The Yankees love nothing more than sending their core relievers into free agency while they're down bad. Sadly, it seems that fan favorite lefty Wandy Peralta has been susceptible to the same fate.
Shortly after Aaron Boone shared that Peralta had been shut down since the Boston series with a minor triceps issue, the stalwart gunslinger was placed on the 15-Day IL, and has very slightly longer than 15 days to get back to the Yankees in time to have an official farewell. Even if he hustles, the Yankees end the season on the road, meaning his final outing in pinstripes has already come and gone (pending a surprising reunion).
For the record: 1.0 innings, 1 walk, no strikeouts, no hits allowed in Sept. 10's strange victory over the Milwaukee Brewers in 13 innings. Fitting that Wandy would go out in an all-time weird game. Tip of the cap.
To replace Peralta, the Yankees have gone to their 40-man roster and promoted Yoendrys Gómez, who's been an intriguing name in their prospect sphere for what feels like a decade, but has only recently gotten healthy enough to pitch after being protected for quite a while. When he appears in a game this week, it will represent his MLB debut.
Yankees promote Yoendrys Gómez for MLB debut, probably end Wandy Peralta's tenure in the Bronx
Gómez missed time with a shoulder injury earlier this season, too, but still managed to fit in 19 shortened starts totaling 65.1 innings at Double-A Somerset.
Still just 23 years old, Gómez posted a 3.58 ERA, striking out 78 men and allowing just 47 hits. Walks were a bugaboo (37), but as he always seems to, the right-hander dealt, when healthy, in short spurts. His resumé isn't as long as you'd like it to be, but a .200 BAA is nothing to sneeze at, and that 3.58 ERA still represents a firmly average season for a righty who always seems to produce (though it often takes a lot of tries to get him going).
Peralta, an all-time quirky Yankee who tossed in all five games of last season's ALDS win, won't soon be forgotten, and we'll give him a proper retrospective when he officially lands elsewhere (and again when he returns for Old-Timers' Day). At the end of a lost season, though, giving Gómez a long-time-coming chance feels more valuable than asking Peralta to pitch through triceps pain (and, hopefully, rest is all he really needs for a full recovery).