Despite Brian Cashman’s jokes, it had to happen sooner or later. The Yankees announced that they have designated Ben Francisco for assignment this afternoon to make room on the roster for lefty David Huff.
The 31-year-old Francisco was having one pathetic season for the Yankees hitting just .114/.220/.182 in 21 games. He was meant to be the right handed bat off the bench, but that experiment failed a while ago and he’s basically been sitting on the bench barely even playing recently.
Huff, 28, has a 5.40 ERA, a 5.1 K/9 and a 3.1 BB/9 in 288.1 major league innings over parts of five seasons all with the Indians. He gives the Yankees 13 pitchers so it’s very possible that we see another move in the upcoming days when some of the injured players come off the DL. Until then Huff will serve as insurance with Hiroki Kuroda and David Phelps a little banged up.
On that note, don’t expect Eduardo Nunez to be the first one back. He’s been rehabbing a ribcage injury since May 6 and experienced a setback and could be on the DL much longer than expected. That’s rough news for the Yankees who have gotten almost no production from the shortstop position.
One interesting thing to note is that the Yankees have been using Lyle Overbay in right field during practice. This is obviously in anticipation of Mark Teixeira coming back. Teixeira will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Trenton on Tuesday. Overbay has never played any position other than first base during his career, but he did play there a little while in the minors.
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