Laffey odd man out on A-Rod's return

Laffey odd man out on A-Rod's return

MINNEAPOLIS -- With the Yankees activating Alex Rodriguez from the disabled list on Sunday, recently acquired lefty Aaron Laffey was the odd man out, as he was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Laffey made his debut for the Yankees on Saturday night, tossing three innings and allowing two runs on five hits.

"He's a guy that we believe can help us against left-handers as we move forward here," Girardi said. "He's not going to be able to throw for a couple days anyway."

Laffey will likely return to the Yankees when the rosters expand on Sept. 1. Until then, they would like him to work on a few things in Triple-A.

"I think left-handers are important for him to be consistent [against]," Girardi said. "He was consistent in getting left-handers out until the last month or so, or month and a half. So, get back to doing that."

Jordan Schelling is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.