Prior to Thursday’s series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Yankees announced a handful of roster moves.
The Yankees have placed Zack Britton on the 10-day Injured List. The team also announced that they have optioned Miguel Andujar to the Alternate Site, and have re-called Ben Heller and Miguel Yajure to join the big league roster.
Following last night’s game, the Yankees optioned INF/OF Miguel Andújar to the Alternate Site.
Prior to today’s game:
• Recalled RHP Ben Heller (#61) & RHP Miguel Yajure (#89) from the Alternate Site.
• Placed LHP Zack Britton on the 10-day IL with a left hamstring strain.
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Britton really struggled in Wednesday night’s contest, picking up the loss after completing less than an inning of work. After the game, manager Aaron Boone revealed that Britton was dealing with a leg injury, but wouldn’t make any further comment at the time.
On Thursday morning, the team said that Britton suffered a left hamstring strain, which would land him on the Injured List. This is disappointing news, considering how Britton was pitching early on this season.
The left-hander was filling in as the team’s closer and was simply lights out. In 10 appearances, the 32-year-old picked up eight saves, as he allowed just two earned runs over his 9 innings of work.
In Britton’s absence, expect guys like Chad Green and Adam Ottavino to fill the role. Jonathan Loaisiga is also a player who could earn some of the late innings at the back-end of the Yankees bullpen.
After spending a few days back with the big league club, Miguel Andujar is heading back to the Alternate Site.
The 25-year-old has just two hits in 22 at-bats this season. Along with his offensive struggles, Andujar has struggled defensively as well, as he is simply a man without a position.
In need of some additional bullpen depth, the Yankees opted to add two fresh arms to the mix for today’s contest. Heller has made three appearances for the Bronx Bombers this season, as he’s allowed just one earned runs over 2.2 innings of work.
The interesting call-up is Miguel Yajure, the 22-year-old from Cabimas, Venezuela. Prior to the announcement of the roster moves, Jack Curry of the YES Network speculated that Yajure could get the call to the big leagues.
If Britton ends up on IL, Ottavino and Green move up in the pecking order. Regarding a roster replacement, Yanks could recall Ben Heller or take a closer look at Miguel Yajure. The 22-year old RHP throws a 93-95 FB with a cutter and a curve. Impressed at AA and A in 2019.
— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) August 20, 2020
Yajure has not yet pitched above Double-A, but his arsenal could fit nicely as a member of the team’s bullpen. Last season, the young right-hander posted a 9-6 record with a 2.14 ERA between High-A and Double-A ball.
The Yankees will look to salvage the final game of a three-game set against the Rays. James Paxton will be called upon to avoid the sweep against the team’s division foe.
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