Yankees recall Dellin Betances from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
"We just felt we needed pitching," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said prior to the game. "The bullpen has been used a lot, and we don't really have a lot of distance down there today, so we felt we needed some."
That bullpen has thrown 23 2/3 innings over the last week, and in those six games, the team has seen two go to extra innings and three more have the starting pitcher go less than five innings.
So, up comes Betances, who has pitched multiple innings in seven of his last 10 appearances, but could do anything from mop-up duty to a set-up role while in the Bronx.
"Wherever I need him, I'll use him. He's a guy who can give us two or more innings, or I can use him short, either way," Girardi said.
Betances has been spectacular since his move to the bullpen in Triple-A. He is 4-2 with a 1.67 ERA, four saves and 63 strikeouts in 48 1/3 innings pitched over 27 total relief appearances this year, but he has been especially dominant over the last six weeks. Betances hasn't allowed an earned run since late-June, and he has struck out 31 over 21 1/3 innings pitched in his last 13 appearances.
"He's doing pretty well in the bullpen, and his numbers have been much better, so I'm anxious to see what he's got," Girardi said. "I think he's probably simplified things; he's not worrying about his third or fourth pitch so much, and he seems to be more comfortable. He threw out of the bullpen in the Arizona Fall League and he had some success, and he's done it (in Scranton)…some guys are just bullpen guys, and feel more comfortable with it."
This will be Betances' second technical stint with the Yankees this season, as he was up with the team for a week in May but did not make an appearance.
Adams was recalled on Monday when Derek Jeter was placed on the DL, and was 0-for-3 on Tuesday in his only action. In three total stints with the Yankees this year, he has played 39 games and hit .194 with two homers and 11 RBI.