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.
"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
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.