Friday, July 11, 2008

Yankees Ink LHP Eric Milton

LHP Eric Milton is set to rejoin the YankeesThe New York Yankees have inked left-handed starter Eric Milton to a minor-league contract. Milton, who hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2007, was a Yankee first round draft pick back in 1996.

Milton, 32, had elbow surgery last June. He will be assigned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and report to New York’s minor league complex in Tampa.

Last season, Milton went 0-4 with a 5.17 ERA in six starts for Cincinnati. In his ten year big-league career he is 87-84 and has an ERA of 5.01. View Milton’s career stats.

The Yankees dealt Milton to Minnesota in February of 2008 in the deal that brough Check Knobaluch to New York. In 1999, he pitched a no-hitter. He was selected to the American League All-Star team in 2001.

"He's a left-hander, he's a got a pretty big breaking ball," Yankees manager Joe Girardi told the AP. "Obviously, we'll have to see how he does. It's the beginning stages of him trying to get back to the big leagues."

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