As expected, right-hander Shawn Kelley was activated off of the DL before Wednesday night's game against the Seattle Mariners. But that wasn't all, as the Yankees also acquired left-hander David Huff from the San Francisco Giants for cash. The Yankees traded Huff to San Francisco during the offseason.
Kelley has not pitched in a big league game since May 6 due to a lumbar spine strain, but he'll be slotted back in the Yankees' bullpen as one of their more important late-inning arms, joining Dellin Betances and Adam Warren, who both stepped up big while Kelley was on the shelf.
"It just gives me more versatility; gives me another late-inning guy with the two that we've had, that we've been using a lot," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "I think all these guys are interchangeable. It gives us more depth."
To make room for Kelley on the active roster, the Yankees optioned right-hander Matt Daley down to Triple-A Scranton, deciding to send him down over rookie Jose Ramirez, who can give the Yankees some more length out of the bullpen.
To clear room for Huff, the Yankees designated left-hander Wade LeBlanc for assignment. LeBlanc only made one appearance for the Yankees after being acquired off of waivers last week from the Los Angeles Angels.
Huff made 11 appearances with the Yankees in 2013, including two starts. This season for the Giants, was 1-0 with a 6.30 ERA in 16 appearances.
Girardi told reporters that Huff will be used as multi-inning reliever that can give about 45 pitches.