If Ivan Nova is out long-term, which looks to be the case, then we’re going to see some roster shuffling. Either Vidal Nuno, Adam Warren, or David Phelps will take Nova’s spot in the rotation, and that will open a spot in the bullpen. That bullpen opening will need to be filled by someone who can log innings in long relief. That begs the question that we asked Sunday morning:

The Yankees brought Big Al back to the organization in March on a minor-league deal. He’s started one game so far at Scranton – a 5 inning scoreless effort. He pitched 37 innings last year for the small-market Red Sox and was terrible, but he could give the Yankees mop-up innings. Big Al can opt out of his contract on July 1st if he so chooses.

Another option could be Chase Whitley, also at Triple-A. We wrote about him in March as a minor leaguer who could see time in the Bronx in 2014. The 24-year old has had a quietly productive MiLB career, with two straight years of success at Triple-A:

2012 — 80.1 IP / 3.25 ERA / 3.66 FIP
2013 — 67.2 IP / 3.06 ERA / 3.06 FIP

He’s off to a nice start this season with a 3.72 ERA / 2.49 FIP in 9.2 IP. He was a reliever for the vast majority of his minor league career, but the Yankees transitioned him to a starter late last season, where he’s also done well. Like Aceves, he has the ability to throw multiple innings.