NEW YORK -- Domingo Acevedo's excitement from getting his first callup to the Majors was short-lived, as the Yankees optioned the right-hander back to Double-A Trenton after Saturday's 7-6 win over the Mets.
The Yankees' No. 7 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, temporarily took the roster spot of right-hander Domingo German, who was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre after taking the loss in the Subway Series opener on Friday. Although Acevedo served as a starter in his six years in the Minors, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said that the righty was called up to serve as an extra arm in the bullpen if the team would need a long-reliever on Saturday afternoon.
"Just having to go to our 'pen yesterday early, Acevedo's stretched out as a starter, so he's built up 100 pitches and he's on his fifth day," Boone said prior to Saturday's contest. "He kind of gives us that protection if we got in the situation where we needed a lot of length, he's the best option for us right now."
Acevedo, 24, is 2-2 with a 2.84 ERA with 40 strikeouts over 50 2/3 innings across 11 outings (eight starts) with Trenton. He missed roughly a month and a half with a blister after just two outings. Although his time in the Majors did not last long, Acevedo could be someone that club calls on again in the future, as the Yankees continue to figure out their starting rotation.
"I'll be ready for whatever situation that will help the team win," Acevedo said. "Just be ready and give the best I have."
Despite not yet making his Major League debut, Acevedo had an exciting experience getting his first call up to the big leagues that the righty said he was not expecting to come until at least September. After his game in Binghamton, N.Y. for Trenton on Friday, Acevedo was watching Netflix in his hotel room when he heard a knock on the door around 11 p.m. ET.
"I saw the manager, and I said, 'What happened? The manager is in my room,'" Acevedo said in English. "The next thing I see is the pitching coach, and the manager said, 'I need a translator, your teammate.' So he [told my teammate I was getting called up], and I said, 'Oh, seriously?' and he said, 'Oh, yes, congrats.' I don't know, I started laughing and gave a big hug to my pitching coach and a little cry. I said, 'I need to call my mom.'"
Acevedo picked up the phone and called his mother, who lives in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, to tell her the news. When she answered, she was worried that something was wrong because he was calling her so late at night, but that concern quickly changed to joy.
"I said, 'Take a seat and breathe,' and she said, 'What happened?'" Acevedo said. "I said, 'The Yankees called up for me to go to the big leagues.' She just cried with me."
Acevedo left Binghamton around 5 a.m. ET Saturday and drove straight to Yankee Stadium. He hugged his new teammates as they filed into the clubhouse and said he talked with Boone when he got to the stadium.
"[Boone] said be ready and keep working," Acevedo said. "He basically told me, 'Trust your stuff, trust yourself and be ready.'"
Touted for his triple-digit velocity and his 6-foot-7 frame, Acevedo climbed the Minor League ladder last year all the way to Triple-A and logged a career-high 133 innings. His velocity typically registers in the mid- to high-90s as a starter, and he complements his fastball with a changeup and a slider. According to scouting reports, Acevedo could blossom into a high-leverage reliever.
"Early in spring, his velocity was down," Boone said. "He's kind of worked his way back and I think started to gain some momentum and traction and has been throwing the ball well in Double-A. The velocity has been back up in the mid-90s. He's got a really good changeup and slider, so he's been throwing the ball pretty well."
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