McCutchen, 31, will fill an outfield void left by Judge, who’s missed nearly five weeks with a chip fracture in his right wrist. According to Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone, Judge has yet to swing a bat due to pain at the end of his range of motion.
Although Judge’s prolonged recovery has caused a stir, the team still expects him to return to action sometime in September.
In 130 games this season, McCutchen has slashed .255/.357/.415 with 15 home runs, 28 doubles, 55 RBI, and 123 strikeouts. The 2013 National League MVP and five-time All-Star will be an offensive and defensive upgrade from Yankees’ journeymanShane Robinson, who entered Thursday hitting a scant .156 in 23 games.
Avelino, a 23-year-old middle infielder who is Yankees’ No. 23 prospect per MLBPipeline, has hit a combined .287/.333/.446 with 15 homers and 66 RBI in 501 plate appearances between Triple-A and Double-A Trenton.
De Paula, a 20-year-old right-hander who is New York’s No. 26 prospect, is 2-2 with a 1.71 ERA in nine starts with Low-A Staten Island this season. In 47.1 innings, De Paula has allowed 35 hits, nine earned runs, and struck out 46.
McCutchen will be eligible for free agency this upcoming winter.