Yankees make a flurry of roster moves as the calendar flips to September
With rosters expanding today, the Yankees took little time to make some additions to their active roster prior to game two of their four-game series versus the Boston Red Sox.
Their biggest move was arguably the reinstatement of Matt Holliday from the 10-day disabled list. Holliday had struggled mightily before a back injury landed him on the DL, and he has not performed particularly well in his rehab assignment either as he has posted a .632 OPS between Tampa and Scranton. Nevertheless, Holliday is a veteran guy who could be a huge addition to a struggling offense, if he can regain some of his confidence and hitting ability he displayed in the first-half of the season.
The Yankees also added veteran catcher Erik Kratz to the 40-man roster and signed him to a Major League contract. The corresponding move for Kratz was the transfer of RHP Luis Cessa to the 60-day DL. Kratz will likely serve as the backup catcher, while Romine and/or Gary Sanchez serve their suspensions. The Yankees do not have a lot of catching depth other than what they have at the Major League level, so that is the likely explanation for the Kratz move. Cessa’s ribcage injury must be more serious than everyone originally thought as it is likely he is out for the season.
The remaining three call ups were a trio of pitchers from Triple-A Scranton. Jordan Montgomery, Ben Heller, and Bryan Mitchell were all recalled prior to Friday night’s game. Montgomery will likely be used as a spot starter or long man in order to keep his innings under the Yankees’ desired limit. Mitchell has struggled mightily in the Bronx this season, but the Yankees must feel like he still can have a role on the team this month. Heller has earned his call up, after an impressive season at Triple-A, where he posted a 2.88 ERA with a WHIP below 1.00 and 82 strikeouts in only 56.1 innings pitched. Heller has proved he is a capable arm in the bullpen, and don’t be surprised if he has a significant role down the stretch.
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