Yankees Injury Updates: Rodriguez, Granderson, Cervelli, Youkilis

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Brian Cashman spoke with the media about the Yankees' lack of activity on the trade deadline, but he also provided updates on some of the injured Bombers.

Alex Rodriguez is set to play in a simulated game in Tampa tomorrow and it has been said he could return sometime in the next week. Cashman said that his hip and quad are both healthy and aren't likely to cause him to miss more time. What could cause him to miss time is the upcoming Biogenesis suspensions that are likely to be announced on Friday. A-Rod is said to be appealing, but now that MLB is threatening a lifetime ban, he might be more willing to agree to a settlement that would take him out of the rest of the season.

Another soon-to-be Biogenesis victim, Francisco Cervelli, is having a lot more trouble. Cashman said that it's looking more and more likely that he could be done for the year. He saw a doctor in Cleveland about his broken finger and it doesn't look to be healing well enough and is now set to visit Dr. Andrews on August 5 about his throwing elbow. Cervelli looks so far off that it might make sense for him just to agree to a settlement with MLB and take the suspension for the rest of the year.

Curtis Granderson has been rehabbing his broken hand and now the Yankees are planning to activate him off the disabled list on Friday in San Diego. It will be interesting to see how playing time is broken up between Granderson, Ichiro Suzuki, Brett Gardner, Vernon Wells, and now Alfonso Soriano. That's a lot of outfielders for a team whose greatest weakness is their infield.

Cashman also believes that there is an "outside chance" that Kevin Youkilis is not done for the season after undergoing back surgery. In all likelihood he won't be on the field again this season, but if he does manage to return, don't hold your breath and think he's going to help all that much.

In minor league news, Tyler Austin has been out with a bone bruise in his wrist and was put on the DL. After seeing a doctor, the plan is to have him stay in Tampa to be evaluated and begin a rehab assignment.

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