After back-to-back games without getting much depth from their starting pitchers, the Yankees’ bullpen is pretty gassed. Don’t worry, though. Help is on the way! The Yankees are reportedly calling up Tommy Kahnle to join the team for tonight’s game against Boston.
It has been awhile since we’ve seen the reliever. He looked awful during his first few games at the beginning of the year. Not to mention the fact that his velocity had noticeably decreased. That prompted our own Joshua Diemert to ask the question: What the heck is going on with Tommy Kahnle?
He ended up being placed on the disabled list with shoulder tendinitis in mid-April, and we haven’t seen much of him since. Kahnle joined the Yankees again at the end of May, but was only around for two appearances and didn’t really seem to have righted the ship at that point. His numbers in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre have been fine though. He has posted a 2.49 ERA (2.89 FIP) with 12.88 K/9, 3.32 BB/9, and 0.83 HR/9 across 21.2 innings.
Kahnle was great out of the ‘pen last season, so hopefully he can regain that form. The Yankees sure could use him.
Fingers crossed that he actually makes it to tonight’s game on time, too. It sounds like he has a long drive ahead of him.
Yankees want Tommy Kahnle in Boston for tonight’s game. It’s 2:06 and he’s in Moosic, so the race is on.— Conor Foley (@RailRidersTT) August 3, 2018
Annnnd Tommy Kahnle is out the door.— Conor Foley (@RailRidersTT) August 3, 2018
UPDATE: The Yankees officially announced the call up. As a corresponding move, Luis Cessa has been optioned back to Triple-A.