NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 17: Bryan Mitchell #55 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Minnesota Twins during their game at Yankee Stadium on August 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
On Wednesday, the Yankees announced that they have reinstated Mitchell from the 60-day disabled list. The 25-year-old was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Mitchell injured his left toe on March 30, and was diagnosed with a “Grade 3 turf toe” the next day. The right-hander underwent surgery on April 5, a procedure that doctors said would take at least four months to heal.
The injury was a tough break for Mitchell, especially after he earned a spot on the team’s Opening Day roster. The right hander was set to be a “jack-of-all-trades” for the Yankees pitching staff, as the team looked for someone to step up and fill the void left by the trade of Adam Warren.
Now that Mitchell is ready to fully return, it might not be long before the 25-year-old finds his way back to the big leagues.
With active rosters set to expand to 40 players on September 1, Mitchell is a very likely candidate to receive a call-up. His versatility to pitch in many different roles could end up being a very valuable asset for the Yankees pitching staff down for the final stretch of the regular season.