Qualls To Help Aid Yankees’ Bullpen
NEW YORK (AP) _ The New York Yankees have acquired right-handed
reliever Chad Qualls from the Philadelphia Phillies for a player to
be named or cash.
The Yankees made the deal Sunday during their 4-2 win over the
Chicago White Sox. The Phillies designated the right-hander for
Qualls was 1-1 with a 4.60 ERA in a team-high 35 appearances for
the Phillies. Righty batters are hitting .250 (19 for 76) against
him this year.
“He’s kind of a guy that can get up to 95 mph, somewhat of a
power guy, a sinker guy,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “Very
tough on right-handers.”
The Yankees could be looking to add a veteran arm to a relief
corps that has been hit hard by injuries. Closer Mariano Rivera is
out for the season with a torn ligament in his knee and
eighth-inning setup man David Robertson recently returned from a
stint on the disabled list and faltered in the second of
Cory Wade has also struggled in his last several appearances.
“We mix and match a little bit here so we hope he’s really
effective for us,” Girardi said.
To make room for Qualls on the 40-man roster, the Yankees
designated minor league infielder Matt Antonelli for assignment.
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