The Yankees have recalled utility man Tyler Wade to be active for tonight’s series opener in Toronto. Wade will fill the roster spot vacated by Gleyber Torres, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list Thursday with a right hip strain.
Wade struggled mightily at the MLB level after winning the starting second base job out of Spring Training behind a .286/.400/.388 line and a newly revamped swing that resulted from offseason workouts with Albert Pujols. But, the results in the early going for Wade were anything but Pujols-like: .086/.158/.143 with a 29% strikeout rate. Wade also was sick during the opening series in Toronto, and lost a significant amount of weight.
The 23-year-old was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on April 22, the same day that Torres made his MLB debut. Wade got off to a bit of a rocky start in the International League, collecting just five hits in his first week back. But, in 58 games since May 1, Wade has returned to producing like he did last year: .282/.343/.394 with his strikeout rate down to 19.5%.
As he returns to the Yankees, he’ll see himself in a different role than before. Aaron Boone has already said that Neil Walker will receive the majority of time at second base, and it’s possible that Brandon Drury is ahead of Wade on the second base depth chart. In recent weeks, Wade has appeared at his primary position of shortstop, third base, second base, left field, center field and right field. So, he’s the utility backup on a team that likes to carry a short bench. If he can produce at a similar clip to Triple-A, he will be able to regain some value with Yankees fans that he lost with his disappointing start.
Wade gets the call to the big leagues over Ronald Torreyes because the latter is currently on the temporarily inactive list at Triple-A. He is with his wife, who is dealing with an undisclosed medical ailment. The 25-year-old had been slashing an uncharacteristically low .196/.255/.217 in 13 games at SWB, and had picked up just two hits in his last five games prior to his movement to the temporarily inactive list.