You can’t have an injury without manager Joe Girardi spelling out the schedule for players rehabbing their way back to the team. During his press conference, Girardi stated Carlos Beltran was going to swing a bat on Monday, which is six reasonable days from now. Here’s the catch: if Beltran can’t swing the bat without pain, he’ll have to consider surgery as an option.
“Does he feel that he can take his A swing?” Girardi said. “You don’t want him going out there if he’s taking a B or a C swing. That’s not going to help us. If he can take his A swing and not have the pain and not have to hold back, then he’s a player.”
If Beltran is able to swing the bat, the Yankees will use him as the primary DH to prevent further aggravation to his elbow. However, if Beltran can’t swing the bat, he’s going to resort to surgery, which has a recovery period of 8-10 weeks.
“You progress,” Girardi said. “I wouldn’t think he’d go right into hitting BP. You have to get by each day to get to the next day, so if Monday he feels pain just taking swings, my guess is that’s not a good thing.”
— Something that got lost during today’s trip to Wrigley Field was Alfonso Soriano‘s return to Chicago after the Yankees traded for him before the deadline last year. You would think he would be cheered, right? Well, Soriano had nothing but nice things to say about Chicago, so Cubs fans might want to reconsider booing him, if that was their intention coming into tonight.
“It’s fun to be back in Chicago,” he said. “I love the restaurants, I love the city, but it’s hard for me to come to the ballpark and be in the visiting clubhouse. I played six and a half years for this team, for this city, so to come as a visitor is a little hard for me. It’s only two games, so I’ll do my best for my team, try to win.”
— Another thing that got lost–Joe Girardi returning to Chicago. He grew up in Chicago and used to come to Wrigley Field as a little boy, so this is a special series for Girardi.
“This is where I grew up going to games as a kid, (as a) college kid, played here (as a pro),” Girardi said. “It’s always nice to come back. Still have family and friends here, so it’s good. I’ve gotten a lot of texts, people coming from games. I’ll see my mother in law tonight, so it’s good.”
— Here’s today’s “Stat Pack” notes!
1) : Before Sunday’s doubleheader against the Pirates, RHP Dellin Betances leads all Major League relievers with 42K… has recorded 42 of his 73 outs this season via strikeout, including 26 of his last 41 (since his last three batters faced on 4/26)… has struck out multiple batters in 14 of his 16 appearances this season in which he has faced at least two batters, including 11 straight from 4/8-5/10.