Saturday, May 25, 2013
Notes: Walking wounded progressing
By Wallace Matthews
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- There's a game this afternoon (4:10 p.m.) between the Yankees and Rays, but most of the pregame news was made across the bay at the Yankees developmental complex in Tampa.
-- Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis played in an extended-spring game this morning, and both came out OK, according to Joe Girardi. Teixeira played five innings at first base and led off each inning, going 1-for-4 with a double and a sacrifice fly in his five plate appearances. Youkilis played three innings at third base and went 2-for-3 with two doubles. The plan is for Teixeira to take Sunday off, play two more extended-spring games in Tampa on Monday and Tuesday and then play for the Double-A Trenton Thunder on Wednesday and Thursday before possibly being reactivated for next weekend's series against the Red Sox at home. Girardi said Youkilis, too, might go on that rehab assignment. "My feeling is he's a couple of innings behind Tex," Girardi said, "but anything is possible."
-- Joba Chamberlain threw 24 pitches in two innings in a different extended-spring game at the same complex. While his strained oblique came out OK, he took a one-hopper off his calf. Girardi said he was OK but would not commit to a timetable for Chamberlain's return to the Yankees. "That may have been his last [rehab] appearance," Girardi said. "We have to see how he came out of it and how his velocity was."
-- Andy Pettitte threw his scheduled bullpen session and said he had no pain in his strained trapezius. The plan is for him to throw a simulated game next, probably on Tuesday, which would put him in line to start June 2, which is the day after he is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list.
-- Hiroki Kuroda threw his scheduled bullpen session, and while he reported "a little tightness" in his calf, he said he is planning to make his scheduled start Tuesday at Citi Field against the Mets and Matt Harvey. Girardi agreed that he believed Kuroda would be ready to go.
-- David Phelps reported for work today with his right forearm, struck by a line drive in the eighth inning of Friday night's 9-4 win, heavily wrapped in a bandage. He said the arm was still a little sore but maintained, as he had Friday, that he would make his next scheduled start Wednesday against the Mets at Yankee Stadium. "The one thing is he hasn't picked up a baseball yet," Girardi said. "Everyone feels fine when they're not doing anything."
-- Nothing new on Curtis Granderson. His left hand is still broken. He will be examined by the Yankees' hand specialist when the team returns to New York on Monday.
-- OF Brennan Boesch was recalled from Triple-A Scranton to replace Granderson on the roster. Boesch hit .209 with two home runs and five RBIs in 20 games for the Yankees before being optioned May 13 so the team could add an extra pitcher for its makeup doubleheader in Cleveland. Boesch was hitting .179 with zero home runs and two RBIs for Scranton and seemed to have mixed feelings about rejoining the Yankees in what will once again be a limited role.
"I had a positive attitude going down there, but it’s a pretty trying experience to kind of create the same enthusiasm that you can create more easily in the big leagues," he said. "But I felt like I was on track to be able to do that and to start to feel better about the situation, and sure enough, as soon as that happens, I’m back here."
Asked what he expected his role to be, Boesch said, "I don’t expect anything. I just go about it nowadays just with my head down, taking an approach where you’re just kind of playing, and whatever happens happens kind of thing. It’s been a roller coaster these last couple weeks, and you never know what to expect."
-- Just before the game, the Yankees announced they had acquired LHP David Huff off waivers from the Cleveland Indians and had designated lefty reliever Francisco Rondon for assignment. Huff, who had appeared in three games for the Indians and allowed five earned runs in three innings (15.00 ERA) will be added to the major league roster. The Yankees will make a corresponding roster move when Huff arrives. He has 72 hours to report to the Yankees.