According to Daniel Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal, the Yankees have called our old friend Preston Claiborne up from Triple-A in order to provide some fresh bullpen depth for tomorrow night's game. After seeing Dean Anna pitch in tonight's game, you can see why the Yankees believe they need some pitchers to come up and back Vidal Nuno for tomorrow. Word is that Nuno will be on a pitch count of about 75 pitches, so they're going to need a fresh (and effective) bullpen if they want to make it out of Tampa Bay in one piece.
After a rookie season that proved to be a mixed bag after a stellar first month, Preston Claiborne went into spring training as a favorite to land a job in the 2014 Yankees bullpen. Unfortunately for him, he pitched terribly and was beaten out for a job by the likes of Dellin Betances and Vidal Nuno. So far he has pitched to a 1.50 ERA in six innings for the Scranton-Wilkes/Barre RailRiders. Still hovering around on the 40-man roster, it was only a matter of time before they called him up to the majors.
Claiborne will now join Bryan Mitchell in the big league bullpen, at least for the next few days. Roster moves still have to be made to get Mark Teixeira, David Robertson, and possibly Brendan Ryan onto the roster, so players could be going up and down pretty quickly. I don't see either Claiborne or Mitchell being with the team on a permanent basis, but for how long exactly has yet to be seen.