Archive for Injuries
Left-hander Cesar Cabral, the forgotten injured Yankee, officially started his minor league rehab assignment with a scoreless inning for High-A Tampa tonight. He walked a batter and got two fly ball outs, plus another on the ground. His 30-day rehab window is now ticking and will expire on June 13th.
Cabral, 24, missed all of last season with a fracture in his pitching elbow. He must spend at least 90 days on the 25-man active roster this year as a Rule 5 Draft pick, otherwise he must be placed on waivers and offered back to his original team (Red Sox). Cabral nearly beat out Clay Rapada for the second southpaw spot in the bullpen before the injury last spring, and the Yankees definitely like him based on the way they’ve talked about him over the last 18 months or so. If Cabral stays healthy during the rehab assignment, they’ll have a decision to make one month from today.
In his first rehab game with Triple-A Scranton, Joba Chamberlain allowed two ground ball singles in a scoreless inning of work. He got a ground ball to second, a fly out to left, and a fly out to right while throwing nine of 12 pitches for strikes. Depending how Joba and his strained right oblique feel tomorrow, he could be activated off the DL as soon as Thursday.
11:36pm: On Twitter, Granderson said he is on his way to New York. Still nothing official about him coming off the DL, but the writing is on the wall.
8:34pm: In his latest minor league rehab game with Triple-A Scranton, Curtis Granderson went 1-for-3 with a single to right-center and a walk. He flew out to center and right in his other two at-bats. Granderson played six innings in left field and was removed for a pinch-runner after the walk, the first time he played fewer than eight innings during his rehab assignment. Add in Brennan Boesch‘s recent demotion, and all signs point to the Grandyman rejoining the Yankees on Tuesday. That is not yet official, of course.
In his fourth rehab game with Triple-A Scranton, Curtis Granderson went 3-for-5 with three singles (two to left, one to right) and one strikeout. He grounded out to first in the other at-bat. Granderson played all nine innings in right field and had to make three plays — he fielded a single hit in front of him and caught two fly balls of unknown difficulty. Curtis is scheduled to stay with the team through the end of their homestand tomorrow, but the plan after that is unclear. He could be activated, he could continue rehabbing. We’ll find out eventually.
The Yankees have placed Eduardo Nunez on the 15-day DL due to his left ribcage issue, the team announced. Infielder Alberto Gonzalez will be recalled from Triple-A to take his roster spot. Mark Teixeira has been transferred to the 60-day DL to clear a 40-man roster spot.
Nunez, 25, has not played since leaving last Sunday’s game with soreness. The Yankees have played without a backup infielder for six games since then, but that couldn’t go on any longer. Nunez has hit a weak .200/.290/.275 (56 wRC+) in 95 plate appearances as the starting shortstop during Derek Jeter‘s absence. The 30-year-old Gonzalez was acquired from the Cubs in a minor trade a few days ago. The 33-year-old Teixeira (wrist) has just started taking full batting practice and is weeks away from a return.
In his third minor league rehab game with Triple-A Scranton, Curtis Granderson went 2-for-4 with two strikeouts. He singled once to right and once back up the middle. Granderson spent the game at DH as planned, and he played all nine innings. Donnie Collins says Curtis is expected to remain with the team until the end of their homestand on Monday, so I suppose he could be activated off the DL and re-join the big league team as soon as Tuesday. I guess we’ll find out.
In his second minor league rehab game with Triple-A Scranton, Curtis Granderson went 1-for-5 with an opposite field two-run homer and a strikeout. He grounded out in his other three at-bats. Granderson played eight innings in left after playing seven innings in right in his first rehab game, and he only had to make two plays: retrieve a double from the gap and catch a can of corn pop-up. So far, so good.
4:58pm: Cano confirmed he didn’t have the x-ray yesterday, he had it in New York during the A’s series. Either way, he’s fine.
3:30pm: Well this kinda came out of nowhere. George King reports that x-rays on Robinson Cano‘s right foot came back negative yesterday. He fouled a ball off the foot during the Athletics series, then re-aggravated the injury when he slipped covering first base against the Rockies. “The tests were negative,” he said. “Everything is good.”
Cano, 30, is hitting .311/.359/.585 (150 wRC+) with nine homers in 145 plate appearances this year, and so far he’s played every inning of every game in the field save for two innings at the end of one of those blowout wins over the Indians. Eduardo Nunez‘s injury means the team can’t give Cano even a half-day off at DH right now. It goes without saying that losing Robbie for any length of time would have been very bad even if the rest of the team was perfectly healthy.
In his first minor league rehab game with Triple-A Scranton, Curtis Granderson went 1-for-3 with an infield single and two ground ball outs. He played seven innings in right field and only had to make two plays — retrieve a double from the corner and reel in a single hit in front of him. The seven innings thing was planned according to Donnie Collins, and it’ll probably be a few days before Granderson plays a full nine innings. I suspect he’ll see time in all three outfield spots as well.
Via Donnie Collins: Curtis Granderson will join Triple-A Scranton tomorrow, officially starting his 20-day rehab stint. He’s expected to play four or five games with the team. The 32-year-old slugger hit a homer and played all three outfield positions during an Extended Spring Training game today. Barring any setbacks, it sounds like Granderson could join the Yankees within a week.