Mark Teixeira was forced to leave today’s game due to soreness in his right wrist, but Carlos Beltran is making encouraging progress as he attempts to rejoin the Yankees.
According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Beltran took batting practice today and will do it again tomorrow. If all goes well, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the next step will be a discussion on a possible minor league rehab assignment.
The fear was that Beltran would require in-season surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow, potentially costing him as much as 6-12 weeks. A pair of cortisone shots have helped minimized the discomfort, but the real test will be playing in a competitive environment again. Still, good news so far.
Beltran, who signed a three-year, $45 million deal with the Yankees over the winter, was batting .234/.286/.430 with five home runs and 15 RBI over 33 games prior to going on the disabled list.
Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.
Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.
Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.
Scott Kazmir won’t begin the regular season in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Manager Dave Roberts said after Kazmir’s Cactus League outing on Sunday that it “doesn’t make sense” for the ailing Kazmir to break camp in the rotation, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. The lefty will instead rehab some more and join the rotation at a later time.
Kazmir has been battling a hip issue which has caused his mechanics to suffer. He was clocked in the low 80’s 10 days ago and wasn’t much better on Sunday afternoon.
Last season with the Dodgers, Kazmir posted a 4.56 ERA with a 134/52 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings, his worst numbers since returning to the majors in 2013.