As June marches on, two injured Yankees are nearing their respective returns to the active roster. Ernie Palladino has updates on Xavier Nady and Brian Bruney. The Yanks’ right-handed set-up man plans to throw a bullpen session on Thursday in Boston. It will be his first try at tossing some breaking pitches since his return to the DL. If all goes well, he could be back in a week to ten days. Bruney’s return will spell the end of either David Robertson’s, Phil Hughes’ or Jose Veras’ time in the Bronx.
Nady, meanwhile, went 1 for 3 with a home run and a walk during an extended spring training game. He continued to throw, this time from 75 feet, and Joe Girardi said that Nady won’t return to the outfield until he can double that distance. It will be interesting to see how the Yanks handle Nady’s return. A few weeks ago, we looked forward to his replacing Swisher, but Nick has hit .419/.537/.839 over his last 42 plate appearances. Hideki Matsui is 0 for 18. Still, Nady’s return is probably two weeks away, and talk of lineup changes is premature.