Union Democrat staff

Phil Coke is back in the major leagues.

After signing with New York a couple of weeks ago and pitching for Class-AAA Scranton Railriders, the 33-year-old Coke was called up to the big club Friday ahead of the Yankees series with their rivals, the Boston Red Sox.

Coke, a Sonora High graduate, is taking the place of CC Sabathia who was placed on the disabled list.

Coke, a left-hander, appeared in two games for the Railriders and earned victories in both. He started in his first outing and threw two innings of relief in his second appearance. Combined he has tossed seven innings with no earned runs allowed while striking out eight.

Coke was drafted in 2002 by the Yankees in the 26th round. He pitched for the big club in 2008 and 2009, where he was a vital part of the bullpen in helping New York win the World Series title.

With suspended Yankee closer Aroldis Chapman scheduled to come off the suspension list Monday, Coke’s stay in the majors could be brief. But if he remains with the big club, the Yankees will be in Oakland from May 19 to May 22.

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