David Huff, we hardly knew ye: Yankees activate Joba Chamberlain

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BBD is back after taking a couple of days off for Memorial Day and to watch the return of Arrested Development, which I’ve enjoyed very much. I wasn’t gone long, but it might have been just long enough to miss the entire Yankees career of David Huff, who was designated for assignment to make room on the roster for the returning Joba Chamberlain.

Huff made just one appearance with the Yankees against the Rays on Sunday. He gave up one run on a hit and two walks. That, apparently, was all the Yankees needed to see out of him before they decided to cut him. He could clear waivers and be outrighted to the minor leagues though.

That’s how life in the Yankees bullpen is right now though. Everyone is pitching so well that if a pitcher gets a chance there he won’t have a lot of rope to hang himself with. Just look at Joba, the Yankees haven’t had him for a month, but Shawn Kelley really stepped up big to replace him and Preston Claiborne has done a phenomenal job as well. Joba is going to have to fight to find a role for himself out there now.

• It’s also going to get interesting out there when Andy Pettitte comes back. Pettitte threw a 75-pitch simulated game on Tuesday and is expected to be back either this weekend or early next week.

Once Pettitte returns that likely means the end of Vidal Nuno‘s time in the rotation. Does that mean he goes to the bullpen and Ivan Nova heads to the minors? That’s hard to say right now, but Nuno has been solid with a 1.93 ERA, a 4.5 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9 in 14 big league innings this year.

Mark Teixeira will begin a rehab assignment in Double-A Trenton today and Kevin Youkilis will be joining him as well. It’s hard to say who will be back first out of the pair, but it won’t be long for either and then the Yankees are going to face a tough decision because it seems hard to imagine them carrying all four — Teixeira, and Youk, as well as Lyle Overbay and Travis Hafner — all at the same time.

Overbay was working out in right field, but based on his comments about the experiment he’s not comfortable out there or too thrilled about it. Hafner, of course, doesn’t even own a glove any more.

LET’S CATCH UP ON SOME OTHER STUFF

• One player not coming back quite as soon as we expected is Michael Pineda. No, he has not had a setback in his shoulder rehab, but he did crack a fingernail. That’ll shut him down for at least a few days. It’s certainly nothing major though. Heck, there is nothing wrong with taking it slow right now so this may be a blessing in disguise.

• Francisco Cervelli expects to report to Tampa this weekend to begin a throwing program. He’s on the 60-day DL though so he’s not eligible to return until the end of June.

• Francisco Rondon, DFA’d to make room on the roster for Huff, cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A.

• Before the Yankees claimed Huff, they asked the Pirates about left handed reliever Mike Zagurski. Obviously the Pirates choose to keep him.

• Yankees minor league reliever Chris Bootcheck has been doing well this season, but if they don’t call him up sometime next month he can opt-out of his contract. He hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2009, but has a 2.82 ERA, a 6.9 K/9, and a 3.0 BB/9 in 51 Triple-A innings this year.

• I never mentioned it because I really don’t care about MLS, but the Yankees and Manchester City agreed to a deal to bring a new football club to New York. This could potentially lead to the Yankees playing a game in England. I hope they avoid that distraction.

Photo credit: (May 25, 2013 - Source: Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images North America).

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2 Responses to David Huff, we hardly knew ye: Yankees activate Joba Chamberlain

  1. Mike Sommer says:

    I guess I'll never be doing a Classic Yankees piece on David Huff. ;-)