David Phelps feels strained pitching arm getting better

Yankees pitcher David Phelps throws against the Minnesota

Yankees pitcher David Phelps throws against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning. (July 4, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

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David Phelps doesn't see a reason his DL stint will last beyond 15 days.

Joe Girardi, for obvious reasons given the injuries that have befallen his club this year, is taking a more cautious approach. "We don't expect it to be a real long time but I think you have to take it day-by-day," Girardi said before Wednesday night's game. "We just have to see how he feels every day."

Phelps was in the clubhouse Wednesday, appearing for the first time since being placed on the DL Friday with a right forearm strain. He's on doctor's orders not to throw a ball for 10 days, a term that expires Monday.

The righthander, 5-4 with a 4.93 ERA in 12 starts this season, told trainer Steve Donohue after his Thursday start in Minneapolis that his forearm felt "a little stiff," though not when throwing. A subsequent MRI showed the strain, a relief to Phelps.

The pitcher said a few days before his July 4 start against the Twins, when he allowed four runs over 61/3 innings, he first felt the stiffness.

"Doctor came in and said the ligament looks great, and that's obviously the biggest relief when you're talking about your arm," Phelps said. "Talked to Stevie, talked to Joe, with the All-Star break coming up it's an easy decision. It's one start."

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It could be more than that, depending on how Ivan Nova pitches, but Phelps isn't concerned about that. As of now, it's getting better and he said he hasn't felt it in a couple of days.


Still skidding

Travis Hafner went 0-for-3 -- three strikeouts -- with a walk Tuesday night, extending his slump to 13-for-58. "He has to battle his way out of it, that's the bottom line," said Girardi, who again had Hafner in the lineup Wednesday against Wade Davis. "We know he's capable of doing it. He has to battle his way out of it. He's had some success against Wade Davis [4-for-8] and maybe today turns it around." Hafter went 0-for-2 Wednesday

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