Yankees add Huff, option Betances

08/15/2013 12:12 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

The Yankees purchased the contract of LHP David Huff from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Thursday morning, giving themselves another fresh arm ahead of the series finale with the Angels.

To make room on the 25-man and 40-man rosters for Huff, the team optioned RHP Dellin Betances to Triple-A and transferred RHP David Phelps to the 60-day disabled list.

Huff, who was 1-6 with a 3.86 ERA as a starter for the RailRiders, threw 105 pitches in a loss to Buffalo on Sunday, but should be ready to go today for whatever role Joe Girardi needs him in.

"I'm good to go. I have no idea what my role is, but I'll come in whenever they call upon me," Huff said. "Whether it's starting, long relief, whatever, I'm ready."

Girardi was just as non-committal on Huff's role, only admitting that their upcoming series with lefty-laden Boston and next Tuesday's doubleheader with Toronto played into the decision to recall the southpaw.

"He's a guy that can give us some long distance, and also another lefty in the pen," the skipper said. "We have a split doubleheader coming up, and he's a guy who has been starting down there (in Triple-A). He might be a long man, but I might use him if a couple lefties are coming up, too."

Huff made one appearance with the Yankees back in May after being claimed off waivers from the Indians, and while he's ecstatic to be back, the 25-man roster move is one he wishes was slightly different.

"I got the call last night, and it stinks that I won't get the chance to be in the bullpen with Dellin, because I was looking forward to that," Huff said. "But, I've been working on a lot of things and we'll see if it pays off. It's definitely special to be part of this organization; I had a taste of it before, but it's exciting to be back."

Betances returns to Triple-A after allowing four runs in two-thirds of an inning in his only appearance on Tuesday, and as for Phelps, the righty has been shut down from his rehab assignment after suffering a new strain in his forearm, and Girardi said the move to put him on the 60-day DL was an "easy" one.

"He's not going to pick up a ball for a while; I think the last day he pitched was July 4, and September 4 probably wasn't realistic anyway, so it was a pretty easy move," Girardi said. "II think he can pitch in September, but I think Sept. 4 is too early."

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