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Yankees announce first round of September call-ups

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Frazier and Adams headline today’s wave of call-ups.

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The Yankees wasted no time summoning their September call-ups, promoting four players on Sunday morning. Outfielder Clint Frazier headlines the list, and he’s joined by three relief pitchers in Chance Adams, Ryan Dull, and Tyler Lyons. As a corresponding move for Lyons, David Hale moved to the 60-day injured list.

Frazier, 24, represents an impact upgrade to the lineup. The outfielder had a successful stint in pinstripes earlier this season, hitting .283/.330/.513 with 11 home runs (115 wRC+). A series of defensive miscues and off-field drama resulted in questions about his future with the team. The club held on to him at the trade deadline, however, and kept him at Triple-A long enough to gain an extra year of control.

The Yankees have him penciled in as the designated hitter for this afternoon’s game, batting eighth. Frazier, meanwhile, appears thrilled for the opportunity.

Adams, 25, served as an up-and-down arm for the Bombers all season. He logged 21.2 innings at the big-league level this year, pitching to a 7.48 ERA (5.81 FIP). A clunker in London skewed that number a bit, but he didn’t have much success in Scranton either. The right-hander owned a 4.63 ERA (5.06 FIP) across 81.2 innings for the RailRiders. Adams still uses four pitches, but a low-90s fourseam fastball and a roughly 80 mph curveball represent his go-to offerings.

The Yankees claimed Dull off waivers from the Giants back on August 14. The 29-year-old briefly joined the bullpen a few days later, but never got into game action. Dull’s claim to fame stems from a breakout 2016 campaign, when he pitched to a 2.42 ERA (3.58 FIP) over 74.1 innings with the A’s. The right-hander hasn’t been effective since, however, logging a 5.66 ERA (4.83 FIP) dating back to 2017. Dull has a high spin rate on his pitches, so maybe the Yankees can unlock something there.

Lyons, meanwhile, joined the Bombers on a minor-league deal on August 16. The 31-year-old had been with the Pirates, where he pitched four ineffective innings. The southpaw had a successful campaign at Triple-A, however, pitching to a 3.22 ERA (3.45 FIP) across 50.1 innings pitched,

A few notable names didn’t get the call today. Top prospect Deivi Garcia remains in Triple-A, as do Kyle Higashioka, Breyvic Valera, and Terrance Gore. Keep your eye out for them once the MiLB playoffs end.