A lot of teams have been dealing with injuries and fortunately the Yankees injuries have been relatively mild. Here is a rundown of a couple of players and how they’ve been doing:
Nick Johnson – Out with a wrist injury, he has been hitting off a tee this week with hitting coach Kevin Long. No ETA as of now, but Yankees are hoping by August.
Alfredo Aceves – Out with a back injury, Aceves has been throwing bullpens and despite the lack of a time table, he should be back on the roster soon. A rehab stint will be necessary before a Bronx return though.
Marcus Thames – Out with a strained hamstring, Thames has been playing rehab games in Triple-A Scranton. Last night he played in the field for five innings and appeared about ready. Should be the first one back on this list.
Sergio Mitre – Out with an oblique strain, Mitre was scheduled to pitch a rehab inning today. He’ll probably appear in another game or two before the Yankees know exactly when to expect him back. If anybody beats Thames back to active duty it will be Mitre.
Thoughts: This is mostly good, not bad, news. Two players are likely back before the All-Star break and one shortly after. I don’t think anybody expects anything certain when it comes to Nick Johnson, early August still seems slightly optimistic.