Here’s the way Carlos Beltran remembers the chain of events.
Off the bat, he thought he had a chance to catch that foul fly ball last night. Because of the roof, he didn’t want to take his eye off the ball long enough to check for the short wall in foul territory, but he also had to run all out.
“Then, all of a sudden, I was all over the place,” Beltran said.
His left knee hit the wall first. Then he flipped over. Then his right hand hit the ground. Then his left shoulder. Beltran’s sore today, but he also said he feels lucky. MRIs on his shoulder and wrist revealed no damage, he’s just a little banged up.
“I saw (the video) yesterday,” Beltran said. “I was pretty over the top. I’m lucky. Honestly, I am lucky, yeah. I laughed after, but I was like man, you know what, this could have been pretty bad. Thank God, I was able to walk and play the game.”
Beltran’s not taking batting practice today, and Joe Giradri said he likely wouldn’t even use Beltran as a pinch hitter. It was a nasty spill by a guy the Yankees are really counting on as a productive middle-of-the-order bat. They’re not going to take many chances with him.
“We were pretty concerned when we saw him hit the wall,” Girardi said. “He didn’t slow up, he didn’t have a chance to brace himself. The wall got to him quicker than he thought. The news we got today, we’re pretty lucky.”
· Five at-bats and five innings in the field for Mark Teixiera in today’s extended spring training game. “Another good day,” Teixeira told The AP. “Couldn’t be happier with how it’s progressing.” Giradri said Teixeira will play seven innings tomorrow. He’s still on schedule to be activated on Sunday.
· No problem for Brian Roberts, just getting a day off after running around a lot yesterday. Girardi said he wants to be pretty cautious with Roberts in these first few days back from the back injury. Easy to do that now while the team has so many options at second base.
· Sounds like Vidal Nuno is the likely starter for Sunday’s game, but that’s assuming the Yankees don’t need him today or tomorrow. Girardi said Nuno could go 75 pitches.
· By the way, I wonder if Nuno pitching multiple innings on Sunday could leave him as the odd man out when Dave Robertson comes off the disabled list on Tuesday. Might want to keep Cesar Cabral to help out against the Red Sox in Boston, and Nuno probably wouldn’t be available until Thursday at the earliest.
· Speaking of the Red Sox series, Masahiro Tanaka is on schedule to start Tuesday’s series opener followed by Michael Pineda on Wednesday and CC Sabathia on Thursday. Monday is a scheduled off day.
· Dave Robertson went through PFP today with no problems. He’s still on track to pitch an extended spring training inning tomorrow.
· Dellin Betances is not expected to be available tonight. Girardi said he’d check with him, but it seems like a long shot that he would actually pitch.
· Brendan Ryan played in a simulated game today. He told the AP that he hopes to be activated in 10 days to two weeks. “It’s nice to be almost a player again,” Ryan said. “It’s coming along great.”
· The starting pitchers have started taking batting practice in anticipation of the upcoming series in Milwaukee. “I heard Michael Pineda was quite impressive,” Girardi said. “I heard Tanaka was pretty good too. I don’t need to encourage these things.”
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