It’s one day of light swings with a fungo bat, so it’s hard to make too much of this, but so far so good with Carlos Beltran.
At Yankee Stadium earlier today, Beltran took 30 dry swings with a light bat. He took 15 from each side and reported no issues. Doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll avoid surgery, but it means he still has a chance.
“I think it’s way too early to know that,” Joe Girardi said. “But today was a step in the right direction.”
Tomorrow, Beltran will take another 30 swings, this time with a full-size bat. After that, it will be the usual progression from tee and toss, to batting practice, to live pitching to minor league rehab games.
“Obviously he’s going to have to get in some games for us to really know,” Girardi said. “Take all different kinds of swings, and there’s a swing and a miss you’ll have to go through, get fully extended, see how it reacts. … You hope when he comes in tomorrow, he feels good, there’s no issues there, and he can progress to tee and toss on Thursday.”
• Mark Teixeira was scratched from today’s lineup because of tightness in his surgically repaired right wrist. Girardi said he first complained about it on Friday but said he was OK to play. This morning, Teixeira said it was a little worse than usual so the Yankees decided to give him the day off. “Not something totally unexpected,” Girardi said. “Today it’s a little more stiff than it has been. He’s just day to day. As of right now there are no tests scheduled. We’ll give him today off, hopefully have him back tomorrow.”
• Teixeira did not speak to the media pregame. Girardi said that Teixeira was told from the beginning that his wrist would likely tighten up from time to time. The level of concern seems pretty low right now, but obviously it’s a part of the body that’s caused some problems in the past. “Friday was the first time that he had mentioned something to me,” Girardi said. “I saw him in the training room and said, ‘How are you doing?’ He said, ‘I’m a little bit stiff, but I’m OK.’ I said, alright, and then Saturday we faced the left-hander so it doesn’t affect him nearly as much. I guess just the wear and tear has made him a little bit stiff.”
• According to Girardi, Michael Pineda is still scheduled to start in an extended spring training game on Tuesday.
• Shawn Kelley played catch at 75 feet today and “reported no issues.” Last time he tried to play catch, his back bothered him the next day, so the Yankees won’t consider today a success until Kelley wakes up in the morning and feels fine. Assuming he does, Girardi said he’ll probably have to play catch another day or two before getting into a flat ground or a full bullpen.
• Before today’s game, the Yankees will honor Derek Jeter with another pregame ceremony. The Cardinals will bring out their own Hall of Fame shortstop, Ozzie Smith, as well as their own retired No. 2, Red Schoendienst. The Cardinals are also honoring their 1964 World Series championship team, so Bob Gibson is here to throw the first pitch.
• David Phelps will make his first career start in St. Louis, where he grew up. He said that shagging fly balls and taking batting practice today would be pretty cool moments for him. Might help work out some of the nerves.
FIRST PITCH DELAYED
No first pitch time announced, but the start of the game has been delayed because of incoming rain.
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