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


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.


  1. donttradecano says:

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

    • Mike Axisa says:

      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 says:

      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.

      • Mike Axisa says:

        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.

    • Chris0313 says:

      My money is on Chad Huffman.

  2. Chris0313 says:

    We should have traded for Ivan Rodriguez.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Not sure if serious…

      • Chris0313 says:

        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 says:

      why not Jose Molina?

      • Chris0313 says:

        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 says:

          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.

  3. The Brett Gardner Explosion says:

    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.

  4. Hummingbird S. says:

    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…

  5. Rogue Trader says:

    I wanted to love the Johnson for Matsui switch… Sigh

  6. Chris says:

    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.

  7. James says:

    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.

  8. Anksy says:

    “…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 says:

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

      • Rose says:

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

      • A.D. says:

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

        • vin says:

          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 says:

          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 says:

      But deep down inside you knew you would.

  9. Evan in NYC says:

    Granderson can’t get back soon enough…

  10. Chris0313 says:

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

    • Chris says:

      You really think he can catch?

    • Tampa Yankee says:

      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 says:

        different direction = hello randy winn! thanks cash

        • Mike Axisa says:

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

          • James says:

            wait…you just had a Damon tweet.

          • mike c says:

            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

            • Mike Axisa says:

              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 says:

                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 says:

                  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.

  11. RR says:

    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.

  12. Rose says:

    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…

  13. Michael Kay but not THE says:

    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.

  14. theyankeewarrior says:

    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?

  15. Ral says:

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

  16. Stryker says:

    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.

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