It was news that flew under the radar while the frustrating game was playing out in Boston, but the Yankees did announce their first round of September roster expansion call-ups last night. The group will include catcher Austin Romine, infielders Rob Refsnyder and Jose Pirela, outfielder Rico Noel, and relief pitchers Caleb Cotham, James Pazos, and Andrew Bailey. The team will also activate utility man Dustin Ackley off the DL today. This a pretty even layer of depth being added to the roster with nothing really standing out as especially notable. I wrote about what Ackley is bringing back to the table yesterday and he figures to be the most useful of this bunch. I expect we'll see some of Refsnyder against left-handed pitching at second, but he isn't going to be taking time away from Drew. Romine will serve as the emergency catcher because Gary Sanchez is hurt and could be an option as a righty first baseman. Noel will take on the duties of late-game pinch runner.
As for the rest of the group, I imagine we'll only see them in the later stages of blowout games. Bailey could get a few looks in quasi-meaningful spots because of his "proven vet" status, but I don't think he's taking anyone's job at the back end of the bullpen. Cotham and Pazos will be mop-up innings eaters until the Nicks (Goody and Rumbelow) are eligible to be recalled.
No Aaron Judge, but as I said last week that's not really a bad thing. He was 1-25 with 9 strikeouts over his last 9 games heading into last night.
The Yankees will have to open up 40-man roster spots for Romine, Noel, Pazos, and Bailey, but that shouldn't be a huge problem. They have a few guys who can be shifted to the 60-day DL and a few guys who are easy DFA candidates. We'll find out those corresponding moves later today.