Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Daily Yankees Injury Updates From Tampa

Michael Pineda pitched in an extended spring training game today and came through everything as planned. Michael is still rehabbing on a right throwing shoulder surgery that he got last season. Pineda is reportedly throwing in the mid 90's as he continues to try and get back from the majors. Pineda is expected back some time in June for the Yankees.

Cesar Cabral has been pitching in extended spring games as well and looks good and healthy. With Cabral only being a reliever and not having to build up as many innings as Pineda he is expected to be back in early June. The Yankees still have a 30 day rehab window clock that they can use to allow him to get some AA and AAA innings before coming up to the majors.

Francisco Cervelli told Anthony McCarron that he is still about five or six weeks away from any kind of baseball activities after breaking his right hand and getting surgery on the hand. This would make the original time table of six weeks missed obviously unrealistic. With Cervelli on the 60 day DL I guess some of kind of wondered if this was going to take longer than the original six weeks but I think we were all afraid to say it out loud, I know I was.

Ivan Nova is expected to pitch in an extended spring training game tomorrow and is lined up to pitch one of the game against the Cleveland Indians next Monday when we have a straight double header. Girardi said that it is a definite possibility that Nova could be activated off the DL to make this start even without any starts in the minors.

Clay Rapada is in Scranton with the Railriders after rehabbing his shoulder bursitis in his left throwing shoulder. Just as a reminder Clay is not on the DL and can join the Scranton team any time following an obvious roster move. Clay signed a minor league deal with the Yankees after being designated for assignment late in the spring.

Curtis Granderson got five more at bats down in extended spring training working towards his goal of 50-75 at bats before returning to the majors. I do not have an official or unofficial count on his at bats but we have to be in the double digits by now.

David Robertson is expected to throw before the game and make the decision on whether he is available or not then. Both Joe Girardi and David Robertson expect for David to be ready for tonight but at this point we cannot take anything for granted with anyone. The Yankees desperately need the bullpen help so let's hope for the best for David.

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