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Spring development: Injury updates

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 10, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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.

Derek JeterDerek Jeter
Ankle issues
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.

Mark Teixeira
Wrist surgery
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.

Alfonso Soriano
Flu symptoms
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.

Carlos Beltran
Sore foot
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.

Brendan Ryan
Sore oblique
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.

Scott SizemoreScott Sizemore
Torn ACL
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.

Slade Heathcott
Knee surgery
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.

Tyler Austin
Sore wrist
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.

Corban Joseph
Shoulder surgery
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.

Michael PinedaMichael Pineda
Shoulder surgery
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.

Manny Banuelos
Elbow surgery
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.

Jose Ramirez
Back/oblique soreness
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.

Francisco Rondon
Shoulder soreness
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.

Nik Turley
Arm tightness
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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35 Responses to “Spring development: Injury updates”

  1. MTU March 10th, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Bout time the Yankees had some good luck.


  2. bigdan22 March 10th, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    pete2 March 10th, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    “. . .

    The starting IF is pretty set I think. Tex, Roberts, Jeter, Johnson. Ryan is a lock for backup at SS, and you basically have 1 spot left for a guy who can play 2B or 3B in a platoon role with Johnson and to spell Roberts at 2B.

    Nunez and Sizemore have the best shot. Anna is a lefty and will have to wait for an injury I think. Sizemore has a May 1 optout which will also factor into a decision. Not sold on Solarte yet as I think playing winterball has him ahead of everyone, but he will have a chance to prove me wrong in the pitchers AAA.

    The last couple of weeks tend to mean more as the competition picks up, but I think Nunez goes north and Sizemores fate depends on how he does in AAA and how Nunez does in April as Johnsons platoon partner, and if there are any injuries. Nunez will be on a short leash if Sizemore does well before the optout”


    I had a pretty similar take a couple of days ago. My only slight disagreement is I don’t think left-handed or right-handedness will be that controlling. What will be controlling is the 40 man roster. That means the last infield spot will go to Nunez or Anna, but I have Nunez as a 2-1 favorite. Because his opt out won’t occur until May 1 and because he is not currently on the 40, Sizemore will be sent to Scranton. The Yanks will re-visit his candidacy just before his opt out date.

    In fact, as I pointed out a couple days ago, assuming no key injuries, I believe the whole 25 man roster is virtually set. The one debatable point is 5th starter. I have Phelps as a 2-1 favorite as well. That sends Pineda down and the Yanks fill out their bullpen completely from their 40 man. Claiborne, Cabral, Warren and Betances join Robertson, Kelly and Thornton.

    At present, the 40 man in close to sacred. However, once the season starts, if a need arises, most likely in the bullpen, the Yanks will quickly add who they need and release a current roster member. Anna most likely goes first but after that it gets tough. Probably Flores, or Greene, or Turley (maybe Cabral) but the Yanks hope not to get that far. A trade could possibly open a 40 man spot but the Yanks would have to get a player in return who they wouldn’t want on the 40 man but that seems unlikely.

    The team is pretty set, absent injuries, for the first couple of months.

  3. As Ive been saying 4 weeks March 10th, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    As I pointed out 6 days, 4 hours, 3 minutes, and 31 seconds ago I think the Yankees are pretty awesome!

  4. bigdan22 March 10th, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    –Jeter looks like a young man. I wonder if he’ll hit this year.

    –Tex looks like Tex. I wonder if he’ll hit like Tex.

    –Slade Heathcott doesn’t exist in this dimension. He comes into phase every now and then but it’s mostly an illusion.

    –Austin should keep running “Groundhog Day” on his laptop.

    –I don’t know what kind of player Sizemore is.

    –Ramirez won’t be a factor till June. If that. Still like him though.

    –Really looking forward to Pineda pitching Thursday. I hope his cap is on straight.

    –Manny needs to be left alone in AAA. I think we all realize that now.

    –I hope Corban plays a lot a 1b down in Scranton. I used to think he was pretty good hitter.

