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Yankees call up OF Melky Mesa from Triple-A

09/11/2012 5:58 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
The Yankees have called up outfielder Melky Mesa from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and will add him to the active roster.

Mesa, 25, was already on the 40-man roster prior to Tuesday, and hit .264 with 23 home runs, 67 RBI, 22 stolen bases, and an .805 OPS this season between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton.

He began the year in Trenton, posting a .277-14-46 line in 88 games and earning an Eastern League All-Star selection before being promoted to Triple-A on August 2; once in Scranton, Mesa hit .230-9-21 in 33 games, and hit the walk-off two-run home run that give SWB their lone win of the 2012 postseason last Friday night.

While there is no indication how much playing time Mesa might receive down the stretch, he could be a valuable piece of insurance for the Yankees; Mark Teixeira is expected to be sidelined at least 10-14 days after re-aggravating his strained left calf, and Joe Girardi has said that Nick Swisher and Steve Pearce will see a majority of time at first base over the next two weeks.

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