9/1/2013 12:34 P.M. ET
Yanks bolster 'pen with trio of callups, one more on way
By Josh Vitale / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- Joe Girardi now has a lot more options in the bullpen.
The Yankees called up left-hander Cesar Cabral and right-handers Dellin Betances and Brett Marshall when rosters expanded on Sunday. Preston Claiborne will rejoin the Yankees on Monday after Class A Tampa's season ends on Sunday, giving the Yankees' manager 11 relievers to deploy late in games.
"You try to get their feet wet," Girardi said. "You try to pick your spots, and as they succeed, maybe put them in a little more difficult spots as time goes on. I don't think you just throw them into the fire right away."
Betances (two-thirds of an inning, 54.00 ERA) and Marshall (5 2/3 innings, 7.94 ERA) have each had one stint with the Yankees this season, but Cabral will be making his Major League debut the first time he takes the mound. Cabral has a 5.40 ERA and 43 strikeouts over 36 2/3 innings between three levels of the Yankees' organization this season.
"It's exciting, because I worked for this," Cabral said. "I want to do my work right now, because they gave me the opportunity."
Betances, who was converted to a reliever this season after spending most of his career as a starter, was 6-4 with a 2.68 ERA and 108 strikeouts for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Marshall has worked as a starter all season, compiling a 7-10 record and a 5.13 ERA.
The addition of Marshall gives the Yankees another long reliever to pair with Adam Warren. Girardi said it could also change the way he uses David Huff, as he could use him more as a situational left-hander and less as a long man.
Girardi said the addition of fresh arms wouldn't change his strategy too much, though.
"Now is not the time to audition, because we're fighting to get into the playoffs," Girardi said. "So I'm going to use them if there's an opportunity, but not to say, 'Let's just see what he does in this situation.' I'm going to go with the guys that have been here, for the most part."
Adams returns to Yanks, catcher Murphy also up
NEW YORK -- The Yankees bolstered their bench when rosters expanded on Sunday, calling up infielder David Adams and catcher J.R. Murphy from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Adams will be making his fourth stint with the Yankees this season, bringing with him a .194 batting average with two home runs and 11 RBIs over 39 games. He hit .268 with five home runs and 21 RBIs over 59 games in the Minors.
Sunday marks Murphy's first career callup to the Majors. The 22-year old hit .269 with 12 home runs and 46 RBIs between Scranton and Double-A Trenton this season.
"Offensively, it's an up-and-down grind," Murphy said. "Defensively, I've made a lot of improvements. I think consistency is the biggest thing, obviously, at this level. That's what separates guys from this level to the Minor Leagues."
Murphy found out he was getting called up after the RailRiders' game against Lehigh Valley on Saturday. The catcher and the other callups were dropped off back in Scranton on the team's way up to Rochester, N.Y., and they left for Yankee Stadium at around 7:30 a.m. ET.
Murphy's said his parents took a 6 a.m. flight from Florida and will be at Sunday's game.
Adams will provide the Yankees infield depth behind Alex Rodriguez at third base and Robinson Cano at second. Murphy will be the team's third catcher behind Chris Stewart and Austin Romine.
"Just contribute any way they can, is the bottom line," manager Joe Girardi said. "One at-bat, you play one inning; any way you can help us out, that's all we're asking them to do."
• Infielder Jayson Nix was transferred to the 60-day disabled list and outfielder Melky Mesa was released to make room for Sunday's callups on the 40-man roster. Mesa, perhaps once a candidate to get called up in September, was dealing with a hamstring injury.
• Rodriguez was back in the Yankees' lineup on Sunday after missing Saturday's game with flu-like symptoms.
• Eduardo Nunez was also back in the Yankees' lineup after missing three games with a knee injury suffered Tuesday against the Blue Jays. He played shortstop, with Derek Jeter serving as the designated hitter. Girardi said he expects Nunez to be "100 percent."
• The Yankees entered Sunday with sole possession of third place in the AL Wild Card standings, trailing the second-place Rays by 3 1/2 games. The Yankees have three games remaining against the Rays this season.
"You feel better, but you still know you can't really afford many slip-ups," Girardi said. "But you get to a certain point and continue to make up some ground, and your destiny is going to be in your own control."
• The Yankees helped the Alzheimer's Association launch "Worldwide Alzheimer's Awareness Month" on Sunday, hosting a pregame ceremony that included former University of Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt.
Josh Vitale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.