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Yankees make roster moves ahead of series finale

Claiborne recalled, Teixeira comes off DL before finale with Rays
04/20/2014 11:33 AM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Preston Claiborne was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre on Sunday, one of three roster moves the Yankees made.(AP)
The Yankees have made three roster moves ahead of Sunday's series finale with Tampa Bay. They have reinstated first baseman Mark Teixeira from the 15-day disabled list, recalled RHP Preston Claiborne from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and called up RHP Bryan Mitchell from Double-A Trenton.

To make room on the roster, the team placed RHP Ivan Nova on the 15-day disabled list with an ulnar collateral ligament injury in his right elbow, optioned infielder Scott Sizemore to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and designated RHP Matt Daley for assignment.

Teixeira was reinstated on the first day he was eligible to return after missing the last 15 days with a strained adductor muscle. He played in extended spring training games in each of the last three days and was back in the Yankees lineup hitting fifth and playing first base on Sunday.

Claiborne, who made 44 appearances for the Yankees last season, had made five appearances for the RailRiders, allowing one earned run over six innings.

Mitchell, 23, was Trenton's opening day starter, and was 1-1 with a 5.14 ERA in three starts for the Thunder. He was scratched from his scheduled start for the Thunder on Saturday, and will make his Major League debut if and when he makes his first appearance. With Vidal Nuno making a spot start in Sunday's game and Nova on the DL, Mitchell could be a short-term replacement in the rotation or could simply be up to temporarily fill Nuno's spot in the bullpen as a potential multiple-inning pitcher.

Nova left Saturday night's game in the fourth inning after delivering a pitch to Evan Longoria and shaking his arm in discomfort. An MRI performed later that night revealed a partial tear of his right UCL, and Nova will be re-evaluated by Yankees team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad in New York on Monday.

Sizemore was recalled from Triple-A on Tuesday and appeared in four games, going 4-for-13 (.308) with four RBI and three runs scored.

Daley spent barely 24 hours with the Yankees, having been called up Saturday afternoon when LHP Cesar Cabral was designated for assignment. The righty made his only appearance later that night in relief of Nova, throwing 43 pitches over 1 1/3 innings and allowing six runs (four earned) on five hits and two walks.

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