With not much news coming from the Yankees except for a few injury notes here and there, I figured it would be a good idea to post them right before game time.
Shawn Kelley: Shawn Kelley was supposed to come back during the St. Louis Cardinals series, but that’s not going to happen since he had a setback. Joe Girardi gave a timetable on when the Yankees can expect Kelley to return, and that would be two weeks from now. Girardi said since Kelley had the setback, he basically has to start over, meaning he has to do his bullpen sessions and possibly get into a rehab game before returning to the roster.
Brian Roberts: Brian Roberts is out of the Yankees lineup today after fouling a pitch off his knee. Although it initially looked bad, Roberts says he feels much better and he could pinch-hit if the Yankees need him. He had X-Rays on his knee last night and as expected, they came back negative.
Michael Pineda: Michael Pineda threw a bullpen in Tampa today and has progressed nicely. He threw 28 pitches during his bullpen session and although it’s not confirmed, the Yankees are considering letting him get into a rehab game.
– Yesterday, Derek Jeter tied White Sox Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio (2,583) on the all-time games played list at shortstop. Today, Jeter will have sole possession of second place on the list, with only Omar Vizquel (2,709) playing more games at short. Jeter has also made the most appearances at a single fielding position in baseball history without playing another position.
– It’s suggested the Yankees take at least one of these last two games this weekend: They’re facing Michael Wacha, Lance Lynn and Shelby Miller during the Cardinals series. I don’t think any of the Yankees (possibly Brian McCann) have at-bats against those three, but I’ll check the stats and post the pitching matchups on Monday.
– Here’s a startling stat: The Yankees are 3-8 in their last 11 games against the Chicago White Sox dating back to August 20, 2012, but they are 19-14 in their last 33 games, which dates back to August 2nd, 2009.