Yankees September call ups update: Murphy, Marshall, Adams, Cabral, Mesa
September call ups are tomorrow, but there’s still news going around about a few players who may or may not be getting a promotion on the first of September.
It seems that Melky Mesa will not be getting a call up this season as his hamstring injury has been deemed to severe for him to recover in time. He would have primarily been used as a pinch runner or pinch hitter, so it’s not a huge loss to the team, but it is a big loss for Mesa. The 26-year-old outfielder struck out 112 times (33.7 K%) with a sub-.300 OBP at Triple-A this season. In five games and 14 at-bats in the majors he hit .385/.429/.538, and it would be nice to see how close he can stay in that range.
The Yankees are planning to call up Brett Marshall tomorrow, despite his lackluster performance this season. He has a 5.13 ERA and 4.62 FIP with a 4.41 walk rate in 138.2 innings in Scranton. He was called up for a spot start earlier in the season and gave up five runs on nine hits and five walks in 5.2 innings. He will likely provide extra depth for mop up innings and blowouts.
JR Murphy will also be called up after being left out of tonight’s lineup. There will need to be a 40-man roster spot opened up before he is brought up, so Jayson Nix could be moved to the 60-day DL. He hit .268/.352/.421 in Double-A before he was promoted to Triple-A and hit .270/.342/.430. Murphy will only serve as the third-string catcher to add some depth behind the plate. He’d probably be a better option than Chris Stewart or Austin Romine, but it’s highly unlikely he’ll get much playing time, if any at all.
Chris Cotillo is now reporting that lefty Cesar Cabral is likely on his way up to New York as well. Cabral gained some notice in Spring Training 2012 for decent numbers before a stress fracture ended his season before it began. In his first full healthy season with the organization this year, Cabral has spent time in Tampa, Trenton, and Scranton with inconsistent numbers, but for what it’s worth, he has held Triple-A lefties to a .200/.310/.360 triple slash in 29 plate appearances. (Of course, he was oddly not as good against them at the other levels despite better ERA numbers.)
Cabral has had control problems, but he has struck out 10.6 men per nine innings across 36 2/3 minor league innings this year. He’s the classic “second lefty” that Girardi likes to deploy, but whether or not the 24-year-old can actually be effective is anyone’s guess. Cabral will need a 40-man spot to be added to the roster, so Travis Hafner could join Nix on the 60-day DL.