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Injury updates: Hafner, Chamberlain, Jeter, Nova, etc.

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 16, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The bulk of Joe Girardi’s pregame press conference was little more than an injury report…

Out of the lineup for a third straight day, Hafner will do tee and toss today and it’s possible he could pinch hit tonight. Girardi also said Hafner will take batting practice, but he said it in such a way that I’m not sure whether he meant on the field, or if he was simply referring to the indoor tee and toss.

Obviously he’s not activated. The Yankees decided, after his first rehab outing on Tuesday, that Chamberlain is not quite ready to pitch in the big leagues. Is it a matter of health or simply being prepared for big league hitters?

“I think it’s both,” Girardi said. “A lot of times you’ll see where guys can actually throw or swing but you don’t feel that they’re at 100 percent, full power. And we don’t think he’s quite there yet, so we’re going to make sure he’s ready.”

Chamberlain will play catch today, but there’s no set date for his next rehab appearance.

The Yankees shortstop has been reevaluated by his ankle specialist. There is progress, but Jeter’s not ready to take any sort of significant step forward.

“It’s healing,” Girardi said. “They see the bone is going back together. They say it’s healing. I think he’ll be out of the boot sometime shortly and then he’ll go from there. It was good news what we got. It is healing.”

Originally sidelined with triceps inflammation, Nova then experienced a setback when he felt some discomfort in his upper back, near his left shoulder. He pitched in one extended spring training game before the setback, and Girardi said he’ll pitch in another minor league game — I assume extended spring, but Girardi only indicated it would be in Tampa — on Monday.

“He did take tee and toss and felt pretty good the other day doing that,” Girardi said. “We’ve said all along, that it’s probably sometime after the break (that he’ll be back). I think it’s way too early to project when he would go on a rehab.”

Today was a scheduled day of treatment, Girardi said, but Youkilis has been doing tee and toss. He’s expected to take batting practice “pretty soon,” but Girardi didn’t get any more specific. “He has started to take swings and feels better,” Girardi said.

No real update. I’m not even sure his name was brought up today. Girardi said yesterday that Teixeira is taking regular batting practice and could progress to live batting practice (against an actual pitcher).

Scheduled for four innings or 50 pitches tomorrow. Will be either extended spring training or an intrasquad game. Girardi said he still expects Pineda to be in the big leagues this summer.

“We’ll continue to build him up,” Girardi said. “Starters, as you know, take a lot longer than relievers because you have to get them to 100 pitches. For a kid that hasn’t pitched in a couple of years, that’s something you may want to see a couple of times to make sure he’s ready to go every fifth day.”





24 Responses to “Injury updates: Hafner, Chamberlain, Jeter, Nova, etc.”

  1. Yankee Trader May 16th, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    From It’s About the Money

    Agree or disagree?

  2. luis May 16th, 2013 at 5:24 pm


    Agree on Gardner, Cano, Wells, Overbay and Stewart

    Not on the seam boat with Hafner, Ichiro, Nix.

    Hafner will be productive, I think his 260 AVG can and will be sustained.

    Ichiro, while I think some correction is on the books ( He is not this bad ). I think is a stretch to think he can 280 BA, probably more in the range of 260-270

    Nix… Well If he continues to play he will be eventually exposed… Not liking him and 289 OBP on the second spot in the lineup tonight.

  3. Warning Track Power May 16th, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Which injured player will make his 2013 debut first?

    Pineda/ARod or Jeter

    My guess is ARod, followed by Pineda and then Jeter

  4. Tabbert May 16th, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Looks like Pineda might start his rehab assignment by the end of this month. Barring any setbacks, it looks like he could be back with the big club by late June/ early July.

  5. luis May 16th, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Arod would be a great boost… Pineda likely what Tabbert says… Jeter, I wouldn’t count on him coming back this season

  6. Warning Track Power May 16th, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Luis & Tabbert-
    I think Pineda will get 2 extra starts once he reaches 100 pitches. Based on the comments Girardi made today and the amount of time Pineda has missed. Won’t hurt him to make 2 or 3 consecutive starts with 100 pitches or more,just to prove he is back and ready to help in
    the majors.

  7. Tabbert May 16th, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Luis- Do you know if Pineda is on normal rest, or do they give him a certain amount of time off between each start?

    They say he will pitch 50 tomorrow, 65 the next time out, then if all of that goes well, he will begin his rehab. So, that could mean they would target his first rehab for 70-80 pitches, then try for 90+, then Girardi said they might want him to pitch 100 a few times.

    So, Were looking at.. 2 More Extended spring training starts ( counting tomorrow) and then anywhere between 4-6 rehab starts?

