Yankees Promote LHP Tyler Webb

The Yankee bullpen is clearly in a state of transition. Many players have uncertain roles, and that prompted the team to promote left-handed pitcher Tyler Webb from AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Webb will wear No. 36, and replaces the now-optioned Rob Refsnyder on the active roster. This is a really interesting move because Webb was not on the 40-man roster, and was a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates during spring training. The Pirates took him in the Rule 5 draft, but returned him before the regular season began.

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The 26-year-old had been stalled at Scranton since 2014, but is 3-1 this season with a 3.24 ERA in 21 appearances out of the bullpen. He carries an impressive 47 strikeouts through 33⅓ innings. He definitely earned the call-up having only allowed one earned run in his last 10 appearances (14⅓ innings).

The odd-man-out, Rob Refsnyder, lost his role with the promotion of Mason Williams. He served as corner outfield depth, and Joe Girardi seemed to have Matt Holliday ahead of him on the first base depth chart. He hit .172 at the major league level, but only got 31 plate appearances. He started the season at AAA, and returns to a .303/.391/.454 slash-line.

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The move appears to be coming on the heels of a changing of the guard in the bullpen. Chad Green contributed an impressive 1⅓ innings last night, and might have pushed Tyler Clippard out of his seventh inning job. Clippard has had all sorts of problems of late, faltering in a mop-up role Wednesday. Since June 12, the beginning of the Yankee road trip, Clippard has pitched to a 17.18 ERA in six appearances. He has allowed three home runs in that span, which is identical to his number of strikeouts.

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