The Yankees on Sunday announced that they have recalled RHP Preston Claiborne from Triple-A Scranton, while placing RHP Bruce Billings on the 15-day DL with a right forearm strain (retroactive to Saturday).
Claiborne was optioned down to Triple-A along side infielder Dean Anna on Friday for the Yankees to call-up Shane Greene and Billings, who they signed to a major league deal in order to add to the 25-man roster.
Claiborne has made two appearances for the Yankees this season, both two inning outings. The most recent being against the Boston Red Sox this past week, giving up one run on three hits in the 5-1 loss on Wednesday. Claiborne had a promising 2013 season as a rookie, but struggled in spring training and couldn't win one of the bullpen spots that he had all but locked up.
He's looked better than he did during the spring in his four regular season innings, having only given up a run, but I wouldn't say he's earned back my trust, and probably not Joe Girardi's yet, either. Still, he'll give the Yankees a fresh arm for the series finale against the Los Angeles Angels tonight.
I actually thought that Billings would be sent down yesterday when the Yankees called up Chris Leroux, since Billings had pitched four innings and 76 pitches out of the bullpen on Friday, putting him out of commission for the next couple of days. They instead sent down Greene.