Yankees call up Bryan Mitchell from Double-A Trenton

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The first domino in a series of impending roster moves falls in the form of a Double-A call up.

According to former Thunder beat writer Josh Norris, the Yankees have called up right-hander Bryan Mitchell from Double-A Trenton. The big league bullpen is totally wiped out to the point that shortstop Dean Anna was needed to pitch in a blowout against the Rays Saturday night. Vidal Nuno gets the start in the series finale on Sunday because of the doubleheader pushing Masahiro Tanaka back a day, leaving the bullpen extremely short-handed.

Mitchell has a 5.14 ERA in three starts for the Thunder so far this season. He's walked eight batters and struck out 20 in 14.0 innings on the year. It's difficult to imagine he'd be called upon to start in the event that Ivan Nova's elbow soreness is the worst case scenario, but he could provide some length in the bullpen if one of David Phelps, Adam Warren, or Nuno gets pushed into the rotation.

The call up is likely only the first of a number of roster moves coming for the Yankees in the next 24 hours. Mark Teixeira is due to be activated from the disabled list before tomorrow's game and the team is waiting to find out the extent of Nova's injury, in addition to the mess in the bullpen created by back to back blowout games. There is no word yet on who, exactly, will be sent down in return for Mitchell.

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