With Matt Thornton being claimed off waivers by the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, the New York Yankees had an extra roster spot available and needed another left-hander for their bullpebn.
The Yankees have added 34-year-old veteran Rich Hill to their bullpen, as they signed him to a major league contract, as Dan Barbarisi of the Wall Street Jornal reported.
Source says LHP Rich Hill coming up to take Thornton's bullpen spot.— Daniel Barbarisi (@DanBarbarisi) August 5, 2014
Hill, who had been signed earlier in the summer by the Yankees to a minor-league deal, had been with their Class-AAA Scranton/Wilks-Barre team, pitching to a 0-0 record with a 0.00 ERA in four appearances.
Earlier in the season, Hill was with the Boston Red Sox and was 3-3 with a 3.23 ERA in 25 appearances in Class-AAA Pawtucket before being released.
Hill will take Thornton's roster spot and hope to be the short-inning lefty reliever that Thornton was for the Yankees this season and hope he can stick with their major league team.
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