To replace Higashioka on the active roster, the Yankees signed veteran Erik Kratz to a Major League contract.
In his first full season as the team’s backup catcher, Higashioka has appeared in three games. Although he’s picked up just two hits through his first 9 plate appearances, the 30-year-old provides steady defense behind the plate on days where Gary Sanchez needs a rest.
With the injury to Higashioka and the rumored possible retirement of Chris Iannetta (who was placed on the restricted list), the Yankees were in need of a backup catcher on their active roster.
Insert Kratz, who has a a ton of Major League experience under his belt. Through 10 big league seasons, the 40-year-old has spent time with eight different organizations. Over 315 career games, the veteran backup has posted a slash line of .205/.252/.354.
Along with the aforementioned roster moves, the Bronx Bombers also re-called Thairo Estrada from their Alternate Site. To make room for Estrada on the roster, the Yankees designated Nick Tropeano for assignment. If you recall, Estrada was with the Yankees to start the season, but was recently optioned to the Alternate Site as the team had to trim the roster to 28 players.
As rosters expand to 29 players for doubleheaders, the Yankees have appointed right-hander Albert Abreu to the roster. The 24-year-old has yet to make his big league debut, but that can change during Saturday’s doubleheader.
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