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New York Yankees to Call up Shane Greene to Start Monday Vs. Cleveland Indians; Chase Whitley Demoted to Bullpen

July 7th, 2014 at 1:09 AM
By Doug Rush

With Vidal Nuno officially traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Brandon McCarthy on Sunday afternoon, the Yankees need someone to make a start on Monday night when they begin their series with the Cleveland Indians.

Nuno was scheduled to start that game on Monday night at Progressive Field, but now that he's pitching for the Diamondbacks, the Yankees needed another person to make the start and they have found that in Shane Greene, who will be called up to make Nuno's start; as per Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Greene pitched briefly with the Yankees in 2014, appearing in just one game and pitched in 1/3 of an inning. In that inning, he allowed three walks and three runs; all of which were unearned and thus, why his ERA is 0.00.

While at Class-AAA Scranton/Wilks-Barre, Greene went 5-2 with a 4.61 ERA in 13 starts with 57 strikeouts in 66.1 innings this season. Greene will be the latest of the Yankees minor league system to get a chance to see if he can stick at the major league level or not.

With Greene and Brandon McCarthy now in the rotation, at least for the time being, Chase Whitley has been taken out of the rotation following his third straight poor start and will now pitch out of the bullpen, as Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reported on Sunday.

"Shane Greene will start for the Yankees Monday night, pitching in place of Vidal Nuno, who was traded to the Diamondbacks for Brandon McCarthy on Sunday. McCarthy will make his Yankees debut Wednesday, the day Chase Whitley was scheduled to pitch. Whitley will work out of the bullpen to start the week, though he might start Thursday if he isn’t needed in relief."
 
Taking Whitley out of the rotation seems to be the right move to make right now for the Yankees and it could be soon that Whitley finds himself back in the minor leagues if his struggles continue.
 
While McCarthy will likely pitch the rest of the season at the major league level, Greene's pitching for a chance to stay in the Bronx. What he does against the Indians may determine that.
 

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Tags: Baseball, Brandon McCarthy, Chase Whitley, Cleveland Indians, MLB, New York, New York Yankees, Shane Greene

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