Source: New York Yankees bring back Chad Gaudin, plan to add righty to bullpen as long reliever
BY Mark Feinsand
DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER
Wednesday, May 26th 2010, 12:44 PM
MINNEAPOLIS – Chad Gaudin was the odd man out this spring following the five-man battle for the No. 5 spot in the rotation, but it appears the righthander will be back in pinstripes by Wednesday night.
The Yankees agreed to terms to re-sign Gaudin on Wednesday, according to a source, adding him to their bullpen as a long reliever. Gaudin's arrival may mean that the Yankees received bad news on Alfredo Aceves, who suffered a setback with his injured back on Tuesday and could be headed for surgery to repair a herniated disk.
According to the source, Gaudin is in Minneapolis, where he's expected to be activated for Wednesday night's game. The Yankees and Twins will finish their suspended game Wednesday afternoon, after which the Yankees will make a roster move to make room for Gaudin.
General manager Brian Cashman was unavailable for comment.
After being acquired by the Yankees from the Padres last August, Gaudin went 2-0 with a 3.43 ERA last season in 11 games for the Bombers, six of them starts. He appeared in one postseason game, throwing a scoreless inning in the Yankees' Game 4 ALCS win over the Angels.
Gaudin signed this winter for $2.95 million, though he only earned $737,500 after he was released by the Yankees on March 25 following a rocky spring in which he posted an 8.68 ERA in four outings. He caught on with the A's, going 0-2 with an 8.83 ERA in 12 appearances before being released last week.