Shawn Kelley missed 31 games with a back issue, and to say that he’s elated to be back is quite the understatement. After a lengthy DL stint, he’s in the Yankees pen, and he reflected on the road to recovery.
“I didn’t think it was going to take this long when it first happened, but after the first couple setbacks I knew it was going to be a process,” Kelley said. “So I just had to be patient with it.”
Kelley was the primary set-up man to David Robertson before he went down, so it will be interesting to see what Girardi does with Kelley going forward. Girardi has the option of using Adam Warren and Dellin Betances, both who have done a good job for the Yankees thus far.
“It’s three guys, to me, that can be used any time late and are somewhat interchangeable,” Joe Girardi said. “Hopefully you’ll always have one every day.”
Kelley understands he might not see the eighth inning at first as he works his way back, but he feels with his presence back in the bullpen, the road to Robertson will have less speed bumps.
“Having me is just going to help get to that ninth inning so that D-Rob doesn’t have to come in too early.
I’m very happy to be back. You can just write that on your own.”
— Girardi revealed the reason the Yankees traded for David Huff: it was so he could give them distance as the long-man. With David Phelps and Vidal Nuno in the rotation, the Yankees were lacking a true long-man. He’s only stretched out to 45 pitches, but the Yankees felt he was a better option than Wade LeBlanc, who was DFA’d after making one Yankees appearance.
— Carlos Beltran played catch for the Yankees today. That’s his first step in his quest to return to the outfield. He hadn’t thrown a baseball since finding out he had a bone spur in his elbow.
— Derek Jeter has another “Farewell” present, this time from the University of Michigan. They sent Jeter two basketball jerseys, one home and away. Jeter normally doesn’t show much emotion when he gets gifts, but he was so excited he showed them to Shawn Kelley while they were in the clubhouse.
— Not Yankees news, but Logan Morrison for the Mariners was activated from the disabled list and he’s in the lineup for them tonight. Morrison’s one of my favorite players that’s not on the Yankees, so I’m personally pretty excited to see him back–just as long as he doesn’t hit a home run or have an RBI against Masahiro Tanaka.