NEW YORK -- The Yankees recalled right-hander Bryan Mitchell from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday and designated pitcher Matt Daley for assignment.
The Yankees wanted to have someone in the bullpen who could throw multiple innings if needed behind Friday's starter Esmil Rogers, who has been working out of the 'pen and threw during games last Sunday and Tuesday.
"As you bring a guy into the rotation, [Mitchell] was a guy that could give you a lot of distance in the bullpen," manager Joe Girardi said. "We thought we'd bring up Mitchell. He was throwing the ball pretty well in Triple-A."
Mitchell, a starter at Triple-A, was 3-1 with a 2.88 ERA in five starts, and has pitched out of the bullpen just once this season.
When Girardi was asked how comfortable Mitchell would be pitching in relief, he said, "Well, we're going to find out."
Jamal Collier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.