SEA@NYY: Pettitte on leaving start with back injury

ST. PETERSBURG -- Andy Pettitte said that he felt good after throwing a bullpen session on Saturday at Tropicana Field and expects to come off the disabled list when he is eligible on June 1.

Pettitte, who is on the DL with a strained left trapezius muscle, said that he is expected to pitch a simulated game on Tuesday and then could slot back into the Yankees' rotation.

"I think they want to see how I feel tomorrow, make sure everything is good," Pettitte said. "I think the plan would be a sim game after that, try to go ahead and see how it feels.

"The seven days I took off is not that long of a break, as built up as I was. With this bullpen, I felt good, so I think we could go right into a game and see how it goes."

Yankees claim pitcher Huff off waivers from Tribe

CLE@KC: Huff tosses 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Yankees made a move to add to their pitching staff, claiming David Huff off waivers from the Indians on Saturday.

Huff, 28, made three relief appearances for Cleveland this season, allowing five earned runs in three innings. He opened the year at Triple-A Columbus, where he was 3-1 with a 4.07 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 24 1/3 innings pitched over nine games (two starts).

Huff's name may be familiar to some avid Yankees fans, who will remember that Huff was struck in the head by an Alex Rodriguez line drive on May 29, 2010, while pitching for the Tribe at Yankee Stadium.

In order to make room on the 40-man roster, left-hander Francisco Rondon was designated for assignment. A corresponding 25-man roster move will be made when Huff joins the club, and he has 72 hours to do so.

Boesch rejoins Yankees as Granderson hits DL

NYY@TB: Granderson and Girardi discuss hand injury

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Yankees officially placed Curtis Granderson on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday, recalling Brennan Boesch from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to replace him on the active roster.

Granderson has played just eight games for the Yankees this season, and he will be sidelined for at least four weeks after suffering a fractured fifth metacarpal of his left hand when he was hit by a Cesar Ramos pitch during Friday's 9-4 win over the Rays.

The outfielder also missed six weeks of the regular season with a fractured right forearm, suffered when he was drilled by a pitch in the Yanks' first Spring Training game.

"I think you roll with the punches because you have to," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "I think the feelings that we have right now, there's a sadness for Curtis. It's a big year for him. He's a big player for our lineup. And there's a sadness that he's going through it again."

Boesch, 28, hit .209 with two homers and five RBIs in 20 games of part-time duty with the Yankees earlier this season. He was batting just .179 (5-for-28) at Triple-A, but Girardi said the Yanks were looking for a left-handed hitter with experience to take Granderson's roster spot.

"We're in a stretch of 17 days in a row. I can't run our outfielders out there every day, so [Boesch is] going to play some," Girardi said.

When the Yankees optioned Boesch to the Minors in between games of a May 13 doubleheader in Cleveland, he said that he welcomed the chance to play every day at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

"I went down and I think I was a little more gung-ho, and suddenly you're down and you realize you have a tough mental adjustment to make," Boesch said. "Probably a little tougher than I thought. I felt like the last couple days I was really getting after my at-bats, grinding them out better."

Kuroda, Phelps in line to make next starts

NYY@TB: Phelps hit on arm by comebacker, exits game

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Yankees have announced their probable pitchers for the upcoming home-and-home Subway Series, with both Hiroki Kuroda and David Phelps included after their respective injury scares.

Kuroda said that he still feels some soreness in his right calf, which was struck by a liner in his last start on Wednesday against the Orioles, but he expects to start opposite Mets right-hander Matt Harvey on Tuesday at Citi Field.

Kuroda tested the calf in a bullpen session on Saturday and said he was able to complete the full session.

"There's a little tightness," Kuroda said through an interpreter. "It's not zero. It's not like I don't feel anything, but I'll be OK."

Phelps had his right forearm in a compression wrap and said it was sore on Saturday, one day after he was struck by a Ben Zobrist line drive in the eighth inning of his start against the Rays.

Phelps said that he will try to throw a bullpen session on Sunday and is listed as the Yanks' probable starter for Wednesday against the Mets at Yankee Stadium, starting opposite Jeremy Hefner.

"Nothing that I wasn't expecting," Phelps said. "I slept pretty good last night. I woke up, it was just a little stiff, a little sore. We'll get treatment done and be ready to go in five days."

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he believes Kuroda will be ready, but would like to give Phelps a few more days just to make sure his arm is fine.

"If we need to protect him, we will," Girardi said. "The one thing he hasn't done is he hasn't picked up a baseball. A lot of times you feel pretty good when you're not doing a whole lot, so we'll have to see how he feels when he goes to play catch and if he tries to throw a bullpen tomorrow. Then we'll make an evaluation."

Phil Hughes is slated to pitch on Monday against the Mets' Jonathon Niese in Queens, while Vidal Nuno is listed for Thursday's Subway Series finale in the Bronx opposite Dillon Gee.

Bombers bits

• Catcher Austin Romine got the start behind the plate on Saturday because of his familiarity with Nuno, Girardi said. Chris Stewart is expected to be behind the plate on Sunday to catch CC Sabathia.

• Mark Teixeira (right wrist) had five at-bats in a Gulf Coast League game on Saturday in Tampa, Fla., and felt good, while Kevin Youkilis (back) played three innings and also felt fine.

• Also on Saturday, right-hander Joba Chamberlain (oblique) threw two innings and 24 pitches. The effort was not without incident, as Chamberlain took a one-hopper off his right calf, but Girardi said that Chamberlain had no issues. His next outing could come at the big league level.