De La Cruz called up from Double-A for bullpen depth

Davies designated for assignment in corresponding move

De La Cruz called up from Double-A for bullpen depth

BALTIMORE -- Another day, another long reliever. The Yankees' rotating final bullpen spot landed on right-hander Joel De La Cruz on Monday, marking the third straight day that the club has summoned a pitcher from the Minors to soak up innings.

In a corresponding move, right-hander Kyle Davies was designated for assignment. Davies pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in Sunday's 14-4 win over the Red Sox, marking his first big league appearance since 2011.

Davies had been called up to replace left-hander Matt Tracy, who made his Major League debut with two innings against Boston on Saturday and was designated for assignment the next day.

De La Cruz, 25, was with Double-A Trenton, where he had pitched three scoreless innings this season. Last year, De La Cruz was 7-9 with a 4.44 ERA in 28 games (22 starts) for Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.