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SI Yanks’ Pope: “Santana Doing Fine”

In today’s game, Staten Island Yankees outfielder Ravel Santana was drilled in the wrist with a pitch. But the right-hander is doing find according to Yankees manager Justin Pope.

” He is good, he got hit in the wrist. When he first got hit I thought it was worse than it was. It’s not that bad so he should be back in there tomorrow,” Pope said, “He said he was fine, he could of went back out there and played but I told him to take it easy this way tomorrow you can play instead of playing the rest of the game and it swelling up on you or something but he is doing well. The strength is there so he is good.”

Santana sat out the last couple of games, opting instead to regroup and work with Staten Island hitting coach Ty Hawkins in the cage. Pope filled us in on his progress, ” He and Hawk have been in the cage working on stuff. But clearing his mind also, trying not to put so much pressure on himself. Today was a good day for him, he was smiling in the dugout which is good. I think he is just going to keep on going here on out.”

Justin Pope also gave an update on Claudio Custodio who was a late scratch in yesterday’s game. ” Yesterday he came out of BP and wasn’t feeling well,” Pope said, “I don’t know if it was dehydration or what. The doctor check him out today but I haven’t heard anything yet. He is doing okay, but I think he has some kind of sickness or something.”

At this level in the minors it is all about development and Pope and though the Yankees are in last place they are not giving up.

“These guys are getting better. We want to win games. We are all competitive, we want to win but at this level it is about getting better and learning how to play the game, learning how to be professionals and coming in everyday with a plan and working on that plan,” Pope explained to the media.

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