TAMPA, Fla -- After showing minor progress in his rehabilitation, New York Yankees left-hander Jimmy Key suffered a major setback at the Yankees' complex yesterday.
Key was scheduled to throw three simulated innings of 20 pitches each, and did not even make it through the first frame before pain in his shoulder forced him to stop. He slammed down his glove after throwing only five pitches.
Coach Nardi Contreras said Key may throw again today, depending on how his shoulder feels this morning.
Key was placed on the disabled list May 20 after he experienced pain from inflammation and rotator tendinitis in his left shoulder, the same injury for which he had arthroscopic surgery during the off-season. Dr. James Andrews performed the operation, which included the removal of a bone spur, on Oct. 19 and his rehabilitation seemed to be ahead of schedule.