The Yankees announced on Saturday that they have optioned 1B/DH Mike Ford and called up LHP Daniel Camarena in his place. Camerena was not previously on the 40-man roster, so, if I am not mistaken, he will take the 40-man spot vacated by Kendrys Morales, who was released last week.
Ford was called up last week, but he only played in one game in this short MLB stint. He went 1-3 with a walk in the July 4 game in Tampa.
Camerena, 26, is a southpaw drafted in the 20th round of the 2011 draft by the Yankees. In 11 games (10 starts) with AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season, Camarena threw 63.0 innings to a 6.00 ERA and a 4.67 FIP with 8.0 K/9. He also had a 4.1 inning appearance where he gave up three earned runs with Minnesota’s AAA affiliate.
I really don’t know what Camarena’s deal is. I had never heard of him before this. I would guess they just want an extra multi-inning arm available since the Yankees have used both David Hale and Nestor Cortes Jr. two games in a row thus far in their four-game set in Tampa before the All-Star break.
Luke Voit is expected back from the 10-day IL when the Yankees begin the second half, so they can get by with Edwin Encarnacion and DJ LeMahieu to fill in at first base in the two games between now and then.