NEW YORK – Joba Chamberlain is the latest Yankees player to hit the team’s crowded disabled list.
The right-handed reliever has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain, the team announced on Thursday.
Chamberlain, 27, had no record and a 3.86 ERA in 10 appearances for New York this season, spanning 9 1/3 innings.
He had permitted four earned runs and 10 hits, walking six and striking out seven. Chamberlain last pitched on Saturday, when he recorded a save in a scoreless ninth inning against the Blue Jays.
The Yankees did not immediately announce a corresponding roster move to replace Chamberlain on the active roster.
New York now has 10 players on their star-studded disabled list, as Chamberlain joins Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira, Ivan Nova, Michael Pineda, Cesar Cabral, Francisco Cervelli and Kevin Youkilis.
NEW YORK – The Yankees have placed infielder Kevin Youkilis on the 15-day disabled list with a lumbar spine sprain, replacing him on the active roster with infielder Corban Joseph.
Youkilis had missed eight of the Yankees’ last nine games with the persistent back issue. Manager Joe Girardi said that an MRI taken on Youkilis was negative, but Youkilis was scheduled to receive an epidural injection on Tuesday to relieve discomfort.
Telling the Yankees he felt ready to play, Youkilis returned to action against the Blue Jays on Saturday but felt more discomfort in his back after waking up on Sunday.
“It was just one of those things waking up, and I didn’t feel right,” Youkilis said before Monday’s game. “Sometimes, after your adrenaline’s gone, things occur to you. We’ve just got to find out what’s going on.”
The 34-year-old Youkilis signed a one-year, $12 million contract with the Yankees and was expected to hold down third base in the absence of Alex Rodriguez, who is not expected to return until after the All-Star break. Youkilis was batting .266 with two homers and seven RBIs in 17 games.
Joseph, 24, was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he was batting .273 with four home runs and nine RBIs in 22 games. A fourth-round selection by the Yankees in the 2008 Draft, Joseph has played mostly second base in the Minors and will be making his Major League debut.
A double whammy for the Yankees here tonight in the Bronx:
- Francisco Cervelli has a fractured right hand and will require surgery. He will miss a minimum of six weeks, the Yankees said. Cervelli suffered the injury when he was hit by a foul top off the bat of Toronto’s Rajai Davis in the top of the first inning.
- Ivan Nova left tonight’s game in the third inning with right elbow pain. He has been scheduled for a MRI tonight.
As always, more updates as soon as we have them.
NEW YORK – Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova exited Friday’s game against the Blue Jays in the third inning with an apparent injury on what has developed into a troublesome night for the home team at Yankee Stadium.
Nova’s final pitch of the evening came on a ball that was hit back up the middle by Rajai Davis for a single. The ball did not hit Nova, but the hurler grimaced and confirmed an injury to head athletic trainer Steve Donohue. Nova gave the ball to manager Joe Girardi, his work done after two-plus innings pitched.
David Phelps relieved Nova on what was a short night for the Yankees’ battery. Catcher Francisco Cervelli lasted just five pitches before he was hit with a Davis foul tip in the first inning, suffering an injury to his right hand. Chris Stewart took over the catching duties for New York.
The Yankees have not yet announced details of either injury, but catcher Austin Romine was lifted mid-inning from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s game against Syracuse, an indication that Cervelli’s injury could be substantial.
The Yankees had been getting early production from Cervelli, who hit his third home run of the season in Thursday’s 5-3 victory over the Blue Jays. He is batting .269 with three doubles and eight RBIs in 17 games.
Yankees reliever Clay Rapada is likely to begin the season on the disabled list as he returns from left shoulder bursitis.
Rapada threw 15 fastballs from the mound on Friday, but said that he needs to be able to pitch effectively three or four days in a row to help the big league club. Rapada believes he is about a week or two behind and expects to be ready in April.
“I can be a small piece to the winning puzzle, but if I’m not fully recovered I don’t want to set back the team more,” Rapada said. “If I can’t go back to back days, I feel like I’d put a lot more strain. I don’t feel like I’m very far off, but I don’t expect it to be long.”
Rapada, 32, was 3-0 with a 2.82 ERA in 70 appearances for New York last season, spanning 38 1/3 innings. Rapada’s injury figures to improve the chances of right-handers Cody Eppley or Shawn Kelley making the Opening Day roster, and Girardi also said that left-hander Vidal Nuno could be a possibility.
Kevin Youkilis has been scratched from today’s Yankees lineup against the Phillies in Clearwater, Fla. with what the team has called a sore left oblique.
Manager Joe Girardi said that he does not believe the injury is anything serious, and expects Youkilis to be re-evaluated in a couple of days. Youkilis said that he is not concerned and would be playing if it were the regular season; he called it more of a cramp above his left hip and not a strain.
