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Yankees option Chad Green to Scranton

It ain’t easy being Green.

Prior to Wednesday night’s series finale against the Angels, the Yankees announced that they’ve optioned the struggling Chad Green to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Additionally, the team also sent down Kyle Higashioka, and recalled Stephen Tarpley and activated Gary Sanchez from the Injured List.

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The big news here is obviously Green, who is a shell of what he was in 2017 and even last year. In ’17, Green allowed 14 runs in 69 innings, good for a 1.83 ERA. This season, he has allowed 14 runs in 7.2 innings (16.43 ERA). Green has turned into a bit of a one-trick pony, as his fastball is no longer the weapon it once was.

The demotion comes on the heels of Green serving up a grand slam to Justin Bour in the 8th inning of Tuesday night’s 7-5 win over the Angels.

The biggest strength of this team going in to 2019 was its bullpen, however, it has been the biggest weakness. The Yankees have a bullpen ERA of 4.25, good for 13th in the majors. Somewhat similar to Tommy Kahnle last season, the Yankees are hoping Green can work on things and reset himself in the minors.

Sanchez will be a welcome addition back to the lineup, although Higashioka and Romine have filled in admirably. Sanchez is expected to start on Wednesday night. Tarpley has appeared in four games this season, giving up four hits and two runs in three innings.

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