The New York Yankees made a waiver claim on Saturday, and also received some positive news regarding a couple of their pitchers currently recovering from injuries.
Yankees claim Huff off waivers
New York claimed former Cleveland Indians pitcher David Huff off waivers on Saturday. The Indians designated Huff for assignment to clear space for Scott Barnes.
The southpaw only pitched three innings of relief for Cleveland this season, allowing five runs on seven hits. Huff can pitch out of the bullpen or be used as a starter, giving the team some needed flexibility.
The Yankees designated Francisco Rondon for assignment to make space for Huff on the 40-man. Huff will join the team sometime in the next 72 hours, and New York will make a corresponding 25-man roster move when he does.
Kuroda plans to make next start
Hiroki Kuroda threw a complete bullpen session Saturday, and expects to make his next start. Kuroda left his last start early after being hit in the calf by a line drive off the bat of Manny Machado.
The veteran starter admitted that the calf still felt tight, but says he shall be ready for his turn in the rotation. Kuroda is scheduled to pitch against New York Mets starter Matt Harvery on Tuesday at Citi Field.
Chamberlain hopes to return soon
Joba Chamberlain threw two innings and 24 pitches in an extended spring training game on Saturday. The relief pitched did take a one-hopper off his calf, but manager Joe Girardi said that Chamberlain had no issues.
Girardi also said that this could be Chamberlain's final rehab session before returning to the major league roster. Chamberlain has been on the disabled list since April 29 with an oblique strain.
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