As the Yankees fell victim to one injury after another earlier this year, fans were screaming “Mayday, mayday!” Well now it’s May Day — May 1, that is — and the Yankees have survived pretty well so far.
Kevin Youkilis has joined Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson on the New York Yankees’ disabled list. The Yankees said on Tuesday that Youkilis has a lumbar spine sprain.
Teixeira has finally admitted the obvious: his wrist won’t be ready with his target just around the bend.
Yankees captain Derek Jeter will be sidelined until after the All-Star break because of a new fracture in his injured left ankle. Brian Cashman said the injury to the shortstop “is obviously a setback.” Jeter could be out at least three months.
Teixeira says the progression to playing in rehab games will be a slow one, but he still hopes to be ready within the initial prognosis of eight to 10 weeks for recovery from a partially torn sheath in his right wrist.
Teixeira, who turned 33 on Thursday, said his rehab program is on schedule. The two-time All-Star expects to progress from dry swings to fungo bats to soft tosses in the next week.
“He looked as good as at any point that I had seen him in spring training,” said manager Joe Girardi, who has been watching videotapes of Jeter’s workouts in Tampa, Fla.
Cleveland has caught “Indians fever” — partially due to former Yankee Nick Swisher.
Yankees have activated Phil Hughes from the DL. He will start Saturday night against the Tigers. To make room, the Yankees sent reliever Cody Eppley to Triple-A.
Eduardo Nunez, filling in for injured shortstop Derek Jeter, left the game in the fourth inning after being hit by a pitch as Ivan Nova and the Yankees fell to the Tigers in the opener of the three-game series.
Derek Jeter is taking part in long toss and undergoing therapy in Tampa, according to CBSSports.com/WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman, so he doesn’t exactly appear to be on the fast track back to the Bronx.
Neil Keefe was embarrassed by the Opening Day performance from CC Sabathia and the makeshift Yankees lineup.
They are still the Yankees, so expectations are high. But those expectations will quickly dissolve into disaster. Baseball in the Bronx will be memorable this year, but for all the wrong reasons.
Facing a Yankees lineup minus injured Derek Jeter for the first time since 2001 and just three starters from Opening Day a year ago, Jon Lester gave up five hits and two runs in five sharp innings against the defending AL East champions.
It was a different Robinson Cano at the WBC. Wearing his country’s name on his chest brought out his leadership. The Yankees will need some of that early on.