That’s right. Time for September callups as the Major League rosters officially expand to 40 players Monday. While the big league club is still fighting for a chance to play in the postseason, two of the Yankees affiliates already clinched spots in the their respective playoffs. Manager Joe Girardi said earlier this week that the Bronx has always been the most important place in the organization, and he will not hesitate to bring up players from the Double-A or Triple-A squads if he thinks they can help the Major League club.
Even so, it appears the time for callups will pass relatively quietly for the Yankees. Girardi confirmed Sunday that catcher Chad Moeller will return to the club Monday, and left-hander Phil Coke will also join the team as a member of the bullpen as the Bombers head to Detroit to kick off a 10-game road trip.
Girardi said the bullpen is a focus for the Yankees right now, and it will get a big boost soon. Righty Joba Chamberlain is set to be activated Monday if all goes according to plan, and Dan Giese will likely join the team Tuesday in Tampa Bay. New York already called up one hurler from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre when Alfredo Aceves joined the club Thursday after a rough couple of days for the Yankees relievers. To make room on the roster, the Bombers optioned Dave Robertson, but hope to recall him soon.
Other potential callups include outfielders Melky Cabrera and Justin Christian. Both have spent significant time with the Major League club this season, but with Xavier Nady, Johnny Damon and Bobby Abreu in the lineup every day, there may not be room for both Cabrera and Christian on the roster.