For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, and nowhere has that been more true than with the Yankees’ injury situations this spring. Every time something good happens for a player, there seems to be something bad happening to another one to balance things out. Derek Jeter gets back on the field at shortstop, Mark Teixeira‘s injury gets a more serious diagnosis. Phil Hughes throws a sim game yesterday and comes away with no back problems, Clay Rapada remains on the sidelines with bursitis in his pitching shoulder. Boone Logan throws a bullpen session without pain in his left elbow, but still acknowledges that there’s “something” going on there.
The Jeter and Teix situations are pretty set right now, but both Rapada and Logan remain up in the air as it relates to their availability and readiness for Opening Day. Logan is scheduled to pitch in his first spring game sometime this week while there is no timetable set for Rapada’s return, and there could eventually be at least one spot open in the bullpen come April 1st. As I mentioned yesterday, Cody Eppley isn’t lighting the world on fire right now and with the way a few other guys are pitching in camp he’s far from a sure thing to get Logan or Rapada’s spot if they become available. Who else could sneak in and steal a spot on the Opening Day roster? Glad you asked.
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