Nick Swisher left tonight’s game against the Pirates with tightness in his right groin. He had been out of the lineup previously with a left groin injury.
Swisher is in the trainers room receiving treatment. We’ll have reaction when he comes out.
Derek Jeter’s sore left calf will keep him out of the Yankees lineup until Friday. Manager Joe Girardi said that if this were the regular season, Jeter would likely be playing tonight against the Pirates, but they’ll give him the extra time to rest.
This also saves Jeter two long bus rides to Port Charlotte, Fla. tomorrow (Rays) and Fort Myers, Fla. (Red Sox) on Thursday.
Nick Swisher (groin), Russell Martin (groin) and Robinson Cano (bruised left hand) are all in the lineup tonight against Pittsburgh.
Freddy Garcia (bruised right hand) threw a bullpen and everything went well, Girardi said, but it’s too soon to tell if a start on Friday is realistic. David Robertson also threw a bullpen and could be pitching live batting practice later this week.
The Yankees have sent right-handers George Kontos, D.J. Mitchell and David Phelps, plus infielder Brandon Laird, to the Minors.
SARASOTA, Fla. – If there is one concern that would shatter what has largely been an encouraging spring for the Yankees thus far, it would be any sort of lingering injury for Robinson Cano.
The Yankees held their breath on Sunday when Cano was drilled in the left hand by a pitch from the Orioles’ Troy Patton, but X-rays taken were negative after Cano exited the Grapefruit League contest at Ed Smith Stadium.
“The X-rays were negative, so he’ll be fine,” said Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who called the injury a contusion. “You worry about guys getting hit, especially in the hand – it’s so dangerous. … It’s not broken, so it’s sore.”
Girardi said that Cano was hit on the meaty part of his left hand, below the pinky finger. He was batting in the sixth inning against the left-hander Patton when he swung at a pitch that clipped his hand, ruled a strikeout by first base umpire Tim Welke.
Cano doubled over in apparent pain and was immediately seen on the field by head athletic trainer Steve Donohue. Cano made no effort to go to first base, instead led into the third-base dugout.
Cano left the stadium while New York and Baltimore completed the game, with his hand heavily iced, according to Girardi. The manager said that he does not expect Cano to have a lengthy absence from the lineup.
“We’ll see how he is Tuesday, but I don’t imagine it’ll be long,” Girardi said.
Earlier this spring, the Yankees lost infielder Eduardo Nunez for nearly two weeks of Grapefruit League games on a similar hit-by-pitch. Nunez was hit in his right hand in a March 5 exhibition against the Phillies and, despite negative results on an X-ray and CT scan, felt continued discomfort in his hand until returning to action on Saturday against the Astros.
The 29-year-old Cano batted .302 with 28 home runs, 118 RBIs in 159 games for New York last season, setting a career high in RBIs and ranking second in the Major Leagues with 81 extra-base hits.
SARASOTA, Fla. – Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano left Sunday’s Grapefruit League exhibition against the Orioles after being hit on the left hand by a pitch.
Cano was batting in the sixth inning at Ed Smith Stadium against Baltimore left-hander Troy Patton when he swung at a pitch that clipped his hand, ruled a strikeout by first base umpire Tim Welke.
Cano doubled over in apparent pain and was immediately seen on the field by head athletic trainer Steve Donohue, who helped the slugger into the third-base dugout.
The 29-year-old Cano batted .302 with 28 home runs and 118 RBIs in 159 games for New York last season, setting a career high in RBIs and ranking second in the Major Leagues with 81 extra-base hits.
TAMPA, Fla. — Derek Jeter has a sore left calf and will not play until Tuesday, manager Joe Girardi said this morning. Jeter went through a full workout yesterday but Girardi got a call as the team was returning from Viera, Fla. about the injury. Jeter has been instructed not to do anything on the field today.
The calf is not the same as the one Jeter injured last June, stalling his pursuit of the 3,000 hit milestone.
“He said it was stiff, tender,” Girardi said. “I remember what happened last year, even though that was a different calf. We’re just being cautious.”
Jeter always fights to stay in the lineup during the regular season, but Girardi said that isn’t as much the case during the spring.
“I tried to prep him before I told him that he wasn’t going to probably play until Tuesday,” Girardi said. “I said, ‘Remember what happened last year.’ I think he understands that it’s Spring Training.”
Russell Martin was also scheduled to catch seven or eight innings today against the Nationals but has soreness in his left groin. Girardi said that he wasn’t sure when Martin would catch again.
Girardi added that Nick Swisher’s left groin was feeling better, but said he would rest him at least another day as a precaution.
“We’re getting a little nicked up right now,” Girardi said.
TAMPA, Fla. – Yankees infielder Eduardo Nunez felt discomfort in his right hand once again after taking batting practice and was scratched from Tuesday’s game against the Red Sox.
