Yankees recall two, place Rivera on DL
Rivera, who suffered a torn ACL during Thursday’s batting practice, has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, with RHP Cody Eppley recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take his place.
In addition, the Yankees made a move to bolster their depleted outfield, purchasing the contract of DeWayne Wise from Triple-A. Pitcher D.J. Mitchell was optioned back to Scranton to make room for Wise on the 25-man roster, and Michael Pineda was transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list to free up a spot on the 40-man roster.
Wise, who was a non-roster invitee and hit well in Spring Training with the Yankees, was batting .333 with four home runs and 20 RBI at Triple-A. Noted as an excellent defensive outfielder, the 34-year-old has spent parts of nine seasons in the Major Leagues with Toronto, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Chicago (AL) and Florida, and is best known for making a spectacular catch to preserve Mark Buehrle’s Perfect Game in 2009.
Eppley was claimed off waivers from Texas at the end of Spring Training and pitched in four games with the Yankees in April, allowing one run and striking out four in 5 1/3 innings pitched. He last appeared on April 28, going the final three innings of the Yankees’ 7-5 loss to Detroit, and was optioned to Triple-A when Mitchell was recalled on April 29.
Mitchell appeared in two games with the Yankees, allowing one run in 2 2/3 innings. He made his Major League debut in the ninth inning of Tuesday night’s loss to Baltimore and then pitched on Wednesday night in Kansas City as well.
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