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Pitcher Phelps returns to active roster, Soriano temporarily out of the lineup for Yankees

09/14/2013 4:22 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Pitcher David Phelps is 6-5 with a 5.01 ERA in 18 games with 12 starts this season. (AP)
The New York Yankees activated RHP David Phelps off the 60-day disabled list on Saturday, bringing back the righty after he missed more than two months with a strained forearm.

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.

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