Rumbelow (elbow) pitched in a simulated game Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.
Rumbelow went under the knife for Tommy John surgery last April, but having recently passed the 12-month mark, it appears as though he's gearing up for a return. The 25-year-old reliever spent 17 games with the Yankees in 2015, but even after the likely lengthy rehab stint he faces, Rumbelow figures to stay down in the minors once healthy. In his last stop there, the righty worked to a 4.27 ERA with 57 strikeouts in 52.2 innings at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Rumbelow (elbow) was reassigned to minor league camp Sunday, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Rumbelow played in just one game in all of the 2016 season as he had to undergo Tommy John surgery. Once healthy, the 25-year-old should serve as organizational depth.
The Yankees released Rumbelow in November, but he will return to the organization and continue his rehab from Tommy John surgery in the opening months of the 2017 campaign. Rumbelow is just 25 and has already pitched at the Triple-A level in parts of three seasons, posting a 4.17 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 9.9 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9 in 69 innings.
Rumbelow (elbow) was released by the Yankees on Monday.
Rumbelow was competing for a bullpen role at the major league level prior to undergoing Tommy John surgery in April, but between his unavailability for the start of 2017 and his middling performance over the past couple seasons, the Yankees decided to cut ties with the right-hander. The 25-year-old does have a bit of major league experience as well as a strong tendency to miss bats, so he could garner a bit of intrigue on the free agent market if teams are willing to wait a bit while his elbow recovers.
The right-hander was injured in his first appearance with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2016 and underwent Tommy John surgery shortly thereafter. He presumably won't be ready for the start of 2017, but Rumbelow gave the Yankees some useful innings in 2015 (4.02 ERA, 1.34 WHIP) and should land on his feet.
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