Yankees recall two pitchers, move Ivan Nova to 60-day disabled list

Preston Claiborne and Dean Anna optioned to Triple-A
04/24/2014 4:19 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Shane Greene, seen at left, is back for his third stint with the Yankees.(AP)
The New York Yankees made a quintet of roster moves ahead of Thursday's series finale with the Red Sox, bolstering a bullpen that has pitched quite a bit over the last five days.

Joining the team are RHP Shane Greene, who was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and RHP Bruce Billings, who was selected to a major-league contract from the RailRiders roster.

RHP Preston Claiborne and infielder Dean Anna were optioned to Triple-A to make room on the 25-man roster, and to open a spot for Billings on the 40-man roster, the Yankees transferred RHP Ivan Nova to the 60-day disabled list.

This will be Greene's third stint with the Yankees, although he has yet to appear in a game. The 25-year-old righty, who won the Kevin Lawn Award this spring as the Yankees' Minor League Pitcher of the Year for 2013, was with the team from April 9-14, and he was also recalled as the 26th man for the second game of the Yankees' doubleheader with the Cubs on April 16.

He has made two relief appearances for the RailRiders this season, allowing two earned runs and striking out five in 2 2/3 innings.

Billings, who was signed to a minor-league deal this past winter, was 3-1 with a 2.74 ERA in four starts at Triple-A. He last started for the RailRiders on Saturday, so he should be fully available for any role the Yankees need him in.

Claiborne had been called up on Sunday when Nova was placed on the DL, and he made two appearances with the Yankees. The righty pitched two scoreless innings and got the win in Sunday's extra-innings victory over Tampa Bay, and then threw 32 pitches over two-plus innings - allowing one run on three hits - in relief of the ejected Michael Pineda on Wednesday.

Anna, who made the team out of spring training after being acquired in the offseason from San Diego, was 3-for-22 (.136) with one home run and three RBI in 12 games with the Yankees.

Despite the moves, the Yankees will have to play their next 10 games with a 24-man roster, as they are not allowed to replace Pineda while he serves his league-mandated suspension.

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