Injury Updates: Mitre, Aceves, Johnson

Yankees interested in Wes Helms
Burnett leaves game with 'lacerations' on his throwing hand

Earlier today we learned that Damaso Marte had to be placed on the disabled list with a bout of shoulder tendinitis and then A.J. Burnett left his start with lacerations on his right hand. While those two are only the latest in a slew of injured Yankees, we have some updates on the guys working their ways back to the Bronx.

Sergio Mitre threw a side session this afternoon after making a rehab start for Triple-A Scranton on Thursday. He will return to the team for the start of the Angels’ series on Tuesday. You have to figure that’s the end of the line for one of Chad Ho Moseley trio, and after today’s outing, Moseley may have thrown his final pitches for the Yanks. They should have traded him before he could opt out when his stock was at a high.

Two other key cogs aren’t close to returning. After suffering yet another setback, Alfredo Aceves will begin a throwing program this weekend by tossing off flat ground. With some major back problems plaguing him, Aceves isn’t coming back to help the bullpen anytime soon, and anything the Yanks get out of him this season is a bonus. He may have to explore surgery after the season is over.

As for Nick Johnson, he has restarted his rehab after feeling pain in his wrist earlier this month. His new plan involves “aggressive wrist exercises,” but he is still a few weeks away from true baseball activities such as swinging a bat. Like Aceves, anything they get out of Johnson the rest of the season is gravy.

Feel free to use this update as tonight’s open thread. We’ll be back later with Down on the Farm and the recap of this afternoon’s Rays-Yanks affair.

Yankees interested in Wes Helms
Burnett leaves game with 'lacerations' on his throwing hand
  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    You have to figure that’s the end of the line for one of Chad Ho Moseley.

    Unless he and Burnett flip-flop on the 15-day DL.

    BTW, I fully endorse and support the “Chad Ho Moseley” portmanteau. Awesome addition to the lexicon.

  • Nostra-Artist

    As for Nick Johnson, he has restarted his rehab after feeling pain in his wrist earlier this month. His new plan involves “aggressive wrist exercises”

    (insert punchline here)

    • Chris0313


  • Carcillo

    The Yankees with Nick Johnson: 20-8
    The Yankees without Nick Johnson: 37-25

    For what it’s worth…

    • Pasqua

      Well, I presume you’re suggesting the Yanks are just as good without Johnson as they are with him; however, those matching 12-game-over records have one huge disparity: sample size. 28 games vs. 62 games is hardly comparable. Despite the fact that Nick wasn’t hitting (but walking like a hitchhiker) they most certainly could use his lefty bat, if only to provide an actual DH role and allow the team to use Cervelli sparingly.

      • Carcillo

        It’s funny. I was insinuating the exact opposite, actually. 20-8 is a much better win percentage than 37-25.

        The Yankees went 6-8 in the immediate aftermath of his injury. I don’t think that was a complete coincidence.

  • ZZ

    Does anyone else think the tripping story was BS? I am thinking AJ may have pulled a Paul Oneill.

    Girardi would have known if AJ tripped when McCarver interviewed him.

    • ZZ

      Jeez. I just saw indeed it was BS.

      I thought the Yankees were covering for AJ, not that AJ lied.

  • Carlosologist

    Rotation for the 2011 Yankees
    CC Sabathia
    Cliff Lee
    Phil Hughes
    AJ Burnett

    Who would make the cut for the fifth starter in 2011?

    • Mike Axisa

      If Andy retires, I bet it’ll be someone like Nova or McAllister. They could afford to break a kid in with that front four.

      • ZZ

        I don’t think the Yankees would go with an unproven kid with a limited ceiling.

        If Andy retired, which I don’t think he will, I would think they bring Javy back or make a trade like they did with Javy last winter.

        Nova/Mcallister don’t really have a future with the Yankees especially given how competitive the AL East is, so I doubt they would deal with the growing pains or breaking one of those guys in just to be back end starters.

      • Nostra-Artist

        “If” is the key word. I heard Andy interviewed recently and he was downplaying the retirement stuff, just saying he’ll make a decision after the season as always. If the yanks want him back, and will pay him good $$, he’ll return. He’s still pitching too well.

