The Yankees will make their first minor league call-up today. Luis Ayala is going on the disabled list, and Enrique Rojas reports that Hector Noesi will be the replacement in the Yankees bullpen.
There weren’t many options for the Yankees to choose from, but Noesi makes good sense. He last pitched on Saturday, made three Triple-A starts last season and made his way into Baseball America’s top 10 Yankees prospects this season. Highly touted for his command, Noesi walked 28 batters in 160.1 innings last year.
As a minor league planning bonus, calling up Noesi would open a Triple-A rotation spot for Kevin Millwood.
All other 40-man pitchers came with obvious reasons not to call them up.
Dellin Betances: In Double-A. Seems unlikely he’d jump all the way to New York.
Andrew Brackman: Started for Scranton yesterday. Wouldn’t be immediately available.
Steve Garrison: Started for Trenton yesterday. Also would not be immediately available.
Jose Ortegano: On the Triple-A disabled list.
Ryan Pope: On the Triple-A disabled list.
Of the pitchers not on the 40-man, the only one who jumped out at me as a strong option was lefty Andy Sisco. I thought he might make sense as a second lefty who could pitch multiple innings. He’s pitched three innings in Triple-A this season, allowing no hits and one walk while striking out four. His last outing was two innings, he was effective — but wild — in big league camp, and he has 151 games of big league experience.
Then again, the Yankees would have needed to open a 40-man spot for Sisco, and unless today’s MRI on Pedro Feliciano shows a serious problem, there wouldn’t be an easy or obvious way to create an opening.