With Kearns' availability for Monday's game with the Orioles in question, the team called up outfielder Colin Curtis from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
"Just with some of the injuries we have in the outfield, we thought we could use another outfielder," manager Joe Girardi said. "It just gives us some flexibility."
Kearns was able to play the field for an inning on Sunday, but Girardi didn't think he would have been able to take his subsequent turn at bat if the Yankees had come back in the bottom of the ninth.
Curtis played in 22 games earlier this season for the Yankees, hitting .256 with a home run in eight RBIs.