The Yankees have added left-handed pitcher Ryan Bollinger to the active 25-man roster ahead of tonight’s game against the Orioles. The roster has been in flux over the past several days as the Yankees have been highly active on the trade market, and Bollinger will give them one more arm out the bullpen if they need it.
Bollinger is coming straight from Double-A Trenton, and likely will just keep the spot warm for the incoming Lance Lynn. He owns a 4.76 ERA in 14 starts across Double-A and Triple-A this year, striking out 68 and walking 27. Bollinger was actually called up to the majors briefly earlier in the year, but did not appear in a game.
It’s unlikely Bollinger will see action this time either unless there’s an injury or a lopsided game. The 27-year-old has had an interesting journey to the majors, though, and simply getting there is an accomplishment. Bollinger was drafted in the 47th round by the Phillies in the 2009 draft. He played for the Trois-Rivieres Aigles of the independent Canadian-American Association from 2014 to 2016, and even played for the Brisbane Bandits of the Australian Baseball League last year. Kudos to him for sticking with it.