No Yankee was injured Sunday. Their game against the Toronto Blue Jays was postponed because of rain -- no makeup date has been determined -- and the team got away for a three-game series in Baltimore with no additional health issues.
On the contrary, several of the incapacitated are progressing toward a return to action.
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Francisco Cervelli said doctors told him the pins will be removed from his fractured right hand next week. "I'm ready," he said. "I've been running, working hard. The good thing is that my brain never stops. I just need my hand; that's it."
CC Sabathia, who was to start Sunday's game, will pitch Monday night in Baltimore and be followed in the rotation by Phil Hughes and Hiroki Kuroda in that series. Though manager Joe Girardi said he didn't necessarily enjoy being rained out "because we don't like doubleheaders" created by makeup games, Sabathia at least was happy the postponement occurred a half-hour before game time.
On May 9, Sabathia pitched four innings at Colorado before a two-hour rain delay ended his outing. "You don't want to waste starts," he said.
Catching a breakThe day off benefited the Yankees' catching situation. Girardi was happy he didn't have to use Chris Stewart, who is recovering from a groin strain. There still is no timetable on the rehabilitation work of Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira or Kevin Youkilis.
With Girardi having to use backups for his backups because of the spate of injuries, he said he is monitoring whether he will need to give Lyle Overbay a day off soon. If Youkilis returns soon, Girardi said he intends to keep him at third and use either Jayson Nix or David Adams at first.
A new lineup wrinkle, with Curtis Granderson leading off, didn't happen Sunday because of the rain.