ST. PETERSBURG -- When the conclusion of the season arrived for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Royce Ring did not receive a callup, the lefty flew home to San Diego, looking forward to holding his daughter and getting ready for the offseason.
Not so fast. Ring's cell phone buzzed Tuesday while he was bringing 6-month-old Kaylyn for a doctor's visit, with general manager Brian Cashman asking the reliever if he'd be interested in joining the Yankees' bullpen for the rest of September.
"It's an awesome opportunity for me," said Ring, who flew to Florida early Wednesday. "Hopefully I can make the best of it and help them out. Obviously they're making a push for the playoffs, and if I can help them out in any way, that's what I'm going to do."
Ring, 29, was 2-1 with a 1.93 ERA and two saves in 52 appearances for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this year. He allowed 35 hits in 42 innings, striking out 39 and walking 11.
A non-roster invitee to Spring Training who competed to make the Opening Day roster this year, Ring said he monitored the Yankees' bullpen situation, and with Boone Logan throwing well, Ring wasn't necessarily expecting a callup.
"I know Boone's been throwing really well up here, so they have a lefty," Ring said. "A lot of teams don't even have a lefty in the bullpen sometimes, and there's very few teams that have two. I wasn't surprised. I was just happy that I gave myself an opportunity for next year."