Return of Yanks’ Williams Delayed
NEW YORK (AP) _ Bernie Williams’ return to the New York Yankees has been delayed one to two weeks after he strained his injured right knee during a minor league game.
The Yankees said Williams was evaluated Tuesday by a team doctor in Tampa, Fla.
He will resume rehabilitation on Wednesday and is expected to play for Tampa again in a week or two. He then will play only a few games in Tampa before rejoining New York.
Williams left Monday night’s Florida State League game between the Tampa Yankees and Clearwater Phillies in the fifth inning after fielding a ball in center field and throwing to third.
Because of the knee strain, Williams missed a trip to Denver for Tuesday’s All-Star game. The center fielder, who was picked as a reserve, had been expected to rejoin the Yankees after the break.
Williams was batting .353 with 10 home runs and 44 RBIs.
New York reliever Jeff Nelson, already disabled with a bad back, fractured his small right toe in an accident in his hotel room. He will start throwing off the mound this weekend.