Yankees recall Chad Moeller, shift Nick Johnson to 60-day DL

Yankees sign Jeff Natale
Moeller could help Jorge transition back

Via Jack Curry, the Yankees have recalled catcher Chad Moeller from Triple-A Scranton to help carry the load while Jorge Posada is out with a hairline fracture in a his foot. Nick Johnson was shifted to the 60-day disabled list to free up a spot on the 40-man roster. The 35-year-old Moeller was signed to a minor league deal at the end of Spring Training to mentor top prospect Jesus Montero in Scranton, and he’s hit just .207-.233-.310 in limited playing this year.

You probably remember Moeller from his 2008 stint with the team, when he hit .231-.311-.330 in 103 plate appearances. Frankie Cervelli figures to get the majority of the playing time behind the plate now, and I assume P.J. Pilittere will take Moeller’s spot in SWB.

Yankees sign Jeff Natale
Moeller could help Jorge transition back
  • donttradecano

    Any idea on what the move will be when jorge hits the DL, if he hasnt already?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      This is it. They’ll make another move when they send a pitcher down, probably for an outfielder. They might even make another move on top of that if they decide to DL Thames.

    • Andrew

      This is the move for Jorge going on the DL, no? Johnson’s move to the 60-day DL was just to open a 40-man spot for Moeller. Moeller is taking Jorge’s spot, the next move is that a reliever goes down for an outfielder.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        Actually, it’s probably not. This is probably the move for a pitcher being sent down. They have to use Jorge going on the DL to recall Russo/Golson since it hasn’t been 10 days since they were demoted.

        • Andrew

          Yeah that’s right, my bust on that one. Unless they get frisky and pass over Russo & Golson for Huffman, and swap a RP for him.

        • Chris0313

          Because Posada was Dl’d, MLB can waive that rule.

    • Chris0313

      My money is on Chad Huffman.

  • Chris0313

    We should have traded for Ivan Rodriguez.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Not sure if serious…

      • Chris0313

        My poor attempt at showing how the Yankees made the right decision failed. Trading for a temporary fix or calling up Montero would have been rash and Mets-like.

    • JohnC

      why not Jose Molina?

      • Chris0313

        No point. Jorge is back in a few weeks and carrying 3 catchers is silly. Unless Jorge becomes the full-time DH. Which…idk…interesting.

        • ADam

          I would love to see Jorge Get some serious DH time once hes back, Once the yanks are all healed up you could have a pretty dangerous lineup that looks like,

          SS Jeter
          CF Gardy
          1B Tex
          3B Alex
          2B Robbie
          DH PO
          LF Granderson
          RF Swish
          C Cervelli

          Huffman/Golson (Winn has go to leave im sorry)

          But the Pen will need to be addressed… if Ace is going to be out for a while, Cash better be calling up San Diego (Latin for a whales Vagina) to see if Bell is available, which I’m sure he is.

  • The Brett Gardner Explosion

    i agree with everything you said except,

    “You probably remember Moeller from his 2008 stint with the team, when he hit .231-.311-.330 in 103 plate appearances”.

    I’d change that to,

    “You probably FORGOT Moeller from his 2008 stint with the team, when he hit .231-.311-.330 in 103 plate appearances.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Just out of curiosity, wouldn’t P.J. Pilittere be a better option? I have no idea about his offense/defense, but Chad Moeller isn’t all that special…

    • A.D.

      The Org doesn’t appear to think so since he’s been phantom DLed for much of the season.

  • Rogue Trader

    I wanted to love the Johnson for Matsui switch… Sigh

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      Matsui is currently hitting .224/.304/.378

      Don’t think there’s been a “winner” declared yet.

      • mike c

        not being hurt > being hurt

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          being below replacement player < being hurt

          • pat


          • mike c

            yeah because matsui is obviously going to put up that line all year. what a thought, nick johnson must be rolling around in his grave right now

            • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

              Do you know what Matsui is going to do? Do you know he’s going to stay healthy?

              • mike c

                i don’t know anything. i think he will be comparable to last year with a slight decline in production due to support staff and age/health

                • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

                  Ok, so you don’t know. Neither does anyone.

        • Chris

          Sucking can be worse than being hurt. At least if you’re hurt the team can bring in someone to replace you (and it’s not that hard to find a DH with an OPS over .682). When you’re just sucking it’s hard to justify releasing you – just look at Griffey in Seattle. I’m sure they’d love it if he pulled a hamstring and could go on the DL.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        Fun fact: Damon and Matsui are hitting .154-.269-.236 combined in their last 145 plate appearances.

        If they were on the Yanks, people would be bitching that they were washed up and Cash was stupid for resigning him.

