Jimmy Key is unable to throw without pain and may miss the rest of the season, the Yankees said Tuesday.
Key, 35-10 in 1993 and '94, had arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder Oct. 19 and was placed on the disabled list May 20 after going 1-2 with a 5.64 ERA in five starts.
"I think you've got to prepare for the worst-case scenario and hope you're pleasantly surprised with something else," manager Buck Showalter said.
Key had a cortisone shot June 5 and began throwing last week at the Yankees' minor-league facility in Tampa. He was scheduled to throw 20 pitches Monday but stopped after 10.
If Key is not back soon, the Yankees may bring up Dade City native Dave Eiland, 6-6 with a 3.30 ERA with Columbus. The former University of South Florida right-hander is in his second stint with the New York organization.
"I wouldn't close the door on Jimmy," Showalter said. "I wouldn't do that just yet."
Around the league
All-Stars: Showalter, managing the AL because his team had the league's best record last season, picked managers Johnny Oates of the Rangers and Phil Garner of the Brewers as coaches for the game July 11 at Texas. Four New York coaches join them: Brian Butterfield, Tony Cloninger, Billy Connors and Willie Randolph.
Brewers: Starting pitcher Angel Miranda will have arthroscopic surgery Thursday and miss three to four weeks, the team said. The left-hander (4-3, 5.26) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with torn cartilage in his surgically repaired left knee.
Indians: Centerfielder Kenny Lofton, who strained his left hamstring Monday night, was out of the lineup and listed as day-to-day.
Yankees: Henry Alonzo Keller, an artist who created the top-hat-on-the-bat team emblem in 1947, died at 87 Monday in DeLand.
Royals: Bob Hamelin, the 1994 AL Rookie of the Year sent down to Triple-A Omaha on June 12 in the midst of a terrible slump, was recalled.