Yankees call up Shane Greene and Bruce Billings

Michael Pineda suspended ten games for pine tar incident
Ivan Nova will undergo Tommy John surgery on Tuesday

4:20pm: Yep, Anna and Claiborne were sent down and Nova was moved over to the 60-day DL, the Yankees announced.

3:48pm: The Yankees have called up right-handers Shane Greene and Bruce Billings from Triple-A Scranton. Based on the lineup card, Preston Claiborne and Dean Anna were sent down in corresponding moves. Greene was already on the 40-man roster and I assume Ivan Nova was transferred to the 60-day DL to clear a spot for Billings.

Greene, 25, was scheduled to start for the RailRiders tonight, but he has been up and down so much this year that he hasn’t been able to get stretched out. He’s only thrown 2.2 innings in 2014. Billings, 28, started for Scranton four days ago and is fully stretched out — he could throw 100+ pitches tonight if need be. The Yankees ran through their bullpen last night following Michael Pineda‘s ejection, so this gives them a pair of fresh arms. It appears they’ll go with a three-man bench during Pineda’s suspension. (They aren’t allowed to replace him on the roster.)

Michael Pineda suspended ten games for pine tar incident
Ivan Nova will undergo Tommy John surgery on Tuesday
  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    I wonder how the Scranton Shuttle does on gas mileage. It’s been pretty busy this April.

    Shane Greene must know the ride pretty well by now. He’s been on it longer than he’s been on an actual mound thus far.

    In all seriousness, though, I’m surprised I haven’t heard folks talk about how the back and forth, and not pitching, actually is a bit of a development-suck thus far for him.

    • Mr. Roth

      I wonder if they ever use the airport that is right near the stadium in Scranton instead of a lowly land vehicle.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        No. It HAS to be a shuttle. The Scranton shuttle HAS to be a shuttle.

        Where would a small plane land that would be convenient, though? Tetebero? That one Westchester small airport? I once was in a jet that had to emergency land there to refuel. Landed back in LGA about twenty minutes later.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Not really refuel, but it had to wait for clearance for so long that the pilot decided not to waste gas and just made a pit stop.

        • Mr. Roth

          lol I only know about the airports in Scranton/W-B because that’s where I grew up. I have no clue where it would land in NYC. Maybe they could just have them parachute in over Yankee Stadium.

  • TWTR

    In the interests of time and ecology, switch the locations of the SWB and Trenton teams…

    • Mr. Roth

      Trenton is closer, but it’s really only about a 25-30 minute difference.

    • ALZ

      Not a big concern. When the team was out in columbus that was a problem. Having the AA/AAA/MLB club all within a 120 mile radius is doing really good. Plus Scranton is kind of more separate so it doesn’t have to fight as much for fans.

  • Ed

    Am I correct in assuming that Billings is just a random scrub who will be DFA’d the next time we need a roster spot?

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Random scrub who’s actually been pitching quite well at AAA thus far, but yes. He’s a younger Chris Bootcheck.

    • Liz-Fan of Bruce Billins

      No Ed, Billings is NOT “just some random” pitcher. Better check on the AAA stats, he has been doing quite well….

  • forensic

    I went through much of my rant about two overreacting pitching moves in one day, so I’ll spare you all it again…

  • JJQJr

    I wonder if Anna going down means Brendan Ryan will be ready soon.

    • forensic

      Conveniently enough, Ryan would seem to be ready at about the same time Pineda’s suspension ends. And hey, with how good Jeter’s looked out there defensively there’s no need to keep another SS on the roster right now, anyway.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      I doubt Ryan is back within ten days. I think it has a hell of a lot more to do with needing the extra pitcher more than needing the extra infielder.

      Sizemore should give him hell when he arrives in Scranton today.

  • LK

    So is Solarte the backup SS now? That seems…sub-optimal.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      So does a nice swipe of pinetar on the neck, but here we are.

      • LK

        I certainly hear you there. Still though, with how Jeter’s looked lately, it wouldn’t be too hard to argue that they have 0 defensive shortstops on the roster. I think I’d prefer to deal with the 6-man bullpen, but obviously there are no good options.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          We may not have seen one of Billings or Greene for Anna if Phelps would have gone four or five innings last night.

