Yankees get good news on progress of several players rehabbing in TampaMark Teixeira, Ivan Nova improving; Cesar Cabral, Clay Rapada close?
According to The Associated Press, first baseman Mark Teixeira said that he could be ready to take on-field batting practice on Friday, the first time he would do so since suffering a strained tendon sheath in his right wrist more than two months ago. Teixeira hit in the cages and fielded grounders at the team’s Minor League complex on Tuesday, and had been doing both during the Yankees’ homestand last week as well.
Catcher Francisco Cervelli, who has been out since suffering a fractured right hand on April 26, will have his cast removed in three weeks, but Anthony McCarron of the Daily News Tweeted that Cervelli said he’ll be only be able to do hand strengthening exercises then and it be about five weeks until he is cleared for baseball activities. The Yankees initially said Cervelli would miss a minimum of six weeks, putting his earliest return into mid-June, and as he was moved to the 60-day disabled list, the earliest Cervelli can be activated is June 26.
As far as pitchers go, Yankees Senior VP Mark Newman told Chad Jennings of the Journal News that Michael Pineda was set to make another Extended Spring Training start on Tuesday, and Ivan Nova told the media that he hopes to pitch two innings in an EST game on Wednesday.
Among bullpen lefties, 2011 Rule 5 Draft Pick Cesar Cabral, who has already been pitching in Extended Spring games, is, according to Newman via Jennings, “a little bit ahead of Pineda because he doesn’t have to build up innings like a starter does” and could be ready in June.
Meanwhile, Clay Rapada, who was signed to a Minor League contract last month and had been working out in Tampa to rehab a shoulder injury, joined the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders roster on Monday and pitched a scoreless eighth inning; as his May 5 restriction has passed, Rapada is now eligible to return to the Major Leagues, so he could be summoned at any time.