According to the Daily News, we shouldn't be overly concerned with Mariano Rivera's tender right elbow. But the Yankees (and their fans) are always cautious when it comes to Mo. As Will Carroll noted in his column for Baseball Prospectus yesterday:
Rivera hasn’t had problems this early before, though the Yankees are used to him needing time off to rest and recover. The Yanks will watch him closely through the early season; Rivera makes his money in October.
Paul Quantrill was shut down yesterday with a pulled muscle in his rib cage. Quantrill has pitched with discomfort for several weeks now. Newsday reports:
If anything, the Yankees were pleased that Quantrill, a workhorse throughout his career, agreed to shut it down for two days. ("Any more than that and we're going to be fighting," he said.) But Quantrill thinks he made it worse by pitching through it.
"You think you can pitch through and all it does is set you back," Quantrill said. "We see that every spring. Everyone does it. Even being a veteran guy, you say it's not a big deal. For me, that's what I did. I said this is going to go away."
Has anyone seen Karsay this spring? He isn't looking good. I don't think the Yanks can expect much out of him this year, do you?