Prior to the Yankees home opener against the Rays, the team announced that Ben Heller has been transferred to the 60-day DL with a bone spur in his right elbow. In a corresponding move, they acquired outfielder Trayce Thompson off waivers from the Dodgers.
Roster Moves: Prior to today’s game, the Yankees acquired OF Trayce Thompson off waivers from Los Angeles-NL and transferred RHP Ben Heller to the 60-day disabled list (right elbow bone spur).
— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) April 3, 2018
The Yankees voided the minor league option on Heller yesterday after placing him on the 10-day DL (retro to 3/27). In nine Big League appearances last season, the righty went 1-0 with a 0.82 ERA across 11 innings.
With the injury bug ravaging the outfield, the Yankees were in need of some depth. They picked up Thompson, younger brother of Golden State Warriors star Klay, after he was designated for assignment by the Dodgers last week. The 27-year-old has spent three years in the Bigs with the White Sox and Dodgers. In 151 games, he sports a .233/.310/.445 line with 19 homers and 50 RBI.