Thursday, August 19, 2010

Injury Updates: Berkman to DL

Lance was put on the DL today to make room for infielder Eduardo Nunez, the team was tired of having Cervelli being the 5th infielder. According to Cashman neither A-Rod's nor Berkman's injuries are serious:

“There’s only so long you’re comfortable going with no backup infielder, it’s nothing serious on either one of them.”

Berkman wanted to run today but the staff told him to take it slow. Here is a rundown courtesy of Lo-Hud:

• Alfredo Aceves is here, but he’s still going to have at least one more rehab start, probably more. Cashman said Aceves is being evaluated “on an outing-by-outing basis” and there’s not set date for his return.

• There’s a chance Aceves will be stretched out, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be considered as a rotation option. “Arm strength-wise, it would probably help to stretch him out,” Cashman said.

• Berkman’s DL stint should be retroactive to August 16. Berkman said he expects to be ready to play as soon as his 15 days are up. “Unless I fall down the stairs or something,” he said.

• Joe Girardi said he’s not sure if or when the Yankees might need to skip a Phil Hughes start to keep his innings from getting out of control, “because I can’t tell you what (number of innings) every start is going to be,” Girardi said.

• Off days on the schedule will be a chance to rest all five starters, not necessarily a chance to skip Hughes. “It will probably be an extra day for everyone,” Girardi said.
 More on the offense explosion in a little bit.