Nobody on the 2019 Yankees is safe from the threat of injury, not even the low-leverage reliever. Earlier today the team placed Jake Barrett on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to May 23, with right elbow inflammation. As a corresponding move, Joseph Harvey rejoins the active roster.
The Yankees claimed Barrett, 27, off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 4. The right-hander made two appearances for the major league team, allowing six runs over 3.2 innings. He had more success pitching for Triple-A Scranton, where he owned a 1.17 ERA (1.84 FIP) over 15.1 innings. With Barrett sidelined, the Yankees now have 15 players on the injured list.
Harvey, 27, has appeared in eight games for the Yankees to date. His numbers don’t look good—5.40 ERA and 4.30 FIP—but they get skewed by a poor outing against the Angels on April 25. The right-hander sports a 1.42 ERA (2.72 FIP) with the Triple-A RailRiders, and his repertoire includes a fastball with a high spin rate. The Yankees optioned him on May 15 to make room for the newly-acquired Kendrys Morales.
Here’s hoping that everyone else stays healthy. I’m not sure if the injured list can hold any more players.