The Yankees have made a move to replace Masahiro Tanaka in their rotation for the next six weeks, at least -- it's left-hander Jeff Francis, who the team acquired from the Oakland Athletics along with cash for a player to be named later.
Francis, who was designated for assignment by the A's last week, will join the Yankees tonight in Baltimore for their series opener against the Orioles.
In another series of moves, the Yankees have also recalled right-handed reliever Matt Daley from Triple-A Scranton, while designating Jim Miller for assignment.
The 33-year-old Francis posted a 6.08 ERA over 13 1/3 innings in nine relief appearances in Oakland. He started the year with the Cincinnati Reds, getting one start with the club before he was claimed off of waivers by the A's.
Obviously it's not much, but it's another arm to throw in for a team that has seen it's bullpen throw a lot of innings lately. I'm not sure if he'll be going to the bullpen or into the rotation. Either way, both of those could use a lefty.