The Yankees have place reliever Shawn Kelley on the 15-day disabled list with a strained lumbar spine. As a corresponding move, they have called up outfielder Zoilo Almonte from Triple-A Scranton to take his place on the roster as a sixth outfielder while Carlos Beltran and Ichiro Suzuki also deal with injuries, but are still active.
The good news in this, Kelley's DL stint is backdated to last Tuesday, so he'll be eligible to come off the DL one week from Wednesday.
Kelley has missed the last few games because of tightness in his lower back. The first sign of this injury came up during the stop in Milwaukee. Even though the problems subsided -- according to Joe Girardi and Kelley -- they clearly did not, and now he's on the DL.
Kelley has appeared in 16 games for the Yankees this season, and even took over as the closer for a couple of weeks when David Robertson hit the DL with a groin strain. In 15.1 innings, he had a 3.52 ERA.
With Kelley down, the Yankees will have a couple of choices in the bullpen to pitch the 8th inning in front of Robertson. Both Adam Warren and Dellin Betances has been great this season, especially Betances, but we haven't really seen Girardi throw Betances into many high-leverage situations quite yet.
Warren will probably be the main 8th inning guy, while we start to see Betances pitch more often late in games.
As for Almonte, he had been hitting pretty well down in Triple-A, mostly from the left side of the plate. He was hitting .273 with six homeruns in 33 games. However, the Yankees are expected to call up Chase Whitely to start Thursday night's game against the Mets, so Almonte might not be here long.