Yankees recall Shreve, send down Pinder
DETROIT -- Left-hander Chasen Shreve paid the price for the Yankees' 19-inning loss to the Red Sox 10 days ago, getting sent down to the Minors as New York sought fresh bullpen arms.
But Shreve was back in the big leagues Tuesday afternoon. The Yankees recalled Shreve from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and optioned reliever Branden Pinder to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before Tuesday night's game against the Tigers at Comerica Park.
"We kind of wanted to see how our bullpen ironed out. The one thing about Chasen is he gives you multiple innings more than Branden does," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Against a [Tigers] lineup that has a lot of right-handers, it allows you to use Esmil [Rogers] a little bit differently."
Shreve threw 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief during the Yankees' 6-5 loss at Yankee Stadium on April 10. The 24-year-old was optioned to Triple-A the next day, when the Yankees called up left-hander Matt Tracy to take his place.
Girardi said it took five or six days for the Yankees' bullpen to fully recover from that game, but it is back in order now. In the meantime, Shreve had to wait the minimum 10 days after being optioned before he could be recalled.
"Chasen was the casualty of that," Girardi said.
Shreve has posted a 1.06 ERA in 17 appearances in the Major Leagues over the last two years. He appeared in one game for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after getting sent down, throwing 2 1/3 scoreless innings on Wednesday.
Pinder made his big league debut on Wednesday, and he pitched two scoreless innings over two appearances for the Yankees.
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• Ivan Nova, recovering from Tommy John surgery, threw 35 pitches over two innings of batting practice on Tuesday. Left-hander Chris Capuano (right quadriceps strain) will throw two innings in an extended spring game on Wednesday.
• Second baseman Jose Pirela went 1-for-3 and played five innings in an extended spring game on Monday. He is slated to play seven innings Wednesday.
• Shortstop Brendan Ryan (right calf strain) has been fielding ground balls and taking batting practice at the Yankees' Minor League complex in Tampa, Fla.