The furious shuffling and reshuffling of the Yankees' roster continued Tuesday as the team placed Stephen Drew on the paternity list, sent outfielder Ramon Flores to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and called up infielder Jose Pirela and righthander Bryan Mitchell.
Pirela replaced Drew, who can miss up to three days, at second base against the Phillies. Mitchell gave the Yankees another long man after Chris Capuano was used in that capacity on Monday.
The Yankees have made a dizzying 17 player moves in the last four days. Some have been because of medical necessity (Mason Williams and Sergio Santos to the DL). One was because of a happy family event (Drew).
The pitching moves, 11 of them in all, have come as general manager Brian Cashman has apparently decided to use his Triple-A team as an extension of the team's 25-man roster. Four pitchers, including Mitchell, were called up and then sent back down after appearing in a game because they would not be available the next day.
Mitchell, a starter by trade, threw three innings in relief on Saturday and picked up his first career save in the Yankees' 12-4 win over the Tigers.
With Capuano spent and Ivan Nova making his first start after Tommy John surgery on Wednesday, the Yankees wanted to add a 13th arm to the bullpen.
The bullpen includes rookie righthanders Mitchell, Brandon Pinder, Diego Moreno and Nick Rumbelow. But that may change again Wednesday.
"We'll make some decisions as we move forward here to see how our pitching is," manager Joe Girardi said.
"But right now we have a little bit of flexibility and we're just kind of using it."
Closer Andrew Miller (forearm strain) will play catch Wednesday for the first time since going on the DL on June 11.