Injuries are piling up here in Yankees camp, but Dave Robertson says to keep his name off the list. His shoulder didn’t feel quite right yesterday, but Robertson stopped short of calling it “sore” and stopped well short of calling it an injury.
“I probably had eight or nine (warmup pitches) down, fastballs to either side of the plate like I usually do in my warmup,” he said. “Then (Mike Harkey) was like, don’t risk it or anything like that. I came in, put an ice bag on. Doc checked me out, which, I knew there was nothing wrong. Come back today ready to play catch and see how it feels today.”
Robertson said he fully expects to pitch in tomorrow’s game.
“It’s not a soreness,” he said. “Have you ever slept on your side and woke up and your shoulder didn’t feel right? That’s basically what it felt like. … If it’s the regular season, I’m pitching right through it. I wouldn’t even think twice about it. I’ve pitched on worse days.”
• Curtis Granderson saw the doctor and got another X-ray yesterday. “I looked at it and said, that looks the same to me,” Granderson said. The doctor assured Granderson that his broken forearm is actually healing quite nicely, and he’s been cleared to begin doing some core and lower-body exercises to stay in shape for his eventual return. Granderson couldn’t put an exact number on it, but he said he’ll need a longer-than-usual rehab because he needs to play in games. He basically needs a short spring training, not just a two-or-three-day rehab assignment.
• Still waiting for some sort of update on Mark Teixeira. My guess is we won’t hear one until after today’s game.
• By the way, the look on Granderson’s face when he was told that Teixeira’s injury is in the wrist, not the forearm, told the whole story of why the Yankees are concerned. Granderson grimaced when he heard the word “wrist.” Those injuries have a tendency to linger and impact everything on a baseball field. Hard to throw, catch or swing with a bad wrist.
• Mariano Rivera will not pitch today. He’s likely going to make his spring debut on Saturday.
• Slade Heathcott began taking batting practice yesterday. He’s expecting to play Saturday. He said his sprained thumb feels fine; hasn’t bothered him.
• Upcoming starting pitchers
Thursday: Ivan Nova
Friday: Adam Warren (Andy Pettitte sim game)
Saturday: Jose Ramirez
Sunday: David Phelps (CC Sabathia sim game)
• Speaking of starting pitchers, Manny Banuelos has been doing 50 throws from 60 feet, but his rehab from Tommy John will take a step forward next week when he’s scheduled to start throwing from 90 feet. He said the elbow feels strong. He can already feel a difference.
• Random appearance in the clubhouse by Juan Cedeno, who was wearing his World Baseball Classic gear. He stopped by to get something out of his locker. The other pitchers in his row of lockers were giving him a hard time, saying he was in the wrong place. Cedeno’s Team Dominican Republic is playing against the Yankees today.
• Today’s second string: C Bobby Wilson, 1B none, 2B Jose Pirela, SS Addison Maruszak, 3B Dan Johnson, LF Thomas Neal, CF none, RF Zoilo Almonte, DH none
• Today’s scheduled relievers: Clay Rapada, Jim Miller, Preston Claiborne, Cody Eppley, Tom Kahnle
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