Sorry for the rapid fire posts in the past hour or so, but there have been a lot of little noteworthy things to get out there including plenty of injury updates from Brian Cashman’s conference call. Here we go…
First noticed some pain in his side while warming up on Tuesday. He complained about it early Wednesday, got treatment yesterday and an MRI today. That MRI revealed the oblique strain that will put him on the disabled list.
“We always hope it’s just the two weeks,” Cashman said. “We can’t predict. It seems like it’s possible it could resolve within the two weeks, but I can’t certainly guarantee it. Joba is a pretty miraculous healer; more so than anybody I’ve seen. He does get hurt, but when he does, he usually bounces back pretty quick. I don’t know. At the very least, we’re going to take the safe route to make sure that we can put it behind us.”
Having progressed to “full-bore” running, Rodriguez has been cleared to travel to Tampa to begin some early baseball activities. He will report to the Yankees facility on Monday, but Cashman isn’t sure what exactly Rodriguez will be doing. He also made it clear that this is not an indication that Rodriguez will be back sooner than expected.
“It has never come up, so no,” Cashman said. “Every conversation we’ve had with the physical therapist is that he’s exactly where he needs to be. He’s on time, he’s working hard. I’ve never heard anything about he’s ahead of schedule or ahead of time. … The trainer is going to be talking to physical therapists and they’re putting together the baseball protocol here this weekend.”
Felt some discomfort in his left knee/hamstring last night, but there seems to be nothing to cause overwhelming concern.
“David saw Dr. Ahmad today as well,” Cashman said. “He’s got a little bit of crankiness there behind the knee where the hamstring attaches, so he’s just day to day. He had an MRI scan — or whatever scan the doctor chose to evaluate him — and he’s day-to-day. He’s not a DL situation.”
Although he’s in a boot, Jeter is able to remove the boot and do some exercises. He’s also doing laser therapy, hydro therapy and daily bone stimulator treatments.
“He is doing some stuff,” Cashman said. “He’s in a boot, but it’s a removable boot so he’s on a bike, (and) he can do swimming stuff. There’s a number of different exercises he can do. He can take that boot off and do some things. Although he’s in a boot anywhere from four to six to eight weeks depending on the healing process, how well it’s going, he can go back and do some of the exercise and things necessary to keep other aspects of the ankle strong.”
After doing tee and toss yesterday, Teixeira will stay with the Yankees through this weekend and then join Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson — who’s doing “very well” according to Cashman — in Tampa.
“We’re going to try to stay away from timetables just because when we put them out there, as they get closer, they start five-alarm fires,” Cashman said. “It’s good that he’s getting cleared. He’s going to go to Tampa at the end of this home stand and he’ll join Mr. Granderson and obviously Alex, on May 6, will be there. We’re getting ready to hit the extended spring program with some championship caliber rings here.”
Speaking of guys in extended spring training…
“Pineda pitched today and was at 93 and up to 95 (mph),” Cashman said. “He had a good physical day. So our extended spring is going to have a pretty strong team right now and it’s going to get stronger in the next week.”
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