04/29/07 2:30 PM ET
Notes: Bean's Triple-A stay short
Injury to Karstens makes room for righty in Yankees bullpen
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
Bean recalled being irritated when his telephone started ringing around 1 ET that morning, grumbling aloud about who might be bothering him at that hour.
When he heard the voice of Triple-A manager Dave Miley, informing him of his recall to the Majors, Bean said he struck a different tone.
"I just want to help out up here as much as I can," Bean said. "If they need an extra arm, I'll do the best I can. When they call, I'll try to be healthy and ready."
Bean, 30, rejoined the Yankees from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he had no record and a 5.19 ERA in six appearances. Bean replaced Jeff Karstens on the team's 25-man roster once the right-hander was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a fractured right fibula.
It was an up-and-down week for Bean, literally, who referenced the Bill Murray movie "Groundhog Day" in describing his reappearance at Yankee Stadium.
Bean was with the Yankees on Tuesday in New York, but he packed his bags and slipped out a back door shortly before the team's game was rained out against the Blue Jays, as top prospect Phil Hughes had his contract purchased from Triple-A.
Bean narrowly missed making the Yankees bullpen out of Spring Training, and Yankees manager Joe Torre said that Bean can serve a valuable role coming out of the bullpen, perhaps implying that his current tour of duty might last a bit longer.
"He's important for us," Torre said. "He may not be the guy that you're going to get four innings from, but to me, a long guy at this point where we are ... usually three innings is enough. Colter can give it to us today and tomorrow, and that's hugely important."
Those words certainly would play encouragingly to Bean, who joked that he hasn't unpacked his suitcase for weeks. He'd like to have an opportunity to get settled and spend a little more time around the big ballpark in the Bronx.
"Being up here is awesome," Bean said. "Whatever they want me to do, [I'll do]. If they want me to sell beer, I'll sell beer."
Jeff's bad break: Karstens suffered a fractured right fibula on the first pitch of his outing Saturday against Boston, as he was struck by a line drive off the bat of Red Sox leadoff hitter Julio Lugo, but Karstens wasn't letting the injury get his spirits down.
Karstens was limping around the Yankees' clubhouse on Sunday, sans the soft foam brace he'd left Yankee Stadium wearing on Saturday evening, and he said his leg was giving him more soreness than pain -- which he took as a good sign.
It was little wonder that Karstens had campaigned to stay in the game Saturday, even throwing five pitches to Kevin Youkilis before being lifted for fear of further injury.
"In my head, I was thinking, 'No way,'" Karstens said. "All that preparation to get ready to go out, and then [you're] done."
There is no immediate timetable for Karstens' return to the mound, except that the Yankees do expect him to pitch again this season. Torre said that medical staff indicated the timeframe may be similar to a bad hamstring strain, six to eight weeks.
"I'm hoping sooner rather than later, but we'll see how it goes," Karstens said.
Had Lugo's line drive fractured a pure bone area, Torre said, the healing process might have taken much longer for Karstens, who was making his second start after spending most of April on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow tendinitis.
"There is a problem, but the problem could have been a lot worse," Torre said. "That's probably what he's thinking about now. If it ever had contacted the bone, that would have been a real long time."
Doctor, doctor: Johnny Damon is making a brief detour from the team's flight to Texas, leaving the club to visit his personal chiropractor in Orlando, Fla., to attend to his ailing neck and back.
Damon, 33, claims that periodic realignments may help alleviate some of the discomfort that he says have plagued him since a 2003 collision with Boston infielder Damian Jackson.
"He said his legs are getting better, but his back is just something he's had to deal with for a number of years," Torre said.
The answer may eventually wind up being a day or two off per week for Damon, who entered play Sunday batting .242, an arrangement Torre said he would be comfortable with.
"I know that we've got him there in spirit," Torre said.
Sunday workout: Carl Pavano, looking to rebound from right forearm tightness, threw about 45 pitches in the Yankee Stadium bullpen on Sunday, including 25-30 off the mound.
It is a first step toward returning for Pavano, who will eventually require at least one rehab start before rejoining the Yankees rotation.
"I think we've got to do this a few times," Torre said. "Hopefully, it continues being as positive as it was today."
Kidney transplant for Frank: Frank Torre, the older brother of Joe Torre, will have a kidney transplant performed Tuesday in New York. Frank Torre, 75, will receive the donor kidney from one of his daughters.
"He's actually looking forward to it, because he hasn't been feeling all that strong," Joe Torre said. "He's anxious to have it done."
Murcer returns: The YES Network broadcast booth will receive a boost on Tuesday, when Bobby Murcer makes his return for the three-game series at Texas. Murcer, 60, is continuing his battle against cancer and last appeared with the Yankees for Opening Day on April 2.
In memory: The Yankees and Red Sox observed a moment of silence before Sunday's game in honor of Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock, who was killed on Sunday morning in an automobile accident in St. Louis. Public address announcer Bob Sheppard requested the crowd's attention, and gasps could be heard from the crowd as the news of the 29-year-old's death was delivered.
Coming up: After an off-day Monday, the Yankees will move on to open their fourth road series of the season, taking on the Rangers for three games in Texas. Hughes (0-1, 8.31 ERA) will make his second Major League start, opposed by right-hander Kameron Loe (1-1, 5.21 ERA). First pitch is slated for 8:05 p.m. ET.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.