9/7/2013 1:40 A.M. ET
Girardi: Youk unlikely to play again this season
By Josh Vitale / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- On Thursday, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said it wasn't probable that Kevin Youkilis would return this season. But even with only 22 games remaining in the regular season, the infielder isn't ready to rule out a 2013 return just yet.
Youkilis has been on the disabled list since undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back on June 20, but he's inching closer to getting back on the field.
After being limited to just core exercises at the end of August, Youkilis began taking tee and toss on Friday and has been throwing from 60 feet. The veteran has been doing all of his rehab work in New York, but he will travel to Tampa, Fla., on Monday to continue working during the Yankees' road trip.
"We're just going day by day. There's no magic ball," Youkilis said. "Hopefully if it all works out, I'll be playing this year."
Youkilis said he's experiencing some normal soreness in his back but no pain. The fastest anyone has returned after this sort of surgery is 12 weeks, and he's at 11 weeks right now. Youkilis said he's not going to be able to return after 12 weeks, but he's hopeful he can be ready to play for the last week of the season, and maybe even the postseason if the Yankees make it.
"I'm not going to sit here and say, 'Yes, I'm definitely going to play,' because if something happens, then I look bad," Youkilis said. "For me, it's about if I'm progressing well and getting everything in order. I feel great, and hopefully they'll allow me to play."
Logan's elbow ailing; Robertson has shoulder tendinitis
NEW YORK -- The Yankees' bullpen was already shorthanded entering Friday night's game against the Red Sox. Closer Mariano Rivera was unavailable after pitching three days in a row, and Shawn Kelley was on the shelf with inflammation in his triceps.
By the end of the game, it was even more shorthanded. Boone Logan left Friday's game after feeling something in his elbow, and manager Joe Girardi revealed after the game that setup man David Robertson has shoulder tendinitis and could be unavailable for the next five or six days.
The Yankees' bullpen cost them what could have been a crucial victory on Friday. New York led Boston by five runs entering the seventh inning, but four Yankees relievers combined to give up nine runs on nine hits over the next two innings as the Red Sox stormed back to capture a 12-8 victory.
New York relievers have now pitched nine innings over two games against Boston in this series, giving up 15 runs on 21 hits and seven walks.
"We suck," Logan said. "We're scoring a lot of runs, starters are giving us their best and it's our job to lock it down. With that kind of lead, later in the innings, it's [unacceptable] for it to happen, for us to do that."
Logan entered Friday's game with one out and the bases loaded in a four-run game in the seventh inning. After striking out designated hitter David Ortiz to record the second out of the inning, Logan gave up a game-tying grand slam to first baseman Mike Napoli.
The left-hander said he felt something in his elbow after the second or third pitch to Napoli. After giving up a single to right fielder Daniel Nava in the next at-bat, Logan left the game accompanied by a trainer.
Girardi said Logan will get an MRI on Saturday. Logan said "my mind got on the elbow" and it did affect him when he was pitching to Napoli.
"I just felt a little tightness kick in two or three pitches in to Napoli," Logan said. "I wasn't going to do anything about it at the time, I was just trying to finish the at-bat and try to get out of that inning, but that didn't happen."
The game was still tied entering the eighth inning, and Girardi had already said Robertson might not be available on Friday because he had pitched in back-to-back games. But Girardi revealed after the game that Robertson came to the stadium complaining of soreness in his shoulder, and an MRI showed tendinitis.
Robertson said he first felt the soreness after he came out of Thursday's game and still felt it when he woke up Friday morning. Robertson said he's going to take a few days off before trying to play catch and throw a bullpen session.
"Pretty much the worst timing ever," Robertson said. "It stinks. I want to be out there. I felt really good last night. I pitched really well and I was hoping to be able to throw today. When I got to the ballpark, I couldn't do it."
