Yankees’ Tulowitzki plays first injury rehab game
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was 1 for 4 with a home run and a walk in his first injury rehabilitation appearance, facing the Detroit Tigers in an extended spring training game Monday.
Tulowitzki struck out twice and flied out, and he played four innings in the field without getting a chance
“Everything is good,” he said.
Tulowitzki is among 13 Yankees currently on the injured list. He has not played since April 3 because of a strained left calf.
Infielder DJ LeMahieu is day-to-day with inflammation in his right knee.
LeMahieu was removed in the bottom of the third inning Sunday at San Francisco because of the inflammation, two days after he fouled a pitch off his knee. Infielder Gio Urshela left after he was hit on his left hand by a pitch in the fifth inning. The Yankees said after the game that X-rays on both players were negative.
New York opens a two-game series Tuesday at Arizona, the end of a nine-game trip. While the Yankees are 17-11, they will be facing a team that currently has a winning record for only the second series this season. New York was swept by Houston in three games from April 8-10.
Miguel Andújar, sidelined since tearing the labrum in his right shoulder on March 31, was 3 for 5. He lined two singles to center and had an infield single, making him 8 for 14 in three extended spring training games. The third baseman fielded two grounders and made strong, accurate throws to first on both.
Andújar and Tulowitzki are expected to play for Class A Tampa on Tuesday night.
Notes: The Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League said Monday the Yankees had purchased the contract of pitcher Andrew Bellatti. A 27-year-old right-hander, Bellatti pitched a scoreless inning Saturday over Southern Maryland in his Skeeters debut. He was 3-1 in 17 relief appearances for Tampa Bay in 2015. In 2010, Bellatti was sentenced to eight months in jail after pleading guilty in Cajon Superior Court to vehicular manslaughter. Prosecutors said Bellatti, then a Rays minor leaguer, was speeding at the time of the accident.