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Kelley progressing toward return to bullpen

KANSAS CITY -- A valuable piece of the Yankees' bullpen could be returning soon.

Shawn Kelley is slated to make a second rehab start after the reliever appeared in a game for Double-A Trenton on Saturday.

Yankees manager Girardi said the destination has not been picked, but that Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre was the likely spot.

On Saturday, Kelley (3.52 ERA in 15 1/3 innings) logged two-thirds of an inning, walking one batter and striking out two in his first rehab stint since being placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 13.

"One outing to me is not a lot when you've been out a month, so we just felt for him that it'd be better to make sure he bounces back," Girardi said.

Girardi said the 20-pitch limit Kelley operated under on Saturday would likely remain on Monday.

Jackson Alexander is an associate reporter for
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