7/1/2014 8:49 P.M. ET
Yanks add Miller to bullpen, option Ramirez
By Bryan Hoch and Jamal Collier / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- The Yankees made a move to bolster their weary bullpen on Tuesday, signing right-hander Jim Miller to a Major League contract and adding him to the active roster from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Right-hander Jose Ramirez, who gave up the go-ahead hit to the Rays' Logan Forsythe in the 12th inning of Monday's 4-3 loss, was optioned to Triple-A in a corresponding move.
"He's been in the big leagues before," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of Miller. "We're aware of what he can do and we felt that we needed a pitcher today with as much as we've had to use our bullpen, and the extra innings last night. He's the guy we turned to."
Miller, 32, was 4-2 with a 2.85 ERA and two saves in 26 appearances for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, striking out 43 batters in 41 innings. He made one appearance with the Yankees last season and has seen big league time with the Orioles, Rockies and Athletics.
The Yankees also transferred left-hander CC Sabathia to the 60-day disabled list to create room for Miller on the 40-man roster.
Sabathia would thus be eligible to be activated on July 11, but the Yankees have said he will need to make at least two more Minor League starts, pushing his return to after the All-Star break.
Jeter ties Gehrig atop Yankees' doubles list
NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter's double in the fourth inning of Tuesday's game against the Rays was the 534th in his career, tying Lou Gehrig for first on the Yankees' all-time list.
Rays starter David Price had held the Yankees without a hit through three innings before Jeter tagged him with a leadoff double, extending his hitting streak to seven games.
Jeter entered Tuesday hitting .329 with three doubles, one home run, eight RBIs and 10 runs scored during his past 18 games.
Robertson hoping to become two-time All-Star
NEW YORK -- David Robertson's first experience at an All-Star Game felt like it went by too quickly, as the Yankees reliever rushed to the 2011 Midsummer Classic as a last-minute injury replacement. He'd love to get a chance to take it all in this year.
In his first full season as the Yankees' closer, Robertson will be in the conversation to help comprise the American League bullpen for the July 15 contest at Target Field, owning a 2.93 ERA and 18 saves in 27 appearances for New York entering Tuesday.
"It'd be awesome. I would love to go," Robertson said. "My numbers aren't exceptional -- I think without that 15-day DL [in April] I probably would've picked up a few more saves, but I'd love to go. Who wouldn't want to go to the All-Star Game?"
Robertson has 41 strikeouts over his last 19 appearances, averaging 18.76 strikeouts per nine innings. He and fellow reliever Dellin Betances have teamed to create a dynamic duo in that regard, and if the AL needs a big strikeout for a key spot, either hurler would be a solid choice to get the job done.
"I think you can talk about [Robertson] and the success that he's had," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "The unfortunate thing about the All-Star Game is there's a lot of deserving players that stay home. I personally wish they would expand the roster, but that probably won't happen."
In 2011, Robertson had made plans to spend his All-Star break in Connecticut with his wife, Erin, when Rays left-hander David Price was scratched from the roster due to injury. Robertson was quickly dispatched on a flight to Phoenix, where he arrived in time to watch Robinson Cano win the Home Run Derby.
"I was a day late getting there and missed a lot of the festivities the day before, and I didn't really know what was going on," he recalled. "I was kind of jumping all over the place. I was young, too, but I had a great time. I wish I'd been there on time and didn't have the sneak-in experience."
The hustle was worth it. Unexpectedly, Robertson got a chance to pitch in the game, hurling a scoreless second inning in the National League's 5-1 win. Robertson got his hopes up as a Final Vote candidate last year, finishing behind the Blue Jays' Steve Delabar, so he'd be thrilled to have a confirmed spot this time.
"I just remember it being weird to me, being around so many great players," Robertson said. "You play against all these guys, but it's so strange when you're getting dressed in the same clubhouse and showering after the game. It's just a different feeling.
"I would say I was more nervous than anything. It's weird walking in and having the locker next to Jacoby [Ellsbury] and Jon Lester, and having Felix Hernandez walking through the clubhouse. Those are the memories I take away, just being in the clubhouse."
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Sabathia's next rehab start pushed up a day
NEW YORK -- CC Sabathia's second Minor League rehabilitation start has been moved up to Wednesday for Double-A Trenton against Portland. The Yankees had previously said that he was scheduled to pitch Thursday for the Thunder.
"We drew out a schedule, talked about the days that he could possibly pitch, and because he didn't throw a ton of pitches the other day we could move him up a day, and we'll do that," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "And then after that it'll be every five days."
Sabathia, who has been on the disabled list since May 11 with fluid and inflammation in his right knee, has been itching to get back into the Yankees' rotation.
"It sucks just sitting around and not being a part of the team," he said. "It sucks for me just sitting here watching how tough it is and watch these guys grind."
In his first rehab start for Class A Advanced Tampa on Saturday, Sabathia threw 37 pitches over 2 1/3 innings and, most importantly to the Yankees, he reported no pain. He is expected to increase his pitch count by about 15 pitches with each outing.
"If it was up to me I would have already been back," Sabathia said. "But it's just one step at a time. I keep feeling good, so I'm excited."
• Betances is not expected to be available to pitch until Thursday against the Twins, as Girardi indicated that he would like to give the reliever two full days off. Betances pitched in three of the Yankees' last four games entering Tuesday, firing 64 pitches over those outings.
• Brian McCann was not in Tuesday's lineup, getting a day off after Monday's 12-inning loss to the Rays, and Girardi said that he was not concerned by McCann's tough self-evaluation. McCann commented after Monday's game that his first 81 games as a Yankee have been "horrible."
"He'll figure it out," Girardi said of McCann, who is batting .221 with nine homers and 36 RBIs in 74 games. "He'll work and he'll figure it out and get things going. This is a guy that's got a very good track record, and when you're going through it, it's no fun. He'll get through this."
• The Yankees cancelled batting practice on Tuesday and had a late player report time. Girardi said that it was because of Monday's late game, as well as a lengthy Sunday night contest against the Red Sox.
• On this date in 2004, Derek Jeter made his famous catch diving into the stands behind third base at Yankee Stadium, taking away a 12th-inning popup from the Red Sox's Trot Nixon. The Yankees won the game, 5-4, in 13 innings on John Flaherty's RBI single.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. Jamal Collier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.