Well that's one way to make a statement about the recent poor play from the front office. The Yankees announced 2 25-man roster moves in preparation for tonight's game. Alfredo Aceves has been designated for assignment and replaced by lefty Wade LeBlanc, who was claimed off waivers yesterday. Also removed from the Major League bullpen was Preston Claiborne, who was optioned down to Triple-A SWB while Jose Ramirez was called up.
The writing was on the wall for Aceves after the LeBlanc claim went through. He had pitched terribly ever since his scoreless 5-inning first appearance and there was really no use for him anymore. The Claiborne move comes as a bit more of a surprise. It's not undeserved on his part. He had given up 4 ER and 4 BB in his last 5 appearances. But Ramirez has only recently come off the MiL DL and only has 7 relief appearances under his belt for the RailRiders.
Both good moves for the Yankees. They remove 2 guys who had given up 21 ER in 37 IP and replace them with a versatile left-hander who can be LOOGY insurance for Thornton and a high-ceiling power arm who's been striking out over a batter per inning in Triple-A. The fun part will be seeing if these are the only roster shakeup moves made.