Yankees option Shreve to get relief help after marathon

Yankees option Shreve to get relief help after marathon

NEW YORK -- Seeking a fresh arm in the bullpen after using seven relievers to pitch 13 2/3 innings in Friday's 6-5 loss to the Red Sox, the Yankees summoned left-hander Matt Tracy from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, signing him to a big league contract and adding him to the active roster.

In a corresponding move, the Yankees optioned left-hander Chasen Shreve to Triple-A. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that it was a difficult decision to make after Shreve threw 56 pitches over 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief on Friday, the longest outing of his career.

"It stinks, but it's something that happens in the game," Girardi said. "You physically have to make sure that you have enough able bodies every day. It's unfortunate, but you have to deal with it, and players get through it."

Tracy, 26, pitched last season with Double-A Trenton and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, going 9-8 with a combined 3.76 ERA in 28 games (26 starts). He made his big league debut in Saturday's 8-4 loss, allowing three unearned runs while pitching the eighth and ninth innings.

The Yankees also transferred Ivan Nova to the 60-day disabled list; Nova is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery and is expected to rejoin the big league club in June.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.