Goodbye, Mr. Bean

It wound up becoming a non-issue with Wednesday’s rainout, but it’s worth noting that the Yankees made the roster move to purchase Phil Hughes’ contract before Wednesday’s game, optioning reliever Colter Bean to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The move was predictable. The timing was not.

GM Brian Cashman played it coy, even asked directly before the game if Bean was on the premises. Bean’s locker was cleaned out, a duffel bag sitting on the floor, and several of us saw Bean exit in jeans and a jacket. Cashman said that he hadn’t counted heads in a team meeting and that the bigger concern was the weather.

As it was, the Yankees cleared everything up after the game. But it’s interesting to see that they wanted Hughes on the bench in uniform for a potential game Wednesday, valuing that over keeping an extra arm in the bullpen behind Andy Pettitte.

"The concept was, if we played today, he’d be sitting on the bench soaking it in," Cashman said.

The Yankees did not have to make a 40-man roster move to activate Hughes, as their roster was at 39. Now, the Yankees have essentially two free moves on their 40 for future manuevers, as both Humberto Sanchez and Jose Veras (on the 15-day disabled list) are out for the season with surgeries. They can be transferred to the 60-day disabled list, where they won’t count against a 40-man roster.

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