Yesterday, during a conference call with the media, New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman spoke about some of the key injured members of the team.
Mark Teixeira removed himself from Saturday's game against the Anaheim Angels because he said he didn't have the snap in the wrist on is left-handed swing. Teixeira left the team and had an MRI in New York which revealed no new tear in the tendon sheath, just inflammation.
The good news is no new tear in the sheath the bad news as Cashman said, "Is this something of a recurring theme because of the previous injury that's going to prevent him to be all he can be? If that is the case he will have to have surgery."
The general manager went on to say that he is considering the DL because Teixeira can't play for up to 7 days after the shot. Considering everything he has gone through another week would be beneficial.
On Kevin Youkilis Cashman isn't very optimistic that they will see him back on the field anytime soon. "Back issues usually don't get better, they can but, they're very debilitating and hard to get a handle on. It's definitely a concern. Right now, I am not planning on him returning from his first DL stint for a lumbar spine sprain."
Youkilis, who has complained of numbness in his right foot and calf, was scheduled yesterday to see back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins.The Yankees are still waiting for results from that visit.
On a more positive note RHP Michael Pineda will pitch his next rehab start for Class-A Advanced Tampa on Thursday in Dunedin, Florida. The 24 year old will go against the Blue Jays Florida State League affiliate and will be expected to throw at least 80 pitches. Through all his current rehab starts Pineda's fastball has averaged 92 mph and topped out at 94-95 mph. Cashman has been happy with all the progress and no setbacks for Pineda coming off labrum shoulder surgery. If all continues as planned Pineda will be available by mid-July to return to the Bronx.
On Monday the following injured players were seen progressing through their rehab as reported by Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.
Alex Rodriguez (left hip surgery) will begin seeing live pitching at the Tampa complex after completing three rounds of batting practice and slow infield rollers.
Eduardo Nunez (oblique) could be back with the team before the All-Star break. Nunez hit off a tee, took long toss and ground balls with throws to first.
Curtis Granderson (broken hand) on Thursday will have a pin removed from his hand and start strength and grip exercises. No timetable for a return as yet.
Derek Jeter (fractured left ankle) took 15 swings in the batting cage and as well as 20 grounders moving side to side and throwing to first base. No timetable on his return.
Francisco Cervelli (fractured right hand) took long toss and receiving drills and will swing a bat under water in about a week. Could re-join the club in mid-July.
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