Yankees recall RHP Dellin Betances, option Brett Marshall to Triple-A
Betances, 23, was the Yankees' eighth-round pick in 2006, and he made his Major League debut in 2011. However, after a rocky 2012 that saw him get re-assigned from Triple-A to Double-A and pitch in the Arizona Fall League, he began 2013 in the RailRiders' rotation and was 2-2 with a 6.00 ERA in six starts.
Following his start against Gwinnett on May 5, Betances was told he was being moved to the bullpen, and he allowed just one run in 4.1 total innings over two appearances before being recalled.
"He's done okay, he had one really good outing time before last, and the hope is there that he can simplify things and be a power arm for you," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said in his pregame press conference.
Marshall, who was called up on Tuesday when the Yankees optioned Vidal Nuno to Triple-A, made his Major League debut on Wednesday, throwing 108 pitches in 5.2 innings in the team's 12-2 loss to Seattle.
With Marshall going down and Adam Warren having pitched four innings himself on Monday, Girardi said that Betances was recalled because, despite his recent move to the bullpen, the towering righty was the best option if the team needed to get multiple innings out of someone in the next day or two.
"He's probably the most built up of anyone, and we could use a little distance," manager Joe Girardi said of the team's decision to recall Betances. "I wouldn't hesitate to use Warren (Thursday night), but I probably wouldn't use him for very long."
As for the 6-foot-8 top prospect himself, he's just happy to be back in the Bronx once again.
"I got the call late (Wednesday) night…I'm here for whatever role they need me, and I want to help however I can," he said. "I've always had confidence that I would make it back, and I'm going to enjoy the role."