The Yankees have designated left-hander Phil Coke for assignment as part of a series of roster moves, per Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News (Twitter link). Beyond Coke’s DFA, the Yanks have optioned right-handers Chad Green and Conor Mullee to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and recalled left-hander James Pazos, right-hander Luis Cessa and infielder Rob Refsnyder from the same affiliate.
The 33-year-old Coke’s return to the organization which originally drafted him in 2002 was brief, as he logged just six innings in the Majors and surrendered four earned runs on seven hits and four walks with one strikeout. Coke did fire off seven strong innings at the Triple-A level prior to the selection of his contract to the big league roster, however, and if he clears waivers he’ll have the option of accepting an outright assignment and remaining with the team in hopes of another crack at the Majors.
A mainstay on the Tigers’ pitching staff from 2010-14 (after being traded by the Yankees in the three-team Curtis Granderson/Max Scherzer/Austin Jackson/Ian Kennedy/Edwin Jackson blockbuster), Coke’s production began to slip late in his Detroit tenure. He wound up signing with the Cubs last season but lasted 10 innings before being designated and released, at which point he signed with the Blue Jays. Coke tossed 2 2/3 innings for Toronto late in the year but didn’t stick on their roster, either.