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Nathan Eovaldi could be available in relief role if Yankees reach ALDS

Nathan Eovaldi of the New York Yankees pitches

Nathan Eovaldi of the New York Yankees pitches in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. Credit: Jim McIsaac

BALTIMORE - If the Yankees reach the ALDS, they might get one of their big arms back.

Nathan Eovaldi, out since Sept. 7 with right elbow inflammation, threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Friday that Joe Girardi described as "good." He won't be ready in time for Tuesday night's wild-card game but could be available out of the bullpen for any game after that.

"Tuesday's out of the question," Girardi said. "Moving forward after that, it's something we will look at it. See how he feels tomorrow. See when his next throwing session will be and go from there. I don't think you necessarily count him out."

Eovaldi, the team's leader in victories (14), innings pitched (1541/3) and starts (27) when he was sidelined, made four relief appearances in 2011, his first season.

"That's fine," Eovaldi said of a bullpen role for the postseason. "Anything I can do to help the team win. I've always been able to get ready real quick. I don't think it would be an issue. My arm doesn't take too long to get loose."

Drew likely done

Stephen Drew, who did not travel with the team to Baltimore, is unlikely to be on the club's postseason roster after being diagnosed with what Girardi called a vestibular concussion, which has caused extreme dizziness for the better part of the last three weeks.

"For right now, it's doubtful because he still has the symptoms," Girardi said.

Drew suffered the concussion Sept. 9 when a ground ball hit by the Orioles' Gerardo Parra glanced off his face.

Headley is fine

Chase Headley, who sat out Thursday night's game because of a sore lower back, had treatment Friday and should play in one of Saturday's games. "A lot better," he said. "So I expect to be in there for one of them [Saturday].''

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