Here we go again: The Yankees have called up Clint Frazier for the fourth time this season. As the corresponding move, David Hale has been designated for assignment.
Frazier most recently joined the team at the end of June when he filled in while Brett Gardner’s knee mended. He picked up four hits during that short stint, and is hitting .350/.458/.450 across 20 major league at-bats this season.
Red Thunder has been swinging a hot bat in Scranton, too. He collected seven hits over his last five games, and three of those were home runs. Regardless of how he plays, the Yankees will probably send him back down shortly. As frustrating as it may be, the team isn’t hurting for outfielders, and he might as well be in Scranton where he can play every day.
It’s a tough break for Hale, as he did nothing to deserve the DFA treatment. The Yankees were forced to bring him in early last night after Sonny Gray imploded yet again. The right-hander tossed five and two-thirds innings of one-run ball, and wouldn’t have been available out of the bullpen for a few days anyway.