Yanks option Wade to make room for Qualls

Yanks option Wade to make room for Qualls

Yanks option Wade to make room for Qualls
ST. PETERSBURG -- With disheveled hair and a clean-shaven face, Chad Qualls walked into the Yankees' clubhouse on Monday after an eventful few days.

"I guess I'll learn all the rules on the fly," Qualls quipped. "It's only facial hair. I'm not too worried about it."

On Sunday, New York completed a trade for Qualls, who had been designated for assignment by the Phillies on Thursday. To clear room on the 25-man roster, the Yankees optioned struggling right-hander Cory Wade to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Monday.

Manager Joe Girardi said he would mix the 33-year-old right-hander into the bullpen mix. Qualls went 1-1 with a 4.60 ERA in 35 appearances for Philadelphia.

"I was glad," Qualls said of the trade. "Obviously we're in first place, so anything I can do over here is a good change for me. I've been around for a little while, so I know I can come in and get key outs in crucial situations and help get the ball to [closer Rafael] Soriano in the ninth. I'm going to come in here and just throw wherever Joe wants me to throw and do my best."

Girardi said it was difficult to inform Wade he'd been optioned. After posting a 2.04 ERA in 39 2/3 innings last season, Wade saw his ERA climb to 5.79 after consecutive rough outings. Girardi said Wade had been dealing with command issues but expects him to help out the club at some point in the future.

"He's a guy that's meant a lot to us over the last year," Girardi said. "The last month has been a struggle for him, and we just talked about going down and getting your stuff right. ... Cory has been through it before, and I think he'll respond well to this."