In a small bit of good news, the Yankees activated reliever Darren O’Day from the injured list prior to tonight’s game. O’Day had missed about two months with a rotator cuff strain in his right arm.
The 38-year-old had made ten appearances before hitting the shelf, managing nine innings and allowing three runs. His return provides a nice bit of added depth to a bullpen that just lost Zack Britton and Wandy Peralta over the weekend. O’Day could slot in behind the team’s current late-game big three of Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, and Jonathan Loaisiga.
O’Day brings the active roster to a full 26 after Brooks Kriske’s demotion last night. Notably, the Yankees didn’t bring back Justin Wilson, who was rehabbing in Triple-A alongside O’Day. The left-hander figures to also return to the fold sooner rather than later. In any event, while bolstering a bullpen that’s done mostly excellent work in 2021 won’t cure the ills of this Yankee team, adding a little bit more talent does at least count as a tiny wave of positive amidst an ocean of frustration.