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Veteran relievers Paul Quantrill and Mike Stanton appear to have pitched their last games for the Yankees. Hoping to make their bullpen younger, the Yankees could release or trade both on Thursday, the New York Times reported.
Quantrill and Stanton shook hands and exchanged hugs with teammates and club personnel after Wednesday night's rainout at Camden Yards. Quantrill would not comment after leaving the clubhouse, and Stanton said, "You can read between the lines."
According to the Times, Yankees manager Joe Torre kept the clubhouse closed to reporters for about 15 minutes after the game was called. He said he had spoken with general manager Brian Cashman about reducing the Yankees' pitching staff to 11 from 12.
On Wednesday, the Yankees promoted the right-hander Jason Anderson from Triple-A Columbus and sent down outfielder Kevin Reese. The move gave the team 12 pitchers, and it was necessary for two reasons: Wednesday's scheduled starter, Mike Mussina, was ill, and setup man Tom Gordon was unavailable after working two innings Tuesday.
Torre said he wanted to return to 11 pitchers and was eager to promote a backup infielder, Felix Escalona, for Friday's game in Detroit. When asked before the game if the presence of Anderson and another recently promoted reliever, Scott Proctor, could affect the roster spots of veteran relievers, Cashman said, "That's always an option that we have."
The Times said it was not immediately known which player besides Escalona would join the Yankees' roster, but Colter Bean has been dominant at Columbus, with 47 strikeouts in 39 innings. Bean, a right-hander, pitched two innings for the Yankees in April. The Yankees held a six-hour organizational meeting on Tuesday in Tampa, Fla., evaluating their talent in the minors and the majors. Some in the organization say that with Quantrill and Stanton struggling, it makes sense to give younger pitchers a chance.
The Yankees drafted Anderson in 2000 and included him on their opening-day roster in 2003. They traded him to the Mets for Armando Benitez that July, and Anderson bounced to Cleveland before the Yankees claimed him on waivers last June. He limited opponents to a .189 average at Columbus, with nearly a strikeout per inning pitched.
Quantrill, 36, set a club record last season with 86 appearances, but his effectiveness waned as the season went on, the result of pitching through a knee injury he sustained opening night, the Times said. This season he has a a 6.75 ERA in 22 games, with a .361 opponents' average.
Stanton, 38, allowed a game-ending homer to Baltimore's Brian Roberts on Tuesday. He has a 7.07 E.R.A. in 28 games.
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