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Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Notes: Shawn Kelley still hurting

By Andrew Marchand

NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees' pitching staff is in total disarray. They don't know who is going to start on Thursday. They don't know who will relieve on Tuesday.

On Monday, the short bullpen was the Yankees' downfall in a 9-7 loss to the New York Mets.

Alfredo Aceves, Matt Thornton and Preston Claiborne allowed five runs in the final three innings.

Adam Warren and Dellin Betances needed rest because of how much they have been used recently, and the Yankees were also without regular eighth-inning man Shawn Kelley.

Prior to Monday's game, Kelley said he thought he would be ready to pitch. After the Yankees' bullpen implosion, manager Joe Girardi revealed Kelley's back is still not healed.

“He came in after BP and he is still not right,” Girardi said. “I thought we would have him today. He does not have the flexibility to finish his pitches.”

Girardi said Kelley is not slated for any new tests. Kelley hasn't pitched since last Tuesday. The team could place him on the DL retroactively on Tuesday.

Old eighth-inning guy: If Thornton had been successful in the eighth, David Robertson would have reported for work a little early on Monday.

“I was going to use a four-out save with Robertson tonight,” Girardi said.

Instead, the pen blew it and Robertson never appeared in the game.

Tex: I'll be back: Mark Teixeira vowed he will play Tuesday. Teixeira did not start Monday because of tiredness and tightness, but he pinch-hit in the ninth inning and singled. Girardi felt that if Teixeira didn't have the injury he would have reached second base on the hit, which possibly would have changed the inning.

"I was hoping we'd win 7-0 and I wouldn't have to be in there today," Teixeira said.

Ichiro's ailment: Ichiro Suzuki was out for Monday's game because of a bad back. He hurt it making a sliding attempt on his knees during Sunday's game in Milwaukee.

"Tonight I just couldn't go," he said.

Suzuki said he didn't think the DL was a possibility at this point.

Ace in play: Aceves pitched out of the bullpen Monday but threw just 18 pitches, leaving Girardi to believe Aceves could still start on Thursday. If not, GM Brian Cashman said Chase Whitley would make the start at Citi Field.

Captain Hits: Derek Jeter had his first three-hit game since Sept. 30, 2012 in Toronto.