Following Friday night’s win over the Milwaukee Brewers, Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi announced that relief pitcher Shawn Kelley was unavailable to pitch that day due to a stiff back. Girardi also said Kelley went for an MRI which came back clean, and he hopes he’ll be able to go tomorrow.
Kelley has been a reliable option out of the Yankees’ bullpen the last two seasons, compiling a record of 5-4 with a 4.19 ERA, while also racking up 87 strikeouts during that span. Kelley had struggled mightily with his command in his last couple of outings against the Angels, and it is a possibility that the back discomfort could have played a key role. The Yankees and their fans should no doubt be breathing a sigh of relief over the MRI results, and hopefully Kelley will be able to return to his old dominant self.