The New York Yankees activated pitcher David Phelps from the 60-Day DL Saturday, according to the Yankees official Twitter page. The team moved Derek Jeter to the 60-Day DL to open a spot on the 40-man roster for Phelps.
The Yankees originally placed Phelps on the DL with a forearm strain on July 6, two days after he allowed four runs in six innings against the Twins. He had only been expected to miss one turn in the rotation but faced a series of setbacks and was moved to the 60-Day DL in mid-August.
Less than two weeks ago, Manager Joe Girardi said that Phelps was not close to rejoining the major league roster. Phelps will come out of the bullpen for New York, a move that likely reduced the amount of time needed for him to return.
Phelps, 26, had been working primarily as a starter for the Yankees in 2013. He pitched out of the bullpen in April, then moved to the rotation and never looked back. Over 18 games, he posted a 5.01 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in just his second season in the majors.
Meanwhile, Jeter being placed on the 60-Day DL officially ends his season. Though the Yankees had effectively ruled him out from returning in 2013, it is now impossible for him to be taken off the DL before the end of the season. He played in just 17 games after having his fractured ankle surgically repaired in the offseason.