We’ll start with the good news. Today, Carlos Beltran took fifteen dry swings without any elbow discomfort. The outfielder is dealing with a bone spur in his elbow, which may require surgery mid-season if he can’t rehab it. So far, so good, but as Sweeny Murti points out on Twitter, there are still a number of hurdles to overcome.
Now for the bad news, Mark Teixeira was scratched from today’s lineup with wrist stiffness in his surgically repaired arm. According to the first baseman, doctors warned him that he would feel regular stiffness and discomfort in the wrist throughout the season. He says it’s too early to judge the extent of the stiffness, and it sounds like he’ll be day-to-day for now. This is just speculation, but if Beltran or Teixeira have a setback, the Yankees could very quickly become suitors for Kendrys Morales. At least these injuries come at a time when the organization still has options on the free agent market.
Shawn Kelley threw from 75 feet today. The team will wait to see how he feels tomorrow, as they don’t want any soreness following today’s workout. It still sounds like Kelley is a few weeks away from returning.
And here’s today’s revised lineup following Teixeira’s scratch.