The Yankees have recalled RHP Bryan Mitchell and LHP James Pazos from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the team announced Tuesday afternoon.
Mitchell has a 1.00 ERA in 9.0 innings for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2016. In 40.2 innings for the Yankees between 2014-2015, Mitchell had a 5.31 ERA and 1.62 WHIP, while striking out 36.
Pazos was 2-2 with a 2.63 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 27.1 innings in Triple-A this season. The southpaw pitched 5.0 innings for the Yankees in 2015, allowing zero earned runs and only three hits
It has been a long-time coming for Mitchell. The 25-year-old right-hander was breezing through spring training this season, looking to be a lock for the 25-man roster. Mitchell was likely to be the team's swingman, much like the club had used Adam Warren in the past. Unfortunately, Mitchell's toe injury prevented him from being a part of the club, and it was a severe detriment to the team. The Yankees did not have a suitable replacement for Mitchell and middle relief innings became the team's bugaboo of the season.
While Mitchell may be called upon in tonight's game, I suspect he will be the starter in Wednesday's series finale against the Blue Jays. Mitchell has thrown just 21 innings this season since finishing up a rehab assignment, so there may be some rust. However, the Yankees are in a pinch and may hope Mitchell can pitch well enough to keep them in games as a starter in replace of recently injured Chad Green.