For the second day in a row, the Yankees are bringing back a reliever from the injured list to help the bullpen, as Justin Wilson has officially been activated before tonight’s contest versus the Angels. The lefty last pitched on May 28th, when he surrendered a walk-off home run to Robbie Grossman to start the Tigers’ sweep of the Bombers in Detroit; he was placed on the IL with a hamstring strain the next day.
Wilson’s second stint with the Yankees has been uneven, at best. After a solid start to the season in April which saw the reliever sport a 3.00 ERA over seven games, May was not kind to him at all. In 7.1 innings across eight games in May, Wilson allowed three home runs, walked four batters, and allowed nine runs (seven earned) for an ERA of 8.59.
Hopefully with the hamstring issue behind him, Wilson can look to regain his early-season form. Wilson’s been a dependable reliever for the majority of his career, so he’s earned a little slack to see if his issues are past him, but it will take some time before he fully gains back the confidence of fans. If he does, however, Aaron Boone will be happy to have another relief option in a season when he’s had to use his bullpen more than he would want.
To make room for Wilson, the Yankees took advantage of Albert Abreu having an unlimited ride pass on the Scranton Shuttle, sending him down last night after he pitched two innings to close out Tuesday’s 11-5 win over the Angels.