Yankees will call-up Preston Claiborne on Friday

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Black strikes out 11 in Tampa loss

According to Mark Montgomery and Rob Segedin, the Yankees will call-up right-hander Preston Claiborne to replace the injured Joba Chamberlain on Friday. They’ll need to make a 40-man roster move to accommodate him. I’m guessing Cody Eppley and Melky Mesa are most at risk of being designated for assignment.

Claiborne, 25, was the club’s 17th round pick in the 2010 draft. He pitched to a 3.48 ERA (1.55 FIP) in 10.1 Triple-A innings this year, striking out ten and walking one. He managed a 4.05 ERA (3.32 FIP) in 33.1 innings at the level last year. Claiborne is mostly a low-to-mid-90s fastball/mid-80s slider guy, and he’s done a good job of missing bats throughout his career (23.3 K%). He pitched very well in big league camp (one run in 10.2 innings), which probably moved him near the front of the call-up line.

A-Rod cleared to begin baseball activities
Black strikes out 11 in Tampa loss
  • Robinson Tilapia

    The most exciting Yankee reliever call-up since Pants Lendleton.

  • Bobtaco

    Welcome Creston Paliborne

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Just doesn’t have the same kick to it.

      Maybe we can just rename him Pants Claiborne. The original Pants has to be one of the top memes ever on here.

      • Get Phelps Up


        • Robinson Tilapia

          Pantston Claiborne. Let’s see where this goes.

  • LK

    “Presty’s my 4th inning guy.”

  • greg

    Sounds like a guy who wears a smoking jacket

    • Mickey Scheister

      Once more around the block Bitterman.

    • Ron burgundy

      He smells of rich mahogany

  • This Year

    Is there any justification for calling up PC and MM? Maybe there is, but the Yankees moves sometimes mystify me. I could understand if they bring up someone already on the 40 man and not MM. But they have to make a roster move for PC , so why not bring up the guy who is the rising star. I anticipated this when I heard the Cash-speak on Lohud, but I am at a loss to undertsnad it. Anyone know more than I?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      My attempt at a justification: This is an injury replacement for Joba and nothing else. They’re not looking at this as a big opportunity for Mark Montgomery to seize the day and never return to AAA.

      Now that I said that, I don’t necessarily agree with it. I know that Claiborne apparently does have some potential as a mid-relief option, and it may be one situation where the devil, er, Eppley you know isn’t necessarily what you go with.

      If you think that little of Eppley, though, make him the 40-man move and be done with it.

      • SeventhAce

        You bring up a point about Eppley, I totally forgot that he is still in the Yankees system.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      My guess – they see this as only a temporary move while Joba is out.
      When they ultimately need another 40-man spot down the road, Claiborne could be another DFA option, while Monty would have a more permanent lock on a 40-man spot. I have a feeling Monty won’t be called up until the Yankees feel he’s likely to stay permanently.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        While they were on the 40-man before their callups, I’m pretty sure, we’ve sat through such HOF relievers in recent years as the original Pants Lendleton and Amaury Sanit as Yankees.

        Let’s also see what the kid can do first. We want to give this whole list of fringe guys the benefit of the doubt. Well, let’s give it to this kid too.


  • Mickey Scheister

    I don’t get this, Joba was a major cog in the pen and he’s being replaced with Preston Caliborne? Is Montgomery not ready? Looking at baseball reference, Montgomery has far superior numbers, a higher walk rate but better K/9 and a better WHIP. This leaves Warren, Nuno, Kelley and now Caliborne to mix and match with, if you assume Logan slots to the 7th, in front of RoMo. If Robertson has to sit a couple days, the pen could be exposed real quick, IMO.

  • Seth green

    He has hair, and wears tshirts…sometimes

  • http://www.twitter.com/mattpat11 Matt DiBari

    Ia this a more or less ludicrous name than “Colter Bean?”

    • Mickey Scheister

      James William Bottomtooth III

      • Bob Buttons

        Turn of the Century Take on all Comers Griffin

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Colter Bean is a fucking legend.

  • Pseudoyanks

    Name sounds like he might be Prussian … on his mom’s side.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Preston Nails?

  • forensic

    It’s only for two weeks (hopefully), so it’s not the end of the world, but I don’t really understand picking Claiborne over Montgomery. I can only guess that since he spent 20 games at AAA last year they thought it was more fair to give him the first shot over Montgomery.

    They’re also picking the more hit-prone but less walk-prone guy, which goes along with less strikeout-prone. Personally, I’ll take the guy who strikes out a bunch more and gives up fewer hits, even if he may walk more guys.

    This may also create even more 40-man problems later in the season if they do feel Montgomery is ready at that point (since he should theoretically be a faster mover than Claiborne), meaning both of these guys would have spots, instead of just one.

    • vicki

      no way this decision had anything to do with it being “more fair to give him the first shot over Montgomery.” tell me you know no ballclub is run that way.

      • forensic

        Fair wasn’t really the right word, but the games there last year still contribute to it. Maybe him being more senior is a better way to put it.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Is it possible that this is to avoid using an option on Montgomery?

    • vicki

      must be.

    • qwerty

      There’s no other explanation.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        So you think they’ve now decided he’s going to stay in AAA all year and that there’s no other explanation? That’s rich.

    • forensic

      It’s possible, but that means that they plan on keeping him in AAA all season, including September.

      That wouldn’t seem to jive with what they say (though that could just be talk) about him and his potential to contribute, not to mention what his numbers and scouting reports say about him.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I think it’s more someone else (probably Kelley – someone check on TomH, please) gets a shot at higher-leverage innings, and Claiborne joins the ass-end of the bullpen. He then goes down in two weeks.

      I’d say their plans for Montgomery are bigger than that. Perhaps they don’t want Montgomery riding the shuttle.

      I just don’t know if, right now, he should get the 40-man slot…unless he’s just taking Eppley’s spot, in whisky case, I don’t care as much. He may be a better “ride the shuttle” option for all we know.

      • trr

        yes, he must be thought of as a 2 week replacement by the team.

        and pass that whisky case over here!

      • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

        I guess what I meant is, “Is it possible that this is to avoid committing using an option on Montgomery this early in the season.”

        I, too, believe that the “plan” is to have Montgomery start contributing at some point during this year. But because it’s May, perhaps they don’t want to potentially “waste” an option this early in case of regression or injury to Montgomery and thereby considering it a lost year for him.

        He’s clearly going to be some element of the team in 2014. Maybe they want to wait until June/July before they commit to using an option?

        I don’t know. Just spitballing here.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Seems like slight over-thinking of it to me. I think they’re riding the slight hot hand and giving Montgomery some time to get everything other than his beastly pitch in order to ensure MLB success later.

          Honestly, in the end, I don’t think we should have a problem in the team seeing what they’ve got in Claiborne, even if we see Montgomery in July rather than May or whatnot.

          The guy’s in AAA already and isn’t getting younger. He either has what it takes to be a middle reliever or he’s somewhere on the AAAA/org guy spectrum.

  • Kosmo

    Preston Claiborne the 3rd. Thurston Howell the 3rd.

  • Pseudoyanks

    I like that Claiborne is called up to the big show right before Derby day.
    (search Claiborne Farm, Kentucky if you have no idea what I’m talking about)

  • Robinson Tilapia
  • tommy cassella

    another stupid move by the assman.

    • Peter Lacock

      Another stupid comment by Tommy Cassella.