TOR@NYY: Cervelli hit in hand by foul tip, exits game

NEW YORK -- After missing more than a month since breaking his right hand on April 26, Francisco Cervelli is finally nearing a return to action.

The Yankees catcher said Tuesday that he expects to begin throwing in about one week and he could be ready to return to the Yankees not long after that.

"If I throw a ball, I'm only going to need like two weeks to get my arm strength," Cervelli said. "Then we'll be ready to go."

Cervelli had his cast removed on Thursday and underwent surgery to remove the pins from his right hand on Friday. He's currently on the 60-day disabled list, so he'll be eligible to return in late June.

"We're just starting to rehab the hand. We're doing some exercises with it," manager Joe Girardi said. "He'll probably go to Tampa, [Fla.], sometime this week."

There's still some swelling, but Cervelli said the hand felt better Tuesday than it did Monday. He's been undergoing physical therapy on the hand all week, and he started running Tuesday.

"Nobody wants to play more than I do," Cervelli said. "I will be good in one week, I believe."

Yanks activate Joba, designate Huff for assignment

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NEW YORK -- One day after a bullpen meltdown at Citi Field, the Yankees are getting reinforcements.

Manager Joe Girardi announced Tuesday that Joba Chamberlain has been activated from the disabled list, giving the team another experienced arm in the bullpen.

Chamberlain, who has been on the disabled list since May 2 after sustaining an oblique strain during pregame warmups on April 28, had a 3.86 ERA over 9 1/3 innings before the injury.

He joins a bullpen that has performed very well of late, despite David Robertson's loss Monday night. Entering Tuesday, Robertson has a 3.00 ERA, Boone Logan hasn't allowed a run in 10 straight appearances, Shawn Kelley has given up just three runs in May after struggling in April and Adam Warren and Preston Claiborne both have ERAs under 1.15.

Chamberlain said he doesn't know yet what his role is going to be, but he said his experience in a lot of different situations should work to his advantage.

"Everybody is throwing the ball well," Chamberlain said. "Just to be in the mix with those guys down there has been fun to watch, and now to be a part of it is going to be even better."

David Huff was designated for assignment to make room for Chamberlain. The Yankees claimed Huff off waivers from the Indians just three days ago. He made only one appearance with the team, allowing a run in Sunday's loss to the Rays.

There was some speculation that the Yankees might send down Ivan Nova so he could get stretched out again as a starter, but Girardi said the team kept him on the roster due to concerns with this week's weather.

"With what we went through with [Hiroki] Kuroda and [David] Phelps, we want all the pitching we can here," Girardi said. "I know you can say we're a little bit shorthanded in a National League ballpark, but we'll make that work."

Tex, Youk set to begin rehab stints at Double-A

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NEW YORK -- Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis will join Double-A Trenton on Wednesday as they begin their respective Minor League rehabilitation stints.

Teixeira and Youkilis each had five at-bats in extended spring training games on Tuesday in Tampa, Fla., and are expected to be in Trenton's lineup for Wednesday's 10:35 a.m. ET game, as well as Thursday's 7:05 p.m. contest against Erie.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said there is a chance that both Teixeira and Youkilis could join the big league club on Friday against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.

"I think it's a possibility for both of them," Girardi said. "I have said all along it depends on how they feel, physically and mentally, is when you decide to activate them."

Additionally on Tuesday, left-hander Andy Pettitte threw 76 pitches in a simulated game in Tampa and reported no issues with his strained left trapezius muscle. Pettitte is eligible to come off the disabled list on June 2.

Girardi also said that right-hander Michael Pineda, who was believed to be on the cusp of beginning a Minor League rehab assignment, had a slight setback in an extended spring game on Tuesday.

"Pineda was throwing the ball extremely well today and cracked a nail, so they took him out of the game," Girardi said. "It had nothing to do with his arm."

Bombers bits

• Shortstop Eduardo Nunez (left oblique strain) had a scheduled day off on Tuesday at the Yankees' Tampa complex. Girardi said they are trying to let Nunez's injury "calm down" after he had difficulty swinging the bat late last week.

• On this date in 1946, Yankee Stadium hosted its first night game as a crowd of 49,917 watched the Yankees fall to Washington by a score of 2-1.