Karsay, Hernandez pitch in extended spring game

Updated: June 4, 2004, 2:06 PM ET
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- Yankees reliever Steve Karsay allowed one run over three innings Friday in his third extended spring training game.

Karsay is coming off rotator cuff surgery in May 2003. He could rejoin the Yankees in the next few weeks.

"I'm getting closer," Karsay said. "It's another step in the long process of coming back from any kind of surgery. We'll continue to progress, work, get stronger and get back there as soon as possible."

Orlando Hernandez also pitched Friday, starting the extended spring contest against Tampa Bay minor leaguers. He gave up four runs -- one earned -- five hits and struck out five in three innings.

"El Duque" also had shoulder surgery in May '03. He last pitched April 29, leaving his first rehabilitation start for Class-A Tampa because of bursitis in his shoulder.

Hernandez made four extended spring starts in April before pitching for Tampa. He threw 41 of 57 pitches for strikes, with his fastball reaching 88 mph.

"No problems," Hernandez said. "I feel better now than when I first started pitching games."

Karsay gave up four hits, one walk and struck out two during his 42-pitch outing. He will likely pitch again Wednesday, throwing around 65 pitches.

"I'm just trying to build some arm strength first and go from that point on," Karsay said.

Promising left-hander Danny Borrell, who had shoulder surgery June 10, could resume pitching in minor league games this month. He is scheduled to pitch in an extended spring game Saturday.

Borrell went 4-2 with 2.93 ERA in 10 starts for Triple-A Columbus before his shoulder injury last season.

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