As the end of the month passes let’s just round up the changes that happened to the Yankees roster after the trading deadline and before the close of August.
Most of the changes effected those who came out of the bullpen or who were bench players.
The one notable exception to this was Michael Pineda’s return from a long stint on the disabled list which meant that Chris LeRoux, who had been called up just a couple of days earlier and had not seen any playing time during his brief stint in this stay in the majors, was designated for assignment. LeRoux was eventually out-righted to Scranton.
Another return from the disabled list was Brian McCann which meant that Austin Romine who had been called up to cover for him made a straight swap.
Another change saw Zelous Wheeler, who has seen playing time in both the outfield and infield this season, return from the minors as the Yankees decided that Carlos Beltran’s continuing periodic arm problems meant they needed fielding depth more than numbers in the bullpen. Chase Whitley whose form has dipped since he was taken out of the starting rotation was the one headed for Triple-A.
The Yankees snapped up Josh Outman from Cleveland in exchange for a player to be named later. Outman is very much the left-handed specialist and it is felt that he can help out the Yankees in what has been a troublesome role this season and more so since Matt Thornton was allowed to leave.
Rich Hill can be counted as rather unfortunate. He hasn’t given up an earned run since been called up from the Railriders but it was he who was designated for assignment to make room for Outman. Outman’s debut saw him face one batter and give up a single. Only time will tell whether this counts as an upgrade!
Barring injury, these look like the players the Yankees will carry until the rosters expand. The chances of them making the playoffs are getting slimmer but they’re not out of it yet.