Following the near six hour, 14 inning game last night, the Yankees called up right-hander Alfredo Aceves from Triple-A Scranton, signing him to a Major League deal, while designating Chris Leroux for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Aceves.
Aceves posted a 1.98 ERA in 13 2/3 innings, with 14 strikeouts and one save in three appearance (two starts) in Triple-A. The Yankees signed him during spring training on March 28th after he was released by the Baltimore Orioles.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that even with the issued in the rotation right now, Aceves will only be used as a bullpen option.
“He’s a guy who is extremely competitive and sometimes that competitiveness can get the best of him,” Girardi said. “But he’s a guy I really believe can pitch and can help a club. He was very successful here.
“The big thing for me for him is if he can just continue to pitch the way he’s capable of, his ability to mix pitches and have different weapons to get different people out.”
As I'm sure you know, this will not be Aceves' first stint with the Yankees. He pitched in the Bronx from 2008-2010, then bounced around the league the past few seasons before coming back to New York.
Aceves went 14-1 with a 3.21 ERA during his three seasons with the Bombers, posting the best winning percentage of any pitcher with at least 10 decisions in franchise history. He was also part of the Yankees' 2009 championship team.
Leroux, by the way, was tackled for five runs on five hits in the 14th inning of the 10-5 loss last night.