Yankees to Promote Mason Williams, Kyle Higashioka as Reinforcements

UPDATE (6:43 p.m. EDT): Right-handed pitcher Giovanny Gallegos has been optioned to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to open up the second roster spot.


As the Yankees encounter the injury bug, they have called for reinforcements from AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The team reportedly will call up outfielder Mason Williams and catcher Kyle Higashioka to be active for tonight’s game.

These moves insinuate that the injuries to Aaron Hicks and Gary Sánchez are serious enough to make them unavailable. Hicks injured his left Achilles tendon on a swing Thursday during the ninth inning. Sánchez felt discomfort in his groin area after stealing a base in the same inning. At this point, the team does not plan to place either player on the disabled list.

Pitcher Adam Warren also fell victim to an injury last night. He was unavailable to pitch in Thursday’s extra inning affair. Apparently, the injury is to his throwing shoulder. He will be placed on the 10-day disabled list.

Mason Williams rocketed through the Yankees minor league system, but has always been stuck behind other players at the MLB level. He made his major league debut in June 2015, but was only on the roster for a week before separating his right shoulder. He eventually had season-ending surgery.

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Something clicked for Kyle Higashioka last season for Scranton. He hit 21 home runs and had 81 RBIs while batting .276. That performance warranted adding him to the 40-man roster at the conclusion of the 2016 season. Higashioka was promoted to replace Sánchez earlier this year when he suffered his bicep injury. He went 0-for-18 though, so he is still in search of his first hit.

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