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Phelps (elbow) has been activated from the DL and will be available for Friday's doubleheader against the Orioles, Erik Boland of Newsday reports.
Phelps has been out more than a month with an elbow injury, last taking the mound against the Red Sox on August 3. He threw a simulated game over the weekend and tossed a successful bullpen session Wednesday. Phelps is 5-5 on the season with a 4.24 ERA, but he'll likely work out of the bullpen going forward.
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Phelps (elbow) will throw another bullpen session Wednesday, the NY Post reports.
Phelps is hopeful that this will be the final step in his recovery, and that he'll be able to be activated off the disabled list after the bullpen session. With the season winding down, he's probably in line to return soon anyway, and will rejoin the team as a reliever.
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Phelps (elbow) threw a 31-pitch simulated game Sunday, the YES Network reports.
Phelps said he felt good after the session, throwing two innings of relief work. The team is waiting to see how he responds a day after throwing to decide on the next step, but it seems as though Phelps is not too far off from a return at this point.
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Phelps (elbow) will pitch a simulated game Sunday, the NY Post reports.
Phelps threw another bullpen session Friday, so it's an encouraging sign that he's moving on to pitching a simulated game. He'll throw around 35 pitches, after feeling good throwing that amount Friday. Phelps is hopeful he can return in about a week, though the team has yet to give their timetable.
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Phelps (elbow) will throw a 35-pitch bullpen session Friday, mixing in all pitches, MLB.com reports.
The next step, if all goes well Friday, will likely be pitching in a simulated game over the weekend. Phelps is working to come back to the team as a reliever, so he should be able to return quicker than if he was starting, but there's no exact timetable at this point for a return.
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Phelps (elbow) threw 25 pitches in a bullpen session Tuesday, and will throw 35 pitches out of the bullpen on Friday using every pitch, MLB.com reports.
Phelps threw fastballs and changeups Tuesday, and got through the session without reporting that he felt any pain. The Yankees plan to bring him back to the team as a reliever, but at this point there is still no timetable for his return.
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Phelps (elbow) has continued playing catch, and will be reevaluated in another week, MLB.com reports.
Phelps has yet to throw off a mound, but likely will within the coming days. He hasn't suffered any setbacks, but a return before the first or second week of September seems unlikely.
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Phelps (eblow) is scheduled to play catch again on Thursday and will throw off a mound this week, MLB.com reports.
"I think at this stage, we're going day by day," Phelps said. "We'll hopefully amp it up when we get through this week. I took two weeks off, it's not like I'll be on the mound this weekend." The team decided earlier in the week that Phelps will return as a reliever, so once he returns to a mound, he should be able to speed up his recovery.
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Phelps (elbow) played catch Wednesday, and has been pain-free for over a week, MLB.com reports.
This is obviously good news, and the fact that he's been able to throw without pain suggests he's recovered since landing on the disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow. The team is now officially committed to bringing Phelps back as a reliever rather than a starter in an effort to get him back more quickly, so he may return sooner than initially anticipated.
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Phelps (elbow) may return to the bullpen rather than rejoin the starting rotation in an effort to speed up his recovery according to manager Joe Girardi, MLB.com reports.
Phelps threw 50 times from 60 feet on Monday and reported feeling good. Girardi indicated that he's unsure of how he'll use Phelps when he's healthy, but if he uses him out of the bullpen, he wouldn't need as long to build back his arm strength.