BOSTON -- The Yankees added eight players from the Minor Leagues for the stretch drive as part of Tuesday's roster expansion. One of them was infielder Rob Refsnyder, who is ranked as the organization's No. 6 prospect by MLBPipeline.com.
New York also activated infielder-outfielder Dustin Ackley from the disabled list and added right-hander Andrew Bailey, right-hander Caleb Cotham, outfielder Rico Noel, left-hander James Pazos, infielder Jose Pirela and catcher Austin Romine from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre prior to their contest against the Red Sox.
Ackley, Cotham, Pirela and Refsnyder appeared in the Majors with the Yankees earlier this season.
"It's all hands on deck, baby," general manager Brian Cashman said before the Yanks' 4-3 loss to Boston. "Some of the pitchers that are on option, having to deal with the 10-day rule, they'll be in delay mode. But we're going to bring up people that we feel can help us."
The Yankees recently optioned right-handers Nick Goody and Nick Rumbelow to Triple-A. They are likely to join the big league club when eligible.
Cashman has said that the September callups are expected to play complementary roles and will not supplant the team's current starters, indicating that Refsnyder is being summoned to back up Stephen Drew at second base.
It will mark a long-awaited big league return for Bailey, 31, a former closer with the Athletics and Red Sox who underwent right shoulder surgery and last pitched in the Majors in 2013.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.