Injury Updates: Chan Ho Park & Nick Johnson

Finally, some good injury news. Prior to this afternoon’s game, GM Brian Cashman confirmed that Chan Ho Park would be activated off the disabled list in time for tomorrow’s game. He’s been on the DL for just about a month with a hamstring issue, but apparently he’s good to go after make two rehab appearances (one in Extended Spring Training, one in Triple-A) last week. With Al Aceves on the shelf for the foreseeable future, getting CHoP back is going to be a nice boost to a bullpen that been pretty shaky before the 8th inning.

Meanwhile, the news for Nick Johnson isn’t as promising. He received a cortisone shot in his wrist, and there’s only a 50% chance that it’ll take care of the inflamed tendon. If it doesn’t, he’ll have to go under the knife, which means 4-6 weeks before he could even pick up a bat. They’ll know whether he needs surgery or not within ten days or so. Just putting it all together, Johnson might not be back until August if he has surgery since he’ll need time for a minor league rehab assignment and what not.

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Miranda finally called up, Russo sent down, CHoP to start rehab

This one took a little longer to materialize than we originally expected, but Juan Miranda has in fact been called up, and is in the lineup at first base today. Mark Teixiera is getting a half-day off as the designated hitter, but I expect everyone to get a full day off given the weather forecast in Detroit. To make room for Miranda, utility player Kevin Russo was returned to Triple-A Scranton. Unsurprising, but still slightly disappointing. Hopefully Miranda gets regular at-bats, because this nonsense about a rotating DH needs to stop.

Meanwhile, Marc Carig reports that Chan Ho Park will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton tomorrow. He’ll probably need two or three minor league outings before being ready to return to the big league team, so that puts him on target for a return next week. The bullpen sure could use him.

Park making progress

Facing injuries and ineffective relievers, the Yanks today have scrambled to restructure their pitching staff, and as the hullabaloo over the roster moves died down, some good news emerged from Tampa. According to Marc Carig, Chan Ho Park has thrown 45 pitches from the mound, and although the Yanks haven’t yet put a timetable on his return, this side session is, as Carig says, a big step forward for a key piece of the Yankee bullpen. When Park comes park, the late innings will feel decidedly less stressful than they have lately. I would guess that, barring a setback, he should return within a week or two.

Park close to throwing off a mound

Buried at the bottom of Bryan Hoch’s latest notebook is a note that injured reliever Chan Ho Park is scheduled to throw off a half mound tomorrow, and could possibly throw a full mound session the next day. If all goes well, he should make a few rehab appearances in minor league games next week, which could perhaps have him back with the big league team in time for next weekend’s series against the Twins (my admittedly optimistic timetable).

Yankee relievers not named Mariano Rivera have a 4.53 ERA through 26 games, so CHoP’s return will be welcome. Of course, when your starters pitch as deep into the game as every non-Javy Vazquez Yankee starter has recently, the shaky middle relief becomes less of an issue.

The Ho Train heads to Tampa

Via Bryan Hoch, reliever Chan Ho Park is heading to Tampa to continue his road back from a hamstring issue. The hammy is still a little tight, so CHoP requested the move hoping that the warmer weather will help loosen it up. Apparently the same trick worked for him last year.

Park’s been on the disabled list for a little over a week, and it looks like his stint will last longer than the minimum 15 days. It sure would be nice to have him back in the bullpen, though.

The Ho Train makes a stop on the DL

Who had Chan Ho Park in the “first to hit the disabled list” pool? The veteran reliever was placed on the 15-day DL today after he injured his hamstring while warming up last night. His replacement? Lefty Boone Logan, who has done a bang-up job for Triple-A Scranton so far this year (6.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 9 K). He threw 27 pitches just last night, so he might not be available until tomorrow.

Apparently CHoP could’ve just rested it and been available when the Yanks go out to the west coast next week, but the team didn’t want to risk. No point in doing so this early in the season.

Park injuries hamstring while warming up

Via Bryan Hoch, Chan ho Park injured his hamstring while warming up in the bullpen tonight, and will be reevaluated tomorrow. Park battled hamstring issues in Spring Training last year, as well as last September with the Phillies, so this is something worth keeping an eye on. The good news is that tonight’s injury involved his right hammy, last year’s troubles were with the left.

If a disabled list stint is required, Boone Logan would be the obvious callup, however he threw for Triple-A Scranton tonight, so he might not be available for a few days. In that case, Mark Melancon is the guy.