UPDATE (3:35 p.m. EDT): The Yankees have announced the move. Gallegos will wear No. 61.
It seems we have an answer regarding who will fill the roster spot vacated by Clint Frazier after he was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Sunday night. George A. King III of the New York Post reported that right-handed reliever Giovanny Gallegos is likely to join the team today for the series opener in Texas.
Gallegos debuted with the team last May, and made 16 appearances as one of the up-and-down relievers on the Scranton Shuttle. He finished the season with a 0-1 record and 4.87 ERA.
The 26-year-old had been dealing with a back problem that shelved him at Triple-A, where he has just three relief appearances to this point. In those outings, he has given up three runs in four innings (6.75 ERA). Gallegos figures to be filling the role of eighth man, and he’s useful because he can be optioned to the minor leagues without risk of losing him.
It seems likely that Gallegos will hang around until Greg Bird is ready. Aaron Boone described Bird’s return as “around the corner,” so Gallegos may not be long for the MLB roster. Demoting a reliever when Bird returns will also allow them to keep Tyler Austin around, who is 6-for-11 (.545/.538/1.364) in his last three games with three home runs.