After the 14-inning marathon that was last night's game against the Rays, the Yankees bullpen was completely taxed. As Caitlin pointed out earlier, It was obvious that they were going to need to call someone up in order to get a fresh arm onto the team for tonight's game. Their choices were either call Matt Daley or Shane Greene back up or cut someone and bring in someone new. The Yankees decided to designate yesterday's last man out of the bullpen Chris Leroux for assignment after he gave up five runs on five hits and two walks in just one inning. In his place, they called up old friend Alfredo Aceves.
As we correctly predicted
This will now be the 14th reliever the Yankees have used already in this young season. Luckily, they haven't lost any of them to waiver claims as the previously DFA'd Cesar Cabral and Matt Daley (still on the 40) are still in Triple-A after both were designated for assignment. However, eventually the bullpen will need to stabilize or the Yankees will start to lose players to other teams if they keep doing this.
After the Red Sox finally released him, Aceves spent the spring with the Orioles until he was eventually released just prior to the regular season. The Yankees re-signed him, making him a member of the organization he came up through for the first time since 2010. But this isn't the Aceves we remember; he's kind of lost his mind since then. He had a 1.98 ERA in 13.2 innings as a starter and reliever for the Scranton-Wilkes/Barre RailRiders. The Yankees likely chose Aceves because he was scheduled to start today.
Alfredo Aceves said he got a call from the Yankees at 1AM this morning saying he'd been called up. Left to fly out of Virginia at 4AM— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) May 3, 2014
If this is true, it means that he was called up before the game had even ended yet.