Injury Updates: Thames, Mitre, Aceves, Johnson

Game 80: In which the Yankees will try to win 0 to -1
Open Thread: Which one would you rather have?

It’s hard to believe that we’ve been reduced to getting exciting about Marcus Thames returning, but that’s where we sit. The righty bat will play nine innings in the field during his third rehab game with Triple-A Scranton tonight, and if all goes well he could rejoin the team as soon as tomorrow. Given the current DH situation, that’s a good thing.

Meanwhile, Sergio Mitre made his first rehab appearance after an oblique strain last night, throwing just one inning for High-A Tampa before throwing some more in the bullpen. He’ll throw two innings on Monday, and right now isn’t expected to rejoin the team until after the All Star break. Al Aceves is going to throw 40 or so pitches off a full mound early next week, a rather significant step in his return from back issues. The Yanks are going to take is slow and be very cautious with him given the nature of his injury, so Ace is probably still a few weeks away.

Finally, we have Nick Johnson, who is actually going to swing a bat today. Granted, it’ll just be a fungo, but it’s progress. Assuming all goes well – not a safe assumption, of course – he’ll head down to Tampa and continue baseball activities there. NJ is still a ways off from rehab games and rejoining the team, but any news is good news at this point.

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Game 80: In which the Yankees will try to win 0 to -1
Open Thread: Which one would you rather have?
  • Cecala

    We need a real DH, a true Yankee, someone like Damon or Matsui. Instead we got a guy who can only play on the DL.

    /sarcasm’d

  • Mike Nitabach

    Anybody know what the frig John and Sue were going on about concerning Justice Sotomayor? I was listening on and off, and they were talking some crazy shit about the Supreme Court verifying all 11 runs or something?