Injury Updates: Tanaka, Phelps, Severino, Claiborne

The contingent of injured arms forges on in various stages of rehab work from their respective injuries.  Here’s the latest.

- Masahiro Tanaka- Still on track to throw another bullpen session this week.  Although the date and number of pitches is not yet known, it has been confirmed that he will throw some sliders and curveballs.

- David Phelps- Was re-evaluated on Monday after the planned 2 weeks off and came through it fine, which allowed him to throw a flat ground session.  He also reportedly had a follow-up MRI on his elbow.  Joe said he’s about 3 weeks away from returning to game action and left the option open for Phelps to return in a relief role.

- Luis Severino- Was activated off the Double-A DL and pitched in last night’s game.  Gave up 2 runs on a hit and a walk and struck out 3 in 3 IP.  He has to be close to whatever innings limit the team has set for him, so I imagine he’ll have his workload limited from here on out.

- Preston Claiborne- Made his third rehab appearance in the GCL on Monday and got shelled for 5 ER on 5 hits in 2 innings as he works his way back from a late-June shoulder injury.  By all accounts, he’s on track to be available for a September call up.

Born in Dover, Delaware and raised in Danbury, Connecticut, Brad now resides in Wisconsin, where he regularly goes out of his way to remind Brewers fans that their team will never be as good as the Yankees. When he’s not writing for IIATMS, he likes to spend his time incorporating “Seinfeld” quotes into everyday conversation, critiquing WWE storylines, and drinking enough beer to be good at darts.

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