Report: Shawn Kelley’s Rehab Shut Down After Setback

That’s not good news.  There was a slight chance that the Yankees could have gotten Shawn Kelley back this weekend, but that’s not happening now.

Joe informed the media before this afternoon’s game that Kelley suffered a setback with his rehab work and is being shut down for the time being.  He played catch on Monday and woke up yesterday with more back stiffness, so clearly he’s not even close to ready to return to action.  According to Dan Barbarisi, tests on Kelley’s back are still coming back negative, which is good news, but the team is “taking it slow” for now.  No timetable for his return, more on this as it comes out.

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Who is Chase Whitley?

Chase WhitleyWhen Joe Girardi made the official announcement that Chase Whitley would start, there was a collective response from Yankees fans …


With all the injuries to the pitching staff, New York needed to fill CC Sabathia’s Thursday start. So, Girardi dug into the minors and yanked...

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Pregame Notes 5/13: New Injuries, Updates on Old Injuries


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As was noted a short time ago, Carlos Beltran and Shawn Kelley are the newest members of the Yankees’ growing injury list. Kelley’s been placed on the DL with what the Yankees are calling a strained lumbar spine, while Beltran is calling himself Day-to-Day after an MRI revealed an old bone spur in his right elbow. Zoilo Almonte has been called up in light of the Kelley move.

Beltran spoke to us before the game, and revealed he aggravated a bone spur his elbow taking a swing in between innings. He’s known for taking plenty of batting practice & warmup cuts, so you might say this was bound to happen at some point. He’s received a cortisone shot, which he says takes about 2-3 days to kick in. After that, if it still hurts, he says he’ll try to ask for second shot. If he’s still feeling pain, though, he says surgery is possible. He was asked if he’d ever taken a cortisone shot before, which he found funny.…

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Quick Hits: Robertson Activated, Cabral To Triple-A, Hensley Throws A Bullpen Session

The Yankees have officially activated David Robertson from the disabled list. He’ll be available to pitch tonight against the Red Sox, and after Nova blew up on Saturday and the long 12 inning game on Sunday, the Yankees needed the extra arm.

Cesar Cabral cleared waivers the last few days, and the Yankees have outrighted him to Triple-A. He no longer has a spot on the 40-man roster, and the Yankees get to keep the left-hander in their system, so good news there.

2012 first-round pick Ty Hensley announced on Twitter that he threw a bullpen today. Hensley hasn’t pitched since the year he was drafted due to a hip surgery in 2013, and then he suffered a hernia earlier this year. The Yankees will continue to take it slow with Hensley, but at some point they’ll have to push the 20-year-old right-hander into real games again.

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Cabral Designated For Assignment, Daley Called Up

After the bullpen implosion tonight, the Yankees were a little low on relievers, but I didn’t expect them to DFA Cesar Cabral. The poor lefty just had nothing tonight, and he hit 3 batters before umpire Joe West threw him out of the game for the safety of Rays. After his poor outing and getting tossed, Cabral was almost immediately designated for assignment, which means he’ll need to be traded or put on waivers in the next 10 days. This clears up a spot on the 40-man roster for Matt Daley, who the Yankees are calling up after posting 13 strikeouts in 5.0 innings in Scranton.

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Quick Hit: David Robertson To The DL With A Groin Injury

According to the YES Network announcers, David Robertson is headed to the DL with a groin injury. No word yet on the extent of it, but it’s odd to hear about this considering he was throwing 94-95 mph yesterday afternoon. Shawn Kelley will take over the closing duty, and he notched his first save today. The Yankees will probably call up another reliever, and my bet is Preston Claiborne. Long term, the Yankees already had little depth with high leverage relievers, and although they could get something big out of Dellin Betances or Adam Warren, the team may want to target another reliever in an Eduardo Nunez trade.

Update: (4:32 PM) In unrelated news, the Yankees announced that Mark Teixeira‘s injury was a grade 1 hamstring strain. This is the most minor strain, so Teixeira may only need the minimum 15 days on the DL.

Update: (4:37 PM) Robertson’s injury is also a grade 1 strain, but to the groin.…

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Empty Locker Alert!: Claiborne, Miller, Tateyama, Herndon, and Sizemore

According to Chad Jennings, five more lockers have gone empty this morning. Preston Claiborne, Jim Miller, Yoshinori Tateyama, David Herndon, and Scott Sizemore have each cleared out their lockers in Florida, and the assumption is that they’ve been cut from 25-man team. This isn’t to say we won’t see them later on in the year, as most of these guys will be optioned down to the minors. Dellin Betances, Vidal Nuno, and Cesar Cabral are now fighting for 2 open bullpen positions.

Update: (9:01 AM) Looks like there are a couple more cuts. Zoilo Almonte, Russ Canzler, Fred Lewis, and Chris Leroux are all gone as well. Looks like Ichiro Suzuki‘s chances of making the club have slightly increased with Almonte getting sent down. Today’s game will feature Eduardo Nunez, Yangervis Solarte, Dean Anna, Zelous Wheeler, and Adonis Garcia as starters, and each of these guys are fighting for the final position spots on the 25-man roster.…

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Spring Training Musing & Updates: Rotation, Trades, Quintana

  • With real official Yankee baseball here in just 8 days, the organization is beginning to put the finishing touches on their 25-man roster. Tomorrow, Joe Girardi will announce the five-man rotation. Everyone expects Michael Pineda to make the team as the fifth starter, but Girardi says he won’t announce his decision until he’s told the players. We do know that he’s ordered the rotation a little differently than first expected, as CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, and Ivan Nova are now lined up to pitch the first three games of the season. Masahiro Tanaka will pitch the fourth game of the year, in an effort to separate the two Japanese starters, who own similar pitch repertoires.
  • As we assume Pineda wins the fifth rotation spot, keep in mind that Adam Warren and David Phelps were promised spots on the major league team, and both pitchers have played well enough for Girardi to keep that promise. I assume that they’ll both end up as relievers, with Warren getting a shot at more high-leverage situations and Phelps as the long-man.

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