AL BEast Notebook – April 26
Here’s an update of injuries and significant transactions (from reputable sources around the teams) all organized nicely to help you keep tabs on what’s going on around the division.
New York Yankees
- Kevin Youkilis has been out a week with a sore back. He was supposed to be back yesterday but needed some more rest.
- As for the regulars, Curtis Granderson is the most likely to return first. He was hitting off a tee this week and could be two weeks away. Mark Teixeira was targeting May 1, but is now realistically hoping for a late-May return. Michael Pineda threw a simulated inning and is hoping to make a June return. Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter are hoping to be ready in July.
- (UPDATE: it was an eventful night at the Stadium. Francisco Cervelli was hit by a foul ball in the first inning and fractured his hand; he needs surgery and will be out a couple months. Austin Romine is being called up to be the backup catcher. In the third inning, Ivan Nova left with a sore elbow.)
Boston Red Sox
- Shane Victorino has missed three games this week with back stiffness. On Thursday John Farrell said he will not return to the lineup until he is “symptom-free.”
- John Lackey threw this week and is on track to come off the DL and pitch against the Astros on Sunday, which is like a glorified rehab assignment.
- Joel Hanrahan threw a bullpen session on Wednesday and is headed to Pautucket on Friday to begin a rehab assignment.
- Craig Breslow is planned to pitch back-to-back days in Pautucket this weekend and could return to Boston next week.
- Franklin Morales had a setback in his rehab, developing some soreness in his chest this week. There’s no timetable on his return.
Other moves: Alfredo Aceves was demoted to AAA. Daniel Bard was brought back up this week after Steven Wright came up for one poor outing before getting sent back down. Allen Webster was called up and started one of the doubleheader games and promptly returned (although he pitched well). Backup catcher Ryan Lavarnway is in Boston.
- Steve Johnson pitched a rehab game in the minors on Wednesday and didn’t do particularly well, giving up four runs in five innings. He could be back in Baltimore next week.
- Brian Roberts has not been cleared for baseball activities. He jogged on a treadmill in a pool this week (sounds like fun). Late May is a realistic expectation.
- Tsuyoshi Wada, recovering from Tommy John surgery, pitched four innings in an extended Spring Training game this week. Orioles hope he can be back in June.
- Wilson Betemit, torn PCL in his right knee, should be back sometime this summer.
- Top prospect Dylan Bundy is dealing with elbow/arm problems and will visit Dr. Andrews on Monday for a second opinion. 20 year old Bundy hasn’t thrown off a mound since March.
Other moves: It has been a game of musical chairs for Orioles pitchers lately. Josh Stinson was called up for one start and was promptly sent back down. Reliever Alex Burnett was also called up and returned a couple days later. Zach Britton was called up Thursday and scheduled to start Monday after Jake Arrieta was sent to the minors.
Toronto Blue Jays
- Josh Johnson will miss Friday’s scheduled start because of triceps tightness, though the move was described as precautionary. He has had a poor April, giving up four runs and not pitching past the sixth inning in three of his four starts.
- Sergio Santos is eligible to come off the DL on April 30 but I can’t seem to find any update on him. Seems like he’s not likely to come back for at least another week.
- Jose Reyes is targeting the All-Star break as a return date from his severely sprained ankle.
- Blue Jays have several lesser pitchers out without much of a timetable (Dustin McGowan, Kyle Drabek, Drew Hutchinson).
Other moves: Blue Jays picked up Aaron Laffey off waivers and he will start in place of Johnson today (Friday) against the Yankees (New York usually struggle against lefties.) Ramon Ortiz and Brad Lincoln were swapped for the bullpen.
Tampa Bay Rays
- Yunel Escobar left the game Wednesday with tightness in his hamstring and not expected to play Friday. He’s day-to-day.
- Luke Scott is set to make his season debut on Tuesday.
- Jeff Niemann underwent shoulder surgery April 10 and will miss the season.