CHICAGO (AP) -Ron Villone will join the New York Yankees' overworked bullpen.
Villone will be added to the major league roster, general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday. Cashman said a corresponding roster move would be made after manager Joe Torre spoke with the player involved.
Villone's minor league contract contained a Tuesday deadline to add him to the major league roster. If Villone wasn't brought up, he could have become a free agent.
The 37-year-old left-hander was 0-1 with a 1.90 ERA and one save in 17 appearances with Triple-A Scranton. He allowed 21 hits in 23 2-3 innings, striking out 27 and walking 10.
Villone failed to make the opening day roster after compiling a 14.40 ERA in spring training, allowing 10 runs - eight earned - and 13 hits in five innings over nine games. He was 3-3 with a 5.04 ERA in 70 appearances with the Yankees last year.

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