New York Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain left the team after his father collapsed at home in Nebraska, and the pitcher was put on the bereavement list.
Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said Chamberlain's sister called and left the pitcher a phone message during New York's 8-5 loss at Boston on Sunday night. The New York Daily News said the reliever spoke with his sister and broke into tears, and Girardi tried to console him.
"I talked to him last night and this morning," Girardi said Monday. "I don't think they'll know everything they need to know for a couple days."
The Yankees recalled right-hander Jonathan Albaladejo from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, purchased the contract of catcher Chad Moeller from Scranton and put infielder Wilson Betemit on the 15-day disabled list because of conjunctivitis.
Pitchers Arthur Rhodes and R.A. Dickey were brought up by Seattle, which optioned struggling reliever Eric O'Flaherty to the minors and put outfielder Mike Morse on the 15-day disabled list because of a dislocated left shoulder. . . . Houston purchased catcher Humberto Quintero's contract from the minors and designated infielder David Newhan for assignment. . . . Oakland purchased the contract of right-hander Kirk Saarloos from their triple-A Sacramento team and designated right-hander Fernando Hernandez for assignment.