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Gardner to have wrist surgery

The Yankees announced Wednesday that Brett Gardner has been scheduled for surgery next week in New York, addressing tendinitis in his right wrist.

You’ll no doubt remember the root cause of it – back on June 27, when the Yankees were back in Los Angeles (that series where everyone seemed so concerned if Alex Rodriguez would shake Joe Torre’s hand). Jonathan Broxton hit Gardner with a fastball, and the ripple effect would go through the rest of the season. 
Gardner missed four games in September when it flared up again, and while a cortisone shot got him back on the field, it was still an issue. He hit .232 with a .340 slugging percentage the rest of the way (80 games), compared with .321 with a .418 slugging percentage through June 27. Gardner is expected to be ready for Spring Training. 
Also, the Yankees have announced that Alfredo Aceves had left clavicle surgery on Tuesday in New York.
Aceves – who has had absolutely no luck this year – was involved in a bicycle accident in Mexico and is expected to need three months to recover. That roughly puts his return around the beginning of Spring Training, though it seems a little less predictable than Gardner’s recovery. 

Aceves feels more back pain

Alfredo Aceves had another setback today in Tampa, Fla. According to Yankees manager Joe Girardi, Aceves threw six or seven balls on flat ground before feeling more back pain and walking off the field. Girardi said that Aceves may be heading back to New York for more tests. 

Sounds like you can begin to forget about him being in the bullpen for a while.

Teixeira, Aceves progressing

Mark Teixeira’s right elbow remains heavily wrapped as he waits for the swelling to go down, but the Yankees first baseman is hopeful that he will be able to return to Grapefruit League action as early as Thursday.

Teixeira was drilled by a fastball from the Orioles’ Jeremy Guthrie on Monday in Sarasota, Fla., and said that beneath the bandages, indentations of seams are still very visible. Teixeira said that he is continuing treatment and could try to swing off a tee later Wednesday.

“It’s better. There’s still some swelling in there, but it’s not too bad,” Teixeira said. “I’m getting my range of motion back, my strength back. I’m very happy.”

Teixeira said that he wants to be in the lineup on Thursday against the Blue Jays in Dunedin, Fla..; if not, Yankees manager Joe Girardi expects Teixeira to play Friday against the Orioles at the latest.

Yankees right-hander Alfredo Aceves plans to throw off a mound Wednesday, eyeing a Friday return to action after back stiffness forced him to miss an appearance this week.

Girardi has said that if Aceves can throw one more inning in Grapefruit League play, he will be able to come north with the team for Opening Day. If not, he would be considered a candidate to begin the season on the 15-day disabled list.

CC hit hard by Phils farmhands

While most of the news was coming out of Sarasota, there was this ugly tidbit of a pitching line filtering in from the Himes Avenue complex back in Tampa, where CC Sabathia pitched in a Triple-A game against the Phillies’ top farm club:

Sabathia: 3.2IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP, 2 HR – 88 pitches, 58 strikes

Joe Girardi didn’t have any details, but upon hearing the results, he said: “That’s not what we’re necessarily looking for.” Maybe it’s a good thing that Sabathia’s facing the Red Sox on Opening Night and not the Triple-A Lehigh Valley club.

Following the outing, Sabathia threw an additional 12 pitches in the bullpen. He was caught in the game and bullpen by Jorge Posada, who went 2-for-3 (two singles) off the Phillies’ Roy Halladay.

  • Once again, Alex Rodriguez found a side door at Ed Smith Stadium, walking past the autograph seekers and into a waiting luxury car to leave the Yankees. He was apparently headed for his reported meeting with federal investigators regarding his possible connection to a Canadian physician under investigation. A-Rod did not comment to reporters, and Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he did not know if Rodriguez would be available to play on either Friday or Saturday.
  • Back in Sarasota, Girardi thought that Sergio Mitre (2 IP, 1 ER) looked pretty good, but Alfredo Aceves (2 IP, 6 ER) was up in the zone and paid for it. Girardi said that he thought both pitchers were dealing with some emotions after learning they wouldn’t be the Yankees’ fifth starter. 
  • Earlier we mentioned that the Yankees might find it difficult to carry two situational lefties, and they consider Damaso Marte as one. Boone Logan’s changeup is an intriguing pitch for Girardi, and one they want to keep looking at. It’s a pitch that might elevate him past just the left-on-left battles.
  • One explanation for Marcus Thames’ struggles this spring, from Girardi – he’s going to primarily be on the roster to bat against left-handed pitching, and the Yankees haven’t seen much this spring. They’ll draw Jamie Moyer tomorrow, and you can bet Thames will be in there. Girardi wants to see him get going. 
  • Chan Ho Park (2 IP, 0 ER) was “exceptional,” the skipper said.

Hanging Chad

Thumbnail image for Posada Gaudin.jpgIn case you just haven’t gotten enough of the fifth starter drama in camp, it appears that whoever the Yankees’ “healthy discussions” yield as the top choice, it won’t be Chad Gaudin.

Gaudin has placed on waivers by the Yankees, according to an AOL Fanhouse report. If no one claims him, the Yankees could release him and pay a quarter of his $2.95 million salary ($737,500), or ship him to Triple-A and pay his full salary.

So, it appears that it’s down to four – Alfredo Aceves, Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes and Sergio Mitre. If I had to put on my Carnac hat today and make a decision, I’d say that the Yankees are going to go with Hughes, which would not have been my prediction heading into camp.

I had thought Chamberlain was a near-lock, since they spent three years building him up for this opportunity to pitch without innings restrictions.

But that’s just a guess, anyway. Who’s your pick?

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