Joe Girardi said this morning that Carlos Beltran received a second injection of cortisone yesterday and will go see Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday. Girardi said Beltran has planned to get a second opinion from Andrews ever since the initial bone spur diagnosis, but he couldn’t get in to see him right away.
Girardi said that seeing Dr. Andrews is not a reaction to any sort of increased concern or additional problem.
“No, he’s getting better,” Girardi said. “But players sometimes just feel more comfortable with second opinions.”
Fair enough, but the second injection seems to be a pretty clear indication that the first dose of cortisone didn’t have the overwhelming impact the Yankees were hoping it would have. The Yankees are obviously giving this a little more time in hopes that Beltran will eventually get through it without surgery, but the team has said all along that the longer it takes, the more likely it becomes that the Yankees have to try something different.
For now, it’s just waiting and hoping.
“As far as doing any baseball stuff, we’re not there yet,” Girardi said.
• CC Sabathia will rejoin the Yankees today (not active or anything, just back in the clubhouse). Sabathia flew back from Dr. Andrews’ office yesterday. His right knee has been drained and he’s received an injection to try to ease some of the degenerative damage. Girardi acknowledged that surgery could be a possibility at some point. “I think any time you deal with a degenerative knee issue, at some point in your life something is probably going to flare up,” Girardi said. “I’m not a doctor, and I can’t tell you when that’s going to happen. When you have degenerative back (problems), it usually gets to the point where usually you have to have something done, so we’ll have to see.”
• Is surgery possible for Sabathia this season? “I have not been told that,” Girardi said. “But I think you have to wait and see how all of this works.”
• Dellin Betances is not available today, but everyone else in the bullpen should be, plus Jose Ramirez is here for the day. Girardi said he feels he has plenty of pitching for a doubleheader.
• Derek Jeter will not play the second game. Neither will Jacoby Ellsbury, who was sick yesterday. “He said he felt good, so we’ll try to get the one game out of him today,” Girardi said. Ichiro Suzuki will play the second game. Brett Gardner is the DH for the first game because he’s going to play center field in the second game.
• Shawn Kelley is expected to come off the disabled list by the end of this upcoming road trip through Chicago and St. Louis.
• A former starter in the minor leagues, Ramirez was moved into the bullpen fulltime this season, so he’s not stretched out like a true long man. Girardi said he can throw around 35 pitches, so he’s maybe a two-inning guy at most.
• Michael Pineda threw a bullpen today.
• Girardi said he really has no memories of playing regular doubleheaders, but he can remember seeing them as a kid. I can actually remember going to a Cardinals doubleheader against the Dodgers when I was a kid. I remember thinking it was so cool that they were going to immediately play a second game. “It seemed like we always played doubleheaders on Sundays; in college baseball we did,” Girardi said. “I don’t ever remember those a lot (as a major-league player). Maybe I’m not quite old enough. As far as changing a routine, the Yankees aren’t used to playing regular doubleheaders very often. They’re usually split, and you have to be careful with some of the guys to make sure you don’t run them into the ground today.”
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