. But I believe, in our hearts, we think Derek’s going to be ready for us. We might have to hold him back a little bit. He might want to do too much. He always tells me he feels great, so that’s something I’m going to have to evaluate.”
• Two additional Yankees have had surgery (or will have surgery soon). Third-base coach Rob Thomson is finally getting his hip fixed, and hitting coach Kevin Long is having surgery on his elbow.
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