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Yankees add eight September call-ups Tuesday

The Yankees made eight additions to the roster prior to Tuesday's contest
09/02/2014 5:08 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Chase Whitley is one of eight call-ups the Yankees made Tuesday.(AP)
An off day on Labor Day meant the Yankees got to their September call-ups a day later than most, and the team announced eight additions prior to Tuesday's game against Boston.

The moves saw RHPs Preston Claiborne, Bryan Mitchell and Chase Whitley and catcher John Ryan Murphy recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and four others - LHP Rich Hill, RHP Chaz Roe, and outfielders Chris Young and Antoan Richardson - had their contracts selected from Triple-A.

The team needed to open 40-man roster spots for the latter group, and did so by transferring Masahiro Tanaka to the 60-day disabled list, recalling outfielder Slade Heathcott from Double-A Trenton and placing him on the 60-day disabled list, designating outfielder Zoilo Almonte for assignment, and outright releasing RHP Matt Daley.

Of the former group of additions, all four have seen time with both the major-league club this year. Among the pitchers, Claiborne was 0-1 with a 3.54 ERA in 20 1/3 innings over 15 appearances at Triple-A and 2-0 with a 3.57 ERA in 17 2/3 innings over 15 major-league games; Mitchell was 6-7 with a 4.37 ERA in 23 games (21 starts) between Double-A and Triple-A and pitched two scoreless innings in his lone MLB appearance; and Whitley was 3-2 with a 2.01 ERA in 10 games (six starts) for the RailRiders and 4-3 with a 5.43 ERA in 19 games (12 starts) in the majors.

Murphy was called up to the majors in April when Francisco Cervelli went on the DL and hit .286 with one home run and eight RBI in 28 games, and in Triple-A, he hit .246 with six homers and 28 RBI in 51 games.

Of the latter group, Hill is the only one to have spent time with the Yankees, and Richardson is the only one to have spent all season in the organization. Hill pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings over six appearances in August before being designated for assignment last week, and was technically outrighted to Triple-A on Monday before returning; Richardson, meanwhile, spent the entire year with the RailRiders, hitting .271 with three homers, 22 RBI, and 26 stolen bases in 93 games, and will give manager Joe Girardi an extra outfielder as well as some speed off the bench.

Young, who hit .205 with eight homers and 28 RBI in 88 games with the Mets before being released on August 15, was signed to a minor-league deal on August 27 and appeared in four games for the RailRiders, going 3-for-15 with one home run and two RBI.

Roe, acquired Sunday from the Miami Marlins for cash, spent the entire season at Triple-A New Orleans, going 3-3 with a 3.66 ERA and 14 saves over 47 appearances and striking out 72 in 66 innings.

Of the injured players moved, Heathcott underwent season-ending right knee surgery in May after playing just nine games for the Thunder, Tanaka has been on the DL since July 9 because of the partially torn ligament in his elbow, and Daley was on the Triple-A disabled list retroactive to August 12 with an undisclosed injury.

Almonte, the lone healthy release, may have been a bit of a surprise to some, as he hit .261 with 18 home runs and 69 RBI in 105 Triple-A games this year and was 5-for-36 (.139) with one homer and three RBI in a 13-game stint in the majors. 

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