Russell Martin's back still was barking when he woke up yesterday morning, so the Yankees catcher went for an MRI exam that revealed no structural damage.Girardi also mentioned in the article that Pedro Feliciano has started playing catch while Rafael Soriano has not. No word on when we should expect either to return.
After going through another day of treatment, Martin said the back felt a little better before last night's game with the Red Sox, but he still could not play for the second straight night. The Yankees training staff told Martin they believe he has a slight strain in the back.
Other than treatment, the only thing Martin can do is wait.
"Right now, I'm just taking it day to day and see what happens," Martin said. "I really don't know. Maybe I wake up [today] and feel great. If I feel great [today] I don't see why I couldn't play."
"Hughes threw 30 pitches [yesterday] and they said he looked good," manager Joe Girardi said. "His velocity was 90 to 92 [mph], a lot of 92s they said. He will make a start next Tuesday for the Gulf Coast League."
Figure Hughes to need five minor-league starts and no setbacks with the inflamed right shoulder that landed him on the disabled list in mid-April.
Friday, June 10, 2011
From George A. King III: