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Friday, May 30, 2014
Wounded Yankees healing nicely

By Wallace Matthews

NEW YORK -- The Yankees got nothing but good news from three of their injured regulars today. Mark Teixeira, who had missed three games with inflammation in his surgically-repaired right wrist, declared himself fit and ready to play this afternoon and was promptly inserted back into the lineup for tonight's game against the Twins, batting cleanup and playing first base.

Reliever Shawn Kelley, out since May 7 with a lower back injury, threw 25 pitches off a mound this afternoon for the first time since going on the disabled list and reported himself to be pain-free afterward.

And Carlos Beltran, on the DL since May 13 with a sore right elbow from an old bone spur, took 50 batting practice swings, 25 from each side of the plate, and was positively jubilant in the Yankees clubhouse afterward.

"I'm happy, honestly," said Beltran, who thought he was headed for in-season surgery when he first felt the injury. "These last few days have been tough, but right now, I'm good. I'm relieved."

Joe Girardi could not give a timetable for Kelley or Beltran to return, but did say he expected both to need some time in rehab games before they could be reactivated. Beltran will take BP again Saturday and Kelley will throw another bullpen Sunday, after which the Yankees will make a decision about what to do next with both of them.

“"No, I don't think we're out of the woods," Girardi said about Beltran. "I think he has to go through rehab games where all types of things happen; where you swing and miss, or you get fooled, or you get out in front of a ball. I think you're going to have to go through some of that. And you could go through rehab games, and you still may not know. The only way to find out if we can get him into games is if we get him in games."

Girardi said that when he returns, Beltran will be used primarily as a DH in the beginning, with Ichiro Suzuki and Alfonso Soriano splitting time in right field.