Following Friday night’s contest, the New York Yankees made a roster move that answers the cry of many fans.
The New York Yankees entered play on Friday night with the third-worst production from the first base position all season (-1.0 WAR) and following their walk-off win, they cut one of the main culprits.
After going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts against the Texas Rangers, the team announced that they have designated first baseman Chris Carter for assignment.
Prior to going hitless vs Yu Darvish and Matt Bush, 2016’s National League leader in home runs (41) was slashing .209/.292/.393 and a strikeout rate of 36.2 percent — the seventh-highest among Major League hitters with at least 150 plate appearances.
Taking his place will be Tyler Austin, who the Yankees will recall from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The 26-year-old battled a broken foot injury suffered in spring training but following his rehab stint, he is off to a hot start. In 27 games for the RailRiders, Austin is 30-for-100 (.300) with four home runs and 21 RBI’s.
Last season, he played in 31 games for the big boys where he slashed .241/.300/.458 and five home runs — a total of 26 when proportioned to 162 games.
Roster Moves: Following Friday's game, 1B Chris Carter was DFAed. INF Tyler Austin (#26) will be recalled from @swbrailriders.
— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) June 24, 2017