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Yankees Roster Moves: Cole Figueroa called up, Jose Pirela optioned

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Yesterday, Chase Headley was held out of the Yankees starting lineup because he was dealing with a calf injury. Gregorio Petit filled in at third base, but the roster doesn't have a long-term solution if Headley needs to miss any significant time. In order to fix that problem for the time being, the Yankees have called up Cole Figueroa from Triple-A and he's already been penciled into today's lineup. In order to get him up, outfielder Taylor Dugas was designated for assignment to clear a space on the 40-man roster and Jose Pirela was optioned to Triple-A to give him a spot on the active roster.

The 28-year-old Figueroa was signed to a minor league deal in the winter in order to serve as depth for just this type of situation. He has experience playing both second and third base, giving him a decent chance to stay in the picture once Headley is healthy again. He made his MLB debut last season with the Tampa Bay Rays and hit .233/.286/.326 over 49 plate appearances, but this year he's batted .317/.372/.415 in 321 plate appearances at Triple-A Scranton. He should at least be able to challenge Petit's place on the roster.

Headley, meanwhile, is still only day-to-day and there has been no word about whether or not he will need to be placed on the disabled list. The Yankees will likely take a day or two to decide with Brendan Ryan currently rehabbing from his back injury. Ryan should be ready to be activated in a matter of days and by that point the team can either DL Headley or send either Figueroa or Petit packing. As for Pirela, the second baseman has not hit much over the course of the season and if it wasn't for the team's current lack of options, might find himself out of a job soon. Unless the Yankees actually make a deal for an infielder of some kind, Pirela will likely find himself up in the majors again at some point during the season.

Dugas was largely replaceable as a 25-year-old bouncing between Double-A and Triple-A. He spent a few days on the big league roster in order to provide adequate depth to the team following Carlos Beltran's injury, but he hasn't hit much this year and was never going to get any real playing time. With Jacoby Ellsbury back from the DL, Dugas had no use anymore and his spot on the roster can now be given to the solution of the team's latest problem. It's entirely possible he makes it through waivers without being claimed, but it also doesn't really matter since the organization has plenty of outfield prospects who are younger and better.