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Yankees Promote Rich Hill, Let Matt Thornton Go To Nationals

Matt Thornton (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York Yankees have shuffled left-handers in their bullpen, promoting Rich Hill from the minors and letting Matt Thornton go to the Washington Nationals in a waiver claim.

The moves came before the Yankees played Detroit on Tuesday night.

The 34-year-old Hill pitched four games at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, striking out 10 in four innings without allowing a run.

Hill pitched two games in the majors this year for the Los Angeles Angels and also was in the minors with Boston. He is 24-22 with a 4.75 ERA during 10 seasons in the majors with the Cubs, Baltimore, Boston, Cleveland and the Angels.

The 37-year-old Thornton was 0-3 with a 2.55 ERA in 46 games for the Yankees, pitching 24 2-3 innings. He signed a two-year, $7 million contract with the club in the offseason.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi says Thornton did well as a lefty specialist. He said Hill could be used in similar situations, and also for multiple innings.

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