Yankees send down right-handed depth arm after recent struggles

MLB: New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles
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Ron Marinaccio had a strong first stint earlier this year when the Yankees called upon him, but he hasn’t been nearly as effective in his second stint. With the bullpen being lit up by the Orioles’ offense, they needed to find some arms in Scranton to help them out and give them some more depth. With Marinaccio sent down, the Yankees will have to find someone to bring up and help their struggling bullpen, as they’re searching for answers from a group that has been bad for about a month now.

It’ll be interesting to see if they go to the 40-man roster to find an arm or look outside of it and get creative to give their bullpen a spark, but they’ll look to bring up an arm to help them ahead of a series against Atlanta.

Ron Marinaccio Sent Down As Yankees Try To Bolster Bullpen Depth

MLB: Kansas City Royals at New York Yankees

It’s been a rough couple of seasons for Ron Marinaccio, who went from one of the Yankees’ most reliable relievers in 2022 to an arm who can’t keep their role on the team. His command has been inconsistent and it’s resulted in a lot of damage contact in-zone, and this second stint wasn’t great for the young right-hander. While his 2.84 ERA is solid, the 5.09 FIP and 1.42 HR/9 are not positive signs for future success.

The second stint with the Yankees over the last couple of weeks has been subpar, and the Yankees knew he had Minor League options and could send him down to create room on the roster. They already designated Clayton Andrews for assignment and optioned Anthony Misiewicz over the last couple of days, so they don’t have anyone else with options remaining to create some room.

Jake Cousins and Cody Morris are both on the 40-man roster, but Cousins threw 20 pitches today for the Scranton RailRiders while Morris tossed 22 pitches, so it’s unclear if either of the two would be available to go to for a game tomorrow night. They could go to recently promoted right-hander Jack Neely, but he has just one inning in Triple-A and the Yankees might want him to spend some more time there.

Duane Underwood Jr. has a 1.80 ERA across 25 innings with the Scranton RailRiders this season but he has a 4.85 FIP and 5.40 BB/9 which could translate poorly to the Majors. MiLB signing Phil Bickford has a 2.93 ERA with a 29.9% strikeout rate, which could be the kind of arm the Yankees are looking for in a bullpen that seriously lacks swing-and-miss stuff.

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