Brett Gardner came into the Tampa, Fla. training complex today feeling a little sore and was given the day off, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
Girardi said that the soreness is “a concern” and called Gardner’s repeated troubles with his right elbow “puzzling.”
Another setback could knock Gardner out for the season. He hasn’t played in a Major League game since April 17.
Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner felt more pain in his right elbow this morning and will be sent to see a doctor on Monday.
Manager Joe Girardi said that he does not expect Gardner back until at least the All-Star break after this setback, his second since suffering a strain making an outfield catch in April. Girardi said that he cannot be sure exactly when the Yankees will get Gardner back. Gardner is going to see Dr. James Andrews early next week, as well as go for a second opinion from Dr. Timothy Kremchek.
“Something’s not right. He still feels stiffness,” Yankees GM Brian Cashman said. “He doesn’t feel right. … We’ll try to figure this thing out because we don’t have an answer to this.”
- Yankees hurler Hiroki Kuroda has a bruise on his left foot but he believes he will be able to make his next scheduled start.
Rivera, 42, said that the procedure was scheduled after he learned that the blood clot discovered in his right calf after the May 3 injury was no longer an issue.
“I’ll do what I have to do,” Rivera said. “It’s something I have to work at.”
Dr. David Altchek, the Mets’ medical director, will perform Rivera’s procedure at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Rivera has been working out since his injury, strengthening the knee to prepare it for surgery.
“Actually, I’ve been so busy with therapy that I don’t even think about it,” Rivera said. “When I come home, I’m tired, and then watching the games — it’s a full day.”
Rivera vowed one day after the injury that he would return to a big league mound next season. Though he said that he does not want to consider any timetables for a complete recovery, Rivera confirmed that his intent to pitch again has not wavered.
“There’s no doubt about that, God willing,” Rivera said. “I always believe in miracles, a lot of good things. We’ve got to get it fixed first.”
Rivera stamped out speculation about pitching again in 2012, saying, “I can’t. I don’t want to think about it. I guess miracles happen, but I just have to be able to do what I will do.”
In Rivera’s absence, the Yankees briefly promoted David Robertson to the closer’s role before also losing him to injury. Rafael Soriano is a perfect 7-for-7 in save opportunities and appears to have secured the job, even as Robertson is expected to return from the disabled list in about a week.
Brett Gardner had a setback after coming out of last night’s Minor League rehab game and has been sent for another MRI on his right elbow.
Gardner had swelling in the muscular part of his elbow, according to Joe Girardi, which is a different injury than the bone bruise he has been on the disabled list for.
Girardi said he now does not know when the team will get Gardner back. The plan had been for him to rejoin the team today.
“We miss his presence in left field,” Girardi said. “But we’ve got to find a way to get it done without him.”
Yankees closer Mariano Rivera was hospitalized overnight this week with what was diagnosed as a blood clot in his right calf.
Rivera has been given blood thinners to treat the calf and says that it will not affect his recovery from his season-ending right knee injury.
“I’m OK,” said Rivera, who admitted that he was scared by the diagnosis. “I’ve never heard anything good about blood clots.”
Rivera said that no date has been set for his surgery so he can strengthen the knee. He also said that he had been leaning toward playing in 2013 even before the injury in Kansas City.
“The traveling, I hate it,” he said. “And the playing, I love it.”
NEW YORK – The Yankees will not elaborate on a complication found Monday after examination of Mariano Rivera’s right knee, but general manager Brian Cashman said that it is not anything that would impact the closer’s ability to pitch in the 2013 season.
“I have no comment on that, but you can certainly ask Mo about that [Wednesday] when he arrives [at Yankee Stadium],” Cashman said, adding, “It doesn’t affect next year at all. It doesn’t affect anything about next year.”
Rivera, 42, tore the anterior cruciate ligament as well as the meniscus in his right knee last Thursday at Kauffman Stadium while attempting to field a line drive in batting practice.
He was seen by team physician Dr. Chris Ahmad as well as Dr. Russell Warren and Dr. David Altchek on Monday, all of whom concurred with the diagnosis of the torn ACL and meniscus given on Thursday in Kansas City.
