At this time last year, Curtis Granderson was already hurt, Mark Teixeira was already hurt, and Derek Jeter had just played in his first game while slowly working his way into a significant setback with his surgically repaired ankle. By comparison, this spring has been overwhelmingly positive. There are a few issues here and there, but the guys coming back from significant injuries seem to be making good progress, and the new injures seemed to be relatively low-concern situations. Might not last long, but for now the injury report is pretty positive.
A little more than two weeks after position players reported to camp, Jeter has shown no lingering issues connected to the ankle and lower-body problems he had last season. He’s gone through full drills and played a regular spring schedule. After a slow start at the plate, he was hitting pretty well before a hitless Sunday.
Began hitting in early January and finally got back in a game on Thursday. Teixeira has reported nothing but positive progress in his recovery from last year’s wrist surgery, but he’s seen only a handful of live pitches. He took live batting practice twice and has now played in two games.
Sick on the day he reported to camp, Soriano sat out the early spring workouts and had his spring debut pushed back when he began feeling dizzy and fatigued. But he made his first start on Thursday and has reported feeling perfectly fine for a few days now.
Seems like a complete non-issue, but worth having on the radar just in case it becomes something bigger: After playing last Sunday’s game, Beltran had an ice pack on his left foot. He said his toes bother him occasionally, especially if the dirt in the batter’s box is too firm. Said it’s not a problem, and he’s been able to play since then.
Currently shut down, Ryan began feeling soreness in his oblique late last week. He’s not expected to play another game until the middle of this week, but Joe Girardi has said there’s very little concern and Ryan has downplayed the situation as a non-issue. Seems like a minor issue and the Yankees are being cautious.
Played in his first spring game on Tuesday, then played again on Thursday and got his first start on Saturday. Sizemore was eased into playing time because he’s still recovering from tearing his ACL each of the past two seasons, but he’s moved pretty well in the field and on the bases.
Began baseball drills a week ago, but he’s not yet hitting on the field and it’s entirely possible he won’t play in a big league game this spring. Heathcott had knee surgery late last season. He’s expected to be ready at or near the beginning of the regular season.
After a recurrence of right wrist discomfort, Austin was shut down during the first week of full-squad workouts. He underwent tests, got an injection, and began swinging a bat again on Tuesday. He progressed to tee work on Thursday. Austin has been encouraged by the way he’s felt since he resumed hitting.
Had last season cut short by June shoulder surgery, but he’s been a full player this spring. Joseph has gone through regular drills since camp opened, and he’s played regularly in games, seeing time at both second base and first base.
It’s been nearly two years since Pineda had his torn labrum repaired. He missed all of 2012, pitched in 10 minor league games last season, and is now trying to win the rotation spot that should have been his two years ago. All reviews of his spring bullpens and BP sessions have been overwhelmingly positive, and Friday’s spring debut included four strikeouts — one against Miguel Cabrera — in two innings.
Missed all of last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, but Banuelos did work his way into simulated games before the end of the year. He made his spring training debut in Saturday’s game, which was his first time facing an opposing team’s hitters since the operation. The results Saturday were ugly, but Banuelos is encourage and felt strong the day after.
Although two different MRIs came back clean, Ramirez has been shutdown with ongoing discomfort in his back/oblique. It was first described as a back problem, but Ramirez has said the pain feels similar to the strained oblique he suffered last season. Girardi has said that Ramirez is feeling better, but he was sent to minor league camp yesterday.
Felt some soreness in his left shoulder after making his spring debut. He was shut down, but my friend Marly Rivera reported that Rondon began throwing again last week. Even so, the Yankees sent him to minor league camp on Sunday.
Very early in camp, Turley felt tightness in his throwing arm and was shut down as a precaution. Tests came back negative and Turley never expressed any concern about the situation becoming an actual injury. Because of ongoing tightness, Turley is still waiting. It’s likely he’ll sit out another two weeks or so. Turley says it’s more frustrating than concerning.
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