Green pitched the final 2.1 innings of Sunday's win over the Giants, giving up three hits and no runs while striking out one to pick up his first career save. On a day when trade rumors were swirling around Aroldis Chapman and, to a lesser extent, Andrew Miller, it's interesting that manager Joe Girardi allowed Green to finish the game despite the fact that the Yankees ended up winning 5-2. Should a veteran starter like CC Sabathia end up moving elsewhere at the deadline, Green could be next in line to move into the rotation.
Green will not get the start Friday, after making an appearance during Thursday's contest against Baltimore, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. There was speculation that Green could have been called up to give Tanaka an extra day of rest by starting Friday, but it seems as though he will be used as a middle reliever for the time being. Green came in during the seventh inning of Thursday's series finale after being promoted prior to the game in place of Nick Goody, who was sent to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in a corresponding move.
Green was recalled from Triple-A prior to Thursday's game, MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reports. He is being listed as a member of the Yankees' bullpen, but there is still speculation from Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News that Green could get a spot start Friday in order to give Masahiro Tanaka an extra day of rest. Both scenarios seem possible, and it would be foolish to assume the Yankees are being completely forthright about everything they say regarding personnel. Thursday's day game could shed some light on the matter, as Green would not be an option to start Friday if he sees action in relief. Nick Goody was optioned to Triple-A as a corresponding move.
Green, who was scratched from Tuesday's scheduled start at Triple-A, is expected to be recalled to start Friday's game against the Giants, the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand reports. The plan is to give Masahiro Tanaka an extra day of rest this week while also taking advantage of an off day to give him an extra day of rest next week as well. Green had one excellent start on July 3 in San Diego, but he gave up a total of 11 earned runs over 8.1 innings in his other two big league starts this year, so he will be a risky option if he does indeed get the call Friday.
Green was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Saturday. The Yankees recalled right-hander Nick Goody from Triple-A on Saturday, so Green will be sent down to clear space on the 25-man roster. Green has appeared in four games for the big league club on the season, making three starts and compiling a 7.04 ERA across 15.1 innings.
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