New York Yankees - PlayerWatch


2:28 AM EDT, July 28, 2014


RHP Bruce Billings, designated for assignment by the Yankees on Wednesday, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Billings had two brief stints with the Yankees, and he pitched four innings of four-run ball in his lone appearance.

DH Carlos Beltran hasn't played the outfield since getting hurt in May, but he continues to throw. The Yankees said there is a chance he could return to the field within the next few weeks. Beltran went 1-for-3 with an RBI single Sunday.

1B Mark Teixeira missed his seventh consecutive game with a lower lat strain and 27th overall due to injury. After running and stretching Saturday, Teixeira took 25 swings from both sides of the plate and fielded ground balls Sunday. He remains day-to-day.

3B Chase Headley concluded his first homestand since being acquired from San Diego by hitting his first home run as a Yankee. Overall, he is batting .342 (27-for-79) with two home runs and 11 RBIs since July 4, a span of 18 games.

C Francisco Cervelli continued swinging a hot a bat Sunday, hitting a home run that ended a drought of 65 at-bats going back to April 25, 2013. He has a hit in 11 of his last 12 starts, and during that span, he is batting .390 (16-for-41). Cervelli has started seven straight games, his longest stretch since getting 10 consecutive starts May 17-27, 2010.

RHP Chris Leroux, designated for assignment Friday, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He had his contract purchased Wednesday as an extra arm following Tuesday's 14-inning win over the Texas Rangers. He didn't get into a game during his latest major league stint. Leroux made two appearances earlier this season and allowed five runs and seven hits in two innings.