A recap of how the Yankees finalized their roster

Things looked pretty set for the Yankees last week, but then Michael Pineda and Cesar Cabral got hurt and things changed a little bit. There were two spots open and a few people vying for them.

Dewayne Wise and Jayson Nix were taken out of the picture pretty quickly, cleared waivers, and were sent to Triple-A.

The first person who was added to the roster was David Phelps which meant that Adam Warren and D.J. Mitchell headed back to Triple-A to join the rotation. Then there was news that Boone Logan had a back injury and soon after that Clay Rapada was informed he would make the team.

With Phelps and Rapada making the team the roster was pretty much set. That meant bad news for a number of other people. That started a series of moves including the trade of George Kontos to the Giants for defensive catcher Chris Stewart. Since Stewart had no options left and Francisco Cervelli does, Cervelli was then demoted to Triple-A to make room on the roster for Stewart. Now the roster is set.

There were still a few loose ends to tie up though. Bill Hall, upset that he didn’t make the team, asked for and was granted his release. Justin Maxwell, who was out of options, was designated for assignment. And since the Triple-A team needed a starter to replace Phelps in the rotation, they went out and signed Ramon Ortiz.

Now the roster is set, but not necessarily for long. Phelps’ leash won’t be too long, Adam Warren and D.J. Mitchell will only be a few hours away in their tour of upstate New York Triple-A. Veterans Manny Delcarmen and Jason Bulger will also get a chance to pitch in the bullpen at the first injury.

Speaking of injuries, it’s a shame that Hall didn’t stick around. It won’t be long until Eric Chavez gets hurt and they could have used him then.

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3 Responses to A recap of how the Yankees finalized their roster

  1. Bronx_Knight says:

    Who will the Yankees bring up as second backup infielder when (not if) Chavez gets hurt?