Instead of Robertson in the eighth, the Yankees went with Preston Claiborne and Joba Chamberlain, who combined to give up four runs on four hits and three walks. Claiborne took the loss in the game, giving up a go-ahead, two-run home run to center fielder Shane Victorino.
Matt Daley, who pitched the ninth inning after having his contract purchased from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre before the game, was the only Yankees reliever who didn't allow a run.
Phil Hughes made his first appearance as a reliever since 2011 after being demoted to the bullpen on Tuesday, allowing three hits and four runs over one-third of an inning and leaving the bases loaded for Logan.
"My stuff was flat, and my command wasn't very good," Hughes said. "So it was just a terrible inning. And this time of year, terrible innings cost you big time. So it's just a rough night all around."
Rivera will likely be available on Saturday, but Robertson, Logan and Kelley won't be, and Claiborne and Chamberlain might not be either after pitching two nights in a row. Without them, Girardi would be left with just Hughes, Daley, Adam Warren, Dellin Betances, Cesar Cabral and Brett Marshall out of the bullpen.
"It's an opportunity for these other guys to shine," Girardi said, "and they're going to have to do it."
Kelley plays catch, hopes to return next week
NEW YORK -- Yankees reliever Shawn Kelley was not available to pitch in Thursday's 9-8 loss to the Red Sox because he's dealing with inflammation in his triceps.
Girardi said Kelley told the Yankees he was feeling something in his arm after his last outing on Sunday, and the MRI showed he had inflammation.
Kelley was shut down for four days after that game, but he played catch on Friday. Girardi said the plan is for him to throw a bullpen session soon, and "if that goes good, he'll be available shortly after that," likely sometime next week.
Kelley gave up two runs on two hits without recording an out on Sunday against the Orioles. For the season, the right-hander is 4-2 with a 3.96 ERA and 66 strikeouts over 50 innings.
Daley makes Yankees debut after promotion
NEW YORK -- Matt Daley was in Hoboken, N.J., on Friday when he got the call. A few hours later -- around 6 p.m. -- the Queens native was at Yankee Stadium, stretching and throwing in the Yankees' bullpen.
The Yankees purchased the right-handed pitcher's contract from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and added him to their active roster on Friday, and he was in the game to pitch the top of the ninth inning later that night against the Red Sox.
Daley threw one scoreless inning in the Yankees' 12-8 loss to the Red Sox -- he was the only New York reliever who didn't allow a run in the game -- giving up one hit while striking out two on 24 pitches.
"It's pretty amazing," Daley said after the game. "My whole family, my wife's whole family are Yankees fans, so to get to pitch in this stadium, I think, means a little more than any other stadium, that's for sure."
Daley last pitched in the Majors in 2011, appearing in seven games and compiling a 10.50 ERA with the Rockies. For his career, he's 1-2 with a 4.71 ERA over 80 1/3 innings.
The Yankees signed Daley to a Minor League contract on Feb. 8, 2012, but he didn't pitch at all that season while recovering from right rotator cuff surgery performed in August, 2011. The 31-year-old went 5-3 with a 2.03 ERA as a reliever over 44 games between three levels of the Yankees' organization this year.
"I was actually a Mets fan growing up, but I think once I got into pro ball, I kind of understood how amazing this organization was," Daley said. "When the opportunity arose after the 2011 season, I was pretty pumped up to do that."
To make room for Daley on the 40-man roster, the Yankees reinstated infielder Corban Joseph from the Minor League seven-day disabled list, recalled him from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and placed him on the 60-day Major League DL. Joseph is recovering from right shoulder surgery.
• Second baseman Robinson Cano and left fielder Alfonso Soriano switched places in the lineup on Friday, with Cano batting fourth and Soriano batting third. Girardi said he did that to get a little more distance between his left-handed hitters against southpaw starter Felix Doubront.
• Pitcher David Phelps, who is working his way back from forearm and elbow strains, threw a bullpen session on Friday and is scheduled to throw a simulated game -- one inning or so, Girardi said -- on Monday.
Josh Vitale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.