Injuries stacking up
Brett Gardner left today’s game against the Blue Jays after feeling soreness/tightness in his right calf. He fouled a ball off his right shin yesterday and it didn’t feel right today.
He said he felt OK and isn’t worried about it:
"I’ll be fine. I’m fine now, but I just couldn’t run 100 percent and I guess when (Girardi) saw that he said he didn’t want to take any chances…It’s just a little bruise, that’s all."
In other injury news, relievers Pedro Feliciano, who hasn’t pitched since March 9 due to a triceps injury, and Boone Logan are on the mend as well. Boom Boom Boone is having back spasms after pitching Thursday, and could miss another five days.
Those two join Joba and Meattray — who are both dealing with oblique injuries — as members of a dinged-up bullpen. Joba and Feliciano are scheduled to throw bullpens on Saturday, while Meattray was rocked in today’s game against the Jays. He yielded two runs on three hits in three innings of work in the 6-5 loss.
You hate to see injuries in spring training, but these don’t sound THAT serious. They still have 13 days before Opening Day, so I’m not too concerned about these setbacks.
Also, AJ was hit in the right ass cheek with a Juan Rivera liner in the first inning of the loss, but stayed in the game and isn’t expected to miss his next start. He was touched for four runs — two earned — on five hits in four innings of work.
"It hurt, man. I never saw it."
"You worry, a little bit, about him getting a little stiff now. By the time it’s his turn, he should be fine."
According to Brian Costello of the Post, AJ’s curveball looked as good as it has all spring and he didn’t walk anyone for the fourth straight start. However, he did toss two wild pitches, hit a batter, gave up a home run (to Jose Molina!!!) and had three Blue Jays steal on him.
Girardi was optimistic about the outing:
"I think he threw better than the numbers indicate."