NEW YORK -- Needing to beef up their outfield, and now their bullpen, the New York Yankees optioned infielder Jose Pirela to their Triple-A Scranton affiliate after Wednesday's 5-4, 11-inning loss to the Washington Nationals.
The announcement was made via press release after the clubhouse was closed, so neither Pirela nor manager Joe Girardi was available for comment. Pirela, who went 0-for-3 with a walk in the game, batted .256 with one home run and one RBI in 18 games after being added to the roster on May 18.
The Yankees have been without center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury since May 20 and lost closer Andrew Miller to a forearm strain on Wednesday, creating a need to add an outfielder and probably a pitcher over the next few days. Earlier on Wednesday, the Yankees optioned OF Ramon Flores to Scranton and reinstated SS Brendan Ryan, who had missed the first 58 games of the season with back and leg injuries. After Thursday's off day, they embark on a stretch of 20 consecutive games.