Chad Green has not seen the success the New York Yankees are used to seeing, and now he’s heading down to Triple-A.
Following Tuesday’s game, the Yankees optioned RHP Chad Green and C Kyle Higashioka to @swbrailriders.
Prior to tonight’s game, LHP Stephen Tarpley was recalled from Scranton/WB and C Gary Sánchez was returned from rehab & reinstated from the 10-day IL.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) April 24, 2019
Green has seen his share of troubles so far in 2019 posting a 16.43 ERA in 10 games this year. He’s given up 10 earned runs and 12 hits since April 9, clearly not looking the same reliever the Yankees have been accustomed to seeing the last two years.
The alarming aspect of Green’s struggles is how he isn’t getting the same swing and misses on his fastballs. Moreover, his hard hit percentage is up to 54.8% this year. That statistic is probably the most alarming one considering his hard hit percentage was 43.8% in 2017 and 42.6% a year ago.
Everything the Yankees and Green are telling us is that the 27-year-old reliever is healthy and his issues are just a mechanical problem. He’s been unable to work out those mechanical issues at the big league level and the Bombers can only hope this minor league stint can help him.
In their 7-5 win over the Angles late Tuesday night, Green came in with a 7-1 lead and would allow a grand slam to Justin Bour to make it interesting. He was also apart of the Yankees bullpen collapse against Kansas City on Easter Sunday when they blew a 5-0 lead.
Stephen Tarpley will take Green’s place on the roster after being optioned earlier in the season. New York could not bring up Joe Harvey because they have to wait 10 days after optioning a player before they can recall them unless there is an injury.
Make no mistake, Chad Green will be back at some point this year. The Yankees can only hope this stint gets him back on the right track otherwise this once stacked bullpen doesn’t look so lethal anymore.