According to Peter Abraham, the Yankees have DFA’d Brett Tomko to get starter Sergio Mitre on the roster. This shows some confidence in Mark Melancon, which suggests that the Yankees feel that he will be able to give them some solid innings out of the back of the pen for the next few weeks, as well as some length in blowouts. Being that he was throwing multiple inning outings in the minors, this should not be an issue for him. It also means that Mitre may stick as the long man when Chien-Ming Wang returns, while Damaso Marte would likely take Melancon’s place. This is a smart move from a team that has shown a similar willingness to depend on younger players all year.
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