Yankees make multiple Minor League moves

06/21/2013 7:31 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Alberto Gonzalez was promoted from Triple-A to the Majors on Friday.(AP)
The Yankees made a flurry of roster moves in the Minor Leagues on Friday, with five players added and five lost by the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders alone.

Four of the RailRiders' five additions were pitchers. LHP Mike Zagurski and RHP Yoshinori Tateyama, who were acquired from outside the organization on Friday, were assigned to SWB. The Yanks also promoted RHPs Zach Nuding and Fred Lewis to Scranton from Double-A Trenton.

Nuding, 23, was 2-8 with a 3.42 ERA in 14 starts for the Thunder this season, while Lewis has pitched to a 2.88 ERA in 19 games (one start) between Trenton and Class-A Advanced Tampa.

The RailRiders also added veteran outfielder Corey Patterson, who was signed to a Minor League deal and assigned to the team. The Yankees become the third franchise to sign Patterson this season. He was signed by the Mets in January and released in March, then signed with Seattle in April and hit .175 in 19 games at Triple-A Tacoma before being released earlier this month.

On the flip side, the RailRiders saw infielder Alberto Gonzalez promoted to the Majors. The team also placed RHP Mark Montgomery and infielder Josh Bell on the disabled list. The Yankees re-assigned RHPs Caleb Cotham (2-4, 8.44 ERA in seven Triple-A games/six starts) and Jose Ramirez (five earned runs in 6 1/3 innings over two starts) back to Trenton.

The Thunder also made one other move, activating first baseman Andrew Clark, who was signed to a Minor League deal on Thursday. Trenton had an open roster spot, so no move was needed to accommodate Clark.

And at the Class A level, catcher Peter O'Brien was promoted from Charleston to Tampa, with LHP Rich Mascheri re-assigned to Staten Island to make room. O'Brien hit .325 with 11 homers and 41 RBIs in 53 games with the RiverDogs and was selected as a South Atlantic League All-Star.

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