The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre season ended this week when the Railriders were eliminated from the Triple-A postseason, so several guys are poised to return. The Yankees returned four players to the big league club ahead of Sunday’s action.
Gio Urshela was reinstated from the IL. He went on the 10-day IL for a groin injury to open up a 25-man spot for Luke Voit a couple of days before rosters expanded and so they could be extra cautious. Boone did not commit to Urshela actually playing Sunday night when Meredith Merakovitz asked him Saturday, but he’ll play again soon, regardless. There was no reason not to activate him since the rosters expanded to 40, y’know?
Thairo Estrada also returned! He completed his rehab assignment with Double-A Trenton (along with Luis Severino and Dellin Betances, who might both be back soon) and is apparently good to go now. Cool. Love Thairo.
Breyvic Valera was also called up. He’s another warm body who might as well be up with the big club since the AAA season is over. I don’t expect him to play a whole lot, but you never know. Honestly, I think he’s pretty high on the list of players that could be designated for assignment when 60-day guys (Sevy, Betances, Stanton) start to return.
Finally, Kyle Higashioka is back. Calling up a third catcher is a no-brainer in September. I was surprised it didn’t happen September 1, if I’m being honest.
There are a few notable omissions. Ben Heller was reported to be coming up as recently as Saturday night. He still may! It just might not be until tomorrow or Tuesday, for whatever reason. Maybe they just want to give him a day to go home and relax before returning to the bigs. The other guy that people will want me to mention is Deivi Garcia. It’s kind of the same deal with him as Heller. There’s a lot of rumors about what’s up with him, the one I saw most recently is that he’s heading to Tampa and his season is over. I wouldn’t rule out a call-up, but despite showing flashes of brilliance his Triple-A stat line did not necessitate a call to the big leagues, in my opinion. Garcia gave up five runs in 1.0 IP last night in a 17-2 loss (Heller threw 2.0 shutout, no-hit innings). I’d bet on his season being over, but there hasn’t been a concrete update yet.