McCann Diagnosed With Mild Concussion, Could Head To The DL (UPDATED)

Other than the Carlos Beltran grand slam, the biggest thing to happen in last night’s game was Brian McCann‘s early exit with what the team has called a mild concussion.  He took a foul tip off his mask in the 3rd inning, and according to Chad Jennings, was removed from the game in the 6th after telling Joe he didn’t feel “quite right.”

No decision has been made on whether or not McCann will go on the 7-day concussion DL.  The plan was to have him undergo some tests this morning at The Stadium and then decide.  He’s obviously not in today’s lineup and I’m sure we’ll find out more either before or after the game.  With Teix still feeling the effects of his finger injury, the middle of the lineup will be without 2 of its big bats.

** UPDATE 12:09 PM- Via Bryan Hoch, McCann has been placed on the 7-day concussion DL and the team has called up Austin Romine.  

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Injury News: 8/7/14

A couple updates on the less healthier members of the 40-man roster:

- Mark Teixeira left last night’s game after the challenged play at the plate.  He cut his left pinky finger sliding into home, badly enough that it required stitches.  An MRI revealed no breaks though, so he will sit out today’s game and then be re-evaluated.

- Michael Pineda threw a side session at The Stadium yesterday and is scheduled for his next MiL rehab start this Friday.  The team has said he will not be considered for David Phelps‘ spot on Friday, but could be after this next start.  His targeted pitch count is 75-80.

- Masahiro Tanaka threw again on Tuesday as a follow-up to his 25-light throw session on Monday.  This time it was 50 throws from 60 feet and the throws were a little bit harder than Monday.

- CC Sabathia‘s knee surgery last week revealed a bone spur, which was removed as part of the procedure.  …

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Whither the 2015 Rotation

When it was initially reported that David Phelps complained of elbow soreness, a sense of surreal panic pervaded Yankees fans. It seemed a certainty that Phelps would join Ivan Nova and CC Sabathia on the “see you in 2015″ portion of the disabled list, with standing invites to Messrs Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda merely awaiting a signature. That pessimism has abated for at least a couple of weeks, however, as Phelps instead heads to the 15-day disabled list with elbow tendinitis – which may well be the best-case scenario for any reports of elbow pain. Despite the team’s solid play of late and mere one game deficit in the Wild Card race, this news forced me to think of the future; or, more specifically, the future of the Yankees rotation.

The 2015 Yankees have the aforementioned Nova, Sabathia, Tanaka, Pineda, and Phelps under team control for next season – a full starting five, at face value. Of course, face value is ultimately meaningless, as Nova is likely out until next summer, Sabathia’s balky knee may be career-threatening, and Tanaka and Pineda should be filed under “TBD.” I say this not with the intent of being a downer; rather, I say this as someone with a healthy amount of curiosity.…

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Quick Hit: Phelps To The 15-Day DL

There you go.  Sounds like it’s the best possible case for an already crummy case.  David Phelps will take a 15-day trip to rest his elbow and will need to be replaced in the rotation.  For the time being, that replacement will not be Michael Pineda but he remains an ideal option for the near future as long as his health allows for it.

I’m sure we’ll get more info on who the immediate replacement will be.  For tonight’s game, Matt Daley has been called up to take Phelps’ spot on the active roster.

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Another Starter Bites The Dust, Now What?

Phelps vs BOS II

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While him exiting the game after 2 wildly ineffective innings was the best thing for the Yankees last night, learning that David Phelps has been having elbow problems for the last few weeks was a big blow.  For a team that’s battled injuries in its rotation since early April and only recently re-established a sense of stability in that group, this was the last thing they needed to happen.  Phelps has pitched well for the better part of the last 2 months and now he’ll be out for a yet to be determined amount of time.  Once again, the Yanks will be sent into scramble mode to fill a vacated rotation spot.

The good news, if you want to call it that, is that there’s no damage to any of the ligaments in his elbow.  We found out late last night that Phelps has been feeling and pitching through discomfort in his right elbow for the last few weeks.  …

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Report: Phelps Left Early With “Elbow Inflammation”

I thought it was just because he was pitching like crap, and if that were the reason it would have been justified, but turns out David Phelps’ early exit tonight was due to him feeling pain in his right elbow.

He wasn’t very good tonight, but he had been pitching well of late and had settled in nicely as one of Joe’s more reliable rotation options.  The Yankee rotation has been ravaged by injuries this year and they can ill afford to lose anybody else.  More on this story as it comes out.

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Quick Hit: Kelly Johnson To The 15-Day DL

Guess the groin injury that forced him to leave last night’s game was more severe than some simple tightness.  Via the Yankees’ PR team, Kelly Johnson has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin.  Chris Leroux has been called up from SWB to take his spot on the active roster, and Bruce Billings was designated for assignment to clear a 40-man spot for Leroux.

I have to imagine the Leroux move is a temporary one to add a fresh arm to the ‘pen after last night’s marathon game.  He should be sent down when the number of rested, available relievers normalizes and a position player will be called up to replace him.  In the meantime, the Yanks will go with B-Rob at second, Headley at third, and… somebody at first.

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Quick Hit: Mark Teixeira Is Mr. Glass

Via Chad Jennings, here was Teix yesterday on his season-long battle with the injury bug:

“I thought the year off last year would kind of give me a fountain of youth.  And it’s just made me rusty. I’ve used that word a few times this year; that’s the way it feels. It’s been something. Every game, it’s something. I was dealing with the hamstring early, the knee, back — it’s really frustrating — not to mention the wrist, which is obviously something I’ve been dealing with. That’s life. You have to grind through things. I’ve been grinding pretty well all season. I’m still happy with the way I’ve played when I’m healthy. I just need to get healthy again.”

Yeesh.  Be more depressing, Mark.  While I think we’d all agree with Teix’s statement about needing to get healthy, the chances of that happening this calendar year aren’t looking good.  Not with the way the Yankees have treated all the bumps and bruises he’s accumulated in the first 98 games.  …

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Quick Hit: Teix Out 3-4 Days With A Lat Strain (UPDATED)

It’s been a while since Teix missed a game due to health issues, so I guess he was due.  He’s out of tonight’s lineup and figures to be out for at least this next series against the Rangers with what’s being called a “mild” lat strain.

Injuries have been a constant theme to Teix’s 2014 season, but so far he’s managed to come back from each one and not miss a beat.  Hopefully that continues 3-4 days from now, as he’s still the team’s biggest (and at times only) power threat.

** UPDATE 5:41 PM- Some more details on the injury.  It’s been officially diagnosed as a Grade I strain of Teix’s left lat.  He actually received a platelet-rich plasma injection today, which the team is hoping will eliminate the need for a DL stint.  

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