Yankees’ Gio Urshela passes key check in return from elbow surgical procedure

TAMPA — Gio Urshela lastly obtained right into a recreation Thursday to see how his elbow would fare in his first dwell motion since having surgical procedure on it precisely three months in the past.

The Yankees’ third baseman solely obtained a quick check, however up to now, so good.

“I felt actually good,” Urshela stated after enjoying three innings — and making only one throw, from the shortstop spot on a shift — through the Yankees’ 15-Zero loss to the Phillies in Clearwater, Fla. “I felt 100 p.c.”

Urshela had surgical procedure Dec. four to take away a bone chip from his proper elbow, after battling by it through the latter a part of final season. He had been increase his energy in camp earlier than making his spring debut Thursday. The 2019 breakout star went 0-for-2 on the plate, lining out to heart area and hanging out.

“It was simply good to see him on the market,” stated bench and infield coach Carlos Mendoza, who’s managing in Aaron Boone’s absence.

Gio Urshela
Gio Urshela
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Mendoza stated he might inform two to 3 weeks earlier than camp formally began that Urshela could be good to go, after watching him on the Yankees’ participant improvement complicated. He stated a very powerful factor was seeing Urshela throw from a number of angles.

“Not solely enjoying catch with him, however once we went on the market and he began throwing to bases, I knew immediately he was fantastic,” Mendoza stated. “He wasn’t favoring something, the arm motion was good, he was clear, the arm pace was there.”

After getting hit on the lat with a 96 mph fastball Wednesday evening, Aaron Decide appeared no worse for put on Thursday. He was among the many starters who stayed in Tampa to take batting follow.

Gary Sanchez, who crushed his second residence run in as many video games Wednesday, took further batting follow Thursday, staying on the sphere late with prospect Oswald Peraza to hit curveballs from the pitching machine.

Luis Cessa, who missed the beginning of spring coaching 2.Zero final yr after testing constructive for COVID-19, stated he’s feeling “100 p.c.” The reliever stated he additionally improved his food regimen over the offseason, due to his girlfriend.

“She’s a vegetarian, so I ate extra salad, extra salmon, extra fish,” Cessa stated after giving up a run in an inning Wednesday in his spring debut. “I attempted to steer clear of the carbs. Usually for the Mexican meals, it’s tortillas, bread and all that. The meals is all good, however it’s unhealthy in your physique. So I simply tried to steer clear of that.”

Talking in regards to the Yankees’ rotation, Cessa stated Luis Severino was “nearly able to throw a facet [session].”

Severino, who had Tommy John surgical procedure in February 2020, had just lately begun throwing 4 days per week. Boone stated on Feb. 18 that Severino needs to be throwing off a mound within the “subsequent couple of weeks.”