Injury Updates: Jeter, Colon, Feliciano, Chavez

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The latest from the infirmary…

  • Derek Jeter‘s rehab from a calf strain was interrupted by rain and wet grounds both yesterday and today. He did manage to take full batting practice (30 swings), field a few ground balls, and begin a running program once the weather cooperated this morning/afternoon. “Everything’s good,” said the Cap’n. “Steps in the right direction.”
  • Bartolo Colon threw 60 pitches in a simulated game against minor leaguers (including the injured Slade Heathcott), broken down into four “innings” of 15 pitches. It’s unclear if he’ll make a minor league rehab start to jump right back to the bigs and face the Mets this weekend.
  • Pedro Feliciano made 15 minimum effort throws off a mound, the first time he’s done that.
  • Eric Chavez also took batting practice and played long toss with Jeter.
  • Mark Prior will throw off a mound tomorrow, the second time he’ll do that in the span of four days as he works his way back from the groin strain from hell.

The Yankees also confirmed that Phil Hughes‘ next rehab start will come with Double-A Trenton this Wednesday. After throwing 71 pitches last time out, I suspect he’ll be scheduled for 85-90 pitches. Trenton will be at home against New Hampshire, but it’s a day game (12:05pm ET start). You can get tickets here.

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  • YankeesJunkie

    Hopefully Hughes can improve on his last outing, but by no means will it will be his last rehab start. I don’t know if Colon needs to a rehab start, but hopefully he does not since he has only been gone for two weeks.

    • TheLastClown

      Meh, there’s a negligible difference between a AAA tune-up & one v. the Mets, no?

      • YankeesJunkie


      • Xstar7

        The Mets have actually been playing surprisingly well lately.

        • TheLastClown

          I know…just a cheeky comment.

  • jon

    hurry back colon

  • TheLastClown

    Mike, what do you think the chances are re: Prior as a viable BP option heading into the stretch?

    • hogsmog

      Batting Practice?


    • The BIG 3

      Are you kidding me? After Colon, Garcia, hell, even Nova, take a gander at what I now expect from Prior:

      80 IP
      .076 ERA
      207 K/4 BB


      • Ted Nelson

        Only if he gets the stem cell treatment…

        (Honestly, though… wonder if Colon’s stem cell thing could help Prior.)

        • The BIG 3

          Prior would be crazy if he didn’t consider it.

      • the tenth inning stretch

        Prior would have to gain like 300 pounds first.

  • Thomas Cassidy

    I forgot all about Feliciano. And Marte now that I think about it. Oh well. We don’t need them.

    • jsbrendog

      This is completely false. Both are waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better than loone bogan

  • vin

    Looking forward to getting Hughes and Colon back into the rotation. The only question is what are the corresonding moves?

    Gordon to the ‘pen or SWB for whoever comes back first (probably Hughes). That’s easy, but what happens when Bartolo comes back? I can’t see them putting Freddy in the pen. Do they stash Nova in AAA and keep him ready in case someone else goes down, or do they go all-in and slide him to a relief role? Maybe at that point they option Gordon? I doubt they’ll carry 13 pitchers when Bartolo comes back

    CC, AJ, Colon, Hughes, Freddy

    Rivera, Robertson, Wade, Logan, Ayala, Noesi, Nova/Gordon

    • CS Yankee

      I would think Nova in the pen along with Noesi…I know thats two young SP’ers in the pen but Nova deserves to stay in the bigs over guys like Gordon, Ayala, etc.

      If they needed that other starter down the line they would have Gordon, Warren or Phelps to choose from, and perhaps just maybe, Dealin Dellin (as ManBan is not on the 40 man yet).

      Plus, perhaps a trade for a stud could occur but that seems unlikely or real costly.

    • Jorge

      CC, AJ, Colon, Hughes, Nova. The team has nothing to gain by not letting Ivan Nova continue to get experience in the rotation. Thank you, Freddy Garcia.

  • CMP

    Kudos to Feliciano for trying to come back this year.

    He could have easily opted for surgery already with an eye on coming back in the 2nd half of next year to audition for another contract.

    • Nuke Ladoosh

      “He could have easily opted”
      is it that easy or does the team drive that decision?

      • CMP

        Ultimately, it’s his body and his decision. I’m sure the team can make recommendations but the player is always free to seek as mnay medical opionions as they want and do what they choose.

        Carlos Betran did that and had his knee scoped against the recommendations of the Mets and Barry Bonds had a private orthopedic surgery not affiliated with the Giants who operated on him a few times if I remember correctly.

  • mt

    I still think they will have Colon do one more rehab outing (maybe get to 80-85 pitches) – I don’t see wisdom of bringing him up to start against Mets in Citi Field – I would wait until Tampa Bay.

    You can alwayus tell pitchers “don’t swing and don’t run” but why risk it?

    Also maybe converted outfileder Gordon will hit a home run if he starts :-).