The New York Yankees announced a minor-league roster move prior to their mid-week series up in Toronto.
This move serves as the corresponding move for Jordan Montgomery, who was optioned to Triple-A following Sunday’s win in Cleveland.
Mitchell, who was optioned down on July 18, is 1-1 this season with a 4.29 ERA (3.90 FIP) over 13 appearances (one start). The 26-year-old will likely retain his old position with the team as an innings-eater in the bullpen.
In 12 starts for the RailRiders across four options, Mitchell is 2-3 with a 3.93 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 55 innings. He has made three starts since his last demotion, holding opponents to a .234/.298/.325 slash line.
Keeping Montgomery down and searching for other options to serve as bullpen depth is the most sensical for New York. This move may make the rookie left-hander available to be recalled next week in order to give staff ace Luis Severino day rest and a second start against the Red Sox as the AL East race starts to accelerate.
Who knew there was a method to this Scranton Shuttle madness?
Roster Move: Prior to tonight's game, the Yankees recalled RHP Bryan Mitchell from @swbrailriders.
— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) August 8, 2017