    –Oh, watch out for Refsynder in Trenton. If he can field his position, he may be a young home grown 2b option next year.

  5. chicken_stanley March 10th, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Anna, as a lefty, doesn’t fit into the possible platoons at 2nd and 3rd… I still think he breaks camp with the big club. How does he fit in? I dunno… haven’t figured out a plausible angle yet :)

  6. MTU March 10th, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    White Sox have shown significant interest in Cervelli.


    What do they have to offer ?

  7. Joe from Long Island March 10th, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Who here is looking forward to Austin Romine as the Yankees’ regular starting catcher? Or a not-ready-for-prime-time JR Murphy?

    Because, that’s what you’re looking at if you trade Cervelli and McCann gets seriously hurt (not a small risk for catchers, by the way).

    And for what? A spare part? Which is what Cisco would likely bring on the trade market.

    I’d think long and hard before I’d make any such trade like that.

    Cisco for a starting second baseman? That’s one thing.

    Cisco for a back up something or other? Beware the Law of Unintended Consequences.

  8. MTU March 10th, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Good to see you Dr. Joe.

    Don’t shoot the messenger.

    Hope all is well in your world.


  9. MTU March 10th, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Time for the Night Shift.

    See you all for Breakfast.

  10. Tar March 10th, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    “Cisco for a back up something or other? Beware the Law of Unintended Consequences.”

    Sorry to disagree Joe but getting rid of Cisco is addition by subtraction IMO. He is a menace behind the plate, when batting the first chance he gets he often will show up the ump on by complaining calls ( not smart).I have no proof but I bet the pitchers hate throwing to him.

    Now I’ve heard the “he improved last year theory” . But that’s hard to prove since in the total of 15 games he played in he had one game with two catchers interference and one game where he got hurt by leaving his hand exposed. Just the other day I really did not like the pitches or location he was calling for (Manny’s start). So I am decidedly for trading him. If he stays and does well, I will be shocked but will gladly eat my hat.

  11. Tar March 10th, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    And BTW Joe I agree with MTU, it is good to see you. :D

    Have a good night everyone.

  12. bbb51 March 10th, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    Joe from Long Island March 10th, 2014 at 10:38 pm
    Who here is looking forward to Austin Romine as the Yankees’ regular starting catcher? Or a not-ready-for-prime-time JR Murphy?

    Because, that’s what you’re looking at if you trade Cervelli and McCann gets seriously hurt (not a small risk for catchers, by the way).

    And for what? A spare part? Which is what Cisco would likely bring on the trade market.

    I’d think long and hard before I’d make any such trade like that.

    Cisco for a starting second baseman? That’s one thing.

    Cisco for a back up something or other? Beware the Law of Unintended Consequences.

    Agreed. I think he is better than Romine, Romine has had back problems, and JR should probably spend more time at AAA.

    And there is a reason other teams are asking about him.

  13. Niki March 10th, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    I’ll be very disappointed if they trade Cervelli.

  14. Hankflorida March 11th, 2014 at 12:10 am

    Chad said in his chat that ST is for hitters that have proved their worth in the minors and are given the final test with the big boys to see if they can hack it. He felt that Solarte has never made a name for himself and will not make the team even if he maintains his torrid pace. Nunez deserves the shot, and Anna, Sizemore and Solarte have to go back to the proving ground waiting to take advantage of
    someone’s misfortune.

  15. bigdan22 March 11th, 2014 at 1:19 am

    True Detective–Spoiler Alert.

    So I watched the finale last night. I enjoyed it. But while I was watching it I did get a sense of some Platonic lack. So then I went online and read some reviews by critics. Tons of stuff has been written about this show the last few weeks. I’ve only read a small percentage of the critiques but they have been helpful. The show has so many literary and scientific allusions it can be difficult to understand.

