17 June 2006
SMALL DESIGNATED FOR ASSIGNMENT
The Yankees designated Aaron Small for assignment and recalled T.J. Beam from the Clippers.
"I didn't get the job done, and they felt like I'm a fish out of water in the bullpen," Small said. "I'm more of a starter, but I'm not going to make excuses. I apologize for not getting the job done. It's pitching, and I didn't get people out consistently."
"We just feel he's more suited to be a starter," manager Joe Torre said. "At this point in time, we need relievers."
Beam was a 10th-round draft pick in the 2003 draft. He began the season with Double-A Trenton, where he was 4-0 with an 0.86 ERA in 18 relief appearances. He was 0-0 with a 3.72 ERA in five games after getting promoted to Columbus.
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