        • mike c

          they would be known quantities to us so we would understand their production. same reason we give tex a free pass

          i’m pretty sure NJ only exists on paper

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

            Did Nick Johnson kick your dog?

            • mike c

              yeah, and he broke his foot while doing it

  • Chris

    The Yankees sign Moeller in 2008 to a minor league deal, and shortly afterwards Posada goes down with an injury so Moeller gets called up.

    In 2010, the Yankees sign Moeller to another minor league deal, and shortly afterwards Posada goes down with an injury so Moeller gets called up.

    Coincidence? I think not.

  • http://twitter.com/j_sprouse2213 James

    not a big chad moeller fan here..and by that i mean i don’t like him one bit…but i didn’t want Jesus anywhere near the bigs yet either.

    So i’ll live through Moeller for 3 weeks.

  • Anksy

    “…Johnson to 60-Day DL”

    I had been praying since February that I’d never have to read those words. Sigh, get better Nick.

    • Evan in NYC

      Meh, I would rather see what Miranda can do with the bat anyway.

      • Rose

        Be curious…but certainly don’t hold your breath…

      • A.D.

        “rather” might be strong, it is a bit of a silver lining that he gets an extended look.

        • vin

          That’s assuming Girardi doesn’t feel compelled to use a rotating DH. I understand giving Jeter, Alex, and Tex some 1/2 days off here and there, but El Nino needs fewer AB’s, not more.

        • Evan in NYC

          For now (the next 2-3 weeks?) I think the best move for Girardi and the Yankees would be to keep an OF of Winn, Gardy, Swisher and use the DH spot to play Miranda vs RHP and Thames vs LHP.

    • dalelama

      But deep down inside you knew you would.

  • Evan in NYC

    Granderson can’t get back soon enough…

  • Chris0313

    Joh-nny Da-Mon clap clap clap-clap clap

    • Chris

      You really think he can catch?

      • Thomas

        He probably allow the most stolen bases ever . . . well, actually third after Victor Martinez and Matt LeCroy. But he’d be bad.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          He’d make Frank Robinson openly weep.

    • Tampa Yankee

      Cash$ offered a 2yr, $14M deal and he turned it down. Then he was offered a 1yr, $6M and he turned it down again so the Yanks went in a different direction, get over it.

      • mike c

        different direction = hello randy winn! thanks cash

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

          Johnny Damon has nothing to do with the thread, nor the Yankees. Give it a rest.

          • http://twitter.com/j_sprouse2213 James

            wait…you just had a Damon tweet.

          • mike c

            oh right, i forgot he didn’t play for the yankees. on a related note, if the tigers start tanking later this season there is a possiblity that damon will be a trade target, and possibly a nice acquisition

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

              He’s not playing for the Yanks now, is he? Why not talk about Miguel Cairo, or Jose Molina? You bring Damon/Matsui up every damn day, it’s tiresome.

              • mike c

                well sorry, i will work on that. but i’m bitter and venting that two of my fav players aren’t on the team. and after all the damon sucks/matsui’s exploding knees vomit that i read all winter, this is light commentary. and for the record i didn’t mention damon here, i was talking about the randy winn gamble

                • Chris

                  randy winn gamble

                  What Randy Winn gamble? He was signed to be the 4th (or maybe even 5th) outfielder. He’s managed that quite well.

  • RR

    Betting the next move is Melancon back down and Huffman up. How many options does Melancon have left, anyway? Seems he’s been riding the Scranton Shuffle for the past couple years.

    • A.D.

      its one option per year….he was already going to be using an option this year.

    • Shaun

      So this means Boone Logan will still be a major league player. I’m not sure what Girardi sees in that bum.

  • Rose

    Via Jack Curry, the Yankees have recalled catcher Chad Moeller from Triple-A Scranton

    This team is just one Royce Clayton away from a championship…

  • Michael Kay but not THE

    I really hope The Mets are in rare fail form this weekend, I know if they even take 1 game they’ll be bragging about it for weeks no matter if Jeter & Gardner are the only regular starters left or not.

    • Chris

      I really hope The Mets are in rare typical fail form this weekend


  • theyankeewarrior

    Why not grab Pat the Bat and see if he can fill in better than below-average AAA OFers or at least be the RH DH until Thames regains his ability to not trip over his own bat/drop little league fly balls.

    When will be be a FA?

    • ZZ

      Because at this point of his career he is really Pat No Bat.

  • Ral

    Moeller did surprisingly well for the Orioles in the few games that he played last year.

  • Stryker

    melancon on the chris britton memorial shuttle to scranton yet again. REALLY hoping he gets extended major league playing time soon. i think it’s time we find out if he’s a AAAA pitcher or someone who needs a solid shot.