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Yankees Promote Watson From Minors

July 15, 1999

NEW YORK (AP) _ The New York Yankees, still looking for left-handed help in their bullpen, promoted Allen Watson from Triple-A Columbus on Thursday and optioned infielder Clay Bellinger to the minors.

Watson, 28, was 2-3 with one save and a 4.64 ERA in 17 games with the New York Mets and Seattle this season.

The AL East-leading Yankees signed Watson to a minor league contract on July 3. He was 0-0 with a 6.14 ERA in two starts for Columbus.

Watson, raised just a few minutes from Shea Stadium, is 47-55 with one save at a 5.02 ERA in a seven-year career in the majors. He pitched from St. Louis, San Francisco and Anaheim prior to this season.

Mike Stanton has been the lone lefty in the Yankees’ bullpen for most of the season. New York promoted left-handed rookie Ed Yarnall from Columbus last Sunday, the day before the All-Star break.

Bellinger, 30, batted .103 in 16 games during two stints for the Yankees. He was with the World Series champions on opening day.

As part of the Yankees’ moves, which came before they began a three-game series against NL East-leading Atlanta, pitcher Mike Jerzembeck was moved from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL. He was 0-1 last year for the Yankees, and has not pitched this season since having arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on March 30.

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