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Justus Sheffield moved to bullpen in Triple-A, primed for September call-up

The Railriders scratched Justus Sheffield from his start today and have announced that he is being moved to the bullpen. While typically this is meant for someone who is struggling and not performing to expectations, this is a different scenario. This move will not only monitor Sheffield’s innings for him so he can contribute down the stretch, but it will allow him to adapt to a new role the Yankees plan on using him in when September 1 arrives.

Yankees reinstate Adam Warren, option Tommy Kahnle to AAA

Following the Yankees 7-4 win in the first game of today’s double header, they reinstated RHP Adam Warren from the 10-Day DL, and optioned RHP Tommy Kahnle to AAA.

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This move comes as a surprise, seeing as Kahnle served as a very vital pitcher to the Yanks late last season. However, he struggled at the beginning of this season, pitching to a 6.14 ERA in 7.1 innings. Kahnle’s velocity has also been down this season, and since he has only pitched twice since his activation off the DL, the move to the minors could just be an effort to get him pitching more regularly. No matter the reason, Kahnle will be back in pinstripes soon enough.
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Warren, on the other hand, has not pitched since April 20, and is a welcome addition to the Yankees’ bullpen. He has also had his struggles this year though, and even though he has a 3.24 ERA in 8.1 innings, he allowed ten hits and walked four. However, for a team with as unpredictable starting pitching as the Yankees, adding another reliever who can pitch multiple innings is only an addition that will benefit the team in the future.

Article by: Alex Weir