In need of an extra arm, the Yankees called up left-hander Daniel Camarena and sent down 1B Mike Ford.
The move leaves the Yankees with a two-man bench for the moment and 14 pitchers, the first time they’ve had that roster arrangement this season. Selecting Camarena’s contract fills up the remaining spot on the Yankees’ 40-man roster.
Camarena was scheduled to start for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but the Yankees wanted another arm in place after going to extra innings in consecutive games and using each of their three long relievers over the last two nights.
The 26-year-old left-hander would make his MLB debut if he gets into a game this weekend, more than eight years removed from his draft. He has a 6.01 ERA between Triple-A Scranton-WB and Rochester this season. Camarena has allowed just one run over his last 15 innings but his ERA is weighed down by a 12-run outing a few weeks ago.
It’s been a winding road to the Majors for the Yankees’ 2011 20th-round pick. Camarena worked his way to the upper Minor Leagues by 2016 and ’17. He joined the Cubs as a MiLB free agent in 2018, just to be traded back to the Yankees, who released him a month later.
The southpaw pitched in both the Giants and Twins organizations before re-joining the RailRiders after Minnesota released him this May. He’s struck out 62 batters and walked 15 in 67 Triple-A innings this year while allowing 11 home runs.