To fortify the bullpen, the Yankees have recalled right-handed pitcher Ben Heller to make the trip out west.
In a corresponding move, the Yankees optioned fellow righty Domingo Germán back to Scranton. Germán made his major league debut with 2⅔ scoreless innings in a mop-up role.
This transaction was expected since the Yankees used long man Chad Green as a starter, and Germán was called up as a reinforcement. Green threw 53 pitches as his outing lasted two batters into the third inning. Germán came in during the seventh inning, and threw 36 pitches to finish out the game.
Heller has impressed so far out of the bullpen for Scranton. He has allowed just two earned runs in his last 10 outings. His season ERA is 2.60, and he has struck out 35 batters in 27⅔ minor league innings. He is also 3-for-4 in save opportunities, generally working the back-end of Scranton’s games.
Heller was acquired from the Cleveland Indians alongside Clint Frazier, Justus Sheffield and J.P. Feyereisen in the Andrew Miller trade. He made his major league debut for the Yankees on August 25, 2016. He finished the 2016 campaign with a 1-0 record and a 6.43 ERA in 10 appearances.