Pitcher Phelps returns to active roster, Soriano temporarily out of the lineup for Yankees
To make room for Phelps on the active roster, the Yankees transferred Derek Jeter from the 15-day to the 60-day DL, officially ending the captain's season.
Phelps last pitched on July 4 in Minnesota, allowing four runs over 6 1/3 innings in a Yankees' win, but was placed on the disabled list shortly thereafter with a forearm strain. He was shut down from a rehab assignment at Double-A Trenton in late-July because of a new strain, but threw a two-inning simulated game on Thursday and was deemed ready to go.
The righty, who is 6-5 with a 5.01 ERA in 18 games with 12 starts this season, will pitch out of the bullpen to help out a relief corps that has been banged-up of late.
While they did get Phelps back on Saturday, the Yankees at least temporarily lost outfielder Alfonso Soriano, who was scratched from the lineup due to a sprained right thumb suffered while making a diving catch in Baltimore. Although he played through the injury on Friday, he was removed from the starting lineup late Saturday morning and is listed as day-to-day by the team.