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Yankees bring in Sergio Santos to help out bullpen

Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Sergio Santos delivers

Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Sergio Santos delivers during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Yankees in Toronto on Saturday, April 5, 2014. Credit: AP / Peter Power

BALTIMORE - David Carpenter and Esmil Rogers weren't the answer.

The Yankees hope Sergio Santos can be at least part of one in their search for another effective righthander out of their bullpen.

"We'll try to get him in slowly but we're seeing righthanders and we're going to need him," Joe Girardi said before Saturday night's game. "But he's a guy who's closed and has had some success and we're going to try and get him back on track."

Santos got his first chance last night, pitching the final two innings in a 9-4 loss to the Orioles. Santos allowed two runs and three hits.

The Yankees signed the 6-4, 215-pound Santos earlier in the week to a minor-league contract and signed him to a major-league deal Saturday before adding him to the 25-man roster.

Rogers, who posted a 6.27 ERA in 18 games, was outrighted to Triple-A Scranton on Friday night.

Carpenter was designated for assignment June 3 and was eventually dealt to the Nationals. Santos' best season was 2011, when he saved 30 games for the White Sox with a 3.55 ERA.

Shoulder trouble and ineffectiveness have mostly been the story since then, first with the Blue Jays from 2012-14 -- though he did have a good 2013, with a 1.75 ERA in 29 games -- and with the Dodgers this season, for whom he had a 4.73 ERA in 12 appearances before he was cut loose.

"When you get injured, it's hard to get consistent innings and get into rhythm," said Santos, who turns 32 July 4. "But I've been healthy now for quite a while and I feel good and I'm super excited about this opportunity."

Santos, whose fastball can top out at 97 and, when right, throws a good slider, said the last time he had shoulder trouble was last July.

He said "without a doubt," he sees a good opportunity in front of him. "If I can come and establish what I know I can do and hopefully what the Yankees believe I can do, it'll be a good fit," he said.

Lindgren ships out

Lefthander Jacob Lindgren, the club's top draft pick from 2014 who made it to the big leagues in less than a year, was sent back to Triple-A on Saturday. RHP Jose Ramirez, up briefly with the club in mid-May, was recalled.

"He did OK," Girardi said of Lindgren, who allowed three homers and had a 5.14 ERA in seven games. "For a guy who was drafted last June, he did OK. There's probably some pitches he'd like to have back but you can see the talent is there."

Girardi, without a true long man with Rogers gone, said Ramirez "could probably give you three innings."

Slow going for Ellsbury

CF Jacoby Ellsbury, on the DL since May 20 with a sprained right knee, ran on the field before Friday night's game but that is not a sign he's on the periphery of returning.

"It's been pretty good but it's still not where it needs to be," Girardi said. "There's a little feeling in there that he probably has to get rid of. I wouldn't call it a lot of pain but it's just not quite ready."

Romine not concussed

Scranton catcher Austin Romine, who has spent time on the minor-league and major-league disabled lists because of concussions, was hit in the head Friday night by a fastball thrown by Rochester's Lester Oliveros, which touched off a bench-clearing incident as it came after back-to-back homers.

General manager Brian Cashman said concussion tests came back negative.

"He said he's doing OK," said Girardi, who texted with the catcher Saturday afternoon.

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