Yankees recall RHP Shane Greene, option Austin Romine to Triple-A
Greene, 25, was a fifteenth-round pick of the Yankees in 2009, and was added to the 40-man roster last winter after going 12-10 with a 3.38 ERA in 26 starts between Tampa and Trenton last season - a line that propelled him to winning the Kevin Lawn Award as the Minor League pitcher of the year for 2013.
The righty threw 7 2/3 innings over six relief appearances during spring training, but had not yet pitched for the RailRiders this season after being optioned to Triple-A at the end of camp.
Romine had been called up by the Yankees last Saturday when Mark Teixeira was placed on the 15-day disabled list, ostensibly to serve as an extra catcher so that Francisco Cervelli could get some work in if needed at first base; Romine's lone appearance came in that situation on Tuesday against Baltimore, as he replaced Brian McCann behind the plate late in the Yankees' 14-5 loss to the Orioles while Cervelli played first.
The Yankees needed to make the move to shore up the bullpen in part because of that loss and in part because of flux in the relief corps; lefty Vidal Nuno threw 67 pitches and Dellin Betances threw 26 in relief of an ineffective Ivan Nova Tuesday, and the two other likely long men in the pen, David Phelps and Adam Warren, may be needed in a shorter set-up capacity as the bullpen shifts roles to accommodate the loss of David Robertson to the DL.