Pineda progressing; setback for Kelley

Yankees get good and bad news for pair of recovering pitchers
05/21/2014 2:39 PM ET
By staff

Yankees manager Joe Girardi confirmed before Wednesday's game against the Cubs that reliever Shawn Kelley had been shut down for the time being as he recovers from a back injury. After playing catch earlier in the week, the right-hander experienced some stiffness in his back that prompted the shut down.

Additional tests have not revealed any damage, so the team believes Kelley is dealing with a muscular issue that they hope some extra rest will clear up.

Kelley has been a strong member of the Yankees' bull pen this season, posting a 3.52 ERA in 15 1/3 innings, while also posting four saves while subbing in for closer David Robertson.

The Yankees received better news on injured starter Michael Pineda as he works his way back from a back strain of his own. The right-hander continues to progress and looked comfortable during a 30-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium. The team will continue to evaluate Pineda before deciding what the next step will be in his recovery.

New York would love to get Pineda back in a starting rotation that's been depleted by injuries. Pineda is 2-2 with a 1.83 ERA over five starts this season.

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