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David Phelps has had elbow problems for “three or four weeks”

Aug 4, 2014, 1:33 PM EDT

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Because the injuries to the Yankees’ starting rotation apparently never stop, David Phelps exited last night’s game after two innings with what the team is calling right elbow inflammation.

After the game manager Joe Girardi revealed to Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York that Phelps has been dealing with elbow problems for “three or four weeks” already and recently underwent an MRI exam that came back clean. Despite that, Phelps posted a 2.97 ERA in five July starts.

Wallace writes that Phelps seems likely to miss at least one start and the fact that Girardi felt the need to say “I believe he’s going to pitch again” this season certainly suggests it could require a stint on the disabled list alongside fellow starters Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia, Michael Pineda, and Ivan Nova.

  1. pete2112 - Aug 4, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Well that’s just about right and I’ll expect that the injury to be much worse than originally thought with how this season has panned out for their pitching staff. He had some impressive starts (not last night) but never really got a lot of run support. It’s too bad.

  2. succulentnipples - Aug 4, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    I’m gonna get my Michael Phelps on.

  3. 13yrsmlbvet - Aug 4, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Yanks made changes to the training staff after tons of injuries last season. Clearly the problem still exists.

  4. bronx77 - Aug 4, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    The problem isn’t the training staff. CC is old. Texeira is old. Tanaka got injured because everyone elbow Is blowing up these days. Pineda hasn’t stayed healthy in 3 years. Nova’a elbow blew up too. So that’s two UCL tears that seemingly happen nowadays more frequently then a damn pulled hamstring. then two old guys who where work horses in there prime. Then one injury prone guy who wasn’t supposed to make the starting rotation. With all that being said a guy like phelps who has elbow soreness isn’t all that surprising since he has been over worked because of the injuries. Basically I’m saying it’s not the training staff. If it was a bunch of little reoccurring injuries because guys where coming back too soon then I think it would be the staff. Btw Tanaka says he felt no pain while throwing today.

    • pete2112 - Aug 4, 2014 at 2:56 PM

      It’s just been one of those years, but I think the age is catching up them and CC was a workhorse for so many years so it’s not a surprise to me that’s he’s breaking down. And Tex is just very injury prone unfortunately. The other guys are just tough breaks, in my opinion. I have to say though the Tanaka one stings the most. I really hope he doesn’t need TJ surgery.
      I think it’s pretty incredible given all of the injuries to their pitching staff, the lack of offense from some of their big money guys and all of the inexperience of some of the guys they brought up that they’re not further back than they are.

  5. bigharold - Aug 4, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    … and the hits just keep on coming….

    One pitcher after another gets hurt and they are barely hitting. I’m amazed that they are still in contention. If they ever get any real run support they might take a run at the O’s.

    August will likely be a make or break month fort the Yankees. Aside from the three just played at Fenway, they are playing 7 games against the Tigers, and 9 between the Rays, Jays and O’s. It’s sink or swim time.

    • pete2112 - Aug 4, 2014 at 3:01 PM

      Agreed. It’s a tough stretch and we’ll certainly know if they have a run in them or not.

  6. mikhelb - Aug 4, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    By the end of the season they might as well end up with 8/11 ths of their rotation injuried… wait… uh? Greene and Whitley I am not sure can whitstand the amount of pressure and now it seems they might call up Mitchell, that will give them:

    Mitchell if they call him up…

  7. bmadormo - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Hope they keep Phelps in the rotation next year. He has the makings of a good # 3-4 starter. With some reasonable run support he’d but around 10 wins

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