    So the reviews I read were pretty unfavorable as to the finale. Oh overall, they loved the show. And the directing, acting and cinematography. But the writing which started out so promising was muddled. Tons of loose ends not tied up. Plots lines not fully developed. Like those trial spurs MTU probably runs into. After reading these reviews. I totally agreed. Yes there were too many questions unanswered or plot lines that didn’t make sense.

    So I watched the finale again tonight and it occurred to me. Those lose ends weren’t tied because they didn’t matter. This show was always about one thing. Rust and his faith. Or lack thereof.

    I went to the same Jesuit school in the Bronx Michael Kay went to. I was, among other things, a philosophy major. At some point, I probably took a course called “God and the problem of suffering.” One of the most difficult dilemmas for theists and anyone with an optimistic view of life and universe is children suffering. Adults have sinned. Garden of Eden and all that crap. Adults should suffer. But not children. But some get c@ncer. And some die in ways unimaginable. And we as humans are left to just wonder why.

    Rust couldn’t get past that. What happened to his daughter. And the show’s victims. It was too close. But some how, some way he found his faith in the end. I think that’s pretty cool.

  16. bigdan22 March 11th, 2014 at 1:21 am

    *trail spurs

  17. Pat M. March 11th, 2014 at 1:21 am

    4th day in the 70′s cage and finally I managed to foul a few off and then squared a 2-3 in the last round. Our club is in the A Flight for the 55 and older and last year there were at least 10 guys who threw ( shaved tennis balls ) in the mid to upper 60′s which when translated from 46 feet to 60 feet is along the lines of hitting 85 mph to 90 mph. Last September we faced one of them and this cat brought it. May 3rd , providing we don’t get snowed out

  18. Pat M. March 11th, 2014 at 2:03 am

    Good night all and Good Morning to Doreen and MTU and the Breakfast Club. Set the tone for a day of great conversation and dialog. All LoHudders were created equal regardless what a few here might say otherwise…..

  19. pete2 March 11th, 2014 at 3:08 am

    Big Dan 22. You are probably right about the roster limitations being the deciding factor. Nunez will be likely be given the first shot and barring injury or trade Sizemore probably waits till May 1.

    Chicken Stanley, don’t have an RT but saw this in one of the forums. You probably did too but if not maybe it helps

    “Even though there is no support for plugins in IE10, the mlb site says it requires Flash 10 (or above). IE10 has built in support for Flash 11, so technically it should work. The recent update seem to have set the “ActiveX Filtering” option set by default on my RT though. So if you see that the site says “Need Flash support”, just view it on Desktop and you should see a “banned” icon next to the address bar. You can click on the icon to enable flash for the site. Once it is set for the desktop mode, it enables it also in metro browser for the same site. You can also disable to setting for all sites from the setting icon on the right top corner. “

  20. tomingeorgia March 11th, 2014 at 7:36 am

    CC goes today. Will he use his new cutter?

  21. blake March 11th, 2014 at 7:43 am

    @pgammo: Betances puts killer back in ‘B’

  22. blake March 11th, 2014 at 7:44 am

    tomingeorgia says:
    March 11, 2014 at 7:36 am
    CC goes today. Will he use his new cutter?

    I would say yes….now is the time to experiment

  23. Giuseppe Franco March 11th, 2014 at 7:58 am

    I sympathize with Brendon Ryan because I strained my oblique a couple of weeks ago and then aggravated it over the weekend swinging a bat.

    I’m gonna go out on a limb and suggest that with the Yanks’ resources and facilities, I’m thinking he’ll be able to resume all baseball activities before I do.

  24. blake March 11th, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Players seem to strain obliques so often these days…..I think back when players didn’t have abs it was much safer

  25. Giuseppe Franco March 11th, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Abdominal injuries really suck.

    I tore a lower ab a year ago doing box jumps and it felt like Daryl Dixon from The Walking Dead shot me in the belly with his crossbow. Very sharp and burning pain and took 6 months to heal properly.

    This one isn’t nearly that severe but it still sucks because it affects just about every activity you do. Sigh.

    Gotta run.

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