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Brian Cashman: Derek Jeter's status "day-by-day," Phil Hughes could be headed to DL

Yankees GM also confirms DL stint for one other banged-up Bomber
03/22/2013 4:25 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Brian Cashman confirmed that one banged-up Bomber will definitely begin 2013 on the DL. (AP)
While the Yankees were playing in Fort Myers on Friday, general manager Brian Cashman met with the media at Steinbrenner Field back in Tampa. Among the topics in Cashman’s conversation were the futures of Derek Jeter, Phil Hughes, and Clay Rapada, one of whom Cashman confirmed will start 2013 on the disabled list.

In terms of The Captain, who may be back in Minor League game action as soon as Saturday, Cashman said the following:

“There is no plan right now other than, he’ll show up tomorrow (and) get stretched out by Stevie Donohue. We’ll have a conversation about how he’s feeling, and then we’ll come up with tomorrow’s program after that. It could be just another workout on the field. If he’s sore you back off. If he feels great, maybe you put him in some game activity. I don’t know.”

In regards to Hughes, Joe Girardi said earlier in the day that he wasn’t sure if the righty, who threw 57 pitches in a Minor League game on Friday, would slot in as the fifth starter on April 6 or start the season on the disabled list and be pushed back, and Cashman confirmed that logic.

“He’ll be a close call in the end,” Cashman said. “I think he’s certainly going in the right direction, but I think it’s just a time issue for him. If it’s better to backdate him on the DL and have him ready for the next turn in the rotation, we could do that.”

While Hughes and Jeter are questionable, it is lefty specialist Rapada, who has been working his way back after being shut down with shoulder bursitis, who will definitely be off the 25-man roster on April 1 but shouldn’t be gone for long.

“He’s not on the DL officially yet, but he’ll start the season on the DL,” Cashman said. “He did the bullpen today…it wasn’t a full bullpen, but 15 fastballs, and he feels good, but in terms of a time frame, he’s going to need a little bit of April. So, he won’t be ready, but he’ll be ready pretty quickly.”

As for Brennan Boesch, who was scratched from Friday’s lineup in Fort Myers with a stiff left rib cage, Cashman told reporters that Boesch asked trainer Steve Donohue for a heat pack once the team got off the bus, but that heat treatment and a couple days rest is as far as his diagnosis has gone.

“He felt some soreness there. I don’t think he described it as significant, but we banged him just as a precaution,” Cashman said, “so he won’t play today or tomorrow regardless of how he may feel he can. We’ll see more, a little bit more tomorrow.”

And in one final note, while discussing the bullpen situation as it relates to Rapada’s absence, Cashman said the brass was still discussing if they would go with one lefty or two, but cited Vidal Nuno as having “opened everybody’s eyes and taken a run at it, still trying to force his way on” to the team.

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