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MLB Team Report - New York Yankees - INSIDE PITCH

NEW YORK -- The best way to describe the developments with the Yankees' injured starting rotation is cautiously good news with some bad news mixed in.

First the good news and that is Masahiro Tanaka threw for the first time since being placed on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation that may eventually require Tommy John surgery and for the first time since getting a platelet-rich plasma injection July 14.

Before Monday's 2-1 win against the Detroit Tigers, Tanaka made 25 throws at 60 feet in the Yankee Stadium outfield. Tanaka said he thinks it went well and he will throw again Tuesday.

Tanaka began this year 11-1 with a 1.99 ERA in his first 14 starts and in four starts since before landing on the DL, he was 1-3 with a 4.35 ERA with 22 strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings after getting 113 in his first 99 2/3 innings.

Now the bad news and that pertains to David Phelps. Phelps lasted two innings Sunday night and the Yankees said he left the game with an inflamed right elbow.

On Monday, Phelps landed on the 15-day DL. The Yankees said he will not pick up a baseball for at least two weeks.

For Phelps, the timing of it he said was "devastating." He had a 3.00 ERA in his previous six starts before the impact of the right elbow tendinitis was too much for him to overcome Sunday night.

Besides the two weeks of inactivity, Phelps might need another two weeks of the usual routine of catch, bullpen sessions, batting practice and rehab games before returning.

Phelps lost the fifth starter's role to Michael Pineda but stepped into Pineda's spot in May. Pineda is working his way back and although manager Joe Girardi didn't think Pineda would return Friday against Cleveland, he didn't rule it out either.


MLB Team Report - New York Yankees - NOTES, QUOTES

RECORD: 58-53

STREAK: Won three

NEXT: Tigers (LHP David Price, 11-8, 3.11 ERA) vs. Yankees (RHP Hiroki Kuroda, 7-7, 3.98 ERA)


--RHP Brandon McCarthy improved to 5-0 over his past six starts by allowing an unearned run and five hits. He struck out eight and walked two Monday. McCarthy is 4-0 since the Yankees acquired him from the Diamondbacks on July 6. The hot stretch comes after he won just one of his first 17 outings with Arizona this year.

--RHP Hiroki Kuroda makes his 23rd start Tuesday night against Detroit and looks to continue his recent upward trend. Kuroda is 5-4 with a 3.58 ERA in his last 16 starts since May 6. That includes last Wednesday, when he allowed three runs and nine hits in seven innings of a 3-2 loss at Texas. Kuroda is 0-1 with a 3.72 ERA in three career starts against Detroit and slugger Miguel Cabrera is 4-for-9 with two home runs in their matchups.