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.
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