The Yankees have called up right handed pitchers Preston Claiborne from Triple-A Scranton and Bryan Mitchell from Double-A Trenton, according to reports on Twitter.
The moves to bring up more pitchers is because the bullpen has been completely wiped out over the past two games, in which the Yankees have lost be a combined score of 30-6. It was so bad Saturday night in the 16-1 loss that Dean Anna had to come in and pitch the 8th inning.
Vidal Nuno will be making the spot start Sunday because Wednesday's doubleheader left the Yankees without a start on regular rest for the game. Word is that he'll be on a 75 pitch limit, so you have to figure that the Yankees will need as many arms as they can get just in case the Rays' offense decides to show up at full force for the third game in-a-row.
Claiborne came into the spring this season with a bullpen job all but locked up after a good showing in his rookie campaign last season, but he pitched far under expectations, and was beat out by the likes of David Phelps, Adam Warren and Vidal Nuno. So far, he has pitched to a 1.50 ERA in six innings with Scranton-Wilkes/Barre.
Mitchell has a 5.14 ERA in three starts for the Thunder so far this season, with eight walks and 20 strikeouts in 14.0 innings on the year.
Joe Girardi told reporters after the game to expect a lot of move to be made. These are clearly two of them. I would guess that Matt Daley is being sent down after coming up Saturday to replace Cesar Cabral, who was designated for assignment Friday night. It'll be interesting to see who the other guy is.
Not to mention, Mark Teixeira will be eligible to come off the disabled list Sunday, and he's expected to be activated, which means another player will have to be sent down. Scott Sizemore confirmed to reporters Saturday that he has an option remaining on his contract, and since he signed a Major League deal to be brought up, his May 1st opt-out no longer exists.