Nunez hasn’t played since he suffered a right hand contusion after being hit by an Austin Hyatt pitch on March 5 against the Phillies. Nunez was in manager Joe Girardi’s original lineup but was replaced at shortstop by Doug Bernier.
“We just said, ‘No, you’re still sore, let’s back off a little bit,’” Girardi said. “Because of where (the bruise is) at, you expect it to be somewhat sore. You expect it to go away, but sometimes things just take time.”
Girardi said that he would consult with head athletic trainer Steve Donohue, but he expected to try to play Nunez again in a couple of days.
“I think we’re dealing with a bruise,” Girardi said. “When you hit, you’ve got to have that snap. That’s where he got hit and that’s where it affects him. I don’t think long-term we’re going to miss him for a lot of time, but I’d like to get him back.”
TAMPA, Fla. – Yankees infielder Eduardo Nunez continues to feel discomfort in his bruised right hand and has been instructed to cease hitting for at least two days.
Nunez was hit in the right hand on Monday by a fastball from the Phillies’ Austin Hyatt at Bright House Field, and while X-rays and a CT scan showed no fracture, Nunez has been unable to resume taking batting practice without pain.
“That’s weird because everything says it’s negative,” Nunez said. “The doctors say I’m fine, but it hurts a lot.”
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said in Fort Myers, Fla. that he would hope to have Nunez taking batting practice on Tuesday, playing in that day’s game against the Red Sox if possible.
“If it lingers beyond that I’ll become a little bit more concerned,” Girardi said.
Nunez said he expected to be seen again on Sunday by a physician. He said that the hand feels better than it did after the initial injury, but it has not progressed as quickly as hoped.
“It feels better, but it’s coming slow,” Nunez said. “(Hyatt) hit me in a tough spot. I’m worried; I want to play. I’m excited to play, I want to show that I’m ready to go.”
David Robertson seemed in good spirits as he arrived in the Yankees’ clubhouse this morning, using crutches to navigate his way with a large boot on his right foot. Robertson said he is still waiting for yesterday’s test results, which have been sent to New York to be reviewed by team physician Christopher Ahmad and a specialist.
For now, the Yankees are terming his injury a sprained right midfoot, but they sent him for a second batch of tests yesterday that included a CT scan and a weight-bearing X-ray. All he knows for sure is that he slept well last night and there has been no swelling, which he sees as encouraging.
“They just saw something that I guess didn’t look perfect,” Robertson said. “It could just be the angle of the MRI or something like that. That’s why they went back and did a second round of testing, just to make sure that they’ve got a good view of it, to make sure there’s no breaks or anything else. It feels better today, that’s all I can tell you, really. I’m hoping that it feels even better tomorrow and in the next couple of days, and I’ll be back out there in a week.”
Robertson said that the way he suffered the injury – missing a step while carrying empty cardboard boxes downstairs for recycling – could be the worst part of the whole situation. Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has already given Robertson grief for the unusual circumstances.
“It’s embarrassing. I don’t even want to have to come talk to you guys about it,” Robertson said, laughing. “I’d rather be like, ‘I tripped over a chair in the clubhouse’ or something than tell you I fell down those stairs in my house — and not a full flight of stairs, just like one stair.”
Phil Hughes was at his locker when the clubhouse opened to reporters this afternoon. He said that his back is feeling better after yesterday’s epidural shot and he is hopeful that he’ll be able to throw a bullpen this weekend, preparing for a start against the Rays at Tropicana Field next week.
“I can’t change what’s gone on; I just have to make the most of what’s left,” Hughes said.
It’s a fitting conclusion to a trying season for Hughes, who was an 18-game winner last year but is now just hoping to finish with an ERA under 6.00. He’s also looking to serve some role on the playoff roster, be it as a starter or a reliever.
“Whatever was going to go wrong seems like it has this year,” Hughes said. “The postseason can turn around a lot of bad regular season stuff.”
SEATTLE – Pedro Feliciano’s two-year contract with the Yankees could end without the left-hander having thrown a regular-season pitch for the club.
The Yankees announced that Feliciano had left rotator cuff surgery on Sept. 8, following an unsuccessful attempt to rehab a torn capsule.
The procedure will threaten his 2012 season as well, and Yankees manager Joe Girardi has raised the possibility that such a serious injury at this late stage could actually end Feliciano’s career.
Feliciano, 35, signed a two-year, $8 million deal with the Yankees over the winter, crossing boroughs from the Mets.
He led the Major Leagues in relief outings in each of the last three seasons, setting a record with 266 total appearances over the three-year stretch.
- LHP Steve Garrison has cleared waivers and was outrighted to Double-A Trenton. He was designated for assignment on Sunday to create room on the 40-man roster for catcher Austin Romine.