The Yankees finally made corresponding roster moves and released Tuesday’s lineup.
Do you want the good news or the bad news first? New York Yankees fans are probably numb to bad news at this point, so why not get everyone’s hopes up with the positive stuff?
Aaron Judge is back! The Yankees activated him from the injured list as one of their corresponding roster moves after Zack Britton, Luis Avilan and James Paxton hit the shelf. That’s it for the good news.
As for everything else that needs to be discussed, the Yankees didn’t call up the one player everybody was hoping for AND one of their best bats is out of Tuesday’s lineup after … FOUR days of rest!
Again, why not Clarke Schmidt?! We need the best pitchers possible to get through this stretch without Britton and Paxton for the next couple weeks. Not to mention we’re down Luis Severino and Tommy Kahnle for the year. The unit is continuously getting worse.
Bringing back Brooks Kriske at least makes sense considering the bullpen took a hit and he already made his MLB debut this year, but Miguel Andujar? Again? We hate to speak ill of the man, but he has no place on this current roster, especially with how bad his bat has looked.
On top of that, the outfield is already completely full with Judge, Aaron Hicks, Brett Gardner, Mike Tauchman and Clint Frazier eating up all the reps.
Oh wait, speaking of Frazier … he’s not in Tuesday night’s lineup against the Atlanta Braves for … reasons we’ll never understand. And Judge is the DH!
The Bombers are already undermanned enough, with Thairo Estrada and Tyler Wade making up the middle infield with DJ LeMahieu and Gleyber Torres on the shelf, and manager Aaron Boone is going to go with Brett Gardner, who’s batting .164 vs Frazier’s .333 and 1.067 OPS? Frazier is 2 for his last 16, but give us a break.
That’s also knowing the Braves got their best player in Ronald Acuña back (as well as Nick Markakis) just in time for this two-game set. The silver lining here is that the Yankees will be facing Braves top prospect Ian Anderson, who will be making his MLB debut on the mound.
Aside from that, we’re sufficiently confused and don’t understand why Schmidt isn’t with the big league club or why Frazier’s bat isn’t being used as much as humanly possible.
We guess it’s cool Gerrit Cole is on the mound, though.