Yanks welcome five September callups

September, 1, 2013
9/01/13
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NEW YORK -- There were a few more bodies than usual in the Yankees' clubhouse on Sunday.

With rosters expanding thanks to September call-ups, the Yankees welcomed five players for Sunday's finale against the Orioles. Infielder David Adams and pitchers Brett Marshall and Dellin Betances were recalled after earlier stints with the team, while catcher J.R. Murphy and pitcher Cesar Cabral were welcomed to the Bronx for the first time in their careers.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Murphy and Cabral, Jayson Nix (hand) was placed on the 60-day DL, and injured outfielder Melky Mesa (hamstring) was unconditionally released.

"Just contribute any way they can is the bottom line. It can be one hitter, it can be one at-bat. Could play one inning," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Any way you could help us out is all we're asking you to do."

Cabral, 24, had been in contention to make the roster in 2012, but he suffered a stress fracture in his left elbow and underwent surgery which sidelined him for the entire season. This year, he's appeared in 30 games in the minors, 10 in Triple-A, and is 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA spanning 36 2/3 innings.

“It’s very exciting because I worked for this a long time. Last year, I thought I was going to make the team and something happened with my elbow," Cabral said. "I want to do my work right now because they give me an opportunity.

He added: "If I do good this month, I think I will be here next year."

Murphy, 22, has played well in the minors this year, exclusively in Double-A and Triple-A, as he hit .269 with 12 homers and 46 RBIs. He got told after Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre' game on Saturday that he'd be heading to New York, and got little sleep before arriving.

"Defensively I’ve made a lot of improvements. I think consistency is the biggest thing at this level that separates guys," Murphy said. "Offensively, it’s a grind. It’s an up-and-down roller coaster. But defense is the most important, and I know that, so that’s my main focus."

As the new additions try to make a good impression, Girardi said the idea is not for this to become an audition for next year because the Yankees need to focus on making the playoffs, as they currently are 3 1/2 games out of the wild card.

Girardi added, however, that players could earn bigger roles.

"I don't think you throw them into the fire right away, but you might get in a crazy game where you have to," Girardi said. "I think you try to let them get their feet wet, in a sense, and then give them more as you feel they can handle it."

The Yankees are expected to call up reliever Preston Claiborne on Monday. Girardi believes that will be the team's last move.

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

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WINS LEADER
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WINS ERA SO IP
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OTHER LEADERS
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RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
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