Yankees injury updates: Pineda, Phelps, Almonte, Youkilis, Hafner

Jim McIsaac

The Yankees have already gotten Curtis Granderson and Derek Jeter back, but there are still injured players that could possibly help the team in the last few weeks of the season.

As previously stated by Joe Girardi, Shawn Kelley will be unavailable for the next week do to a triceps issue. He hasn't been able to pitch for a few days now, which is why he went to Joba Chamberlain against the Red Sox. It seems like this would have been a good time to place Kelley on the disabled list, but after September call ups, who would have been the replacement, Jose Ramirez?

Michael Pineda is still just throwing bullpens, so it is unlikely he will be contributing to the major league team now that the Triple-A season is over. It's not worth it to rush him if he isn't completely healthy. A shoulder injury is very serious and rushing him back right now would not be a good idea.

LoHud provided some other updates:

Zoilo Almonte is rehabbing with the Trenton Thunder during their playoff run. Last night he went 0-2 with a strikeout and an RBI. Joe Girardi has said that he is the furthest along in his rehab.

Travis Hafner has played in one simulated game so far, but he is still not ready to return and it looks like he won't make it back.

Kevin Youkilis is the furthest away from returning, having only partaken in dry swings. It was always highly unlikely that he'd be able to return this season after undergoing back surgery.

David Phelps will throw a bullpen session in the next few days, however, after suffering from two forearm strains and struggling before going down with an injury, it is unlikely he will return. It's probably for the best to just shut him down for the season just to be on the safe side.

It doesn't look like the Yankees will be getting any more reinforcements outside of Zoilo Almonte, if any at all.

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