Yankees Injury Updates: Kelley and Beltran could begin rehab assignments this week

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Barring any setbacks, Kelley and Beltran could start rehab assignments next week.

If you haven't heard the bad news yet, Michael Pineda has been shut down for the time being, and Mark Teixeira has received a cortisone shot to help with lingering wrist pain. It feels like everyone who has been injured this season has experienced setbacks, so it might be best to remain cautiously optimistic that Shawn Kelley and Carlos Beltran could be starting rehab assignments next week.

Kelley, who has missed several weeks with a back injury, already experienced a setback on the 21st when he woke up feeling stiff. He hasn't reported any problems since then, though, and said that he felt fine after throwing a bullpen session on Friday. Assuming that Kelley gets through today's bullpen session without any pain, it's likely that he could start a rehab assignment next week.

As for Beltran, it seems like the two cortisone shots that he received in his elbow have made a big enough difference that he might avoid surgery after all. That would be great news, considering that bone spur removal surgery would keep him out for anywhere from 6-12 weeks. Beltran took batting practice yesterday, and is scheduled to take it again today which is a good sign. Like Kelley, Beltran could be on track to start a rehab assignment next week if he can get through without experiencing any pain.

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