Pregame Notes 5/13: New Injuries, Updates on Old Injuries

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As was noted a short time ago, Carlos Beltran and Shawn Kelley are the newest members of the Yankees’ growing injury list. Kelley’s been placed on the DL with what the Yankees are calling a strained lumbar spine, while Beltran is calling himself Day-to-Day after an MRI revealed an old bone spur in his right elbow. Zoilo Almonte has been called up in light of the Kelley move.

Beltran spoke to us before the game, and revealed he aggravated a bone spur his elbow taking a swing in between innings. He’s known for taking plenty of batting practice & warmup cuts, so you might say this was bound to happen at some point. He’s received a cortisone shot, which he says takes about 2-3 days to kick in. After that, if it still hurts, he says he’ll try to ask for second shot. If he’s still feeling pain, though, he says surgery is possible. He was asked if he’d ever taken a cortisone shot before, which he found funny. He said he’s taken many.

Girardi, speaking on the injury, said “in a couple of days if he’s not feeling better, my level of concern will be high.” He also said if you went through the locker room, you’d probably find someone else with a bone spur in their arm. It’s just that Beltran bothered his.

Some notes on other Yankees:

  • Ichiro is also out again today, though it’s not as concerning since it’s not really due to his age according to Girardi. He said “Ich would probably tell you he’s middle-aged,” rather than old, and it holds up because all that dude does is stretch and dodge injuries. Regardless, he’s day-to-day with an unknown return date.
  • Teixeira is playing tonight, like he said he would. He and Girardi spoke yesterday, and he cleared up that awkward run to first he had pinch-hitting last night. He said it was just him taking it easy. Regardless, Joe said he’d pinch-run for Tex if necessary.
  • There’s no update on CC Sabathia as of now – Brian Cashman yesterday said he was visiting Dr. James Andrews for a 2nd Opinion on his knee. We don’t know what the first opinion really was.
  • Francisco Cervelli ran outside today, or at least was scheduled to, he said yesterday. He’s been running inside and said he doesn’t feel pain.
  • Michael Pindea also spoke yesterday, and said he’d throw from 90 feet today. This will mark the third time he’s thrown since the injury. He said he hopes to be back pitching for the Yankees “soon” and said “I feel much better…it feels really good right now.”
  • Shawn Kelley will go to visit Dr. Ahmad, though Girardi believes the injury isn’t too serious. With no Kelley, he says Adam Warren should be the 8th inning guy. Thursday’s starter, though? “Even foggier,” he admitted.

Kenny covers the Yankees (and Knicks) for WFUV Sports & is a freelance radio reporter with the AP, MetroSource, WFAN & CBS Sports. Ridgefield, CT native. Long-time Jason Giambi and Alex Rodriguez defender. Quotes via WFUV Radio unless otherwise noted.