Pondering September call ups

The first thing to keep in mind is that the call ups are limited to players already on the team’s 40-man roster. That rules out relievers that could help out like Mark Montgomery and Kevin Whelan unless they are added to the roster, which is unlikely. But Justin Thomas and Cory Wade are on the 40-man roster and could be called up to thicken the bullpen up…though not necessarily make it better.

We are sure to see Steve Pearce, just acquired back from the Houston Astros (written before he was actually called up). With Mark Teixeira due to miss some time, Pearce might see some playing time, particularly against left-handed pitching. Good old Eduardo Nunez can give the Yankees another option as he can be pushed to third against left-handed pitching to allow Casey McGehee to play first.

It seems almost certain that the Yankees will call up a catcher. Both Austin Romine and Francisco Cervelli are on the 40-man roster, so which one would it be? It would seem in the Yankees’ best interest to look at Romine since Cervelli is a known entity and neither is going to see significant playing time. But maybe both will get the call.

It would be nice to have a defensive replacement for Derek Jeter in the late innings with the excuse to give him some rest. But there are no such animals in the Yankee system. The only infielders on the expanded roster are Nunez, Corban Joseph and David Adams. Nunez is not a defensive replacement even if he is called a shortstop. It would be interesting to see Joseph as he has had a good season with the bat, but he is strictly a second baseman as is Adams.

The only two outfielders on the expanded roster are Melky Mesa and Zoilo Almonte. Almonte strikes out too much and has no plate awareness, so that would probably be a pass. Melky Mesa might ride the pines and replace Curtis Granderson late in the game.

There is little help among pitchers. Forget about Dellin Betances. Adam Warren is the only other pitcher eligible. He is a possibility.

From this list, there seems to be little that would help the Yankees in their quest of the division title. A third catcher would give Girardi some pinch hitting options late in the game and still have a catcher in reserve. But there is really no bullpen help and position players lead only to Pearce being useful. At least it won’t be Brandon Laird as he was removed from the 40-man roster to make room for Pearce.

About William Tasker

William Tasker grew up in Bergenfield, New Jersey but has lived in New England since 1975 and in the far reaches of northern Maine since 1990. Tasker is the author of nine (non-baseball related) books and, besides writing here for three years, has written for his own site at www.passion4baseball.blogspot.com since 2003.

One thought on “Pondering September call ups

  1. What about Ramiro Pena for back-up shortstop? The S-WB Yankees website lists him on the 40-man roster.