Yankees call up Jim Miller, option Jose Ramirez to Triple-A

07/01/2014 4:08 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Yankees pitcher Jim Miller reacts during the fifth inning of a game against the Red Sox last season.(AP)
Prior to Tuesday's game with the Tampa Bay Rays, the New York Yankees selected the contract of RHP Jim Miller from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and added him to both the 25-man and 40-man rosters.

In corresponding moves, RHP Jose Ramirez was optioned to Triple-A to open a 25-man roster spot, and the Yankees transferred LHP CC Sabathia to the 60-day DL to clear room on the 40-man roster.

Miller, 32, was 4-2 with a 2.85 ERA and two saves in 26 relief appearances for the RailRiders this season, with 43 strikeouts and a 1.268 WHIP in 41 innings.

This is his second year in the organization, as he spent almost all of last season at Triple-A before being called up to the Bronx last September, where he allowed three runs in 1 1/3 innings in his only appearance.

Overall as a major-leaguer, Miller, who made his MLB debut with the Orioles in 2008, is 2-3 with a 2.78 ERA and one save in 48 appearances with Baltimore, Colorado, Oakland, and the Yankees.

Ramirez, who was called up last month and made his MLB debut on June 4, was 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA in eight appearances with the Yankees, the last seeing him take the loss after allowing one run in the 12th inning of Monday's loss to the Rays.

Sabathia, meanwhile, has been on the disabled list since May 11 because of fluid in his right knee, and will now be ineligible to return until July 9. He began his rehab timetable with a start for Class-A Advanced Tampa last Saturday and is expected to make his second rehab start at Double-A Trenton on Thursday, and the transfer means he will have at least one more after that before returning.

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