A few minor league injury updates from Mark Newman…
Rehabbing from Tommy John surgery
Still working his way back from last year’s surgery, Banuelos is doing long toss at 120 feet. Should be on the mound fairly soon. “Weeks, not months,” Newman said.
The upper-level reliever came down with a sore oblique late in spring training. He’s throwing in extended spring training games. Newman estimated a week to 10 days before Whitley’s ready to be activated.
Sprained right middle finger on right hand
Landed on the disabled list after only eight games with Low-A Charleston. Gumbs is now playing in extended spring training. Newman said it’s going to be a “couple of weeks” before Gumbs is ready to be activated.
Broken hamate bone
After suffering the injury in spring training, Garcia is now taking batting practice. He’s not in extended spring training games yet.
Lingering ankle injury
Playing in extended spring training. Santana is still nursing that ankle injury that happened late in 2011. He came back to play last season, but the ankle was never quite right, so the Yankees are moving slowly with him this year. “He was never 100 percent (last year),” Newman said. “He’s getting back closer to that.”
Hip labrum surgery
Last year’s first-round pick had hip surgery this spring. I’d previously read that Hensley could be back this season, but Newman said it’s likely that Hensley won’t pitch until 2014. “Spring training,” Newman said.