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.
This from the Yankees:
Cervelli was seen today by Dr. Kirk Roberts—a neurologist at NY Presbyterian Hospital specializing in concussion syndromes. He was diagnosed with a concussion, but MRI results were negative.
Cervelli is home resting. There is no immediate timetable for his return. All baseball related activities have been suspended.
Rob Thomson just posted a new lineup minus Francisco Cervelli. Joe Girardi said Cervelli’s concussion symptoms are back and he’s being sent for an impact test.
Updates to follow, Russell Martin is catching.
Alex Rodriguez’s thumb issue is continuing to bother him and the Yankees will sit him for 3-4 days on the recommendation of the training staff.
“It’s healing. It’s better than it was whenever I sat out for it,” Rodriguez said. “I feel like there’s a difference between being hurt and playing through bumps and bruises. I’m not concerned playing through bumps and bruises, but even with bumps and bruises, I could do serious damage [at the plate]. With the way I am right now, I don’t think that’s possible.”
Nick Swisher’s MRI showed mild tendinitis, Joe Girardi said. He’ll get looked at again tomorrow but could be back in the lineup on Monday.
BOSTON – Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira left Thursday’s game against the Red Sox with a bruised right knee and is considered day-to-day.
Teixeira was hobbled in the sixth inning when he was hit by an 83 mph cutter from Boston reliever Alfredo Aceves.
Teixeira was seen on the field by assistant athletic trainer Steve Donohue and manager Joe Girardi, but stayed in the game to run the bases.
The Yankees made a change to remove Teixeira from the game before the home half of the seventh inning, with Nick Swisher substituting at first base.
It’d be a stretch to say the Yankees are counting on either of these long-gone lefties, but this does represent progress (well, at least until you see Damaso Marte’s line).
This just in from the Yankees:
Pedro Feliciano (left rotator cuff strain) and Damaso Marte (left shoulder labrum inflammation) each began a rehab assignment today with the GCL Yankees in Tampa vs. the GCL Tigers. Pitching lines are below:
Feliciano: 1.0IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 13 pitches
Marte: 0.2IP, 6H, 6ER, 0BB, 0K, 22 pitches