User ID
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Betting Tools

Cano in lineup for Yankees, Nunez improving

New customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The New York Yankees are slowly getting healthier.

They still have a long way to go.

Second baseman Robinson Cano was in the Yankees' starting lineup for Friday night's game against the Kansas City Royals after experiencing discomfort in his right foot, while infielder Eduardo Nunez was available off the bench despite tightness in his ribs.

Meanwhile, right-hander Joba Chamberlain (right oblique) threw a bullpen session, first baseman Mark Teixeira (right forearm) was scheduled to take batting practice and infielder Kevin Youkilis (back) was doing some rotational movement as they also try to get back on the field.

One player who wasn't hurt heading to Kansas City: Mariano Rivera.

The Yankees' star closer was back to shagging balls in the same outfield where he tore the ACL in his right knee last season, landing on the disabled list for the rest of the year and at least initially putting the future of his sterling career in jeopardy.

It was a lighthearted return, too, thanks to some of his bullpen buddies.

They hung a sign on the wall near the site of the incident that said, ``No Mo Zone,'' and had stop signs in both English and Spanish. The hooligans also painted a chalk outline of a body and the number 42 in the dirt of the warning track where Rivera went down.

``You see guys get injured all the time, in different ballparks, and I know Mo isn't your everyday guy. I understand that,'' Yankees manager Joe Girardi said, when asked of Rivera's return to Kansas City. ``I'm sure guys will have a little fun with it today and put it behind us.''

One thing Girardi would like to put behind the Yankees is the injury bug.

Cano fouled a ball off his right big toe last weekend against Oakland, and appeared to aggravate it while sliding Thursday night in Colorado. But Cano says that reports that he had a precautionary X-ray after the game against the Rockies were untrue.

``Every time I try to stop, you feel it a little bit,'' he said before heading out for batting practice. ``But it's nothing bad. I can work good. I'm good.''

Nunez did not take batting practice on the field, but he did swing in the cage prior to the game, and Girardi said he could be available to pinch hit Friday night.

There's also a chance that Nunez could return to the starting lineup Saturday.

The injury ravaged Yankees made a move to bolster their infield depth late Thursday when they acquired minor league shortstop Alberto Gonzalez from the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named later or cash considerations. He'll initially report to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Chamberlain came out of a bullpen session well, and said he plans to throw another one on Sunday. After that, he could go on a short rehab assignment before rejoining the Yankees.

``I wouldn't imagine it would be much,'' Girardi said. ``I think it's probably important, but it's something we can talk about.''

Teixeira hasn't played this season after hurting his right forearm taking light swings before an exhibition game for the World Baseball Classic in spring training. Girardi said he'll take BP on the field in the next day or two, the first time he's done that since the injury.

Youkilis is also starting to do more work after going on the DL with a back issue.

``I don't have an expectation when we'll see him,'' Girardi warned. ``I know he's going in the right direction. Backs are tricky. I've said this all along. It might be as simple as bending over to get a coffee cup, it can lock you up. Right now he's not a player for us.''

Girardi still hasn't decided on a starter for Monday's doubleheader at Cleveland, and might not make the decision until after Sunday night's game against the Royals.

Ivan Nova (right triceps) was scheduled to throw a bullpen session and could be available, and Adam Warren and Vidal Nuno are options. Girardi also said he spoke to pitching coach Larry Rothschild about using CC Sabathia on short rest.

``Monday's really up in the air,'' Girardi said. ``That's the best I can tell you.''

The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2015
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

Marlins fire TV analyst Hutton
Carpenter, Lavarnway sign with Braves
Mariners sign C Iannetta to one-year deal
Roberts first Dodgers minority manager
White Sox hire Rowand as instructor
Seattle adds Candaele, Hampton to staff
Almonte lifts Aguilas past Cardenales
LA adds Ps Cotton, Stripling to 40-man
OF Maybin heading back to Tigers
Why Buy Picks From
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
Live Odds
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Jimmy Boyd + 2463
Vince Akins + 1414
Chip Chirimbes + 1286
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Dave Cokin + 992
John Fisher + 906
Doc's Sports + 704
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
The Gold Sheet + 727
Bill Marzano + 560
Kyle Hunter + 559
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 1664
Chip Chirimbes + 1582
Vince Akins + 1551
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Jimmy Boyd + 2104
Vince Akins + 1641
Don Anthony + 1557
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Stephen Nover + 633
Jimmy Boyd + 579
Kyle Hunter + 429
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership