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Mid-season injury report

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 17, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Ivan Nova, Joe Girardi

Carlos Beltran — concussion
Indications are that Beltran will be activated from the disabled list on Friday. He’s been out since last Wednesday when a fluke batting practice accident left him with a concussion and two small fractures. Joe Girardi said that Beltran was able to workout over the weekend without any problems. Even when he does return, the bone spur in his right elbow will still keep Beltran from playing the field. He’s strictly a DH at this point.

Shawn Kelley — lower back
Seems to be healthy at this point, but Kelley missed more than a month with a lower-back injury that continued to affect him even after he came off the disabled list. Kelley recently admitted that he initially had some trouble trusting that his back would hold up when he was on the mound, and that might explain his rocky numbers in the month of June. The better news is that in his last four outings before the break Kelley pitched 5.1 scoreless innings with two hits, no walks and nine strikeouts.

Shawn KelleyIvan Nova — Tommy John surgery
Lost for the year, but Nova has been around the team quite a bit at home. He remains nowhere near any sort of true rehab assignment. He’s been out since mid April and will miss the rest of the season.

Michael Pineda — right shoulder
Kind of an upper-back injury; kind of a shoulder injury. However you want to label it, Pineda’s been on the disabled list since May 6 — immediately after his pine tar suspension — and he has suffered multiple setbacks along the way. He’s now throwing bullpens in Tampa, and early indications are positive. Have to assume another setback would wipe out any chance of Pineda returning this season. Best-case scenario would have him back maybe in late August.

Jose Ramirez -- pulled lat
In the big leagues for about a month earlier this season, Ramirez could be a long relief option after the break if he can get healthy again. Right now he’s on the Triple-A disabled list with what Mark Newman described as a lat pull.

CC Sabathia — degenerative knee damage
Sabathia’s workhorse reputation might have caught up with him now that doctors have discovered cartilage damage in his right knee. He’s already seen at least two specialists and he’s scheduled to see a third, with a return trip to Dr. James Andrews also a possibility. Sabathia’s definitely lost for the year. Question is, how effective will he be when/if he finally does return in the future.

Masahiro Tanaka — torn elbow ligament
Scheduled for a PRP injection into his right elbow, Tanaka chose to skip this week’s All-Star festivities. If all goes well, he could be back with the Yankees in about five weeks, but for the time being, Tanaka’s just resting and hoping to avoid Tommy John surgery. “Just treatment,” Girardi said. “That’s all.”

Mark Teixeira — various issues
A strained hamstring sent Teixeira to the disabled list in early April, and although he missed just 14 games and hasn’t been on the D.L. since, he’s certainly had his share of injury problems this season. His knee was drained at one point, he once complained of fatigue and groin soreness, and he received a cortisone shot when his surgically repair wrist got sore. At the moment, though, Teixeira’s health seems mostly positive. He’s missed just one game since June 16.

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