“Basically, yesterday I had a little cramp,” Youkilis said. “That just turned into, we’re going to be precautionary. I’m fine. I could play today and I’m perfectly fine, but they were just like, ‘No, we’re going to sit you out.’”
Youkilis said that he was moving around fine this morning.
“It’s one of those things where, I think after I swung yesterday and running and all that, it was hot and I got a little dehydrated,” Youkilis said. “When I got water in me, I was fine. Being a month away from games and all that, they just wanted to take it precautionary. I wanted to play today and was perfectly fine to play, and didn’t feel like there was any risk.”
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TAMPA, Fla. — Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson was hit on the right forearm by a pitch in his first plate appearance of the spring and was forced to leave Sunday’s game against the Blue Jays.
Granderson was drilled by an inside pitch from Toronto left-hander J.A. Happ in the first inning at George M. Steinbrenner Field. The club announced that Granderson suffered a bruised right forearm and was sent to Dr. Daniel Murphy for precautionary X-rays.
The 31-year-old Granderson played the top half of the first inning in left field, as the Yankees plan to gauge the experiment of having Granderson shift to left field this spring with Brett Gardner taking over duties in center field.
Granderson hit a team-leading 43 homers for New York last season, batting .232 with 106 RBIs in 160 games.
ST. PETERSBURG – As if it wasn’t troublesome enough for the Yankees that Robinson Cano couldn’t flag down Chris Gimenez’s go-ahead hit on Monday, the play came with an added dash of injury concern.
Cano said that he felt his left hip grab as he chased Gimenez’s slow roller through the right side of the infield, which gave the Rays a 4-3 eighth-inning lead that they would hold for the victory.
After receiving treatment from head athletic trainer Steve Donohue, Cano said he was not sure if he will be available to play on Tuesday.
“Right when I tried to bend, my left foot just came straight up and I felt my hip,” Cano said. “It will be hopefully just nothing bad. … It’s tight right now. Hopefully nothing bad or anything.”
In Cano’s eighth-inning at-bat, he neglected to run hard out of the box on a line drive to third baseman Evan Longoria, but he said that was unrelated to any injuries. Cano said he simply believed Longoria had caught the line drive on the fly and then started running when he realized that wasn’t the case.
On Gimenez’s go-ahead hit, Cano said that he was trying to reach for the ball and had a good shot at it, but the ball went under his glove. He said that he would have dove for the ball if the play had been tougher, but Cano didn’t think it was necessary at the time.
“If it was every farther, yeah, of course [he would have dove],” Cano said. “You’ve got to keep the ball in the infield, but if you see the replay, [the hip is] why the ball went under my glove.”
As he spoke to reporters on Monday evening, Cano said that he had already iced the hip and that while he is concerned, he does not believe the injury is very serious.
“I didn’t hear anything pop, thank God,” Cano said. “[We'll] see what happens tomorrow.”
Here is the official word from the Yankees:
RHP Ivan Nova was seen today in New York City by Dr. Christopher Ahmad and underwent an MRI at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.
He has been diagnosed with inflammation in his right rotator cuff, and has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. Treatment will consist of medicine and rest. He will not play catch for five days.
NEW YORK – Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is expecting to return to the lineup on Monday after missing a three-game series against the Red Sox with a sore left wrist.
“That’s the goal,” Teixeira said. “I could probably push it today, but we don’t want any setbacks. We don’t want anything to get inflamed again. So we’re going to take it easy today.”
Teixeira took ground balls at first base on Sunday while wearing a compression brace on his wrist, which has already had one cortisone shot administered as he missed three games from July 31 to Aug. 2.
That quelled the pain temporarily, but Teixeira experienced a flare-up after playing 14 straight games. He said that it seems to bother him most when he swings and misses or attempts to check his swing, and is hoping to avoid a second cortisone shot.
“The reason that we want to take a few days off is I don’t want it to linger,” Teixeira said. “We don’t want it to linger, especially something like a wrist. As a power hitter, I need my wrists. I need my hands. And if it does linger, then it’s not going to help anybody. It’s not going to help me or the team.”
Teixeira is batting .257 with 23 home runs and a team-leading 78 RBIs in 112 games. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he is hoping to write Teixeira’s name in Monday’s lineup against the White Sox in Chicago, and is concerned the injury may be something Teixeira will battle the rest of the season.
“I think it’s a possibility that he could have to deal with this the rest of the year. And I think it’s a possibility it could be gone, too,” Girardi said.
“We’re not really going to know until he goes through it and how effective the treatment is, but he did play a pretty long time before it came back a little bit. That’s good. Hopefully this time it’ll be much longer.”