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Saturday, June 9, 2012
Injury updates: Kuroda, Joba, D-Rob


Hiroki Kuroda still plans to make his next scheduled start on Wednesday in Atlanta, but first he needs to throw a bullpen session and see how he feels.

Kuroda took a liner off his left foot in the seventh inning Friday night against the Mets, and X-rays taken after the game were negative.

The veteran picked up the win with his excellent outing of seven scoreless innings.

"Much better than yesterday," Kuroda said, through a translator, about his bruised foot, which was heavily wrapped.

Kuroda, who had a limp as he walked around the clubhouse, said he plans to throw his bullpen on Sunday, but if he can't, he would then postpone the bullpen to Monday.

General manager Brian Cashman said he's less concerned about Kuroda after seeing him Saturday, saying the pitcher feels good. Manager Joe Girardi, like Kuroda, will wait and see how the veteran feels this week before making any determination.

There has not been any discussion as to what other routes the team might take if Kuroda can't start. The Yankees do not have an off day between now and Wednesday, but there are long relievers like David Phelps who could step in if needed.

"We haven't gotten that far," Girardi said. "We'll cross that bridge if we have to do. Hopefully we won't."

JOBA PROGRESS: Cashman is encouraged by the progress of reliever Joba Chamberlain. Chamberlain threw off a mound Friday for the first time since dislocating his right ankle in March, and also ran outfield sprints. He hasn't pitched since undergoing Tommy John surgery last year, and his ankle injury set him back.

"That's a good sign," Cashman said of the sprints. "He's got some hurdles to clear given the circumstances of his injury and obviously if he can get through stuff like that on a consistent basis, that's a great sign. We don't even know if he can be a runner on a consistent basis going forward."

Chamberlain told the Associated Press that he felt good and is confident he will pitch this season. While Cashman would not guarantee Chamberlain's return, he said it's possible, and the team would use him in the Bronx if he clears all the hurdles.

"He's always Superman. He gets hurt, unfortunately that happens in his career, and he heals a lot quicker than the time frames," Cashman said. "He both breaks down and he's a super healer."

D-ROB ON SUNDAY: Girardi confirmed that reliever David Robertson(strained left oblique) will pitch Sunday in Rochester for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Yankees plan for Robertson to also throw Tuesday, and if all goes well, he could possibly return to the Yanks late next week. Robertson has been on the disabled list since May 14.

AARDSMA UPDATE: Cashman indicated that reliever David Aardsma, who is working his way back from Tommy John surgery, could be close to pitching in rehab games. Aardsma threw his third bullpen session in Tampa on Friday, hurling 40 pitches.

"I don't want to set a timetable on it, but he's in batting practice, which is the last thing you do before you put him in a rehab game," Cashman said.

The GM added that Aardsma would head to the Bronx once he's ready to do so.