Injury Updates: Cano, Phelps, Pineda, Almonte

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As we await the results of the MRI on Eduardo Nunez‘s right knee, here are some more injury updates courtesy of Mark Polishuk:

  • Robinson Cano (hand) received treatment yesterday but will not know if he can play in tomorrow’s series opener against the Orioles until he takes batting practice. “The swelling has decreased,” said Cano. “I’ll swing in the cage and see how it feels, try to get ready for batting practice. I would say during batting practice, I would know.”
  • David Phelps (forearm) has been working his way back from two different strains. “I think it’s pretty soon he’ll pick up a ball,” said Joe Girardi. There’s almost no chance Phelps will return this season if he hasn’t even started playing catch yet.
  • Michael Pineda (shoulder) has been throwing side sessions in Tampa. Yesterday we heard he had started throwing off flat ground, but that report was ten days old. My bad. Good to know he’s actually gotten back on a mound. At this point, it seems unlikely Pineda will join the team in September, which means he won’t qualify as a Super Two.
  • Zoilo Almonte (ankle) has started hitting off a tee and soft toss. There’s a chance he’ll be able to take regular batting practice by the end of the week. Almonte’s rehab was delayed because he had his wisdom teeth removed. This season, man.
  • Travis Hafner (shoulder) has also started hitting off a tee and soft toss. Like Almonte, he could start taking regular ol’ batting practice before the end of the week. Remember when he hit .318/.438/.667 (196 wRC+) in April? Good times.
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  • CountryClub

    Vidal Nuno ?@mrnuno_34 23h
    Life is good!!! Lower body feel amazing….

  • Eddard

    Robbie Cano, Eduardo Nuney and BGDP were our lynch pins. You saw the results last night without these guys. I think at this point they just need to sit them all down. We’ve got the kids coming up on Sunday and we should be evaluating those guys. There’s just too big of a deficit to overcome right now.

    • YankeeFan

      It’s a longshot but you can’t keep this team out until after this crucial 10-game homestand of Baltimore, Chicago, and Boston. Who knows maybe Detroit will stop playing like a minor league team and actually win a game today (though already down 2-0). Need Detroit to salvage a game and cut the lead in the Loss column to 5.

      Only 2 back in the loss column of Cleveland & Baltimore and Yankees have plenty of opportunities to make up those 2 games head-to-head vs. Baltimore while Cleveland has one more tonight vs. Atlanta then 3 at Detroit and 3 vs. Baltimore.

      After today, Oakland has 3 vs. Tampa and 3 vs. Texas.

      Again a longshot, but Yankees need to be flawless this homestand, 8-2 type of flawless and hope that Tampa and Texas can slow down Oakland. Even after the nice run, Yankees I think lost 1 game in the Loss Column over the past 20 or so days.

      I honestly think the Yankees will overtake Cleveland & Baltimore, the question is can they reach an Oakland team who faces Minnesota and Houston 11 more times before the season is over and another 9 times versus the Angels & Mariners. They only have 3 games left vs. a legitimate contender in their last 23 games.

      • Eddard

        They can catch Baltimore and Cleveland but those teams aren’t the teams they need to catch. They are 6 and 7 games behind the teams they are chasing. Even if they do go 8-2 on the home stand, which they probably won’t, the teams they’re chasing could very well go 6-4 or 7-3 and you don’t gain much ground.

        You basically need an 8-2 for the Yanks vs a 2-8 for the teams they are chasing and that’s just not going to happen.

        • Mikhel


          The time to try and catch those first place teams (both in the wild card and the division) already passed.

          Cashman and the FO again moved slowly to avoid acquiring the players needed to fill the holes in the Yankee lineup.

          I can almost hear Cashman say “we did everything we could, but we couldn’t trade for a C and an infielder”.

        • YankeeFan

          And just like that they are now behind by 6 and 5 with both leaders facing each other this weekend. IF Yankees take care of business this weekend, the post-Labor day run will be interesting. Again it’s a longshot but it is not impossible.

    • Pee Wee Herman Ruth

      The Yankees didn’t lose last night because Robbie Cano, Eduardo Nuney and BGDP are injured- they Yankees lost because of Hiroki’s poor pitching.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        Scoring only 2 runs, and Chris Stewart being Chris Stewart didn’t help.

  • ropeadope

    Possibly Zoilo could donate his wisdom teeth to Robby Thompson.

  • trr

    I almost forgot about Phelps. If healthy he’d be the guy to replace Hughes, IMO. That nust be some forearm strain

  • Ruby]

    i honestly forgot hafner was even on the team, same with youk…its been that kinda season

  • entonces

    Never saw so many guys go on the DL — and then disappear for months. Is this happening throughout baseball? Broken bones are one thing, but guys with muscle pulls unable to return for two or three months?

    • Mikhel

      And yet there are people saying Alex Rodríguez shouldn’t complain about how his lession was handled by the Yanks in 2012.

  • Algernon Blackwood

    Pineda, LOL

    • Mikhel

      I am beginning to think this Michael Pineda guy is a myth, it is just a story created to see if we fans believe everything we read… I mean… COME ON he couldn’t be real! Right? Right? Right?

      **I check my tin foil hat**.

  • rogue

    Great piece, Mike.