If you haven't been paying attention the last few days, you would have missed the merry-go-round that has become the Yankees 40-man roster. Francisco Cervelli was moved to the 60-day disabled list and Cesar Cabral was designated for assignment to open up endless possibilities for the Yankees roster. Scott Sizemore was added and brought up and Matt Daley was promoted one day and DFA'd (but not off the 40) the next. Meanwhile Shane Greene, Preston Claiborne, and Bryan Mitchell have all enjoyed the Scranton express.
Now with Ivan Nova likely heading for Tommy John surgery, the organization will have another spot to fill when they move him to the 60. No moves have been made yet, but here's a look at the players we could be seeing in the coming days. I ordered them from most likely to least.
Alfredo Aceves: Just picked up by the organization, Aceves could be brought up to serve as the swingman in the bullpen. Nova could miss the rest of the season, but one of Vidal Nuno, David Phelps, and Adam Warren should be given the open rotation spot. Aceves could replace them in his ability to go multiple innings or provide a spot start if needed. Yes, he's somewhat insane, but the Yankees like reuniting with old friends. They could wait a little longer, though, because they have until a July opt-out date before they have to make a decision on him.
Jim Miller: If the Yankees want another bullpen option that they can easily DFA when he's all used up, Miller is the way to go. Though, I would advise against dumping another player so early into the season.
David Herndon: If the Yankees like Herndon, and since they've spent so much time rehabilitating him after Tommy John surgery, they probably do, they could call him up to pitch out of the bullpen. He's a free agent in 2015, so if they want to actually get some value from him before he's gone it would make sense to bring him up during this time of bullpen flux.
Bruce Billings: While he has so far been the ace of the Scranton rotation, Billings could offer another spot starter option if the need arises and they're hesitant to go with Aceves.
Mark Montgomery: The one prospect on this list expected to have any kind of impact career, Montgomery needs to prove that last season was an aberration and he's healthy and effective. So far he's gotten the job done, but he needs to show that his strikeout skills are still there before he gets a chance in the majors.
Yoshinori Tateyama: He's likely to be nothing more than a Triple-A reliever, but he was impressive in spring training and has carried over his performance into the regular season.
Russ Canzler: With Mark Teixeira back from the disabled list and Scott Sizemore and Kelly Johnson currently healthy and on the roster, it's unlikely they need Canzler. Still, he would represent the only other infielder who actually has experience at first base. If someone were to go down with an injury in the next few days, consider Canzler at the top of the list of potential callups.
Corban Joseph: The Yankees already have three players who are capable of playing second base, but if Brian Roberts explodes very soon (which is entirely possible), they could wish to bring up another infielder. As an added bonus, CoJo can also play some first base.
What do you think the Yankees should do with Ivan Nova's roster spot?