Injury News And Notes: 3/14/16

The Yankees are off today after a sloppy game yesterday.  Guess daylight savings really got to them.  They're still dealing with a few minor injuries as they approach the halfway point of spring camp.  Here's the latest on those injuries: - Via Bryan Hoch, Brett Gardner participated in a simulated game yesterday morning, getting 9 at-bats and completing them without any physical issues.  The plan is for him to play in his first ST game either Tuesday or Wednesday and I imagine we'll get an update on exactly when he will make his debut soon.

- Also via Hoch, the Yankees scratched Dustin Ackley from the road trip lineup on Saturday morning because of a tight quad.  I haven't seen much follow-up on this, so I don't think it's a big deal.  Could just be the team being cautious like they were with Eovaldi's groin.

- Brian McCann took a ball off the kneecap in yesterday's game and was removed early.  Via Jack Curry, that was due to the knee stiffening up and the team wanted to play it safe.  When asked about it during the YES broadcast of the game, Joe said it was no big deal and that McCann would have stayed in if it was a regular season game.  Off-day ice should do him good.

Pete Kozma returned to game action late last week and he played on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday, so he's back to full health.  Donovan Solano still hasn't returned from his back injury.  Kozma better start hitting if he wants a shot at stealing back the utility bench job from Refsnyder.

- Trainers were seen visiting with Luis Severino after his appearance on Saturday and Aroldis Chapman yesterday, but nothing has been reported regarding either of them.  Probably nothing more than usual ST treatment.

The team is mostly healthy right now and that's a good thing.  Gardner returning to the field this week would be a good sign that he'll be ready for Opening Day.