Another disastrous game went down last night. Michael Pineda was ejected from the game for using pine tar and the Yankees couldn't do a thing off John Lackey. Tonight they will try again:
#Yankees lineup vs BOS: Ellsbury CF, Jeter SS, Beltran RF, Soriano DH, Teixeira 1B, McCann C, Gardner LF, Roberts 2B, Solarte 3B, Sabathia P— New York Yankees (@Yankees) April 24, 2014
The top of the order is Jacoby Ellsbury, Derek Jeter, and Carlos Beltran, just like last night. Beltran is back in right field and this time Alfonso Soriano is the DH, but I'm not quite sure the reasoning, since they felt Gardner was better suited for right field just last night. Mark Teixeira bats fifth with Brian McCann hitting sixth. Brett Gardner goes back to left field, Brian Roberts is at second, and Yangervis Solarte returns to the lineup at third. He hopes to break an 0–14 slide he was given a rest from last night.
After going through most of the bullpen last night in order to piece together a game from the middle of the second inning on, the Yankees used David Phelps, Matt Thornton, Preston Claiborne, and Adam Warren. Needless to say, the bullpen is taxed only days after coming back from an off-day. In order to get some fresh arms up, the team has called up Shane Greene and Bruce Billings.To make space for them on the active roster, Preston Claiborne and Dean Anna have been optioned to Triple-A. This would mean that Solarte is the only backup shortstop the Yankees currently have.
Adding Greene makes perfect sense, he's been up and down since the season started, but bringing up Billings is a little more complicated. In order to bring him up, the Yankees would have to make room for him on the 40-man roster. Does this mean that Ivan Nova has elected to undergo Tommy John surgery and therefore will be moved to the 60-day DL and off the 40?