A few quick updates from down in sunny Tampa, where temperatures are in the 70s and a few notable Yankees are on the field doing rehab work.
Sidelined with an elbow injury through much of the season, it currently looks as if Campos will not follow Manny Banuelos onto the operating table. No surgery is scheduled for Campos, and he’s currently throwing off a mound, expected to be ready for spring training.
“He’s done everything he’s supposed to do,” vice president of baseball operations Mark Newman said. “The doctors say he’s healthy. We’re going to proceed based on that recommendation.”
After coming over from Seattle in the Jesus Montero trade, Campos made just five starts for Low-A Charleston this year, and he’ll likely return to Charleston next season. Newman said he still needs to “complete” that part of his development.
The Rule 5 lefty who was shut down late in spring training because of a fracture in his elbow, Cabral is throwing of flat ground at “extended distances,” according to Newman.
The Yankees plan to keep Cabral on their roster throughout the winter in hopes that he can show the same promise he showed last spring, when he might have beaten Clay Rapada for a big league job. That said, Newman indicated that it’s not entirely certain that Cabral will be fully cleared in time for spring training.
Seems like we get Pineda updates every once in a while, and this one is no big surprise. He’s basically doing the exact same thing Cabral is doing: Throwing off flat ground from long distances. Newman said both Cabral and Pineda are on basically the same plan at this point.
“We’re thinking May on these guys,” Newman said.
Previous indications have been that Pineda won’t be ready until closer to June, which makes sense. If he’s ready to pitch sometime in May, he’ll have to get stretched out into June.
The Yankees top prospect according to Baseball America hyper-extended his non-throwing shoulder while making a diving play last season. He was 83 at-bats into a promotion to High-A Tampa and had to shut down for the rest of the season. Now he’s getting back into baseball gear at the Yankees minor league complex.
“He’s swinging the bat,” Newman said.
The Yankees never seemed especially concerned about Williams’ injury, but it’s clearly good news that he seems to be progressing as expected.