      • nsalem

        Mike i am very unconvinced that Andy is going to retire after this season. Besides Mussina do you know of any great pitchers who have retired at the top of their game. I know Koufax did but
        that was because he was in danger of doing permanent damage to his arm. Without looking anything up I have thought of some great pitchers of the last few generations Seaver, Drysdale,
        Ford, Marichal, Jenkins, Palmer, Carlton, Spahn pitched well past their
        primes. I remember both Palmer and Carlton and some really embarra
        sing exits. I know the argument can be made that none of these guys had the wealth that Andy has, but besides this, if Andy remains
        healthy I do not see Andy walking away (no matter what he says).

    • ZZ

      You’re forgetting Mr. Pettitte

      • Carlosologist

        I’m under the assumption that Andy will retire on top with his sixth World Series ring and a 20 win season.

        • ZZ

          He is pitching too well to retire. His kids are also generally old enough now to really appreciate their Dad is a professional baseball player. We all heard how excited they were he made the ASG and to go to the festivities.

          Becoming the Yankees all time wins leader will be tempting as well.

          • bexarama

            We’ve also heard how much he wants to stay home with them and stuff. And he has a while to go before he’s the all-time wins leader, too. With his age, I dunno if he can still be effective in the AL East until then. Yeah, we’re all about Pettitte now, but as recently as the first half of 2009 we were assuming he was done because he simply could not be effective. Yeah, as it turns out, he probably had lingering shoulder issues, but you can’t expect him to stay healthy… IDK.

            • Pasqua

              Really, though, he’s been wanting “to stay home with them” for years and it hasn’t stopped him yet. I really think most guys retire when they feel there is nothing left, athletically speaking. The family line sounds good, but I presume that, if it was the determining factor, he would have left the game already.

              BTW, this is not to suggest that Pettitte doesn’t love or care about his family, just that I’m not convinced it will be the reason he (eventually) retires.

              • bexarama

                Yeah, you have a good point. I dunno, Jack Curry had a really convincing article before the season started, though I can’t find it right now. Obviously not gospel.

            • ZZ

              About him wanting to stay home is what I meant where his kids are basically old enough now where it is not the same to stay home and they all now really understand what he does for a living.

              • bexarama

                Yeah, I know. Doesn’t mean Pettitte doesn’t want to go home and spend time with them, though. I mean, when his big league career started, only the oldest was born, right? And he’s been away from them for most of his career.

                Or maybe he just wants to go paint more Bible quotes on the wall of his gym in that awful Papyrus font, no big deal

            • nsalem

              I just checked the entire 300 club and all of them stayed at least two years past their primes. I’m not saying Andy will stick around for 300 wins, but if healthy history says he’s not leaving until his game starts falling off. I hope he stays well pitches great for another 5 or 6 years and retires because he wants to be he wants to be home for the grandkids.

            • ZZ

              Also in regard to worrying about Pettitte.

              His shoulder got back to full strength around the ASB last year and he made real changes to his pitching style/selection around that time as well.

              It has paid off since he has been tremendous since the ASB last year.

              He is a better pitcher now than he has ever been in his career.

              I am not worried about him being effective in the AL East.

              • bexarama

                I’d generally agree with this, but my point is more we can’t really expect him to stay 100000% healthy at his age and with a pretty recentish history of elbow and shoulder pains. Of course, I hope he’s healthy and productive as he is right now for the next, oh, two/three seasons or so. :)

    • Mattchu12

      I wish we could say Joba. . . . .

  • ZZ

    Really selfish move by AJ

    Don’t even know what to say about it right now except that is absolutely ridiculous.

    And then Girardi had to take a beating in his postgame conference to stand up for him.

  • whozat

    Was at the game today, sitting in the RF seats; almost got clocked with Pena’s HR when it bounced down off the second deck.

    I also saw Aceves throwing on flat ground in the OF before the game started, FWIW.

  • Carlosologist

    Here’s a fun situation: Imagine it’s Game 7 of the World Series. Who do you send out to the mound to clinch the title?

    • Thomas Cassidy

      To start, Sabathia. To close, that’s obvious.

    • bexarama

      CC, easy.

      If you mean out of any pitcher in baseball, probably Halladay.

    • Mike HC

      Well, if it is against the Yanks, you clearly send out a mediocre AAA starter making his major league debut.


  • Bo

    Nats are balking on a long-term deal for Dunn, so he’s avilable on the cheap (and nothing close to Montero). Cashman can make up for the NJ bust by swinging in and getting him.