Shawn Kelley began his MiL rehab assignment over the weekend after making it through another throwing program without further injury to his back. He pitched 0.2 innings for the Trenton Thunder on Saturday, recording both his outs via the strikeout and walking a batter in 19 pitches. His back came through that perfectly fine and so the team has decided he can return this week after 1 more rehab appearance.
Joe told reporters before yesterday's game that Kelley would make that final rehab appearance tonight, possibly for Triple-A SWB, and then travel to Seattle to rejoin the team on Wednesday against the Mariners. I'm a little wary of Kelley pitching and then having to sit down on a cross-country flight with a recovering back, but the Yankees need all the help they can get right now and Kelley will provide a lot for the bullpen. His return means fewer innings for the mediocre middle relievers and a much-needed break in workload for Betances and Warren.
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