Rivera is expected to have season-ending surgery when the swelling on his knee dissipates, which could take two to three weeks. Cashman described Rivera as being “in good spirits,” but said that he is ruling out any return to the mound in 2012.
“All the reports I got, it’s all about next year,” Cashman said. “What he’s got is correctable. At a date yet to be scheduled, they’ll have surgery and fix it, he’ll go through the rehab process and we’ll have the player next year.”
Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher was removed from Sunday’s game against the Tigers with a tight left hamstring and will undergo a precautionary MRI.
Swisher worked a walk in the third inning against Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer and was seen grabbing at the back of his left leg. Manager Joe Girardi wasted little time sending Swisher to the clubhouse, inserting Andruw Jones as a pinch-runner.
Yankees left-hander Cesar Cabral left George M. Steinbrenner Field with his arm in a sling and will have both an MRI and an X-ray performed after reporting pain in his left elbow.
Cabral, who had been a strong candidate to break camp in the club’s bullpen, pitched a scoreless sixth inning against the Phillies on Friday. He completed the frame before telling anyone of the injury.
“That’s the dangerous thing about this time of year; that’s the true danger,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “Everyone’s trying to make a team.
“It’s what you dream about as a little kid, what you do all the work for. He was in a lot of pain. He’s got two tests tomorrow, an MRI and an X-ray. It doesn’t sound great.”
Girardi said that Cabral “had a pretty good chance” of making the Yankees roster as a second left-handed reliever behind Boone Logan.
The 24-year-old had compiled a 1.59 ERA in 10 appearances spanning 11 1/3 innings, allowing 12 hits while walking two and striking out 12. The Yankees may now take Clay Rapada for that role instead.
“He’s really down and he’s concerned,” Yankees GM Brian Cashman said of Cabral. “This has been a real bad day.”
- By the way, Girardi mentioned George Kontos has a blister. That completes today’s injury roundup.
Via MLB.com’s Adam Berry in Tampa:
TAMPA, Fla. — Yankees right-hander Joba Chamberlain underwent surgery Thursday night for an open dislocation in his right ankle, general manager Brian Cashman said Friday morning.
Chamberlain, working his way back from Tommy John surgery, was rushed to St. Joseph’s Hospital on Thursday night and will remain there for “at least a number of days,” Cashman said.
Cashman was not aware of all the details of Chamberlain’s injury but described it as “very significant.” He said it occurred some time Thursday while Chamberlain was out in the Tampa area with his son and believed the incident involved Chamberlain jumping on a trampoline.
Cashman couldn’t say how long the injury will keep Chamberlain off the field. When asked if it was a career-threatening situation, Cashman replied, “I’d like to say no.”
“I feel bad because I know how much he loves this game, and I know how much he was looking forward to coming back ahead of schedule,” Cashman said. “This is just an unfortunate accident that’s clearly derailed that. What more does this mean? I don’t know.”
Yankees manager Joe Girardi visited Chamberlain in the hospital Friday morning, and Cashman said he would visit him later Friday, after Chamberlain undergoes and MRI and CT scan.
Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher was forced to exit Tuesday’s Grapefruit League game against the Pirates with tightness in his right groin.
The injury is on the opposite side of the groin from the tightness that had kept Swisher out of the lineup last week. Tuesday marked Swisher’s first game back in action, but he had to leave for a pinch-runner after a third-inning at-bat, legging out a run-scoring infield grounder that was ruled an error.
“It’s frustrating, man,” Swisher said. “I don’t like getting hurt, banged up and missing days, but I’d rather be missing them now than during the season.”
Swisher said that head athletic trainer Steve Donohue told him flexibility may be an issue, and he expected to make some modifications to his program in the weight room after coming into Spring Training having remodeled his body by training with football players in the Los Angeles area.
Swisher said he did not expect to be sent for an MRI on Tuesday, though he had been sent for tests after the initial groin injury. Manager Joe Girardi took no chances, immediately pulling him for pinch-runner Justin Maxwell.
“I don’t like coming off the field,” Swisher said. “It’s not my style.”