          Solarte’s going to be a more valuable MLB piece for anyone if he can pass at short.

          • LK

            Yeah I definitely get that the pitching staff is not set up well to be down a man right now.

            If Solarte can actually play short, then he becomes much more interesting as a potential piece past this season. But I guess that’s sort of true of anyone who hasn’t shown they can play short yet. Hopefully all the shifting can mitigate this.

    • Silvio

      The next 10 days will be “sub-optimal,” but maybe after the suspension Anna will be back. I haven’t done a stat comparison of them, but Anna doesn’t seem to give away too much to Ryan, and he seems a better hitter.

      • forensic

        You don’t need to do a stat comparison of them. You need to do an option and contract comparison of them. That will tell you all you need to know about who will be with the club in 10ish days.

      • LK

        My issue isn’t Anna vs. Ryan, but the fact that right now they have neither.

  • JGYank

    Surprised Anna went down. Hopefully Ryan is back soon. Jeter may have to play a little more often until he gets back since Solarte is now the backup at SS. I know Claiborne has pitched recently but why send him down? Do we really need an extra arm that badly?

  • AllyinCt

    Had this idea earlier today and not sure if it makes any sense…the Yankees sign Drew and lose their 2nd round pick. They trade him to a team that didn’t want to lose their 1st round pick and receive a starting pitcher in the trade, to add to Yankees rotation. Btw…I know this trade sucks.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      “Had this idea earlier today and not sure if it makes any sense…the Yankees sign Drew and lose their 2nd round pick. They trade him to a team that didn’t want to lose their 1st round pick and receive a Jose Fernandez in the trade, to add to Yankees rotation. Btw…I know this trade sucks.”

      I fixed it for you. I specified a starting pitcher.

      • Chip Rodriguez

        *sets Force Trade on*

    • Coolerking101

      What you suggest sounds like an purposeful attempt to get around the CBA…so the Commissioner would quash the trade.

      • forensic

        Actually, I beleive the rule from the prior CBA carried over that newly signed free agents can be traded earlier than usual with their consent.

  • mustang

    Bruce Billings!!!!

    HELL NO !!!!

    Totally unacceptable and how dare they I refuse to watch all games that Bruce Billings pitches. Further I suggest we all boycott his games.

    This is all the Yankees can come up with after losing 2 starters and having another 2(Warren and Phelps) in pen. How dare they suggest this for one miss start?

    • mustang

      How was that guys? Was I outraged enough? I thought maybe a few more curse words or a “cashman failed” might of work a bit better.

      • Bubba

        A tad light on the exclamation points but otherwise a noble effort.

    • NicePitch

      Shows how much you know about Scranton Baseball. Look at the numbers. He is the best pitcher for the Riders. 3-1 with a 2.74 ERA. He pitched great out West with tougher batters in 2013. I want you to eat your words after he puts up a win.

  • Loudog

    Bruce Billings pitches tonight the Yankees lose.

  • i like bacon

    Feel bad for dean anna being sent down. he was doing a good job.

  • Chip Rodriguez

    We really need CC to be an ace tonight. Bullpen’s a mess, the team’s coming off an embarrassing day and a loss, and I’m just hoping that CC can produce a quality outing to win the series, and head back home on a good note.

    • mt

      Or at least not get blasted like he sometimes does against Red Sox.

  • Yankeefan91

    i want aceves back up in the next coming weeks.

  • RetroRob

    I don’t understand why they can’t replace him.

    What happens if five players get suspensions? I know I’m picking an extreme example, but it doesn’t make sense.

    • forensic

      It’s an on-field infraction. The team should bear some of the punishment too. If numerous guys got suspended at once (as has happened plenty of times for fights) they just stagger them so that there aren’t too many guys out at any one time.

  • Naved

    Mark Montgomery has to be the next callup or something man. This is getting stupid. Well at least Bruce Billings is only called up because he can go 100 pitches. But the next reliever better be Monty.