CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 5: Lance Pendleton #39 of the New York Yankees pitches during the eighth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on July 5, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Yankees defeated the Indians 9-2. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
The New York Yankees designated right-handed reliever Lance Pendleton for assignment, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. The move was made to make room on the 40-man roster for called up right-handed reliever George Kontos.
Pendleton, 27, pitched 14 complete innings for the Yankees at the major-league level, mostly finishing blowout games. The former fourth-round selection posted a 3.21 ERA, 1.3 HR/9, 5.1 K/9, 6.4 BB/9. For what it's worth, the reliever posted similar numbers in Class Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, though the control was better at Triple-A.
As mentioned above, George Kontos will replace Lance Pendleton on the 40-man roster. This is the first time Kontos has been with the Yankees, or any major-league team, and will look to make his big league debut out of the bullpen. The former fifth-round selection in 2006, Kontos posted a 2.62 ERA, 1.2 HR/9, 2.6 BB/9, and a 9.2 K/9 in over 89 innings of work at the Triple-A level.