Prior to tonight’s rubber game against the Red Sox, the Yankees announced that they selected the contract of David Hale from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. This is the corresponding move after the club optioned right-hander Giovanny Gallegos following last night’s blowout loss.
Hale, 30, has pitched to a 6.75 ERA (8.10 FIP) across eight major league innings this season. He split his time between the Yankees and Twins. While those numbers look rather unappealing, Hale pitched better in Triple-A. Over 55.2 innings for the RailRiders, Hale owns a 4.20 ERA (3.92 FIP).
This move gives the Yankees a fresh arm. Gallegos pitched two stressful innings last night. Aaron Boone couldn’t count on him for a little while. Also of note, Hale is stretched out. He was scheduled to start for Scranton tonight. He can give the Yankees length over the next couple of days, and that’s a good thing. If nothing else, I’m curious to see how many times he can make the roster over the course of a season.