TAMPA – James Kaprielian threw a three-inning simulated game on Friday, and the Yankees’ plan is for his next appearance to be in a spring game.
“I think our plan is his next appearance, I think, is going to be in a game,” Joe Girardi said. “We’ve taking it slow on purpose because he pitched in the Fall League.”
Brian Cashman had said it was possible that Kaprielian would only pitch in simulated games with the Yankees wanting to be cautious.
Kaprielian missed nearly all of last season with a flexor tendon injury. The expectation is he will open 2017 in High-A Tampa and he will be on an innings limit.
But Joe Girardi said he could be a candidate to move fast through the system and eventually get to the majors later this season if he stays healthy and productive on the mound.
“He’s another kid that we think can move pretty quickly, so whether it gets to here this year, I don’t know. But there’s a ton of talent here,” Girardi said. “I think that the biggest thing for him is staying healthy. If he stays healthy and pitches, there’s definitely a chance I think.”
Tyler Austin (bone fracture, left foot) had a scan Friday. “He’s not ready to be out of the boot or off of his bad motor scooter, but it is progressing,” Joe Girardi said. “We were happy with what we saw.”
Austin was expected to miss at least six weeks.
Of Mason Williams (left patellar tendon strain), who has returned to baseball activities, Girardi said: “He is doing something more today, so we’re hoping that he will be a player sometime next week.”
Luis Cessa was supposed to start Friday’s game against the Phillies but was scratched with a fever. Chad Green started instead. The Yankees hope to get Cessa in a simulated game Saturday, Girardi said. Billy McKinney, who has a surprisingly strong spring, is currently sidelined by the flu.
Published at Fri, 10 Mar 2017 19:07:59 +0000