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Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Good news on Pineda, not Phelps

By Andrew Marchand

CHICAGO -- While the Yankees received relatively good news on Michael Pineda, David Phelps may be finished for the season.

Pineda -- who felt some stiffness in his surgically-repaired shoulder -- does not have anything seriously wrong with him, according to the Yankees, but will be kept out seven-to-10 days as a precaution. Yankees GM Brian Cashman said that the prognosis wouldn't preclude Pineda from joining the Yankees at some point this season, but it seems unlikely since the team's top priority with Pineda is ensuring he is healthy for the start of 2014.

Phelps, who has been out with a right forearm strain, has suffered another setback that will cost him two weeks. According to Cashman and Joe Girardi, Phelps has a minor strain in the forearm and won't be able to throw on flat ground for another couple of weeks. With the amount of time he has missed -- he has been out since July 5 -- the Yankees would need to build him up again and may run out of time to do that before the season ends, Cashman said.

"With the time frame, he might not get back," Cashman said.

Meanwhile, Vidal Nuno -- who went 1-2 with a 2.25 ERA in five games -- is done for the year because of a groin injury. Cashman said that Nuno pitched well enough that he will be under consideration for some role in either the rotation or the bullpen in 2014. The injuries don't ever seem to stop for the Yankees.

"It's been one for the ages," Cashman said.

RECORD SETTING: With Alex Rodriguez playing on Monday, the Yankees have used 48 players this season (18 pitchers, 3 catchers, 16 infielders, 10 outfielders, 1 DH), exceeding their total from all of last year (45 in 2012: 22 pitchers, 3 catchers, 10 infielders, 10 outfielders). The Yankees last used as many players in 2011 (also 48). The franchise record is 51, accomplished twice (2008 and 2005), according to the Yankees' media relations department.