Mitchell was called up yesterday to give the Yankees an emergency long reliever. It was more of a just-in-case situation, with Mitchell getting the nod because he was on the 40-man and fully available, having last pitched a week ago. Mitchell got loose in the 12th inning and presumably would have entered the game had Preston Claiborne run into trouble trying to finish off the win.
Ultimately, Claiborne was surely on his final inning, and if things had gone any longer, Mitchell’s just-in-case scenario would have actually come into play.
Instead, Mitchell will slide back into the Double-A rotation and THE Yankees will be able to activate Dave Robertson on Tuesday without need to make any other roster move. Doesn’t mean they won’t make another roster move — I suppose it’s possible someone else could come up to replace Claiborne — but with Mitchell back in Double-A, Robertson’s roster spot is open.