According to a rule enacted prior to the 2012 season, teams are permitted to carry a 26th man to fill an extra roster spot. This rule, which was featured in Major League Baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement of 2011, was carried out in an attempt to provide relief to ball clubs participating doubleheaders.
These days, the Yankees have no shortage of quality depth in the Minor Leagues and will not struggle to find talent in the lower levels to fill an extra roster spot.
Frazier, 23, was with the team for a brief period after bring recalled on May 15, but was sent back down due to the Yankees’ latest roster crunch.
Frazier will likely be dealt the same fate after the Tigers series, unless the club opts to demote either a bullpen arm or perhaps the struggling Tyler Austin.
Red Thunder has one hit in only two at-bats this season, and sports a career .235 average with four home runs and 17 RBI.