Pregame notes: Joba back, Cervelli better

Joba Chamberlain is back on the active roster, exactly one month after being placed on the disabled list with a strained right oblique. To make room for him, the Yankees designated David Huff for assignment after just one appearance as a Yankee on Sunday against the Rays in St. Petersburg.

Joe Girardi said he expected to have no restrictions on Chamberlain, who is expected to slide back into his role as the seventh-inning man between the starter and set-up man David Robertson.

"We'll use him like we did prior [to the injury)]," Girardi said. "We think he's OK. He worked two innings on Saturday to make sure he could build his arm strength, so I think he's fine."

Chamberlain said his velocity on Saturday was up to "95, 96 at 10:30 in the morning, and I don't know if I was even quite awake yet."

Francisco Cervelli had the pins removed from his broken right hand on Friday and was in the clubhouse Tuesday night with just a small bandage on his middle knuckle and a blue rubber exerciser in his palm.

Cervelli, whose hand was broken on a foul tip on April 26, said he hopes to be able to throw a ball and grip a bat next week. "If I can do that, I'm only a gonna need two weeks to get my arm strength and then we'll be ready to go," Cervelli said.

Curtis Granderson saw the team's hand specialist Tuesday and Girardi said the prognosis for his broken left hand has not changed -- four weeks of no activity to start. The manager said he did not know if Granderson would undergo surgery to set or strenghten the fracture.

Michael Pineda was taken out of a game Tuesday morning in Tampa, but not because of any problem with his surgically repaired shoulder. "He cracked a nail," Girardi said. "He was throwing the ball extremely well today."

Eduardo Nunez, who had a setback last weekend in his recovery from an oblique strain, performed no activity Tuesday and Girardi said none is planned for the immediate future. "He felt something when he let it go [in the batting cage]," Girardi said. "So now they want to just let it calm down for awhile."

Hiroki Kuroda, coming off a start in which he was hit hard in more ways than one -- he took a one-hpper off his calf -- is 2-5 lifetime against the Mets with a 4.81 ERA, and has never beaten the Mets as a visiting player. He was 0-1 at Shea Stadium with a 20.25 ERA as a Dodger and 0-3 at Citi Field (6.19), two of them also as a Dodger. ... Not a single member of the Yankees' lineup has ever faced Mets starter Matt Harvey, who is 5-0 with a 1.93 ERA and has attracted comparisons to Tom Seaver and Dwight Gooden.