The Yankees have been calling up quite a few players since the rosters expanded from 25 to 40 and they added one more today. They called up Andrew Brackman, according to Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York.
Brackman already had a spot on the Yankees 40-man roster so calling him up was easy. He is also on a major league contract so there is no worry about burning an option. Dellin Betances also has a spot on the 40-man so he may get a call up just because the Yankees can. Brian Cashman apparently told Matthews that he will be up before the weekend.
Brackman has had quite a rough season at Triple-A this year putting up a 6.00 ERA, a career low 7.03 K/9 and a career high 7.03 BB/9. However, he made an adjustment toward the end of the season and has shown remarkable improvement since then. Over his last nine appearances he had just a 1.33 ERA over 20.1 innings including 17 strikeouts and six walks.
Quite an improvement and the Yankees must have felt like he deserved a call-up. Although there is some question as to whether he would even get a chance to pitch at all. This may be just like last season where Brackman was just called up for the experience and won’t get a chance to play.
Two other quick notes. Ryan Pope, who was designated for assignment to make room for Jesus Montero on the 40-man roster has cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A. Lance Pendleton is the latest to be DFA’d. He was cut to make room for George Kontos.