The video above is Joe Girardi giving some injury updates today. For the time being, the most significant news is that Curtis Granderson is out of the brace and free to play catch. Another key piece of news should come tomorrow when Mark Teixeira’s wrist will be reevaluated. He fully expects to be cleared to swing a bat.
Teixeira believes he could be taking batting practice on the field next weekend, and he thinks he could be ready for extended spring training games in roughly two weeks.
“I really could not be happier with the progress,” Teixeira said. “When you look at, OK, what’s eight weeks (since the injury)? And you look that it’s around May 1st. Then you back it up and say, ‘OK, well I need X amount of days doing this and X amount of days doing this.’ You need to be at a certain level, and right now I’m at that level where it feels good, I’m confident the doctor will let me swing tomorrow and hopefully every day it keeps getting better. That’s what has happened so far.”
Assuming a positive evaluation tomorrow, Teixeira expects to start taking dry swings with a light fungo bat on Friday. Within a few days he’ll do some soft toss in the cage and track pitches when starters throw their bullpens. Teixeira thinks he could be on the field for batting practice next week in Toronto, keep doing that when the team travels to Tampa Bay, then stay behind in Tampa to play in some extended spring games beginning sometime around April 25.
“I can get five, seven, nine at-bats if I want every day,” Teixeira said. “If that goes well for a few days, as well as playing defense, then I can play real games and a couple of real games under my belt just to get that normal routine and then hopefully be with the team after that. … This was an overuse injury. Everyone I’ve talked to has kind of said the same. I take so many swings being a switch-hitter, I just need to back off a little bit. I’m going to look at it, especially this year while I’m coming back, as quality vs. quantity.”
• Teixeira has not starting throwing, which means he’ll swing before he throws (or begin doing both at the same time). The opposite is true for Granderson. “I guess they want him to throw first before he starts swinging, so I think he threw today and then he’ll go from there,” Girardi said. “The bone has healed and now it’s just the rehab process and getting him to where he can play in some games and then getting him back here, so that’s real encouraging.”
• Today was an off day for Derek Jeter.
• Phil Hughes is scheduled to start today. Girardi said it seems Hughes is feeling better, so he’ll pitch as planned. If there’s a long rain delay, Girardi said he could go to Ivan Nova afterward. “My feeling is, though, once the rain starts it’s probably not going to stop,” Girardi said.
• Speaking of rain, right now it looks like there’s a chance of this game at least getting started. There’s a possible window around 7 p.m., but the forecast isn’t great. It’s far from a sure thing that the Yankees will play.
• Girardi was going to play Brennan Boesch in right field yesterday, but that plan changed after the rain out. All of the regulars got a day off, and that was enough. “I don’t want to sit Ich two days,” Girardi said. “That’s not something I want to do. We anticipate him being our everyday right fielder, so I’ll get Boesch in there sometime this weekend.”
• Hiroki Kuroda, CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte each flew back to New York already. The Yankees didn’t see any point in keeping them here when this could be a long, long time. “We might be getting home when they’re getting up,” Girardi said. “They came in early and did all their work, bullpens and everything. It’s not like I could have used them anyway.”
• Dave Robertson was awfully sick yesterday, but he said he actually feels good today. He was in rough shape yesterday.
Associated Press photo