Martin reinstated from DL, optioned to Triple-A

Yankees keep four left-handers in bullpen

Martin reinstated from DL, optioned to Triple-A

OAKLAND -- The Yankees returned right-hander Chris Martin from his Minor League rehab assignment on Sunday, reinstating him from the 15-day disabled list before optioning him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that the club decided to keep four left-handers in its bullpen -- Jacob Lindgren, Andrew Miller, Chasen Shreve and Justin Wilson -- to prepare for a three-game series against the Mariners this week.

"[Martin] just has to pitch well and get on a roll. As we get some guys back, sometimes it gets a little bit crowded," Girardi said. "What I would tell him is to be ready. When the phone rings, you want to be the guy."

Martin, 28, pitched a perfect inning for the RailRiders in Saturday's 6-1 loss to Norfolk, inducing three groundouts. He was 0-1 with a 3.55 ERA in 15 appearances before being placed on the disabled list May 9 with right elbow tendinitis.

"At the end, it was a little bit of a struggle for him," Girardi said. "We'll see if we can get him back on a roll, and then if we need him, we'll call him."

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