The Yankees have officially activated outfielder Clint Frazier from the 10-day injured list due to a sprained ankle. After the game yesterday, the Yanks optioned LHP Stephen Tarpley to Triple-A. I assume there won’t be any more roster shuffling today, but I’ve been wrong before.
Clint was carrying the team before he went down with the ankle injury on the west coast trip. The injury prompted them to acquire Cameron Maybin, who has been solid thus far but is best served as a fourth outfield option (along with Brett Gardner, but one thing at a time). On the season, Frazier is batting .324/.342/.632 (152 wRC+) which is… very very good.
I’m definitely glad to have Clint back, but I can’t help but feel like this was rushed slightly. Not that he’s at a major risk for re-injury, per se, but he probably could have used an extra rehab game or two. His rehab game on Sunday was rained out. I would expect that his first couple of games back will look similar to Gary Sanchez’s first couple of games back from his injury. The timing will likely look a bit off.
I also assume that the Yankees are electing to roll with a 4-man bench (remember Tarpley was sent down for Clint) until Wednesday when Jonathan Loaisiga will come up and start in the place of James Paxton, then it will be either Thairo Estrada, Tyler Wade, or Mike Tauchman who will go down. I’d bet on Estrada.
Another note: Tarpley going down means Jake Barrett is still up, for now. Could they keep the 4-man bench, which they haven’t done for the last couple of years, and sent Barrett down, or will they keep Barrett up to option a bench piece and maintain an 8-man bullpen? There are several minor moves that could be made that I am way more fascinated by than anyone should be.
Right now the bench is essentially Austin Romine, Tauchman, Estrada, and Wade, depending on how you would make the lineup. They’re the “bench guys” under these circumstances. I don’t see them sticking with all four when Johnny Lasagna comes up on Wednesday. We’ll see.