NEW YORK -- With Sergio Mitre making his first start off the disabled list on Saturday, the Yankees decided to option reliever Jonathan Albaladejo to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
But manager Joe Girardi came away impressed with the reliever's recent performance. In Friday's 7-1 victory over the Royals, Albaladejo pitched a scoreless inning, fanning two batters in the process.
"He pitched very well [Friday] night, and pitched pretty well in his other outing too," Girardi said. "Alby's had a tremendous year, but we felt that we needed distance with Serg. But he's a guy we can very well count on."
That didn't make the demotion any better for Albaladejo. After hearing the news, the 27-year-old was visibly disappointed as he cleaned out his locker and packed his belongings before Saturday's game.
"I have said on a number of occasions, it's my least favorite part of the job," Girardi said of his decision to demote Albaladejo. "It's hard. I remember what it was like to be sent down, and it's a very hard conversation to have."
In two appearances during his stint with the Yanks, Albaladejo surrendered two hits and one earned run over 2 2/3 innings.