Betances, who was recently transitioned to the bullpen at Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre, takes the spot of Brett Marshall. Marshall was sent down to Triple-A after throwing 108 pitches in a 12-2 blowout loss to the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday.
In the game, Marshall allowed five runs (two home runs) on nine hits and five walks in 5.2 innings. He struck out one. Manager Joe Girardi told Marshall he did a "good job" by giving him the ability to rest the bullpen in a game that was out of hand after the top of the first.
Betances' numbers so far this season have been underwhelming, but the Yankees need to give him a look soon because he'll be out of minor league options at the end of this season. If he's not a major league-caliber pitcher by that time, then the Yankees will be forced to release him.
His 5.40 ERA is a direct result of the 17 free passes he's issued in 28.1 innings. It's no coincidence that he's also allowed 17 earned runs to cross the plate. Betances does do a good job of keeping the ball in the stadium (just one homer allowed), but simply does not do a good job at mitigating baserunners.
Betances was once thought to be a member of the "Killer B's" of the Yankees farm system. Along with Manny Banuelos (still in the system) and Andrew Brackman (no longer with the team), Betances was supposed to be a part of the next great wave of Yankees pitching.
He simply never panned out as expected, though there is still time for him to find a niche in the bullpen.
Betances made his major league debut in 2011, starting one game and relieving in another. Overall, he posted a 6.75 ERA in 2.2 innings pitched. He walked six and hit a batter while striking out two.
This should be the team's last look at Betances before deciding his future with the team. At 25 years old, he's no longer a "prospect." Either he has a role with the team beyond 2013 or he doesn't.
Look for Girardi to use him sparingly, but also expect Girardi to monitor his performances closely. This move could have implications well beyond this season.