Yankees call up five as rosters expand

Adams, catcher and three pitchers recalled; Nix transferred to 60-day DL
09/01/2013 12:46 PM ET
By Lou Dipietro

David Adams was among five called up by the Yankees on Sept. 1.(AP)
The New York Yankees made five call-ups when MLB rosters expanded Sunday, adding right-handed pitchers Dellin Betances and Brett Marshall, lefty Cesar Cabral, catcher J.R. Murphy, and infielder David Adams from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

In addition, manager Joe Girardi confirmed that righty Preston Claiborne will be recalled from Class-A Advanced Tampa and added on Monday.

Marshall, Betances, and Adams are back for their second, third, and fourth stints in the Bronx this year, respectively. Cabral and Murphy, meanwhile, will be making their Major League debuts if and when they make an appearance, and with the Yankees having already used 50 different players, one of them could become No. 52 and set a new franchise record for players used in a single season.

Adams, who has played first, second, and third base at both Triple-A and in the Majors this year, hit .194 with two homers and 11 RBIs over 39 games in his first three stints in the Bronx and had a .268-5-21 line in 59 games for the RailRiders.

Betances, who was up twice but made his only appearance on Aug. 13, finished 6-4 with a 2.68 ERA in 38 appearances for the RailRiders but was especially dominant after being moved to the bullpen in early-May, allowing just nine earned runs in 32 relief outings while striking out 83 in 60 innings pitched.

Marshall, who made his MLB debut as a reliever on May 15 and allowed five runs in 5.2 innings in his only outing in pinstripes, was 7-10 with a 5.13 ERA in 25 starts (138.2 innings) for the RailRiders.

Cabral, 24, was chosen from the Red Sox organization in the 2011 Rule 5 Draft and was battling for the lefty-specialist job in Spring Training 2012 before suffering an elbow injury late in camp that cost him all of 2012 and part of 2013. Between his rehab assignment and official action, he was 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA and struck out 43 in 36.2 innings over 30 appearances this season over three levels.

The switch-hitting Murphy, 22, was Double-A Trenton's Opening Day catcher this year and was promoted to Scranton in mid-June. He hit .269 with 12 homers, 46 RBI, and 29 doubles in 109 games between the two levels, and threw out 37 percent of attempted base-stealers.

Cabral and Murphy's additions required 40-man roster moves to accommodate them, so the Yankees transferred Jayson Nix (broken hand) from the 15-day to the 60-day DL, ending his season, and granted outfielder Melky Mesa his outright release.

Mesa, who posted a .261-13-39 line in 84 games in Scranton and was 5 for 14 in a brief stint in the Bronx in July, was on Scranton's disabled list after suffering a hamstring injury earlier this week that realistically ended his season; he will be 27 in January and is out of Minor League options after this year, so the organization decided to designate him for assignment and then release him to open a spot.

As for Claiborne, he was optioned to the Minors on August 26 and, barring an injury-replacement scenario, was ineligible to return until his team's season ended; he was sent to Tampa because the T-Yanks finish their schedule Sunday - as opposed to a Monday finale for Scranton, Trenton, and Charleston - and he will return for the Yankees' series opener with the White Sox on Labor Day.

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