Yankees Notes: Whelan Outrighted; A.J. and the 5th Rotation Slot

The New York Yankees have outrighted right-handed pitcher Kevin Whelan to Triple-A, according to Bryan Hoch of mlb.com via twitter. Whelan was designated for assignment last week.

In another Yankees note, Matt Ehalt of ESPN reports that General Manager Brian Cashman is continuing to stand by A.J. Burnett, but suggests that Burnett, Phil Hughes, and Freddy Garcia will compete for the 5th rotation spot. This could potentially make one or both of the other two potential trade bait if the Yankees were so inclined:

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