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Ranburne native earns promotion to New York Yankees

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Posted: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 12:38 pm

The call that every minor league baseball player waits to receive came for Chase Whitley on Tuesday.

The Ranburne native confirmed by telephone late Tuesday night he was being prompted to the major-league roster by the New York Yankees.

He said he will arrive at Yankee Stadium at about 10 a.m. Wednesday.

"I'm just trying to enjoy the moment instead of looking ahead to everything else, which is so difficult not to do," Whitley said.

Whitley has been pitching for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders of the International League, the Yankees’ Triple A affiliate.

Barring a change of plans in New York, Whitley is expected to start in Thursday’s “Subway Series” finale at Citi Field against the Yankees’ inter-league rival, the New York Mets. The Yankees placed pitcher Shawn Kelley on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, freeing a place on their 25-man roster.

Whitley started and pitched one perfect inning for the RailRiders on Monday before he was removed and lowered his ERA to a sparkling 2.39. On May 6, against IL West leader Indianapolis, Whitley had a career-high 11 strikeouts in 6 2/3 shutout innings. He allowed three hits and did not walk a batter.

In his last five appearances, dating back to April 17, the former Southern Union and Troy standout has pitched 21 2/3 innings with 27 strikeouts. He has given up 12 hits, five walks and just three runs. All three runs were earned and came at the end of a four-inning relief appearance April 29.

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