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Looks like Claiborne will be called up from Triple-A

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 02, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

ph_502011It seems that Preston Claiborne will be the reliever called up from Triple-A to replace Joba Chamberlain in the Yankees bullpen.

A handful of tweets, including this one from Claiborne himself, certainly paint a pretty telling picture.

Earlier tonight I’d actually heard someone who said — without knowing which reliever was getting the call — that I shouldn’t be surprised if it were either Claiborne or Sam Demel. He said that, despite the numbers, those two had been better this season than top relief prospect Mark Montgomery.

Claiborne doesn’t have Montgomery’s buzz, but he has more upper-level experience – made 20 appearances for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last season – and he was terrific in big league camp this spring, sticking around until nearly the very end and finishing with a 1.13 WHIP with 11 strikeouts and three walks in 10 outings.

This season, Claiborne has 10 strikeouts and one walk through 10.1 innings with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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