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Thursday, August 15, 2013
Pregame notes: Jeter headed to Tampa

By Kieran Darcy

NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter is bound for Tampa on Thursday to continue his rehab, and probably won't return to the New York Yankees' lineup until at least next week.

When asked if Jeter could return by Sunday night's series finale against the Red Sox in Boston, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said, "I wouldn't think so."

Derek Jeter
Derek Jeter took batting and fielding practice with the Yankees this week.
"He'll go down [to Tampa], we'll go day by day, and see where he's at," Girardi added.

Jeter did field ground balls and take batting practice prior to the Yankees' game against the Angels on Thursday afternoon, as he continues to work his way back from a calf injury. But Girardi wouldn't commit to his shortstop returning for next week's series against the Blue Jays, either.

"I'm not sure," the manager said. "He really hasn't run and been running the bases [yet]."

ROSTER MOVE: The Yankees promoted left-handed pitcher David Huff from Triple-A on Thursday, and sent down righty Dellin Betances to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Huff, 28, was picked up off waivers from the Indians on May 25, gave up one run in one inning for the Yanks a day later, and then was shipped to the minor leagues. In 22 games (14 starts) for the RailRiders, Huff was 4-7 with a 3.90 ERA, with 92 strikeouts and 22 walks in 92 1/3 innings.

"A guy that can give us some more distance, another lefty in the bullpen," Girardi said.

Huff, a first-round pick by the Indians back in 2006, made 58 appearances (52 starts) for Cleveland from 2009-13, with a record of 18-26 and an ERA of 5.40.

Betances, 25, was called up by the Yankees last Sunday after a stellar stretch at Triple-A. He hadn't given up an earned run in his last 17 outings for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre prior to being called up, with 41 strikeouts in 30 innings. But on Tuesday, in his lone outing for the Yankees this season, Betances gave up four runs on five hits in two-thirds of an inning.

PHELPS UPDATE: David Phelps was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Thursday to make room on the 40-man roster for Huff.

Phelps hasn't pitched since July 4 because of a forearm injury. But Girardi does expect Phelps to return to the Yankees sometime in September. Phelps is 6-5 with a 5.01 ERA in 18 appearances (12 starts) this season.