Clay Holmes could go from difficult to unavailable.
The Yankees reliever has been struggling with a tight back lately, he revealed Tuesday night, and could be heading to the injured list. Manager Aaron Boone said after a 3-1 loss to the Rays there could be a roster change involving an upcoming pitcher, though the Yankees didn’t announce anything official Tuesday night.
Holmes, who hasn’t pitched since his Friday stoppage against the Red Sox, said he had his back “locked” a few days ago.
“I tried throwing again today and it got tighter,” Holmes said. “I just felt the smartest thing and the best way to go about it was to maybe try to give him a break.
“Play smart and don’t try to push through something that could be a whole lot worse than it is now. … I hope it’s just a short little thing and nip it in the bud very rapidly.
If Holmes lands on the IL, Ron Marinaccio is a likely candidate to be recalled from Triple-A to take his place in the bullpen.
After a dominating start to the season, during which he took over the closest role, Holmes has a 10.24 ERA with three missed saves in his last 11 games.
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