The Yankees cannot catch a break on the injury front. A day after activating Gary Sanchez but sending Jonathan Holder to the injured list, the team announced they had placed left-hander Stephen Tarpley on the IL. They also called up pitchers Brady Lail and Joe Mantiply.
Tarpley just made an appearance as a “follower” behind Chad Green yesterday, totaling 2.1 innings and allowing two runs, striking out four. He has an 8.24 ERA on the season, having fanned 24 in 19.2 innings. The Yankees say he is dealing with a left elbow impingement.
This represents the first-ever callup for Lail. Drafted in the 18th round of the 2012 draft, Lail has been with the Yankees organization for seven years. The 25-year-old right-hander has posted a 2.79 ERA in 42 innings across three different minor-league levels this year, striking out 55 and walking 13. He owns a 5.06 ERA in 316.2 career innings at Triple-A.
Mantiply, a 28-year-old left-hander, has made just five appearances in the majors, all in 2016 with the Tigers. He allowed five runs in 2.2 innings. He has spent most of 2019 in Reds minor-league system, running a 4.15 ERA in 30.1 innings. He has a career 2.99 ERA in 117.1 Triple-A innings.
We’ll see to what extent Aaron Boone uses his new relief arms now that the bullpen has taken on another injury. Hopefully, the injury bug doesn’t spread any further from here, with 17 Yankees currently on the IL.