LADY AT THE BAT: Posada, Matsui, Rivera, Wang: Rehab Updates

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Posada, Matsui, Rivera, Wang: Rehab Updates

Those Yankee whose 2008 injuries helped to keep the Yankees out of the playoffs seem to be coming along nicely in the early goings of Spring Training:

Jorge Posada-- After being scratched from Saturday's game because of soreness in his surgically-repaired right shoulder, he came back in yesterday's game against the Astros and was 1-3 with an RBI. If the soreness was just a minor setback, he's on his way to having a Major League comeback in 2009.

Hideki Matsui-- He hasn't played in a game yet this Spring but he did a baserunning drill on Saturday and could play later this week. If Posada's progress is hampered, however, we could see a DH-platoon between he and Posada.

Mariano Rivera-- He's been playing catch and could be on a mound for the first time this week. Mo pitched in pain all of last year but you'd have never known it. Common sense tells you that he'll have an even better 2009 pain-free.

Chien-Ming Wang-- He made his Spring 2009 debut yesterday and threw 2 scoreless innings. He was pain-free; his foot felt fine. Good news, indeed. Joe Girardi doesn't want hitters facing hard throwers two days in a row, so he'll be the number 2 starter, between Sabathia and Burnettt. With the rotation as strong as it is now, there'll be less pressure on Wang and he could crack 20 wins for the first time in his career.

Coming up later this week: Another 2009 Yankee preview.

Bernadette

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