According to Jack Curry, the Yankees will call up infielder Tyler Wade tomorrow. He serves as the corresponding move for placing Gleyber Torres on the disabled list yesterday with a right hip strain.
Wade, 23, made the club out of spring training. He struggled in limited time, however, battling the flu and general ineffectiveness. He hit .086/.158/.143 with virtually no pop across 38 plate appearances. He managed a -20 wRC+, which is almost impressive in a way. Wade fared somewhat better at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He owned a .271/.332/.376 batting line with a pair of home runs for the RailRiders. That works out to an exactly average 100 wRC+.
Under normal circumstances, the team would likely have called upon Ronald Torreyes. The 25-year-old was placed on the restricted list, however, after his wife required medical attention. That leaves Wade to serve as the backup shortstop, a role previously filled by Torres.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone indicated yesterday that Neil Walker will take over the second base job. That leaves Brandon Drury and Wade on the bench. It would be nice to see Wade get an extended look to see if his bat actually does play at the major league level, but that doesn’t sound like the plan. The way things stand, it appears he’s an emergency option off the bench.
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