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Phelps expects to miss just one start

NEW YORK -- Sidelined with a slight strain in his pitching forearm, Yankees right-hander David Phelps expects to resume throwing on Monday and is hopeful that he will miss just one start in the rotation.

"If I was laying in bed and I'd roll over, I'd just feel stiff," Phelps said. "I said something to [head athletic trainer] Stevie [Donohue] the other day and he said, 'Doc's going to want to see you.' And I saw him, got the MRI and he said the ligament looks great.

"So that's obviously the biggest relief, when you're talking about your arm. It's just a small strain in my forearm. With the All-Star break coming up, it was an easy decision. It's one start, and I'll get back out and be ready to go."

Phelps said that his forearm did not bother him when he was pitching, and that he is treating it with just rest and ice.

"We don't expect it to be a real long time, but I think you just have to take it day by day and see how he feels every day," Girardi said.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. Josh Vitale is an associate reporter for
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