The New York Yankees needed some help with their pitching staff and just added depth by calling up reliever Alfredo Aceves from the minors.
Jack Curry of YES Network reported the news:
Aceves has been called up from Scranton. Leroux, as expected, has been DFA'd.
— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) May 3, 2014
To make room for Aceves, the Yanks designated fellow reliever Chris Leroux for assignment. It was a short stay for Leroux, who pitched in just two games for New York and posted a 22.50 ERA.
The Yanks are familiar with Aceves as he spent three seasons with them from 2008 to 2010 and became quite the reliable arm out of the bullpen for manager Joe Girardi during his time with the team as the long man.
Aceves spent the last three seasons with the Boston Red Sox in multiple roles.
Boston tried Aceves as a closer in 2012, but he ended up blowing eight saves in 33 chances and was suspended over his issues with then manager, Bobby Valentine. In 2013, Boston tried him as a starter briefly, but that didn't work out either as Aceves posted a 4.86 ERA overall before his season was cut short.
His best season came in 2011 for the Sox when he posted a 2.61 ERA in 55 total appearances.
The timing of Aceves' return to the Bronx couldn't be better considering the current state of the Yanks' pitching staff. New York has seen its bullpen become depleted thanks to a lack of innings from its starters and the 14-inning marathon versus the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night.
The injuries to Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda have shortened New York's 'pen with David Phelps and Vidal Nuno filling the voids, so Aceves will instantly become an important part of the Yanks' relief corps. upon his arrival.Tags: Alfredo Aceves, Baseball, Boston Red Sox, Chris Leroux, David Phelps, Ivan Nova, Joe Girardi, Michael Pineda, MLB, New York, New York Yankees, Vidal Nuno