Yankees tweak bullpen again, reach deal with Pirates

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CLEVELAND – The Yankees called up a reliever and made a minor trade before wrapping up their weekend streak with the Guardians.

A familiar face was back in their clubhouse on Sunday morning. Four days after coming out of Triple-A to make a second scoreless start, rookie left-hander JP Sears is back to come out of the bullpen replacing injured reliever Ron Marinaccio.

The Yankees also lost some of their organizational depth by dealing left-hander Manny Banuelos to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for cash consideration.

Banuelos was slated for assignment last week after spending a month with the Yankees as a long reliever. He threw a 2.16 ERA in four relief outings, allowing two runs in 8 1/3 innings.

Marinaccio was placed on the 10-day injured list after Saturday’s double sweep with inflammation in his right shoulder. He will be banned from launching for a few days, but could be ready to return in two or three weeks.

Sears returned 3-0 and 12 2/3 scoreless innings on his league recovery from the previous three stints this season, the first two games as a reliever and the last two as a starter.

This stint could last until the return of Domingo German or Jonathan Loaisiga from IL. The German could be activated by next week while Loaisiga could be two weeks away from a return. After Monday’s day off, Miguel Castro is expected to return from a paternity move. The Yanks will likely clear a roster spot for Castro through DFAing reliever Ryan Weber.

Manager Aaron Boone said Sears could pitch “in a number of different roles” as a reliever.

“Obviously he’s built as a starter and he can start for us,” Boone said. “It could be in longer relief on a day when we need a lot of innings, but it could very well look like a Marinaccio-type role, on a given day in a high-leverage situation.

“I have a lot of confidence in him and where he is in his development and the season he’s having, so we feel like we’re adding a guy who’s not just a place for us, but who can absolutely have an impact for us in this stretch.

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Randy Miller can be reached at [email protected].

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