  8. Tabbert May 16th, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Warning Track- What do you think? Does Six weeks sound reasonable?

  9. luis May 16th, 2013 at 5:45 pm


    I don’t know for sure… But he should be on regular rest ( routine is everything for a pitcher )… So yeah, I’ll say 6 rehabs before he is able to pitch up with the club… 4 days in between each one of them makes it around six weeks , a little less…If all goes right and there are no set backs ( not out of the realm of possiblity )

  10. tomingeorgia May 16th, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Hello, friend. I wish all Venezuelans well, including the ball players. Never wished ill on any of them, nor any other ball player. I am amazed by the current Yankee team and what they’ve done. But then, I just watch. I appreciate the numbers you and others post, and some are willing to live and die for. All I know is that Hughes got shelled last night; I don’t presume to know if it’s mental or physical. Tonight’s another night. Win series=post season. It’s been fun so far.

  11. luis May 16th, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    With side sessions in between starts

  12. Sir Harden Thick May 16th, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    It would be great if everyone came back healthy before the trade deadline.
    Yanks could definitely trade some people.
    Not even looking for starters, maybe prospects not on 40 man
    Hopefully package Hughes with a must take Ichiro contract.
    I don’t see Yankees resigning Hughes. To many years needed to keep him, plus he is to much of a fly ball pitcher.
    But, Pineda would need to be back. Kuroda, CC, Pineda,Andy,Phelps

  13. Tabbert May 16th, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Well, the good thing about the minor league games is that we will get a good idea of his Velocity, and with a MiLB.TV subscription, We can watch him pitch. Much better than these Extended spring training games.

  14. MG May 16th, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    tonight’s game thread could be the worst in history.

    If the Yankees shell Noesi, steal 5 bases and Montero goes hitless, it’s the Yankees fault for ruining them.

    If Noesi pitches a gem, Montero hits one out, etc, the Yankees are idiots for trading them.

    If it’s anything in between it then becomes a pitch by pitch, AB by AB argument.

    I’ll be a non-participant with the Knicks up against the wall (and shooting bricks), the Rangers starting their series with the Bruins (hopefully Bobby Orr won’t be making a comeback tonight) and with Andy on the mound most likely providing another lesson in pitching…

  15. luis May 16th, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Hey Tom,

    You have been missed! I thought that you were mad with me ( As you should )… In relation to my country, it get’s the darkest before dawn, so I am very hopeful ;)… Again, I am sorry for not standing up as I should have.

    Hughes is a good pitcher, he just didn’t have it last night, it happens… We will win tonight… And yes, it’s been fun… Especially since expectations are not that high… This team has grit and a lot of fight in it, I love that about them… To put a cherry on top, they are actually letting kids play ( for whatever reason ) and some are performing!

    About the numbers… It is just mind boggling… I don’t live by them, but I do trust them very much… The only conclusion I can get from this, is that there is more in to this game than numbers… As in life, the human factor shape up things ( call it cluth, luck, whatever )… Maybe they start to play according to the numbers, but I must say that it has been a fun run, if it all that this really is… I always thought that we still had a chance to make the PS, but not like this to be honest.

  16. Warning Track Power May 16th, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Tabbert May 16th, 2013 at 5:42 pm
    Warning Track- What do you think? Does Six weeks sound reasonable?
    That sounds about right.
    I think the 6 week clock will only start when he makes his very 1st rehab start.

  17. Rich in NJ May 16th, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    I’ll be a non-participant with the Knicks up against the wall (and shooting bricks), the Rangers starting their series with the Bruins (hopefully Bobby Orr won’t be making a comeback tonight) and with Andy on the mound most likely providing another lesson in pitching…

    Yeah, it’s the playoffs for me as well.

  18. luis May 16th, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    MG and Rich,

    You are going to be missed… To be honest, I am a little hesitant myself

  19. luis May 16th, 2013 at 6:05 pm


    congrats on your daughter’s wedding

  20. tomingeorgia May 16th, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Was I being trashed by anybody except randy? Haven’t been around much for the last couple of weeks. Anyway, I’m just a fan, since around 1951. I’m going to have a white owl and a ballantine in honor of Mel Allen after this game tonight. Go Yanks!

  21. luis May 16th, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    No Tom…. Things have been quite on your front… Not even Randy have been messing with you

  22. luis May 16th, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Quiet I meant

  23. randy l. May 16th, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    “No Tom…. Things have been quite on your front… Not even Randy have been messing with you”


    i was , but i deleted it before posting. it was downright mean and rotten.
    i censored myself :lol:

  24. luis May 16th, 2013 at 6:31 pm


    You a funny dude!!! ;)

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