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Yankees lineup vs. Royals - Injury updates on Shawn Kelley and Francisco Cervelli

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The Yankees will hope to get a win today and make up for the deflating loss that took place last night.

Brett Gardner, Derek Jeter, and Jacoby Ellsbury are at the top of the order, like they usually are. Mark Teixeira will have the day off as DH Carlos Beltran will bat cleanup. Pretty bold putting Beltran in the heart of the lineup after only one hit since returning from the DL, but hopefully it's a sign that he's coming back to life. Brian McCann is behind the plate, Yangervis Solarte is at third, Ichiro Suzuki is in right field, Brian Roberts is at second, and everyone's favorite fill-in first baseman Kelly Johnson will bat ninth. How many times do we have to see this experiment cost the team until it is deemed a failure?

Shawn Kelley pitched in a rehab game in Trenton last night and came out of it feeling fine. He believes he is ready to return, though the last time he said that he immediately went on the disabled list. The Yankees will have to decide whether he's ready or if he needs one more rehab appearance to make sure his back is ok.

Francisco Cervelli has been rehabbing his way up the minor league food chain as he attempts to come back from a hamstring injury he sustained in April. In his next stop, he has been moved up to Triple-A, where he will continue to get into games until he is deemed ready to be removed from the 60-day disabled list. The Yankees might actually be keeping a spot on their 40-man roster, now at 39, open for him, but once he's ready to go, where will he play? He's out of options, but John Ryan Murphy has performed well in replacing the backup catcher.

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