NEW YORK -- The Yankees recalled left-hander Cesar Cabral from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, replacing right-hander David Robertson on the active roster.
Cabral, 25, made one relief appearance for the RailRiders this season after pitching 9 1/3 scoreless Grapefruit League innings for New York this spring. He was in contention to make the Opening Day roster until late in camp.
"[Cabral] is rested, and we're seeing some pretty tough left-handed hitters this week," manager Joe Girardi said. "We feel like he can help us."
Cabral came into the game in relief of starter Ivan Nova on Tuesday. He allowed one hit, walked one and recorded one out.
Girardi said he was not sure if he would be able to use left-hander Matt Thornton on Tuesday. Thornton threw just three pitches in Monday's 4-2 win over the Orioles.
"Obviously, [Thornton] pitched yesterday," Girardi said. "He had been up [in the bullpen] a couple of times the other day, the day before that."
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