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Yankees Set to Promote Mitchell From Trenton

by Matt Kardos | Posted on Sunday, April 20th, 2014

(TRENTON) After striking out a career-high 12 batters and shutting out the Akron Rubberducks over six innings on Monday night, Trenton Thunder ace Bryan Mitchell was slated to start last night against the Erie Sea Wolves at Arm & Hammer Park. Just hours prior to the game, Mitchell arrived to the ballpark on his 23rd birthday to find that he was scratched from his scheduled start. Thunder Manager Tony Franklin said that the change was made in the interest of giving Mitchell an extra day of rest early in the season. The reasoning was curious considering Trenton had a schedule day off on Sunday and Jeremy Bleich was still listed as the probable starter for Monday’s game against Akron.

“When I got here, I was told I wasn’t pitching,” Mitchell said to the media. “I really didn’t get a reason. I was just told I’m not pitching. I feel fine.”

Thunder pitcher Bryan Mitchell is expected to join the Yankees on Sunday.

Thunder pitcher Bryan Mitchell is expected to join the Yankees on Sunday.

Just hours ago, former Thunder beat writer for The Trentonian and current Baseball America Social Media Editor, Josh Norris tweeted, “Bryan Mitchell has been called up to New York, I’m told.”

Mitchell has battled inconsistencies with his command over the first four seasons of his career but has the repertoire of pitches to be a serious rotation piece at the major league level. In three starts this season for the Thunder, Mitchell has gone 1-2 with a 5.14 ERA while striking out 20 batters in 14 innings pitched.

The role of Mitchell for the big league club is not clear at this point, but after the Yankees exhausted their bullpen arms in their 16-1 defeat at Tampa last night, the organization is in desperate need of immediate reinforcements to provide their bullpen with some depth. Things got so bad on Saturday night, Manager Joe Girardi out of necessity was forced to hand the ball to infielder Dean Anna in the blowout.

Mitchell’s promotion is just one of what is going to be a flurry of roster moves that the Yankees are expected to make on Sunday. Reliever Preston Caliborne is also expected to join the team from Triple-A Scranton and first baseman Mark Teixeira is going to be activated from the disabled list. Corresponding roster moves are not yet known, but there is a good chance that both Matt Daley and Scot Sizemore could be among the victims of the roster shuffle. Pitcher Ivan Nova was forced to leave Saturday’s game after experiencing pain in his right elbow. Nova was expected to undergo an MRI on Saturday and is almost certain to land on the DL.

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