The Yankees send Chase Whitley in hopes that he can regain his early magic and not give up a ton of runs to doom this offense.
Yankees lineup: Gardner 8, Jeter 6, Ellsbury DH, Teixeira 3, McCann 2, Roberts 4, Ichiro 9, Johnson 7, Solarte 5, Whitley 1.— Jorge Castillo (@jorgeccastillo) July 13, 2014
Brett Gardner is in center field, with Derek Jeter in his normal spot and Jacoby Ellsbury as the designated hitter. Mark Teixeira is hitting cleanup while Brian McCann is behind the plate again and Brian Roberts is at second base. Ichiro Suzuki is in right-field and Kelly Johnson is in left field, because holy crap why are you doing this, and Yangervis Solarte is at third.
The team has called up Bryan Mitchell and optioned Zoilo Alonte to make room on the active roster. As inconsistent as Mitchell has been this year, hopefully he will have a more memorable (for a good reason) stint with the team than last time where he warmed up in the bullpen, never got into a game, and hurt his elbow by overthrowing. Maybe he can give the Yankees more value than Jose Ramirez was able to.
Michael Pineda threw a 25-pitch bullpen in Tampa yesterday and he came out alive on the other side. A mid-August return still remains the best case scenario. At this point the Yankees might decide to rename the bullpens at the team's complex the "Michael Pineda Memorial Bullpen" for all the time he has spent there. It must feel like a second home at this point.