Injury Updates: Pineda, Phelps, Hafner, Youkilis

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Got a bunch of injury updates, courtesy of Andy McCullough and Vin Mercogliano:

  • Michael Pineda (shoulder) is still just throwing bullpen sessions. He last pitched in a game one month and three days ago. Pretty obvious he won’t be joining the team this month, though I wonder if the Yankees will let Pineda play winter ball back home in the Dominican Republic in a few weeks.
  • David Phelps (forearm) has been playing catch and will throw his first bullpen session in the coming days. It would be nice to get him back as either a starter or reliever at some point, that won’t happen. Phelps won’t be back in time and rushing it would be foolish considering how important he figures to be to the luxury tax driven 2014 team.
  • Travis Hafner (shoulder) recently played in a simulated game but still isn’t quite ready to go just yet. I suppose he could make a quick rehab assignment pit stop with Double-A Trenton before rejoining the big league team for the last two weeks of the season or something.
  • Kevin Youkilis (back) has taken dry swings but nothing more. He recently had some more soreness in his back and had to slow down his rehab. Pretty much zero chance he returns to the team this month.
  • In case you missed it yesterday, Shawn Kelley (triceps) will be unavailable until at least next week and Zoilo Almonte (ankle) started a minor league rehab assignment.
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  • YankeeFan

    Any word on Slade?

  • JohnC

    How bout Jose Ramirez?

    • Sam

      Ramirez is doing better hrs with th thunder not sure if he’s gonna play in the playoffs with them though.

  • Kosmo

    Hopefully Phelps comes back next year 100%. Youkilis and Hafner are done as NYY. To me Pineda is still a huge ?.

    • trr

      Agree w/all this, Kelley maybe Almonte will re-join team soon.

      I’m still reeling from last night…

  • Kramerica Industries

    how important he figures to be to the luxury tax driven 2014 team.

    *gags violently*

  • FLYER7

    Any one pose the question why Claiborne before Warren last night?

    • Mick

      It’s been mentioned on YES network broadcasts that Claiborne is brought in first in these situations because he can quickly warm up and it buys the team an inning for the long man (Warren) to get loose.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

      Probably trying to avoid using Warren in a still close game.

      • trr

        How ’bout avoiding Joba in a close game?

        • trr

          How ’bout avoiding Joba in ANY game?

          • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

            That would be nice.

  • stuart a

    Phelps could have definitely have helped last night out of the pen with Kelly down.

    Joba wow. he has really regressed. a clean inning from him is a anomaly.. he is jsut bad. location, pitch choice, whatever it is the sample size at this point is big enough, he will be on his couch in 2 years unless he figures things out.

    they are in this position with hughes and chamberlain doing nothing for the Yanks…Imagine if these guys could have done anything positively…

  • WhittakerWalt

    I honestly forgot Hafner was on this team. I guess that’s what happens when you haven’t had a big hit in 4 months.

    • hey now

      You were able to forget Hafner? Did you undergo some type of procedure?

      I’d be interested in using it to forget Ben Francisco, Brent Lillibridge, Luis Cruz, Alberto Gonzalez, Reid Brignac…

  • Charles

    Would Pineda be eligible for the Arizona Fall League? If so I’d love to see him there.

  • Alderson Blackwood

    Pineda LOL