Notes: Yanks Add Extra ArmCrosby designated for assignment; Veras recalled
"We tried this thing with 11 pitchers for a couple of days and I just wasn't comfortable," manager Joe Torre said. "I just felt we needed another arm based on the fact that when you get a game when you're way ahead or behind, you don't want to use or abuse [Scott] Proctor or [Kyle] Farnsworth or [Mariano Rivera].
"And you have Mike Myers, who you save for a man here and there, so you're really limited on who you have to go to down there. I just felt we needed another arm."
Proctor leads the American League in appearances (53) and innings pitched (66 1/3) among relievers. Farnsworth is second in appearances, one behind Proctor, and Rivera and Ron Villone rank fourth and fifth in the AL in innings, respectively.
"We certainly didn't think we were going to have a decision this soon, but the last couple of days have made me uncomfortable," Torre said.
Veras, who was recalled from Triple-A Columbus, has never pitched in the Majors before. New York purchased his contract in mid-June, but he did not appear in a game.
Designating Crosby was a "very tough" decision, Torre said. Crosby, who made the team's Opening Day roster, made 19 starts with the Yankees this season. He got 87 at-bats, hitting .207 with a homer and six RBIs.
"He becomes a luxury item," Torre said. "He can pinch-run for you; you put him out in center field."
The Yankees acquired Crosby in 2003 through a trade with the Dodgers. He split time in 2004 and '05 between Columbus and New York. Crosby did not talk to reporters before Friday's game.
"It's a one-way conversation. There's not a lot I can talk to him about," said Torre, who expressed that the need for another pitcher was a necessity that outweighed keeping Crosby. "Obviously, he had nothing to do with the decision as far as his lack of ability or anything. You couldn't use him."
Farnsworth sore, but OK: Farnsworth, who was struck in the right thumb by a ground ball in Thursday's game, said Friday that he was feeling fine. X-rays taken on the thumb came back negative, and it was not too swollen.
"I'll grab a ball and then see how it goes from there," said Farnsworth, who played catch during batting practice.
Torre said that Farnsworth was sore and it wasn't a big concern. The manager did not expect Farnsworth to be available for Friday's game. Farnsworth has given up only one run over his last 15 appearances, a span of 13 2/3 innings.
Injured Yanks: Robinson Canó made his second rehab start Friday, playing second base for Double-A Trenton. On Thursday, Canó went 2-for-5 as the designated hitter for the Gulf Coast League Yankees.
The All-Star has been out since June 27 with a strained left hamstring, which he suffered while running out a double. Torre expects to have Canó back early next week.
"If everything goes well from now until Tuesday, where he'll play over the weekend and probably Monday, Tuesday I would guess would be pretty realistic," Torre said.
As for outfielder Hideki Matsui, Torre said not to expect him back until next month. Matsui got X-rays on his fractured left wrist Thursday, and although they look fine structurally, there is still tenderness.
"It's going to be September whether we like it or not," said Torre, who added that Matsui will probably not make any rehab assignments.
Quotable: "You work hard every single game. Every game's very important take nothing for granted. We have a good edge right now. I can't tell these players anything other than: 'Just keep it going.'"
Torre, on the Yankees winning eight of nine games
Coming up: The Yankees continue their weekend series in Baltimore on Saturday, with Mike Mussina starting against rookie Adam Loewen at 4:35 p.m. ET.