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Monday, August 4, 2014

Yankees Injury Update: David Phelps, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda

By on 8/04/2014 10:15:00 AM

New York Yankees starter David Phelps had a brief outing Sunday, being removed after two innings because of right elbow inflammation.'s Bryan Hoch reports that Phelps has actually been dealing with the problem since his July 18th start against the Reds. The Yankees are also hoping that Masahiro Tanaka can play catch today, while Michael Pineda made it through a rehab start on Sunday.

Phelps was struggling against the Red Sox before his exit, giving up five runs in those two innings. He told Hoch that he already had an MRI after the July 18th start but everything looked fine. Manager Joe Girardi suggested that Phelps might miss his next start, but he did not seem to think that this would be the last start the right-hander makes in 2014.

The Yankees are holding their breath when it comes to Masahiro Tanaka, who has reached the three-week point after receiving a PRP injection to promote healing of his partially torn UCL. Girardi told Hoch that Tanaka 'feels good' and the Japanese ace could play catch if all is well on Monday. If the ligament isn't progressing as hoped, it will raise more questions about Tanaka undergoing surgery that could sideline him for the rest of this year and most of the 2015 season.

A mid-August return is looking possible for Michael Pineda, with Hoch reporting that he threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday. Hoch says Pineda will make two more rehab starts, of 75 and 90 pitches, then aims to return to the rotation. Pineda strained his teres major muscle throwing a simulated game back at the end of April while serving a suspension for having pine tar on his neck.

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