The revolving door on the Yankees' bullpen took a turn for the retro Sunday as the club signed righthander Kyle Davies to a major-league contract and promoted him from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Davies, 31, who was a starter for seven seasons with the Braves and Royals but hadn't appeared in a big-league game since going 1-9 with the Royals in 2011, likely will serve as a long man, manager Joe Girardi said. The Yankees designated lefthander Matt Tracy for assignment.

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"We know that we have length from him," Girardi said of Davies, who entered with two outs in the seventh Sunday night and closed it out. "He's a strike-thrower, he understands what it is to pitch at this level . . . We know he's not going to be nervous the first time he goes out, which sometimes you might get with a young kid. We need distance in our bullpen and that's what he can provide."

Davies, who signed a minor-league contract with the Yankees on Feb. 9, already has a spot in Yankees history. In 2007, he gave up Alex Rodriguez's 500th home run. He spent 2014 in the Indians' organization, going 11-9 with a 3.91 ERA in 26 starts at the Triple-A and Double-A levels and giving up 158 hits in 154 1/3 innings.

Confident in Beltran

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Girardi said he isn't concerned about Carlos Beltran, who was 2-for-20 entering the game and went 2-for-4. "There's nothing that I see," Girardi said. "Does his bat speed look different to me? No. He's gotten off to a slow start and hopefully the consistent at-bats will get him going." . . . Monday night's game against the Orioles begins a 10-game road trip for the Yankees, who will play 25 of their next 35 games on the road, a stretch that will end May 20.