Yankees: Aaron Judge returns, Rougned Odor activated, and long overdue roster move made

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 07: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Tyler Wade #14 of the New York Yankees in action against Pedro Severino #28 of the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium on April 07, 2021 in New York City. The Orioles defeated the Yankees 4-3 in 11 innings. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 07: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Tyler Wade #14 of the New York Yankees in action against Pedro Severino #28 of the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium on April 07, 2021 in New York City. The Orioles defeated the Yankees 4-3 in 11 innings. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /
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The New York Yankees traded for Rougned Odor earlier this week and fans have been waiting to see what the team was going to do with the outcasted former Texas Rangers slugger.

We got our answer on Saturday before the 1:10 p.m. ET game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Odor has been activated and will be on the big league roster. As for the corresponding move? Fans will be getting a break from Tyler Wade.

The Bombers have used their final option on the middle infielder, but he’ll be moved to the taxi squad instead of going all the way back up to the alternate site.

Wade once again drew the ire of fans for his performance against Tampa on Friday. Though he reached on an infield single and scored a run, he ended up striking out and weakly grounding out to shortstop. But more importantly, he played some shaky defense, which he simply cannot afford to do.

Now, after being grandfathered in to the Opening Day roster solely due to his ability to play the middle infield, his Yankee career is now in question following the addition of Odor.

Odor will be on the bench today and support a stacked lineup which features … the return of Aaron Judge! Weren’t we all expecting an IL stint to hit the news cycle today? The slugger missed the last two games (and the Yankees had an off day in between) due to side soreness.

He was never sent for tests for some reason, but he will be starting in right field on Saturday … on the turf … in Tampa. Enjoy holding your breath for all nine innings, Yankees fans!

The only significant omission here is Clint Frazier, who’s had a rough few days at the plate. Brett Gardner, who’s bat has been among the most consistent and reliable, will get the start in left field.

Starter Domingo German will look to get back on track after his uninspiring 2021 debut against the Toronto Blue Jays, which featured him getting smacked around after he continued to call off pitches from catcher Gary Sanchez.

Wouldn’t it be nice if the Bombers could grab a win today and give fans a rubber match on Sunday? It’d sure be encouraging after all this good news that dropped.