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Rob Refsnyder and Nick Goody optioned

In a frenzy of roster changes, the Yankees have optioned Rob Refsnyder and Nick Goody to the minors.


With Luis Cessa and Ben Heller called up, the Yankees needed to make two corresponding moves.

The young utility man in Refsnyder is batting .264 this year in the majors. In 124 at-bats, the 25-year-old has eight doubles and 11 runs batted in. Refsnyder has been tabbed as one of the up and coming players for the Yankees to see time this year and is vying for more playing time down the stretch.

Goody, 25, has split time between the majors and minors the past two seasons with the Yankees. This year, he has appeared in 26 games out of the pen. Tossing 27 innings, the right-hander owns an ERA of 4.23.

Refsnyder has been up and down the past two seasons in the system, and the latest demotion could be because the Yankees need arms. The team had to use eight different pitchers in Wednesday night’s game aginst Boston due to the arm injury to Nathan Eovaldi.

With the Yankees heading toward a youth movement, Refsnyder could soon be back in the Bronx once the pitching situation settles down and arms are rested. Manager Joe Girardi said Refsnyder did not play his way to a demotion, the move was “just roster machinations.”