Yankees manager Joe Girardi provided updates on the team's injured stars before Thursday's game against Seattle. Here's the latest on the injured contingent.
• Yankees designated hitter Travis Hafner's batting practice session Thursday went well and Hafner's hoping he will be back soon. Hafner (shoulder) has missed the team's last three games and is not sure if he can be used as a pinch hitter Thursday. The veteran also did soft toss in the cage prior to the game.
"Everything went really well," Hafner said. "Didn't have any of the issues I had before. I'm really happy with how it went."
With Hafner out, the Yankees have been able to use four of their outfielders regularly in the lineup. When he returns, the Yankees will have to determine who will sit among Curtis Granderson, Vernon Wells, Brett Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki on the days when Hafner serves as the designated hitter.
• Starter Michael Pineda (shoulder) is scheduled to throw four innings (up to approximately 50 pitches) Friday. Girardi is not sure whether Pineda will be tossing in an extended spring training game or an intra-squad game. The manager reiterated that he expects to have Pineda in pinstripes this year.
"Sometime in the summer we expect him," Girardi said.
Girardi said a key aspect of Pineda's rehab is getting the starter's arm built up to throw 100 pitches. Pineda has not pitched a game in the major leagues the past two seasons after the Yankees acquired him from Seattle in 2012.
“We’ll continue to build him up," Girardi said. "Starters, as you know, take a lot longer than relievers because you have to get them to 100 pitches. For a kid that hasn’t pitched in a couple of years, that’s something you may want to see a couple of times to make sure he’s ready to go every fifth day.”
• Third baseman Alex Rodriguez (hip) did some work in soft toss and off the tee and "felt pretty good the other day doing that," according to Girardi. The manager reiterated the team is expecting him after the All-Star break.
• Shortstop Derek Jeter (ankle) was re-evaluated earlier this week and the reports were positive. Jeter, like Rodriguez, is scheduled to return after the All-Star break.
“It’s healing. They see the bone is going back together. They say it’s healing," Girardi said. "I think he’ll be out of the boot sometime shortly and then he’ll go from there. It was good news what we got. It is healing.”
• Third baseman Kevin Youkilis (back) has done some work off the tee and soft-toss hitting. Girardi said he believed Youkilis was scheduled to have Thursday off and receive treatment.
"He feels better," Girardi said. "They're talking about (batting practice) soon for him."
• Starter Ivan Nova (triceps) is slated to throw in Tampa on Monday. Nova was placed on the disabled list on April 27. Nova is 1-1 with a 6.48 ERA and has struggled this season.